The Balboa Island Museum and Historical Society is dedicated to capturing the stories of its founders and current leaders. We have collaborated with local filmographers to preserve these memories.
Wing Lam and Mr. & Mrs. Lee – John Wayne Story
Wing Lam and Mr. & Mrs. Lee – Balboa Island Museum
An interview with Museum President Shirley Pepys
An interview with Bill Stewart showcasing his exhibit, “Arts of the Ancient Mariner”
In January 2014, graduate students Jennifer Keil (M.A. in Oral and Public History) and Cindy Keil (M.A. in English) instituted the “Over the Bridge” Oral History Project with project coordinator Tina Wayt. This project has been featured in the museum’s newsletter and on social media. Our Mike & Hall Smith Jr. video has had over 1.8k views. The Seymour Beek video has had over 1.6k views. The Wing Lam and Mr. & Mrs. Lee story about John Wayne has provided over 1.4k views. Museum staff and interns have been interviewing these long-term residents and integral leaders of this community. Our goal is to complete 100 interviews with our longtime residents.
Please contact the current project coordinator, Holly Whalls at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you’d like to participate in this ongoing project. The following videos are media links to the interviews.
We hope you enjoy these edited highlight reels from the footage. These are key themes identified within the larger collection of interviews.