Paula Purnell


Paula G. Purnell, D.Ed., is an educator and owner of Sense of Place Learning (SPL). SPL's mission is to create unique educational experiences that explore and celebrate the places we live through local history, ecology, and the arts. Before forming SPL, Dr. Purnell served as an Assistant Professor in the Professional Studies in Education Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Purnell researches, records, and performs historic folk music of western Pennsylvania. She has toured extensively with her band, The NewLanders, both regionally and internationally.


Music programs and workshops:

  • Celebrating Pennsylvania History through Story and Song
  • Songs of Women of Western Pennsylvania
  • Moonshine Over the Alleghenies: A Musical History of Whiskey in Western PA


Place-based curriculum development and implementation. To learn more please visit Sense of Place Learning.


Interested in having Dr. Paula Purnell speak to your group? E-mail her.




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