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Picturing People from the Past

Recently the Digital Harrisburg team have been looking for photos to pair with the stories written for the Look Up Look Out campaign. These stories are the culmination of months of research dedicated to the residents and businesses of 8th Ward before its destruction in the early 1900s. Despite work done by Stephanie Patterson Gilbert … Continue reading Picturing People from the Past

Looking into the Old 8th Ward

When researching for a history project, one can run into a lot of inconsistencies that make collecting any kind of data difficult. We expect the things we find to hand us information that correlates with our theories, but it's hardly ever that easy. In order to get a realistic perspective from the artifact, one has … Continue reading Looking into the Old 8th Ward

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

The Commonwealth Monument Project 2019-2020

Let the activities commence! We detailed the basics of The Commonwealth Monument Project (also referred to as the Old Eighth Ward Project) in a post last month, but now we have more information to share! In January, we introduced the Look Up, Look Out campaign. This portion of the project involves "Twelve Stories, Twelve People, … Continue reading The Commonwealth Monument Project 2019-2020

Live and Learn Series Workshop

The Commonwealth Monument Project is kicking off its activities with a free presentation this Saturday, February 16th, 2019 at the McCormick Riverfront Library on Walnut Street in Harrisburg! Attendees will include Dr. Michael Barton of Penn State Harrisburg, the Digital Harrisburg team from Messiah College, and some descendants of the Old 8th Ward! Stop by … Continue reading Live and Learn Series Workshop

Remembering the Old Eighth Ward

The image above shows the picturesque sprawling green of Capitol Park. It is a beautiful extension of the impressive Capitol grounds with a remarkable fountain, tree-lined walking space, and view of the State Street bridge. For sure, many a visitor has marveled over this magnificent edifice; according to Lenwood Sloan, a local facilitator of cultural … Continue reading Remembering the Old Eighth Ward