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HIST245 - WEST PHILA COMMUNITY HISTORY CENTER PROJECT
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AN ACADEMICALLY BASED COMMUNITY SERV COURSE
This course led by John Puckett, Professor of Education, and Mark Lloyd, University Archivist, builds on the work of Penn students who established the West Philadelphia Community History Center in 2008. This virtual heritage museum provides a collective portrait of families and individuals who have had histories in West Philadelphia and is intended as an ever-revised and expanded resource by and for members of the West Philadelphia community, especially for teachers and their students. The website for the virtual museum was first expanded and updated during hte fall of 2010 by students in an Academically Based Community Service course taught by Professor Walter Licht of the History Department and Mark Lloyd. To be offered as an ABCS course in Fall 2014, it will continue the work of developing the virutal history museum. Students will engage in research projects that contribute to one or more of the following categories: a general history of West Philadelphia, accounts of its neighborhoods and their institutions, a historical economic narrative of the area, a re-photographic survey of area landmarks, and the further collecting and posting to the website of personal and family stories.
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