WILKES-BARRE, PA. (May 7, 2012) – Wyoming Valley residents can purchase documentaries produced in conjunction with The Wyoming Valley Oral History Project at Wilkes University that capture the unique local history of their community. DVDs of the documentaries will be sold at the Barnes and Noble on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre starting May 9. The documentaries will be sold individually for $7.99, and proceeds will help support the future of the project.
The documentaries that will be sold are:
· Wyoming Valley Media… Challenges and Changes
· Iron Horses
· Wilkes-Barre… The Economic Road of Change
· The Revitalization of Wilkes-Barre
· The Trolley
· The Pharmacists
· Did You Boscov Today?...Memories of Department Stores of Northeastern PA
· A Bicentennial Celebration… 1806-2006
The documentary project began nearly a decade ago when Mark Stine, associate professor and chair of communication studies at Wilkes, and John Hepp, associate professor of history at the University, joined their communications and history classes to create historical documentaries about local monuments in the Wyoming Valley. Several documentaries were created over the years, and in 2008, with support by a contribution from Edward Meehan, the Wyoming Valley Oral History Project at Wilkes University was formed. Through the project, history and communications students worked together to create documentaries. These documentaries aired on Wilkes TV channel 97 on Service Electric Cable, and viewers began making requests for repeat showings. The team decided to sell the DVDs to the public to raise money to continue the project.
The project is currently headed by Loran Lewis, associate professor of communication studies. The project has held joint training classes for faculty with Kings College, and the history department has added a formal introduction to oral history in the required sophomore history research seminar. Since its implementation, the project has become a beneficial experience and resource for students, faculty, and the Wilkes-Barre community.
For more information about the Wyoming Valley Oral History Project at Wilkes University, please contact Loran Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.