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.


At The Social Voice Project, we think local history should be inclusive and reflect the sum total of our shared cultural and community experiences. That's why, as innovative public historians, we are celebrating Beaver County history by recognizing our local African American heritage through the lens of this year's Beaver County History Celebration Weekend--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.
This episode was recorded April 13, 2019 in New Brighton, Pennsylvania. Host: Kevin Farkas. Audiography: Kevin Farkas. Guests: Karen Florence & Florence Cuspard Lott.  Music (available on SoundCloud.com): Guillaume CAMPS (“Suspense”), The Daily Loops Project (“20-03-13 Daily Loops”), Prism Shard (“My Hip Does Not Hop”), TSVP (“What is History Sound Montage”), Nicolai Heidlas and Stefan Schaulinski;  (“Sunny Acoustic Rock”), David Hyde (“30th July”), Josiah Savary (“Flight Delays”).  Stack Shot Billy (“Intro”), Grapefruit Clinton (“Blues Backing Track 1”), Asthmatic Grapefruit Clinton (“Blues Won't Go Away”).  Other sounds (available on YouTube): !channel888 (“Chitterlings - Before and After”), Black Excellence Excellist (“12 Delicious Soul Food Restaurants”), madamejones247 (“Put Yo Foot In It”). ©Beaver County History Podcast/The Social Voice Project, Inc.  All rights reserved.

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Kevin Farkas is an independent multimedia producer specializing in creative audiography, sound design, and audio engineering.  He has produced several audiobooks, radio dramas, live storytelling events, a podcast network, videos, as well as print and digital media publications.

Kevin also founded the nonprofit Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative—a leading regional multimedia project working closely with the Veterans Breakfast Club, StoryCorps, and the Senator John Heinz History Center/Smithsonian Institution to capture, preserve, and share the stories of veterans with a Western Pennsylvania connection.

His multimedia work has appeared in local, regional, and national outlets, including USA TodayPittsburgh Post-GazetteKDKA radio, WTAE/ABC television, Military Press, The Podcast Engineering Show, and websites of the Veterans Affairs Administration and the Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation.

Kevin’s work has been referenced in several documentaries, museum exhibits, and oral history coursework and texts, including The Journal of Veteran Studies and Doing Oral History.  Donald Ritchie, Historian Emeritus of the United States Senate, has recognized Kevin’s creative audio short stories and radio syndication series as a significant example of a new genre of public-minded oral history.  Doug Boyd, Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries, rates Kevin’s Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast as one of his favorite oral history-based podcast productions.

For his oral history work in the Pittsburgh area, Kevin has received special recognition from the City of Pittsburgh, Community College of Allegheny County, and WQED/PBS(Dominion VITA Award).  His photography also won the national “Cover of the Year” award by Hibu Publishing.

At seventeen, Kevin joined the US Navy and served aboard the USS Saratoga.  After his enlistment, he hiked the Appalachian Trail and traveled throughout the country by bicycle.  After attending New Mexico Highlands University and receiving degrees in English, he taught in several universities throughout the United States, including the Navajo Nation.  Prior to founding The Social Voice Project, Kevin was corporate director of training in the electronics manufacturing industry. He is a native of Beaver County, Pennsylvania, where he now lives.




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