The Collection

The October 27 Archive currently contains 176 objects and is regularly being expanded with more material. The archive includes flyers and programs from community gatherings held since the October 27 attack, a comprehensive collection of news coverage about the day of the event, oral history recordings reflecting a diverse array of experiences, and historical documentation about the Jewish experience in Western Pennsylvania.

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Gemma Del Duca oral history (1)

Oral history with Gemma Del Duca recorded as part of the Meanings of October 27th oral history project.

Historical Notes

Meanings of October 27th is an oral history project created by Aliza Becker and Noah Schoen in response to the October 27 attack. It explores the lives of people from different communities across Western Pennsylvania--both Jewish and non-Jewish--and captures their reflections on October 27, 2018 and its aftermath. In these recordings, more than 100 narrators talk through their personal identities, reckon with a violent antisemitic attack in their midst, and discuss the challenge of building bonds within communities and between communities.

This is the first of a two-part oral history with Sister Gemma Del Duca. Listen to the first part and the second part.

Use and Reproduction

Property rights reside with the Senator John Heinz History Center. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Library and Archives of the Senator John Heinz History Center.

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Meanings of October 27th