Course: SOCI 206: Video Ethnography
Faculty: Carl Milofsky
Students: Laura Lujan, Stephanie Salazar, Michelle Lutz, Colin Sygrove, Connor Hayes, Abu Chowdhury, and Clayton McManus
DP&S Liaison: Brianna Derr
Date: Spring 2015
Professor Carl Milofsky and students from SOCI 206: Video Ethnography crafted an ethnographic film that explores a unique museum in the small town of Shamokin, Pennsylvania. Through this museum, a community displays their rich history.
Shamokin Fire History Museum: One Man, One Museum, One Community was created in memory of John Smith, a passionate town historian who created what is now the Shamokin Fire History Museum. Many years ago, Shamokin was an important and successful town because of the high demand for anthracite coal. Now, it is considered to be a distressed city after the decline of the coal industry. In the film, several Shamokin residents discuss their experience with the local fire departments and the significance it has had in their lives and in the community. They see the museum as a symbol of community strength, unity, and camaraderie.