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FROM: University Honors Program RE: HCAP Digital Storytelling Premiere
12/5/2013 5:48:58 PM
To: Students, Faculty, Staff

WHAT:  HCAP Digital Storytelling Premiere


WHO:  Dr. Christina Fisanick's Honors 150 Students and HCAP Sites


WHEN:  Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm


WHERE:  McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center



Please join us for an evening of learning and exploration as we discover more about the history of our region – the region that we all call home – western Pennsylvania.  Together we will explore the rich and wonderful history of Brownsville, California, Donora, Dormont, and McKeesport.  We will visit each of these areas’ historical societies and we’ll have time to take a closer look at a significant artifact or collection cared for by each of these sites.  Knowing the geographical locations of each site, you might be wondering how we are going to do this in less than an hour?  Well, we’ll do it with ease via digital storytelling. 


Over the past semester a number of Honors students at California University of Pennsylvania have been working on creating two short digital storytelling segments for each of the five student-selected HCAP sites.  Working with Dr. Christina Fisanick, Associate Professor of English, the 18 Honors 250 students collaborated with the staff at five HCAP sites to produce their videos.  The first story introduces to the audience what the historical society does and has to offer.  The second three-to-five minute piece captivates the audience by focusing on one noteworthy artifact or small collection.  Because of the price of gasoline, but ultimately contingent upon the way in which we are all choosing to gather, retrieve, and access information, we know that this methodology will serve us well!  However, one of the underlying objectives of this project was to entice people to visit these sites, both online and in person.  And we believe that once you or anyone else views these stories, you’ll want to jump into your car and visit these historical societies!