Knitting the Region’s Narrative: Digital Storytelling in Northern Appalachia

Our panel explores the work done in a long-standing partnership between the California University of Pennsylvania’s Honors Program and the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. Through this partnership, we work with small historical societies through northern Appalachian to help preserve and encourage access to the region’s history. In the past five years, Honors students have served more than 70 unique historical societies and organizations in southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia by creating digital stories (short videos) using their collections. Social media has allowed these stories to reach audiences across the country and the world in an attempt to interrogate stereotypes and speak well beyond assumed narratives about the region.