Mining Memories: Oral History Interative Website

Project Type

Digital Project

Project or Course Name

Digital Humanities 330: Studies in Autobiography

Publication Date

Summer 2019


The people of the Anthracite Coal Region have important stories to tell. The goal of this site is to preserve these stories and make them accessible to people wanting to learn more about how the population lived and observed their faith in the region. This project is a partnership between Bucknell University and the Franciscan Friars of Mother Cabrini Friary, Father Martin Kobos, and the Mother Cabrini Catholic Church parishioners. The Mother Cabrini Catholic Church of Shamokin was formed in 1995 when Assumption BVM, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Edward the Confessor, St. Michael the Archangel, and St. Stanislaus Kostka churches merged to form one parish. The former St. Edward's church became the home of the new parish. The church community is full of stories of what it was like growing up in the coal region. This site strives to capture a few of the different voices.

The oral histories collected here were conducted in Spring 2018 by students in Digital Humanities 330: Studies in Autobiography taught by Prof. Katherine Faull. Bucknell University Library Research Services Intern Courtney Hugo then curated the Omeka website in Summer 2019 with the information those students collected. The students who worked on this project are Joelle Andres-Beck, Aleksandar Antonov, Stephanie Garboski, Olivia Harris, Colin Sacco, and Caroline Whitman.


Comparative Humanities

Field Station

Coal Region Field Station


Shamokin, PA


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