Oral history video produced by campus students on sale

December 02, 2009

Copies of an oral history of Penn State New Kensington video, produced by Penn State New Kensington communications students, are available for purchase at the campus.

Developed by a partnership between the campus' communications program and the Northern Westmoreland Foundation, the “New Kensington Is…” video is a collection of interviews with older residents of the city and the surrounding areas, emphasizing the stories of the mid-century generations. The oral history of residents who worked for Alcoa in the 1940s, 1950s, or 1960s illuminates the rich cultural and social history of the American community.

Allen Larson, assistant professor of communications, and Abhinav Aima, instructor in communications, headed the project. Jessalyn Oliver, a 2008 communications graduate, served as assistant producer.

"We rediscovered and highlighted some of the many attributes that were a part of New Kensington’s past, present and future," Larson said. "Capturing and preserving the personal stories of the residents who lived that past can help remind us of these basic ideals and provide important perspective to guide future initiatives.”

A screening of the video is set for 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, at the People Library in New Kensington. Show times are 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. The showings are free to the public.

The DVD costs $10 and is available until Dec. 14, in the Academic Affairs office at the campus. For more information, call 724-334-6032. Proceeds benefit future projects of the Northern Westmoreland Foundation. Since its premier Nov. 4, sales of the video have exceeded $1,000. The DVD also is available in the campus' library.

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Last Updated December 03, 2009