Month: April 2019

 Community Storytelling @ Beaver Falls Coffee & Tea Co. On episode 13 of the Beaver County History Podcast, we celebrate community storytelling with Bethany Canzenella Warren at the Beaver Falls Coffee & Tea Company. This event’s theme is “renewal,” featuring real-life stories by Jim Adams, Scott Colburn, and Kevin Farkas, with music by Craig Bennett. […]

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Filmmaker Chris Padgett recognizes the value of community-based storytelling. His recently released video trailer for Rivertown Anthology: Voices of Beaver County is just the beginning of what promises to be a highly creative and deeply thoughtful ongoing film series about “the people and their stories” in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Padgett’s work falls in line with […]

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Wendy Sisson | Rachel Carson’s Cottage On episode 3 of the Allegheny Valley History Podcast, we continue our special series with the Rachel Carson Homestead.  Guest host Jeanne Cecil, executive director of RCH, talks with Wendy Sisson about the national significance of Rachel Carson’s summer cottage in Southport, Maine, and its very special relationship with […]

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It’s the shortest question, and yet the hardest to answer. It challenges public historians in ways that put their knowledge, competence, credibility, and authority on the line. So What? It’s a fair question, of course, but it can unsettle us.  Behind these words is subtext: I don’t care. I’m not interested. This is irrelevant. For […]

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“NFLplayer PatTillman joined U.S. Army in 2002. He was killed in action 2004. He fought 4our country/freedom.” ~President Donald Trump’s 2017 social media comment used to condemn NFL players who protest during the national anthem   “The very action of self expression and the freedom to speak from one’s heart—no matter those views—is what Pat […]

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In our system of government, citizens of each state send politicians to Washington DC as their representatives.  But did you know that states are also represented in our capitol by representative artwork, such as murals, portraits, and paintings reflective of each state’s history. Perhaps the grandest display of state art can be found in the […]

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Most people want to learn the truth about history, even if it rattles common sense or deflates comfortable–but dubious–accounts of history. We recently posted a provocative mini-essay about a particular populist conception of WWII veterans–that they were all heroes. Of course, many were. Some, if we are to be truthful with ourselves, were not. During […]

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“We have recently become aware that several songs performed by Kate Smith contain offensive lyrics that do not reflect our values as an organization,” read an official statement from the Philadelphia Flyers sports organization.  “As we continue to look into this serious matter, we are removing Kate Smith’s recording of ‘God Bless America’ from our […]

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A Conversation With  Justin Fortunato & Lindsay Courteau Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center   On episode 10 of the TSVP Radio Theater Podcast, we talk with Justin Fortunato and Lindsay Courteau about how they create exceptional theater at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center.     SUPPORT LOCAL PODCASTING Let’s keep local podcasting alive!  If you […]

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Karen Florence & Florence Cuspard Lott | Beaver County Soul Food On episode 12 of the Beaver County History Podcast, we talk with Karen Florence and Florence Cuspard Lott about the African-American experience in Beaver County, and why it is important to recognize soul food as a significant part of black history and heritage.   […]

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