Matt Cumberledge

Greene County Historical Society

On episode 6 of the Allegheny Valley History Podcast, we visit with executive director Matt Cumberledge of the Greene County Historical Society to talk about his passion, vision, and innovative educational, media, and community outreach programming at Southwestern Pennsylvania’s largest local historical museum.

On episode 6 of the Allegheny Valley History Podcast, we visit with executive director Matt Cumberledge of the Greene County Historical Society to talk about his passion, vision, and innovative educational, media, and community outreach programming at Southwestern Pennsylvania’s largest local historical museum.


This episode was recorded June 14, 2019 at the Greene County Historical Society in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. Host: Kevin Farkas. Guest: Matt Cumberledgel. Audiography: Kevin Farkas. Music (available on SoundCloud.com): Matt DeMoss (“Proteus Loops”), Dox (“Sea of Clouds”). Other Sounds (available at Bensound.com): “Jazz Comedy.” Other sounds (available on YouTube): Greene County Historical Society (“John Minor Headstone - "On the Spot" EP 2,” “Lantz Grave Site [On the Spot] Ep. 1,” “Spicer Family Iron [Greetings from the Parlor] Ep. 1”). ©Allegheny Valley History Podcast/The Social Voice Project, Inc. All rights reserved.



Matthew W. Cumberledge

Matt Cumberledge took the helm of the Greene County Historical Society in early 2019, and he leads the museum toward a new vision and practice of doing local history.  “Today’s museums have to provide an experience for visitors,” Matt says.  “History should come alive for anyone who steps through our museum doors.”

Matt is an 11th generation native of Greene County; his family settled in this rural corner of Southwestern Pennsylvania over two centuries ago.  As an army veteran and former correctional officer, Matt has a strong work ethic and energetic willingness to connect with people—necessary attributes in his role as director.

“On a personal level,” he says, “I’d like to get involved with the residents of Greene County to get them interested in their history and heritage” -- a goal putting public outreach and history education at the top of his agenda.

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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.

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.

The Allegheny Valley History Podcast explores and showcases topics celebrating the cultural, industrial, and ethnic heritage of the Allegheny River Valley of Western Pennsylvania.

Produced by The Social Voice Project as part of its Local History Podcast Initiative, this podcast helps promote local history organizations and museums throughout the Allegheny region.


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