This website celebrates the life of the late and Honorable Thelma Jean Garcia
Buchholdt, born on August 1, 1934 in the Garcia family home in Claveria, a
beautiful seaside town on the South China Sea, the northernmost community on
the Island of Luzon,
Republic of the Philippines.
the United States in 1951, just 15 years of age, she went on to become a teacher, a professional
planner, attorney, historian, and a
distinguished politician, while raising and managing her family.
In California, Thelma began
her teaching career and became actively involved in the civil rights movement
as it developed in the late 50s and early 60s.
In Alaska, Thelma became a respected leader in her new home
town of Anchorage, Alaska,
as well as throughout Alaska as she served the
needs of Alaska’s Native people, with whom she
closely identified, both professionally as a planner, as an attorney, and as a
member of Alaska’s
House of Representatives.
died on November 5, 2007, she was the National President of the Filipino
American National Historical Society, and had written and lectured widely about
Filipino communities. The history of
the Filipino diaspora to America was important to Thelma. She wrote about
history. But more significantly, Thelma
Garcia Buchholdt made history.
site is the product of a collaboration of Thelma’s family, friends, and others
who knew and admired Thelma Buchholdt, and believe that her story is inspiring
and important Filipino American history.