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Posted on March 16, 2016

Outdoor portrait of Dr. Louis Martin

The rich history of the Mon Valley will be on display in Manderino Library as faculty, students, local libraries and historical societies participate in “Voices of the Mon Valley: Oral History and Local Resources.”

Through a grant from Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, Cal U faculty from the departments of history, social work, sociology and the library were trained on topics such as gathering oral histories, paper storage and photo digitization.

Students and about 20 people from area historical societies and libraries also attended the training.

The exhibit, which opens March 23, will feature the fruits of that effort, as students present projects such as the oral histories of Mon Valley ethnic groups.

The Uniontown Public Library, Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum, Greater Monessen Historical Society and the California Area Historical Society will exhibit materials from their collections.

The historical materials will be on display at Manderino Library through April 10.

Opening reception March 23

The public may attend a free opening reception from 6-8 p.m. March 23.

Guest speaker will be Dr. Lou Martin, assistant professor of history at Chatham University. Martin specializes in Appalachian history and culture. He has done research on the workers in the steel and pottery industries in West Virginia and published works on the steel industry in that state.

Gallery hours:

Students, Cal U employees and community members are welcome to view the exhibit in Manderino Library. Gallery hours are:

Monday: 5-7 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Wednesday: 6-8 p.m.
Friday: 3-5 p.m. 
Saturday: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday: 2-5 p.m.

Note: The gallery will be closed March 25-18, April 1 and April 6.

Visitor parking is available in the Vulcan Garage, off Third Street near the campus entrance.

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