LOCAL HISTORY MATTERS
WE ARE THANKING OUR BEAVER COUNTY HISTORIANS
Beaver County Vietnam veteran Bob Rupert (South Side Historic Village) records an oral history interview
with Kevin Farkas of the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative, a program of The Social Voice Project.
As part of The Social Voice Project’s Local History Podcast Initiative, we are recognizing and thanking contemporary public historians of Beaver County—those who tirelessly curate, interpret, promote, present, document, reenact and celebrate our important local history.
WHAT IS PUBLIC HISTORY and WHY DOES IT MATTER?
Public history is often defined as “applied history.” Generally speaking, it is where history interacts with the public in some way, perhaps through a museum exhibit, an art gallery tour, community heritage celebration, high school history class, or Civil War reenactment. It is often said that public history is always active; it is something that “happens,” engaging the public in real time. In other words, people do public history. These are public historians.
WHO ARE PUBLIC HISTORIANS?
Unlike traditional history scholars, public historians are on the front lines of preserving and sharing history for current and future generations. Public historians engage and interact with the public through history activities, events, speaking engagements, teaching, writing articles, creating videos, producing history podcasts, etc. Public historians often include
museum and historical society leaders
curators, archivists, consultants, genealogists, preservationists
artists, technicians, craftsmen
docents, guides, interpreters
history reenactors and performers
teachers, authors, speakers
oral historians, documentary filmmakers, photojournalists, podcast producers
WHO ARE BEAVER COUNTY’S PUBLIC HISTORIANS?
Help us identify and thank our local public historians. Here are just some of the outstanding people we’ve identified:
Brenda Applegate: Coordinates Beaver County History Celebration Weekend
Ron Bruce: Reenacts historical military history
Wayne Cole: Authors Beaver County themed history books
Brady Crytzer: Teaches history, hosts history show on PCN
Kevin Farkas: Produces local history podcasts, oral histories
David Holoweiko: Curates museum, hosts Little Beaver Historical Society Podcast
Tony Lavorgne: Documents and shares local folktales and legends
Karen Laurito: Promotes and markets Beaver County history
Michelle Long: Curates museum, provides public tours at Rochester Area Heritage Society
Ron Main: Promotes sports history and culture of coaching
Gino Piroli: Authors history-related newspaper column
Bob Rupert: Interprets historical activities at South Side Historic Village
Mike Sabo: Speaks to groups about local industrial history
Jeff Snedden: Authors a history-related newspaper column, history videos
Charles Townsend: Documents Beaver County history
Help recognize those who keep local history alive in Beaver County
(Please note: Submissions may be shared with the public)
Multiple submission allowed. Historians need not be residents of the county.