Other Projects

"A Look Back" The W.A. Young & Son's Foundry & Machine Shop
A local history project, created by Barbara Kirby's Fall 2006 Service Learning class.

Drawn To America Ellis Island Project: OASIS Pittsburgh and the Library of Congress 
This project combines creative writing with oral history in the documenting of American immigrant stories. Four members of OASIS Pittsburgh, a unique educational program for senior adults wrote their family stories for the Ellis Island- Statue of Liberty Foundation “Tell Us Your Story” project. These stories were then enriched by scanned family photographs and images from the digital archives at the Library of Congress. Each author recorded her own story that was used for the narration of the story videos.

Manchester Academic Charter School Student Projects

Poetry and Art of Liverpool Street Landmarks: a collection of sketches and poems by Manchester Academic Charter School students. During this neighborhood walking tour of the historic Manchester neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one hundred elementary school students examined architectural details of landmark buildings that were built in the 1870s. Back in their classroom they wrote poetry and drew charcoal sketches from photographs of those same buildings. This project was sponsored by the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation. Funding was provided by the Alfred M. Oppenheimer Memorial Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Growing Up Manchester: an oral history project brought 7th and 8th grade students from the Manchester Academic Charter School and senior residents of their neighborhood together. In the interviews, students learned about the economic, political and social changes that occurred in this urban community over the past 75 years. Short documentary videos were made using local and national primary source documents archived at Historic Pittsburgh and the Library of Congress.

Remembering Mather 
A short documentary of Mather, a small coal mining town in southwestern Pennsylvania. Created by Barbara Kirby's Fall 2005 Service Learning class.

Social History of the United States: Melting Pot or Salad Bowl? 
This publication is meant to serve as a case study—a sampling of the ways pre-service teachers use primary source materials in developing learning activities for the classroom. It is hoped that a thorough analysis of these lessons will provide the reader with examples that lead to further discussion about the various ways primary source materials can be integrated effectively toward the improvement of education in K-12 classrooms. Secondary social studies pre-service educators investigated the struggles America has encountered throughout the nation’s history in striving for racial, ethnic, gender, and social equality. Each pre-service educator used this theme as underpinning for the development of a learning unit focused on a given time period in American history.

The Statue of General Nathanael Greene 
Details of the renovation of the statue of General Greene that is on the top of the Greene County Courthouse in Waynesburg, PA. Created by TPS Student Worker, Jennifer Smith in the Spring of 2005. 


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