M. Joyce Van Schaack interviewed by Skye Gomez, July 14, 2016, Laguna Niguel, California, Oral History #5885, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
An oral history of Joyce Van Schaak, former history and English language learner teacher at Mission College, Republican Women member and organizer, and political organizer for the Republican Party. The purpose of this interview is to gather information regarding women in grassroots, activist movements in Southern California. This interview is part of an oral history project the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Project. Specifically, this interview talks about Van Schaak’s childhood in Indianapolis, Indiana and Hollywood, California; describes growing up with a single father; how she wanted to attend college out of high school but had to work instead; how she put her husband through Architecture school and began having children; discusses her decision to go back to school; her career in teaching English and history to minority students; describes her first involvement in politics; discusses her leadership of minority Republican groups; recalls her involvement in Deaver Hannaford public relations team for Ronald Reagan; recounts organizing fundraisers and campaign parties; discusses her transfer into the U.S. Department of Education; describes traveling around the country to help schools; recalls joining the Small Business Administration; describes the difficulty of commuting to San Francisco every week; discusses her retirement from the Small Business Administration and her move into the Executive Board with the Federal Government; describes planning events for the Republican party and the Reagans; describes challenges of putting on an event in Los Angeles for the Reagans and the British Royal family; describes her involvement in the AmeriCorps Program; describes how it is difficult for veterans to return to school after serving; speaks about Saddleback College’s Veteran’s Center and how they are serving veterans; describes her volunteer work at the Center; explains why she left Saddleback College’s Board of Governors; discusses her involvement with California American Mother’s Inc.; describes the creation of the California Golden Treasure slide show; explains why her and her husband created it; notes that they began to create films on events and history; describes her involvement with the creation of the Reagan Library; notes the biggest need for society today is communication in order to solve societal issues; reflects on how her faith shaped her activism and teaching career; talks about the importance of women in politics and activism; and finally; shares why she thinks understanding history is important of people today.
M. Joyce Van Schaack, 2016.
M. Joyce Van Schaack with interviewer, Skye Gomez, 2016.
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