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Local History Interviews

Mission Viejo Library staff and the Mission Viejo Heritage Committee have completed a year-long grant project capturing oral history interviews from key members of the Mission Viejo Company. These interviews describe the unique history of Mission Viejo and provide an inside look at what it took to build one of the first planned communities in the nation.

 The following interviews were filmed in the MVTV studio and full transcripts were created from these interviews. 

Thomas C. Blum and W.W. "Bill" Knitz

Video: Part 1 of 1
Transcript

 

  

Robert T. Bunyan

Video: Part 1 of 3
Video: Part 2 of 3
Video: Part 3 of 3
Transcript

  

David Celestin

Video: Part 1 of 2
Video: Part 2 of 2

Transcript

  

Arthur S. Cook

Video: Part 1 of 3
Video: Part 2 of 3
Video: Part 3 of 3
Transcript

 

Wendy Wetzel Harder

Video: Part 1 of 2
Video: Part 2 of 2
Transcript

 

John T. Martin

Video: Part 1 of 4
Video: Part 2 of 4
Video: Part 3 of 4
Video: Part 4 of 4
Transcript

 

Wayne E. Peterson

Video: Part 1 of 2
Video: Part 2 of 2
Transcript

 

Harvey Stearn

Video: Part 1 of 3
Video: Part 2 of 3
Video: Part 3 of 3
Transcript

 

James G. Toepfer

Video: Part 1 of 2
Video: Part 2 of 2
Transcript

 

This oral history project was made possible by funding from a Library Service and Technology Act grant, administered through the California State Library.

 

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