HISTORY STUDENT WORK
Mercyhurst public history students are challenged in their senior year to apply what they have learned in their coursework to a public history project of their choosing. Among the projects students over the past few years have produced: architectural/visual and oral histories of Erie churches and Erie schools, a documentary film advocating historic preservation in northwest Pennsylvania, a community history web site, and walking tours of Erie Civil War sites and historic places associated with labor history in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Erie Places, Erie Stories
A collaboration of the Mercyhurst University Public History program, the Erie Nonprofit Partnership, Preservation Erie, Center City Arts/Bloom Collaborative, and other partners throughout the city. The project engaged Mercyhurst students throughout fall 2013 in both producing photographs of a few of Erie’s great buildings and landscapes, and conducting oral history interviews with individuals who have some connection to those places. Students in Dr. Chris Magoc’s Introduction to Public History class interviewed residents, church parishioners, and business owners with deep and lasting attachments to some of the special places in the greater Erie area.
Beyond the tremendously rewarding learning experience Erie Places, Erie Stories aims to foster a greater appreciation for Erie’s historic and architecturally rich built environment. In this project students discovered one common thread across the city: these places, representative of countless others throughout our region, matter in the lives of local citizens. More than just great buildings, they are anchors of both personal and community memory and tangible expressions of the history, values, faith traditions, and civic spirit of a great city.
Support for this program was provided in part from an ArtsErie (now Erie Arts and Culture) Project Grant, made possible by community contributions to the ArtsErie United Fund and the Erie ArtsEndowment.
West 21st Street Historic District (339 West 21st Street)
West 12th Street
Public History Senior Projects
May 2012: "African Americans in Erie County" by Adriana Houseman