My First Job as a Digital Historian

At the end of the fall semester of my sophomore year of college, I was told that through my current internship I would be able to research and write for a monument that would later be installed in the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building. Without hesitation I accepted, but as the exhibit developed it became a … Continue reading My First Job as a Digital Historian

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

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

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

Digital Harrisburg Spring 2018 Two-Month Review

Hello, Rachel from the Digital Harrisburg team here.   It has been a while since I last made a Digital Harrisburg post, about our bustling activity during the Fall semester, but there has been no lack of projects and events during the interim. First of all, Dr. Pettegrew provides a comprehensive update to start off … Continue reading Digital Harrisburg Spring 2018 Two-Month Review

Reflecting on Digital History: The Intersection of Past and Present

This past month I learned a lot about the field of digital history; that it has so much application to the field of history and how it is constantly expanding. I appreciated my small class size, and in turn the high amount of personal instruction I received from my professor. I was exposed to a … Continue reading Reflecting on Digital History: The Intersection of Past and Present

Reflecting on Digital History and Mary Sachs Research

Over these past couple of weeks, I have learned a great deal about the City Beautiful Movement as well as what it means to be a digital historian. Digital technologies have developed so quickly over the past couple of decades. In the edited collection, History in the Digital Age, many chapters underscore how technology is used … Continue reading Reflecting on Digital History and Mary Sachs Research