The 12th Street Project is a major collaborative effort of the students and faculty at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Hosted by the Penn State Digital Humanities Lab, 12th Street collects the history, culture, and contemporary voices of those living in Erie, PA. The project takes its name from a major street in Erie that has been lined with factories and businesses throughout the region’s history. We take 12th Street as a microcosm of the social, cultural, and economic forces that have shaped the region since the mid-19th century. Together we are charting the history of the region in an effort to imagine its potential futures.
The 12th Street Project is a multimedia project comprised of archival documents and images, documentary photography and video, sound recordings and music, oral histories and journalistic writing, and contemporary creative and critical works. The project is shaped by content area editors who actively solicit content from the campus and community. 12th Street is developed on the Omeka platform and proudly hosted by the Information Technology Services at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.