Jim Thomas

Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society & Heritage Museum

On episode 7 of the Allegheny Valley History Podcast, we visit with Jim Thomas of the Allegheny Valley Historical Society & Heritage Museum in Tarentum, Pennsylvania.  We talk about the origins of the museum, its stunning 1930s art-deco style building, amazing industrial heritage exhibits, its connection with famed photographer Eddie Adams, and the need for volunteers and community support to keep the museum and local history alive in the Alle-Kiski River Valley.

On episode 7 of the Allegheny Valley History Podcast, we visit with Jim Thomas, long-time volunteer and president of the Allegheny Valley Historical Society & Heritage Museum in Tarentum, Pennsylvania.  We talk about the origins of the museum, its stunning 1930s art-deco style building, amazing industrial heritage exhibits, its connection with famed photographer Eddie Adams, and the need for volunteers and community support to keep the museum and local history alive in the Alle-Kiski River Valley.

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This episode was recorded May 23, 2017 at the Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society & Heritage Museum in Tarentum, Pennsylvania. Host: Kevin Farkas. Guest: Jim Thomas. Audiography: Kevin Farkas. Music (available on SoundCloud.com): Lakey Inspired (Cruise W/ Me), Soulmachine (Rising_b). Other sound: TSVP (“What is History Sound Montage”). ©Allegheny Valley History Podcast/The Social Voice Project, Inc. All rights reserved.

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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