Susan Goldberg’s students in psychology and social engagement class at Duquesne University have been listening to Hill District residents tell the stories of their lives and will present those stories Friday afternoon.
The Hill House Association, 1835 Centre Ave., is the host of the second 1,000 Stories Project presentation from 4.30 to 6.30p. The reading is free and open to the public.
Nine stories have been added to the collection this semester. Duquesne students have collected 21 of the 36 interviews for the project. The Hill House Association initiated the program in the spring of 2010.
Early this year, Susan asked Terri Baltimore, vice president of neighborhood development at Hill House, if she and her students could pick up the ball.
“Last April, we interviewed people who had stories of transformation, renewal, coming back from being down-and-out,” Susan said. “Teri wanted to start to capture stories of the Hill from elders and others” about their lives in the Hill, “from how wonderful it was when they were children, everything was there flourishing, you could shop everywhere... to urban renewal, devastation, riots, how people look at the hill now and how they see the future.”
Photo of storyteller Brenda Tate, courtesy of the Hill House Association