Look Up, Look Out: Time Travel to the Old 8th Ward

The most recent issue of ShowcaseNow! Magazine features a nice little piece by Lenwood Sloan about the Look Up and Look Out campaign which will tell the stories of the Old Eighth Ward between 1870 and 1920. We expect to launch that officially with posters and webpages in the next couple of weeks. In the … Continue reading Look Up, Look Out: Time Travel to the Old 8th Ward

Saturday Salon, May 4, 2:00-4:00

Join us this Saturday, May 4, 2:00-4:00 for a Salon Celebration honoring white carnation descendants of the 100 Voices and other inhabitants of the Old Eighth Ward. The event will be held at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center at 1102 N. 3rd Street. Between 2:00 and 3:00, visitors can circulate between different tables and information booths, … Continue reading Saturday Salon, May 4, 2:00-4:00

Pennsylvania and the Underground Railroad: Chautauqua Workshop, (April 20)

Join the Commonwealth Monument Project this coming Saturday for the next Chautauqua Workshop (on previous workshops, see this post). WHO: IIPT-TFEC Harrisburg Peace Promenade: The Commonwealth Monument Project WHAT: CHAUTAUQUA: Pennsylvania and the Underground Railroad: The Road to Harrisburg: a "Live and Learn" workshop WHEN: Saturday, April 20, 2019 Noon-2 p WHERE: McCormick Public Library, … Continue reading Pennsylvania and the Underground Railroad: Chautauqua Workshop, (April 20)

Do You Know ME? Help us find descendants of 100 important Harrisburgers

In partnership with the Commonwealth Monument Project, we are launching a campaign via Facebook, Twitter, and this blog to track down direct descendants of 100 influential African-American citizens who called Harrisburg their home in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Our collaborators in the project, history detectives Mr. Calobe Jackson, Lenwood Sloan, and Jeb … Continue reading Do You Know ME? Help us find descendants of 100 important Harrisburgers

Pieces of the Puzzle (The Burg Article on the Old Eighth Ward)

M. Diane McCormick published a recent piece on the Commonwealth Monument Project at The Burg. Titled Pieces of the Puzzle, the essay details the project and also includes a video interview with Mr. Lenwood Sloan. Here's a taste of the article: "The stories lurk in half-forgotten memories. The images hide in boxes stashed in attics. … Continue reading Pieces of the Puzzle (The Burg Article on the Old Eighth Ward)

Reimagining the Old Eighth Ward: A Reflection on the First Chautauqua Lecture

We recently kicked off the Commonwealth Monument Project with the first of six “Chautauqua Series” lectures at the McCormick Public Library. Close to 40 people came in and out during a two hour session. The library staff were supportive and helpful throughout. Mr. Lenwood Sloan facilitated an excellent series of presentations and conversations about the … Continue reading Reimagining the Old Eighth Ward: A Reflection on the First Chautauqua Lecture

Rethinking Harrisburg, the City Beautiful: Call for Contributions

A call for contributions to a special issue of Pennsylvania History: "Harrisburg, The City Beautiful: Rethinking Urban Improvement in the Pennsylvania State Capital" edited by James B. LaGrand and David K. Pettegrew Abstract: Harrisburg’s City Beautiful Movement has an important place in the history of urban reform in America. Among the very earliest progressive reform movements, … Continue reading Rethinking Harrisburg, the City Beautiful: Call for Contributions

Harrisburg University Maps out Harrisburg’s History

There's a nice little public relations piece at the website of Harrisburg University of Science and Technology about HU's role in the Digital Harrisburg Initiative. The good news is that an internal grant will continue to fund the completion of digitization of 1900 and 1929 maps. Read the piece here. Here's an excerpt from the … Continue reading Harrisburg University Maps out Harrisburg’s History

Digital Harrisburg Initiative: A New Year Update

While this website has generated only a few posts over the last year, our team has been hard at work in developing datasets and researching the history and culture of Harrisburg. Beginning next week, I will be teaching a three-week intensive course in Digital History, which will focus on Harrisburg. As our 9 students explore … Continue reading Digital Harrisburg Initiative: A New Year Update