Research at the PA State Archives: My Last Hands on Experience for a Long Time

I went in to my experience at the archives somewhat daunted, because I didn't have an extremely concrete idea of what I was going to be looking for. Initially interested in researching restrictive covenants, I soon found that the archives would not be much help in that area. I decided to look at arrest records … Continue reading Research at the PA State Archives: My Last Hands on Experience for a Long Time

Digitization and the Demolition of the Eighth Ward

Digital History and online learning have taken on a whole new meaning for me and many other students across the county and the world in the past few weeks. Last Thursday we visited the PA state archives and sorted through materials left behind from those living in Harrisburg a hundred years ago. I was looking … Continue reading Digitization and the Demolition of the Eighth Ward

Mystery of McFarland

Cities hold history in various forms. Some cities utilize murals to capture their past, others may use walking tours, but most city histories resides in archives and with local residents. Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, does not have the most accessible history. Due to my work with the Digital Harrisburg Initiative, I have spent an … Continue reading Mystery of McFarland

Deserters and Digitization

It has been a hectic past few weeks. You'll probably learn from my classmates how the college has shut down the campus and moved all classes online (not a serious handicap for a Digital History class) due to the COVID-19 outbreak, so I'll spare you the details. Fortunately, we were able to spend our last … Continue reading Deserters and Digitization

The Silenced Voices of Harrisburg’s Old Eighth Ward

The Silenced Voices of Harrisburg's Old Eighth Ward Before coming to Messiah I knew nothing about Harrisburg or the City Beautiful Movement. When I took Pennsylvania History during my junior year, I began to learn about the fascinating and devastating history of Harrisburg and specifically the Old Eighth Ward. I learned how the City Beautiful … Continue reading The Silenced Voices of Harrisburg’s Old Eighth Ward

My Encounter with History In this Digital Age

Hello, I am David and I am a Junior Digital History Student from Messiah College. My major is history and my love for history lies primarily in military history and the World War II era. I am also fascinated by ancient Greek and Roman history as well. As part of my history experience, I enjoy … Continue reading My Encounter with History In this Digital Age

History and its connections through the Digital World

Digital technologies are increasingly becoming a part of our world today. These technologies translate into history in so many ways. In my public history class last semester, we talked about the pros and cons of digital technologies such as virtual reality. I had the opportunity during a week celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. to try … Continue reading History and its connections through the Digital World

History and the Digital Revolution: A Reflection on the New Collectiveness of Historical Knowledge

The effect of the digital revolution on the study of history. A cutting edge device in a Renaissance style painting of Clio, the muse of history; new technology with old ways of thinking. From https://earlyamericanists.com/2017/01/26/reflecting-on-digital-history/ Hello, everyone. My name is Christopher Mundis and I am a sophomore history major at Messiah College, with concentrations in … Continue reading History and the Digital Revolution: A Reflection on the New Collectiveness of Historical Knowledge

Learning to Uncover Truth in Digital History

I began working with Digital Harrisburg in September of last year and I was quickly immersed in the world of Digital History. Though I was able to adjust and become acquainted with the work I was doing, as an English major, the practices of digital history were skills that I mostly learned on the fly. … Continue reading Learning to Uncover Truth in Digital History