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York College, Keystones Oral Histories series collaborate to tell more inclusive version of history

October 05, 2020
Dr. Dominic DelliCarpini and Mr. Bryan Wade sign a memorandum of understanding in the Center for Community Engagement in downtown York

York College of Pennsylvania’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE) and Keystones Oral Histories series will partner to raise awareness of the rightful place of veterans of color in the historic military legacy of York County’s history. 

This partnership will be formally announced at a virtual press conference at 3 p.m. on Oct. 12. Registration is available here.

Panelists for the press conference include:

  • Welcome - Dr. Pamela Gunter-Smith, President of York College 
  • Moderator - Dr. Dominic DelliCarpini, Dean of the CCE
  • Mr. Bryan Wade, CEO, Keystones Oral Histories
  • Dr. Peter Levy, Professor of History, York College
  • Dr. Josh Desantis, Professor Education, Director, Graduate Education Program
  • Dr. Sherry Washington-Roland, Keystones Oral Histories Curriculum Developer
  • Dr. Gabriel Cutrufello, Professor of Writing Studies, Chair, Department of Communication and Writing 

Through the Keystones Oral Histories series, Bryan Wade and his team are utilizing an oral history approach with curricula that facilitates and enhances opportunities to learn these stories. A York College alumnus, Wade completed and screened a documentary tribute to African American servicemen and women from the Harrisburg area in 2017, and he is now focusing on York County. 

“In addition to the documentary, my team is also developing curricula intended to help York County children and the broader York community become more aware of this neglected history,” said Wade. 

York College’s Departments of Education, History/Political Science, and others will work with Wade on the documentary series. This will provide students with experience in their chosen career field, giving them a wider understanding of our shared history.  

“This is precisely the kind of mutually beneficial collaboration we try to foster,” said Dominic DelliCarpini, dean of the CCE. “Our students will participate in the hands-on learning that York College is committed to; at the same time, we can lend the talent and time of our innovative students to a worthwhile community effort.

“Oftentimes, students of color cannot find themselves in the histories they are taught in schools,” he said. “This project will allow them to do just that, and realize the importance of contributions to those histories, both the past and the present.” 

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