Constructing A Story With Quantitative Data

This week we learned about and practiced using quantitative data in a historical study. We began by learning about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and quantitative data that can be manipulated and interpreted. Originally a tool for scientists and architects to map numerical environmental and geographical data, it surprisingly found itself in the digital historian's toolkit. … Continue reading Constructing A Story With Quantitative Data

Harrisburg 1900-1930: From Industrial Blight to Shining New Metropolis

Not many cities are able to make the kind of turn around Harrisburg, Pennsylvania pulled off between 1900 and 1930. This town that started as a tiny grouping of houses on the east bank of the Susquehanna River was able to revamp its image and become the center of national attention within 3 decades. The … Continue reading Harrisburg 1900-1930: From Industrial Blight to Shining New Metropolis

Bringing to Life the Immigrants of Harrisburg

I have always loved searching through census data. The first time I got an Ancestry account, I stayed up until four in the morning, searching through the sheets trying to find family members. If any of my friends have questions about their family or an antique book with a name in it, I would be … Continue reading Bringing to Life the Immigrants of Harrisburg

What Difference Thirty Years Can Make: Harrisburg’s Transformation from 1900 to 1930

Recently, our class has been looking at census data dealing with information from 1900 to 1930. Our census data includes information about each person who lived in Harrisburg during those thirty years. From records, we can learn the first name, last name, address, gender, race, age, birth year, literacy, birthplace, occupation, immigration status, etc. for … Continue reading What Difference Thirty Years Can Make: Harrisburg’s Transformation from 1900 to 1930

Searching for floods in the Archives

As a first time visitor to an archive, I really did not know what to expect. I thought that it would be similar to a library but much bigger. Images of clustered shelves with dusty papers came to mind. Of the two archives that we visited, the Pennsylvania State Archives could not have been further … Continue reading Searching for floods in the Archives

Digitizing City Beautiful: Remaking Harrisburg and its History

Harrisburg has been the state capital of Pennsylvania since 1812, but has had its fair share of ups and downs in city appeal. Nearing the end of the 19th century, the town was at a crossroads. After a brief period of industrial boom in the steel business, it had lost its luster and looked nothing … Continue reading Digitizing City Beautiful: Remaking Harrisburg and its History

The Kipona Club and a Day in the Archives

Last Thursday our Digital History class took a field trip to two archives in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania State Archives and the Historical Society of Dauphin County to research for our first projects. Our first project is to create an Omeka exhibit about a component of the City Beautiful Movement. When I arrived at the Historical Society … Continue reading The Kipona Club and a Day in the Archives

Digitally Archiving Harrisburg

This week, Digital History pivoted on two topics, digitization/archiving and Harrisburg's City Beautiful movement. At the beginning of the week we broadly explored these topics; by the end of the week, we practiced archiving techniques in the Pennsylvania State Archives and Dauphin County Archives on our own individual class project. The City Beautiful movement was … Continue reading Digitally Archiving Harrisburg

Encountering Digital History

Hello everyone, I'm Mike Ritter, and I am a junior history major at Messiah College. I grew up in the Washington DC area, and I currently live in Falls Church, Virginia. I transferred to Messiah after studying for two years at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. I was first drawn to history reading the non-fiction … Continue reading Encountering Digital History