Our mission at Portuguese Research & Education, Inc (PRESD) is to preserve and share our rich Portuguese heritage and the role played by the Portuguese community in shaping the San Diego of today.
Some of the ways we accomplish this is by:
- Recording the oral history of our community members;
- Researching various aspects of Portuguese Culture in San Diego (e.g., Tuna fishing, Portuguese cuisine);
- Collaborating with other Portuguese organizations;
- Capturing images electronically;
- Covering local events, photographically and journalistically;
- Publicizing local events electronically;
- Publishing the information electronically and through hardcopy;
PRESD is currently performing oral histories with long-time community members. These people's stories tell us where we came from, what brought us to San Diego, and memories of what San Diego was like many years ago. In addition, PRESD researches magazines, newspapers and books to document and preserve historical events and facts relevant to the San Diego Portuguese Community. For our current projects, click on the "Projects" link above on our menu bar.
One of our educational goals is to help people in the communiy learn Portuguese. We are working on a curriculum as well as an online dicitionary and long-term, an online English-Portuguese translator. In addition, PRESD writes articles to provide historical backgrounds on events such as the Festa do Espirito Santo, Cabrillo Festival, etc. Our "On This Day" section (featured on the home page) provides information related to San Diego and the community.
In the Community
PRESD's calendar of events is one way to stay on top of what is happening in the community. Now you can subscribe to PRESD's automated update system and receive an email whenever new information is posted, absolutely free. PRESD takes photographs of events whenever possible and posts them online. This is our way of promoting the Portuguese Community. We believe that providing publicity for our community is important.
Photo Identification Project (PIP)
We received a box of over one hundred photos of people we're pretty sure are Portuguese. Unfortunately, the pictures are not labeled and we'd like to know who they were. We started PIP and we're hoping that someone out there knows who these people are.