Join us and let us share your stories so that we can all understand more about the dynamic fabric of our community.
We live in a dynamic community. Unlike ancient cities in Asia, Africa, and Europe, ours was a transient aboriginal and sleepy rural Euro-American farming community until the development of the anthracite coal industry. Since the late 18th century, people have moved to our region and shared their values and cultures, as they supported a new energy source for the United States. The story and culture of the region and the exhibits of Anthracite Heritage Museum reflect the predominance of European immigration. However, the story of the region is more complicated. This place had been occupied for 10,000 years and for as long as there have been people here, there have been people from many more places and people who share different social and cultural values than traditionally represented in the Anthracite Heritage Museum. We want to expand the museum’s interpretation of our region to include more diverse stories. We want to know the story of your family or and your community. We want to understand how you came to settle here and how the industrial culture impacted or influenced you and your community. We’d like you to fill out this survey as a first step to share your stories with us.
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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? If you had to describe yourself in 5 words, what would those words be? Perhaps you have a story that will help us get to know you better?                                                                                                                
What neighborhood do you currently live in and how long have you lived in the area? What is your favorite and least favorite thing about your neighborhood?
If you had to describe our region in 5 words, what would those words be?
 If someone had never visited this area, how would you describe it to them? How would you describe the history of our region?
Are there particular challenges your community faces in your city? What are those challenges?
What types of activities are you involved in? Who do you spend time with that has common interests or common lived experiences?
If you work, what kind of work do you do? What do you like to do on the weekends or when you are not working?
Is there anything else you would like to share about you or your community?
Are you interested in sharing more of your story for the museum exhibition? We would love to arrange a follow up interview to hear more of your story. Please provide your contact information (phone or email) and we will be contacting you this week.
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