Connellsville

Our vans rolled down the narrow roads in Connellsville on a gorgeous sunny Friday morning. We passed the quaint weathered-brick storefronts of downtown that couldn’t have been open for more than a couple hours; Atkins Music Center, the Connellsville Canteen, Pats Bridal Boutique all lined the main streets of the town. We took our turn…

Connellsville Site Visit – October 8th, 2021

While in Connellsville, we visited many sights recommended to us by our community partners at the Fayette County Cultural Trust. The most obvious community asset we identified on the site was the Youghiogheny Glass Factory. While not a large employer (the owners told us they had about 14 employees at the moment), the glass factory…

Connellsville Site Reflections

What key community assets did you identify on the site visit? Connellsville was full of natural assets. The Greater Allegheny Passage trail ran right through the city and was largely viewed as the towns most valuable asset. But the town was also full of beautiful greenspace and the Youghiogheny River to complete it. The visitors…

Getting to know Connellsville

On October 8th, the Pitt Appalachian Teaching Project team took a trip to Connellsville, where we acquainted ourselves with some of the city’s most prominent assets. Starting the day at the Youghiogheny Opalescent Glass factory, we were able to witness parts of the process for creating sheets of colored glass that end up everywhere from…

Our day in Connellsville.

Hi everyone! Today’s post is about our site visit to Fayette County, specifically to the town of Connellsville. This was such an insightful and fun day and I was able to learn so much from the community. We began our day by visiting one of the town’s largest assets and employers- the Youghiogheny Opalescent Glass…

Site Visit to Connellsville: Reflection

What key community assets did you identify on the site visit? What additional work does the team need to accomplish to identify additional county-wide assets? What surprised you about the community that you learned on the site visit? What links can you make between the course readings and what you experienced from the site visit?…

Community Ties and Assets in Connellsville, PA.

On our last visit to Connellsville, PA, the team encountered several community assets, ranging from glass producers to tourism encouragers. Rather than put the businesses in any old pecking order, I’ll array the assets in the order I encountered them. Other groups visited varied locations, so, hopefully, in the end, each person’s list will appear…

ATP Introduction: Edwin Coffman

Hello! My name is Edwin Coffman, and I am in my third and final year at Pitt. I am double majoring in political science and English literature. I’m originally from a tiny town in southern West Virginia, and my roots will always be there. I’m fortunate to still live in a town that my ancestors…

Appalachia: Beyond the Trail

Growing up outside of Philadelphia, I never really thought of Appalachia as anything other than “that trail I nearly froze on”. As a mechanical engineering major at the University of Pittsburgh, they were just the mountains between school and home. But when I started working on the sustainability certificate, I began to learn about the…

Appalachian Teaching Project Introduction: Lindsey Golden

Greetings! My name is Lindsey Golden and I am a senior at Pitt. I am majoring in political science while working towards the public and professional writing certificate and double minoring in religious studies and history. I am very involved with Jewish life on campus and frequently attend Challah for Hunger and Shabbat dinners. Also,…