“I’m motivated to do this work so that future generations will know of veterans’ service and sacrifice in uniform. Every vet [who we profile through the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative] gets a page, with a portrait, a collage of their military photos, a write-up of the interview we do with them, and the video and audio of them telling their story. It’s great to get to use my skills as an audiographer to help veterans preserve their personal histories, for their families, and for the whole community. At the end of the day, all that’s left are our stories — the ones we tell ourselves and the ones that are told about us. A story not told is a story not heard. That’s why it’s so important for me to do this.”

[A navy veteran and Beaver County resident, Kevin Farkas serves as the director of multimedia with the Veterans Breakfast Club, a non-profit organization that works to create communities of listening around veterans and their stories to ensure that this living history will never be forgotten. He is also the director and executive producer of the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative, an educational media organization that works in partnership with the VBC to capture, preserve, and share the experiences of local veterans. To date, Veteran Voices has captured 672 veteran stories and hosted 59 live storytelling events for veterans to come together for fellowship. Kevin and I spoke after a recent Veterans Breakfast Club event in Beaver].

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Erin Ninehouser loves photography for its ability to reveal truths and insights that are often too difficult to capture with words. She believes, as Garrison Keillor says through his troubled yet triumphant character Barbara in Pontoon, that “the only sermon that counts is the one formed by our actions.” A native of New Castle, Erin has made her home in Ambridge where she lives happily with her wonderful husband Dave, their three adorable and hilarious cats, and their “old gentleman” dog, Max. Erin is excited to help tell the stories of the people of Beaver County. You can see more of her work on Facebook and connect on Instagram or Twitter.