Lauraly Burnecke & Bob Porter
Beaver County Genealogy & History Center
On episode 17 of the Beaver County History Podcast, we talk with Lauraly Burnecke and Bob Porter of the Beaver County Genealogy & History Center.
Both Lauraly Burnecke and Bob Porter are veteran genealogical researchers and long-time volunteers at BCHGC. Lauraly serves as board president and Bob is treasurer.
This episode was recorded September 12, 2019 at the Beaver County Genealogy & History Center, Beaver, Pennsylvania. Host: Kevin Farkas. Guests: Lauraly Burnecke, Bob Porter. Audiography: Kevin Farkas. Music (available on SoundCloud.com): Prism Shard (“My Hip Does Not Hop”), ILoveLoops (“Epoxy”), David Hyde (“30th July”), Josiah Savary (“Flight Delays”). TSVP (“What is History Sound Montage”). ©Beaver County History Podcast/The Social Voice Project, Inc. All rights reserved.
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 Today, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, KDKA 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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