Our annual Treasures in the Archives is an opportunity to see highlights from one of the largest collections of historic materials in Western Pennsylvania, and this year we’re going virtual!
This signature event on the Detre Library & Archives calendar is a chance to learn about the lives of Western Pennsylvanians through one-of-a-kind photographs and documents. The archivists who work with these items every day will share the rarely heard stories behind some of their favorite collections.
This year, archivists will explore the following topics:
- Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives Director Eric Lidji will discuss the art of “field gathering,” or collecting archival materials in real time. This technique has been crucial for documenting local Jewish history over the past two years, first after the Oct. 27, 2018 synagogue attack and now as the Jewish community navigates the coronavirus pandemic.
- Project Archivist Catelyn Cocuzzi will discuss scrapbooks and their lasting historical value for preserving family stories, as told through a collection of 18 scrapbooks created by Patricia K. DeRoy. DeRoy’s keepsakes tell the story of one of the oldest Jewish families in the Pittsburgh region.
- Project Archivist Claire Moclock will share her work on the Kennywood Park Records, one of the largest collections of historic materials from an amusement park in the country. She will discuss the challenges in preserving such a large and multifaceted collection that spans more than a century of Kennywood Park history.
This program is free, but donations are appreciated. Please register online.
This program will be presented virtually.
Live captioning and American Sign Language interpretation will be provided.
For more information, please contact Sierra Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.