University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

UPJ students perform service hours for the Johnstown Area Heritage Association

This semester, fourteen UPJ students will perform a thousand hours of service for the Johnstown Area Heritage Association. Most are students who enrolled in Pitt-Johnstown's new Public & Applied History Certificate Program (PAHCP) launching this semester. Eleven students in the Introduction to Museum Science course will engage in "service-learning." They will spend half their instructional and preparational time performing accessioning and registration work with JAHA's artifact collections.  Under supervision by JAHA Historian Amy Regan, and UPJ Senior team leader Jonathan Van Dermark, one group of students will work on-site. Working in shifts in a controlled area of the Flood Museum for pandemic safety, they will evaluate tens of thousands of photo negatives donated to JAHA by Cover Studios. Cover Studios shot the images for customers at sites all over the Johnstown area from the 1940s into the twenty-first century.  Images of interpretive value to JAHA and regional heritage will be cataloged, and students will determine if others can be offered to community institutions pictured in the negatives.