Mon Valley History Digital Storytelling Premiere

Natali Student Center - Performance Center

803 3rd St
California, PA 15419
United States

Phone: 7249384300

Students in University Honors Program English courses taught by Dr. Christina Fisanick will present their digital stories about the Mon Valley at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Performance Center, inside the Natali Student Center.

Admission is free, and the public is welcome.

More than 30 honors students worked with 12 historical societies throughout the Mon Valley, including groups in Monessen, California, Charleroi and Dravosburg, to produce the digital histories. 

Along the way, students sharpened their writing, critical thinking and editing skills, digital literacy and more. 

The students read scholarly articles on the northern Appalachia region and visited the Carrie Blast Furnaces at the former U.S. Steel Homestead Works to learn about the steel-making process and the role immigrants played in the Industrial Revolution. Students also read Rust Belt Boy: Stories of an American Childhood, by Paul Hertneky, a memoir set in the Mon Valley.

This marks the fifth year of a collaboration between Cal U’s digital storytellers and the Senator John Heinz History Center Affiliates Program, of which the local historical societies are members. Over the past five years, students have provided an overview of each historical society, as well as a feature on a noteworthy artifact or collection.


Tuesday, December 05, 2017


Christina Fisanick