Lauren M. Churilla practices public history at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania as Curator/Director of the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery, a position she has held since 2010. She teaches several courses in Public History and has lectured within the College’s Department of History since 2013. Her research interests focus on American women’s history, the Progressive Era, and gender and sexuality. Ms. Churilla’s publications focus on issues of social movements, women in politics, local history, and material culture. Her current research explores street harassment and self defense in Progressive Era Pittsburgh.
Lauren M. Churilla holds an M.A. in Public History: Archival, Museum, and Edition Studies and a certificate in Women and Gender Studies from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania (2010) and is currently a doctoral candidate in American Women’s History at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Ms. Churilla studies under Lisa Tetrault, Associate Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University.
Joanna Moyar has worked with the Westmoreland Historical Society since 1999. She serves as the Coordinator of Interpretation and Collections and was formerly the education coordinator until 2018. The WHS collection includes archaeological material, documents, photographs, textiles, furniture, and other objects.
Joanna is a native of Greensburg. She received her B.S. in Art and teaching certification from Millersville University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Museum Education from The George Washington University. She was the education coordinator for Alexandria Archaeology, in Alexandria, VA for 10 years.
Joanna is Penn State Extension Master Gardener and is particularly interested in historic gardening practices and foodways, as well as the native environment and plants of Pennsylvania.
Special thanks to our community members for their support in this project!
- Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau
- Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College