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What Happened Here?

What Happened Here?

By Hannah Allman Kennedy
A podcast exploring the point where nature, history, culture and infrastructure collide. Join as each week, writer Hannah Allman Kennedy looks at a place and asks, "What happened here?"
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Episode 8: The Precious Moments Museum, Carthage Missouri
You know them: small porcelain figurines in soft colors, large-headed childlike little people with teardrop-shaped dark eyes and sweet tiny-lipped smiles. Sweet, pious, and mawkish, Precious Moments figurines were a mainstay of life in the 1980s and 90s. What you might not know is that just a few miles outside the town of Carthage, Missouri, a 33-acre complex is home to a variety of Precious Moments-themed attractions, including a convention center, mini-mall, and 9,000 square-foot chapel. Um, What Happened Here? Listen along as Hannah unpacks the story of the Precious Moments Chapel and Museum.  Please rate, review, and subscribe if you enjoyed today's episode! Sources used for this episode: 1. Precious Moments Website: 2. Wikipedia: 3. Roadside America: 4. Good Housekeeping: 5. “Precious Moments and American Kitsch”: Nathan Rabin: 6. Instastory by Carlos Whittaker:
July 03, 2022
Episode 7: Donora, Pennsylvania
An hour's drive down the Monongahela River from Pittsburgh, a sleepy small town sits forgotten by the world. Few know that this place was once the site of one of the worst environmental pollution disasters of the 20th century, and the catalyst for changing laws and standards in the US. This is Donora, Pennsylvania. But what happened here? Rate, review, and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts! Where should we go next? Email ( or connect on Instagram (@whathappenedhere.pod) to suggest your favorite place! Sources Used in this Episode: Donora Borough: Smithsonian Magazine: Quartz: Donora Historical Society: Wikipedia:,_Pennsylvania National Weather Service:
June 26, 2022
Episode 6: The Allegheny National Forest
The Allegheny National Forest, over 500,000 acres of deep, vibrant green space, covers the upper edge of Pennsylvania, and creates the border of the PA Wilds. This region is one of the least populated places in the eastern US, and has some of the oldest forest growth in North America. But barely a hundred years ago, the land was completely bare. What happened here? Listen along to hear the story of the Allegheny National Forest, a tale of resilience, sustainability, and peace. Listen, follow, rate, and review wherever you get your podcasts! Sources used for this episode: PA Wilds:!directory/map/ord=rnd USDA Forest Service on the Allegheny National Forest: USDA Forest Service on the Human Heritage of the Allegheny National Forest: “Trees of Western Pennsylvania,” W.E. Hamilton and D.Y. Sillman: “Worth More Wild”, Christina Goldfuss: PBS (Terri Hansen – Winnebago and Cherokee):,thepeople%20of%20the%20big%20hill%E2%80%9D Iroquois Constitution: Wikipedia for the Allegheny National Forest: Wikipedia for the Allegheny River:
June 19, 2022
Episode 5: The Molly Malone Statue, Dublin Ireland
She's a woman who might not exist, a piece of art and also a tourist trap, with either questionable morals or a pure heart, who stands in a place not where she used to be, celebrating an event that was either a year too early or decades too late.  This bundle of contradictions is the Molly Malone statue in Dublin, Ireland, and we have to ask: What Happened Here? Please rate, review, and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts! Find me on Insta: @whathappenedhere.pod, or on email:, and tell me what place you want to visit next! Sources used in this episode: Visit Dublin: Wikipedia-Molly Malone: Wikipedia-Jeanne Rynhart: Wikipedia-St. Andrew's Street:,_Dublin The Irish Times: Irish Family History Centre: “Dublin Throws a Party”, Andrew Phillips, Maclean’s: Dublin Town: Database of Irish Excavation Reports:
June 12, 2022
Episode 4: Canyon de Chelly, Arizona
Five hours north of the city of Phoenix, and only a few miles from the town of Chinle, Arizona, a stunning, windswept canyon splits the earth in two. This is Canyon de Chelly, a national monument, a park, a homeland, and an important part of the story of the Navajo Nation.  Why is this place so significant? What role does it play in the story of Manifest Destiny and Indigenous genocide? What happened here? Join along to hear the story of this important place.  Connect with me on Instagram (@whathappenedhere.pod) or via email ( and let me know what you think of this episode, or to tell me what place you think we should cover next! Please rate, review, and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts; I really appreciate it! Sources used in this episode: The National Park Service: Discover First Wikipedia: Navajo Nation: Wikipedia: Canyon de Chelly: Wikipedia: Battle of Canyon de Chelly: Wikipedia: Fort Sumner: Wikipedia: Long Walk of the Navajo: Wikipedia: List of U.S. States and Territories by Area:
June 05, 2022
Episode 3: The Hill of Crosses, Lithuania
A short drive from the city of Šiauliai, in northern Lithuania, a rather unusual monument stands as a testament to the determination and defiance of generations of people in a much-contested land. This is the Hill of Crosses: over 100,000 crosses left by people throughout the centuries as an act of resistance, cultural identity, and hope. But what exactly is this hill a memorial to? Why was resistance necessary? What happened here? Follow along as we find out, and explore this fascinating place! Connect with me on Instagram (@whathappenedhere.pod) or via email ( and let me know what you think of this episode, or tell me what place you think we should cover next! Please rate, review, and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts; I really appreciate it! Sources used in this episode: 1.,in%20his%20homilies%20and%20speeches. 2. National Geographic 3. UNESCO 4. Wikipedia: Hill of Crosses 5. Wikipedia: Lithuania 6. Wikipedia: Partitions of Poland 7. Wikipedia: Lithuanian Cross Crafting 8. Wikipedia: Lithuanian Americans
May 29, 2022
Episode 2: CAP Park, Pittsburgh
At the crossroads of four major Pittsburgh streets, CAP Park connects a bustling downtown with the Hill District, a historically black community touched by stardom, injustice, and urban blight. CAP Park is less than a year old, but it already plays a part in so many stories: from art, music, and culture; to architecture and infrastructure; to systemic racism and failed urban renewal; and a figurative (and literal) circus. Join me, Hannah Allman Kennedy, as we ask: "What Happened in CAP Park?"  ...but first, "What is CAP Park?" Sources used in this episode: - Pittsburgh Sports and Exhibition Authority: - Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership - The Architect’s Newspaper: - National Trust for Historic Preservation: - “Creating Space for Virgil Cantini in Pittsburgh” (Holden Slattery) Belt Magazine, - Pennsylvania Historic Preservation - Lower Hill Redevelopment - Wikipedia for the Hill District: - Wikipedia for Oil City:,_Pennsylvania - Obituary from the Pittsburgh Press: November 20, 1989 (
May 22, 2022
Episode 1: Petroleum Centre, Pennsylvania
Drive two hours north of the city of Pittsburgh, and you’ll find Venango County, Pennsylvania, a region of remote towns, rugged hills, shimmering river valleys, and endless emerald forests. To the average traveler, this place is nothing more than your typical rural backcountry, but looks, as they say, can be deceiving. Look again, and you’ll find the remnants of a past life buried under the tangled forest: networks of rusted pipe, giant rotted wood barrels, and the foundations of towns long gone. Petroleum Centre is one of these towns. In this, our first episode, Hannah Allman Kennedy explores the rise and fall of a small Pennsylvania ghost town, and the colorful characters that called it home. Sources:,_Pennsylvania Hildegard Dolson, The Great Oildorado, Random House, 1959. Find me on Instagram: Hannah's Website: 
May 15, 2022
Trailer: What Happened Here?
Welcome to What Happened Here, the podcast in which writer Hannah Allman Kennedy geeks out over interesting (and formerly uninteresting) places. From nature to history, culture to infrastructure, places hold so much meaning, and we can tend to forget. But as someone who grew up around ghost towns, Hannah is undeterred. Tune in each week as we look at a new, old, weird, or forgotten place, and ask, "What happened here?"
March 17, 2022