Bringing history to life was the thread that united three special projects
and programs from historic markers to reminiscences of Jewish life in
the Delaware Valley.
There are approximately 1,900 distinctive blue-and-gold roadside markers
throughout Pennsylvania, commemorating, with brief descriptions, significant
people, places and events. WHYY joined a statewide effort to share the
remarkable stories behind the Historic
Markers with weekly reports on 91FM ranging from the early days
of baseball in the city to the legendary life of performer Bessie Smith.
The Internet played a key role, too, allowing audiences outside WHYYs
signal area to hear the reports online. In turn, more detailed information
was made available through our partners online.
Locally, WHYYs production of Its
a Mitzvah! Jewish Life in the Delaware Valley a powerful review
of 75 years of local Jewish history, offered another successful example
of our strategy of using multiple media platforms. The project included
a TV special, radio reports, a DVD, Web site and community events.
WHYY made a significant connection to thousands of people with the conclusions
of the War Letters project. It began with a TV program, a call to action
for area residents to send us copies of their war letters. It was followed
with community events, a local FM special and TV spots. This spring, we
turned over our invaluable WHYY
War Letters Collection to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania,
and Delaware-related letters to the Historical Society of Delaware, two
of our nations premiere historical societies.
These three projects brought new life to the extraordinary history of
our region and made it available to the public for generations to come.