“They may forget what you said – but they will never forget how you made them feel.”

Why We Are Collecting

In August of 2022, the Ventura County Supervisor Carmen Ramirez was killed in a tragic accident in Oxnard. Local newspapers recorded the loss of Supervisor Ramirez and stories have been printed and posted online that record the accident and the subsequent upwelling of community sorrow. The records of her time as the first Latina Chair of the Board of Supervisors will live in official record repositories and the records of her career and her advocacy efforts will also live on in various places. But the impact of what she meant to the people of her community cannot be completely represented in these official records. Supervisor Ramirez was a friend, an advocate, a mentor, an environmentalist, a boss, a politician, and so much more.

The Museum of Ventura County is actively collecting the stories of that impact, to record and preserve the deep and meaningful effect that Supervisor Ramirez had on her community, her coworkers, her constituents, and her friends. This collection will be used by future historians, students, and curators to build the story of Supervisor Ramirez through written history and exhibits.

What We Are Collecting

This archive will be entirely online, to make it accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Written stories, photographs, audio recordings, videos, posters, and artwork are all welcome to be added to the online archive.

How We Are Collecting

You can contribute items through our online archive by clicking Submit Content below.

Submit Content

Select the type of item you wish to contribute and fill out a few simple questions to make your contribution a permanent addition to the Museum’s collection, in celebration of Supervisor Carmen Ramirez. For questions, please email library staff at library@venturamuseum.org.