Expanding the Narrative of a Beautiful City

When our class began to discuss Harrisburg history and digitization, I thought I would be ready for the onset of information. Of course, there is so much more to learn, but I knew thousands of early 20th-century Harrisburg residents by name and worked comprehensively with digitizing historical Harrisburg. That's a good base, right? Similar to … Continue reading Expanding the Narrative of a Beautiful City

Digital History: The Transformation of Historical Methodology

Experimentation with Digital History is a central theme for me this academic school year. Traditional forms of historical research are taught to all historians in the Messiah History Department yet bits of digital history, its themes, and procedures, find their way into the curriculum of multiple classrooms. We have the privilege in Historical Methods, Messiah's … Continue reading Digital History: The Transformation of Historical Methodology

Entering Into Digital History

Hello. My name is Sarah Wilson, and I am a junior history major who is currently in Digital History with Dr. Pettegrew. I am a public history concentration and am interested in Library and Information Sciences. Coming into the Digital History class, I already know a great deal about the subject. I have been working … Continue reading Entering Into Digital History

Rediscovering the Digital Side of History

Ever since I could remember, I’ve always been a history buff. Something about telling people’s stories and learning more about the human experience has kept me fascinated for years. As I’ve gotten older, the sheer complexity of human history and what we as a society stand to learn from it continues to astound me. There … Continue reading Rediscovering the Digital Side of History

Introduction to Digital History

As a junior history major at Messiah College, with a public concentration, a course in digital history fits naturally in the courses I ought to take. A public concentration means that you want to work with the public to help them grow in their understanding of history. Jobs in public history can include work in museums, … Continue reading Introduction to Digital History

Digital History January Session: Reid Myers

Hello, I’m Reid Myers. That's me, to the left. I am a sophomore history major with a concentration in administrative studies. This January at Messiah College, myself and nine other history students have the chance to take the Digital History course offered by the history department. We have three weeks to do so. It’s a … Continue reading Digital History January Session: Reid Myers

First Steps into Digital History

I would love to tell you a story this afternoon. The story is my introduction to what brought you here to this Digital Harrisburg site— digital history. If it weren’t for the interest of professors at Messiah in pursuing the rising field of digital history, this site would presumably not be in existence. My part … Continue reading First Steps into Digital History

The History of the Future

Frequent readers of this blog may recognize me--Rachel Williams--from other posts about various Digital Harrisburg topics, but today I am writing as a student of a Digital History class. For the past two years, I have participated in the Digital Harrisburg project. Through this work-study experience, I have been able to gain a reasonable degree … Continue reading The History of the Future

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