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The D&L is seeking an experienced researcher to bring to light untold stories of women and African-Americans related to our region’s industrial and transportation heritage.
The Diversity Research Historian is a temporary, grant-funded position to research and share the under-represented stories of women and African-Americans relating to the industrial heritage of Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (a five-county region in eastern Pennsylvania).
He/she/they will initially focus on uncovering personal narratives of women for the special exhibition entitled “Beyond Rosie and Rivets: Industrial Women in the D&L Corridor.” Scheduled to open in April 2022 at the National Canal Museum, it will delve into the untold stories of the women who worked in some of our region’s iconic industries, such as steel and silk production, and explore issues of gender discrimination and the evolution of women in the American workforce.
He/she/they will also add to the historical record by conducting oral history interviews with women who held/hold industrial jobs about their experiences. Following the exhibition’s opening, the focus of the Historian will shift to investigating the roles of African-Americans in the D&L Corridor, particularly on the region’s anthracite canals and related industries from 1830 to 1930. The research objectives will be to collect and interpret population and employment data about African-Americans in the Corridor as well as individual stories of the lives of local African American men and women, especially as it relates to their work on the canals, railroads, and other related industries.
To learn more, please read the full position announcement here.