- CHOOSE YOUR CITY
Get inspired to create your own game on the topic and submit your original game to the Student Challenge competition for the chance to win awesome prizes (Deadline: April 1, 2017). Submission portal opens on February 7th. Find submission criteria and eligibility requirements here
Since the 17th century immigrants and migrants have created and shaped communities across the United States. The first Europeans came to the U.S. in search of religious or political freedom or they arrived under labor contracts, while Africans were forcibly caught in the Atlantic slave trade. Later, immigrants and migrants arrived here, fleeing famine, poverty, civil unrest, and war, or they were attracted by the opportunity to improve their work or living conditions.
There has never been a time when immigration or migration stopped. And each succeeding group of newcomers changed the communities they settled in. Your city is home to thousands of immigrants, all of whom, like people in the past, have stories to share. Maybe your neighbors or family members arrived in the United States. Think about what the experience as an immigrant must have been like now or in any period in history. Was it hard to find your way around the city streets? What was it like attending school or making friends? This theme invites you to create a game about the immigrant experiences in your city.
Choose one of the below prompts for your game, or develop your own game concept:
This online exhibition uses archival photographs and documents and links to other sources to illustrate the stories of families who have donated their papers to the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives.
Based on a timeline, the website chronicles the development of the social service infrastructure of the Pittsburgh Jewish community using archival documents and photographs from Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives collections and links to other sources.
The Italian American Collection documents the history and culture of Western Pennsylvania’s Italian American community.
This web page shares the oral history accounts of ten men that help document the Italian American experience during World War II.Themes explored in the collection include: childhood in Italy and Western Pennsylvania, civilian life prior to entering the armed forces, the call to duty, military training and deployment, overseas experiences, daily life in the military, stories from the front lines and combat, release from service, homecoming, and life after the war.
The emphasis of the African American Collection is to preserve historically significant materials written, owned, generated by or related to the history and culture of African Americans in Pittsburgh.
The Community Time Capsules project was inspired by Andy Warhol’s own Time Capsules—over 610 cardboard boxes he obsessively filled each day for more than a decade, with just about everything that came across his desk. The Community Time Capsules project celebrates Pittsburgh’s rich cultural heritage, both past and present, by documenting its inhabitants’ stories and by collaborating with artists, educators and the community who value the region’s heritage as the building blocks for the future. Project participants from the western Pennsylvania region and from around the world mined their homes, museums, synagogues, churches, and community centers gathering personal and historical objects that provide us a window into local immigrant culture.