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Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4208)
Matthew Strauss (Project Director: July 2018 to May 2022)

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

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$87,598 (approved)
$87,598 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 10/31/2021

Coasters, Culture, and Change: Processing and Digitizing the Kennywood Park Records

The arrangement and description of 175 linear feet of correspondence, photographs, moving images, records, drawings, and promotional materials related to Kennywood Park, one of the nation’s longest-running amusement parks, along with the digitization of 2,000 images, 12 videos, and 750 pages.

The Heinz History Center is seeking funding for an implementation grant that will support processing and digitization of the Kennywood Park Records. The records offer researchers opportunities to explore an array of humanities topics, including cultural assimilation, popular culture, and leisure. The records amount to 175 linear feet and includes managerial correspondence, photographs, moving images, and promotional material.  The first year of the 18-month project will entail processing the collection, which will result in the records being rehoused, cataloged, and described in a detailed finding aid. The final six months will encompass the digitization of 750 manuscript pages, 2000 images, and 12 videos.  This content will be posted to Historic Pittsburgh, a regional digital library website. Dissemination efforts will include sharing bibliographic information in local and national resources, the creation of K-12 resources, blog posts, and conference presentations.