Community Podcasting, Online Exhibits, and Media Projects
Beyond Rust: Artists Respond to Industrial Development in Beaver County
This original song written and produced by Kevin Farkas was created for “Beyond Rust: Artists Respond to Industrial Development in Beaver County.” It is part of a collaborative effort of five independent artists engaged in creative advocacy–the planned use of art as critique or protest around an issue. The Beyond Rust event is motivated by the film, Boom & Bust, a locally produced critical essay about the Shell cracker plant and the rising petrochemical industry within Beaver County and surrounding region.
Starting in 2022, we’ve been supporting select podcast episodes with special online companion exhibits that help provide greater context and richer media experiences for the public. We’ve modeled these projects on the concept of “digital media storytelling,” which uses a wide range of media–text, photographs, video, audio, illustrations, graphic information, and hyperlinked sources–to enhance the audio experience, especially for those on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, as well as those with hearing and visual impairments.
Local Oral History and Podcast Archives
After twelve years producing hundreds of oral history interviews and many community-focused podcasting projects throughout Western Pennsylvania, we’ve gathered a sizable amount of content that we want to share with the public. Additionally, as part of our Beaver County Art & History project, we’ve developed an archive of public art in Beaver County and surrounding counties and region, including nearby West Virginia and Ohio.
Our archives are curated, organized, and searchable online. Each archive contains a simple listing of accessions with cover images, subjects and titles, content descriptions, links to accessing the original recordings, and some technical data such as creation dates, producers, categories, and keywords. The content displays are best suited to laptop and tablet viewing, but also mobile-friendly for smartphones and smaller screens. Check out some of our archives:
Darlington, PA – Located in northwestern Beaver County not far from East Palestine, Ohio–site of the now infamous Norfolk Southern train derailment on February 3, 2023–the Little Beaver Historical Society is hosting a public event called “Stories for History” to capture, preserve and share first-hand accounts and memories of the train derailment and its aftermath, including the so-called “controlled burn off” of several chemical tank cars. Visit the event page.
This online feature explores the intersection of local art and local history, showing the ways art helps capture, preserve, and share the people, places, and events of the past.
2023 Pig Lady Fall Folklore Celebration of Beaver County
2023 marks our 4th year producing the Pig Lady Fall Folklore Celebration, a modern incarnation of the legendary Pig Lady of Cannelton Halloween festivities held for many years in Darlington Township, Pennsylvania.
In partnership with the Little Beaver Lions Club’s Pumpkin Palooza festivities, this year’s event will take place on October 14, 2023 at the Fire Department fair grounds in New Galilee, Pennsylvania.