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

Digital Harrisburg at the American Historical Association Conference

If you're attending the American Historical Association conference in D.C., come see our session "Placing the American Community: Lessons from the Digital Harrisburg Project," in the Hampton Room (Omni Shoreham, East Lobby). The session is scheduled for January 5, 8:30-10:00 AM. You'll see appearances by Messiah College professors John Fea, Jim LaGrand, David Owen. The forces … Continue reading Digital Harrisburg at the American Historical Association Conference

Digital Harrisburg: Winter 2017 Update

It has been a long time since our last update on the work of the Digital Harrisburg Initiative, so long that visitors may have concluded this is a dead project. Our work in fact has continued on a number of fronts and has continued to expand in ways we could not have anticipated when we initiated these projects in … Continue reading Digital Harrisburg: Winter 2017 Update

Digital Harrisburg Project: A Fall Update

The rapid pace of a new semester at Messiah College and the good things happening with the Digital Harrisburg Initiative have left not a single moment to write an update about our collective work in the Digital Harrisburg Initiative. At mid-semester, I've finally got a moment to give readers a sense of the growing energy of the new initiative. 1. Digital History Course Student … Continue reading Digital Harrisburg Project: A Fall Update

A Mid-Summer Update: Census Data, Church Membership, and Property Values

It's been several months since a general update on our work on the Harrisburg City Beautiful and City Social Projects. The silence of this site is no indicator of the progress we have made in spring and early summer in putting the Harrisburgers of the early 20th century on the map. Here are the major strides we've … Continue reading A Mid-Summer Update: Census Data, Church Membership, and Property Values

The First Greeks of Harrisburg

The Digital Harrisburg Working Group has made major strides in the last six weeks in entering, publicizing, and standardizing data related to the City Social Project. We have had major success especially in our ability to visualize data in GIS. At some point soon, we’ll give a general update of all the recent activities related … Continue reading The First Greeks of Harrisburg

Digital Harrisburg Initiative: A Mid-February Update

About a year ago, a number of faculty and students from several courses at Messiah College and Harrisburg University partnered to launch a new initiative to digitize Harrisburg’s history. It’s incredible how our original vision of the Digital Harrisburg Initiative (DHI) has grown over the last year as we’ve found new partners and begun to … Continue reading Digital Harrisburg Initiative: A Mid-February Update

Explore Harrisburg in 1900: An Interactive Map of Buildings and Population

The Digital Harrisburg working group is pleased to announce a beta version of an interactive map of Harrisburg in 1900/1901 hosted at ArcGIS Online. This map and the data it contains was developed as a collaboration between faculty and students at Messiah College and Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. The  Historical Society of Dauphin … Continue reading Explore Harrisburg in 1900: An Interactive Map of Buildings and Population

The Harrisburg City Beautiful Project: A Mid-December Update

It’s been an eventful month for our work on the Digital Harrisburg Initiative. About time to round up some of the latest updates: 1. Presentations Since our last update, faculty and students from Messiah College, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, and Harrisburg Area Community College presented on research related to Harrisburg’s City Beautiful movement. … Continue reading The Harrisburg City Beautiful Project: A Mid-December Update