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

Digital Harrisburg Fall 2017 Two-Month Review

Hello, Rachel from the Digital Harrisburg team here again!   Two months into Fall Semester, and our project is making progress in numerous different directions. On my side, I began with some data refinement from the 1900 census. Then, I moved onto my main project so far this semester; inputting the enumeration districts for five … Continue reading Digital Harrisburg Fall 2017 Two-Month Review

Digital Harrisburg: Beginning of the Year Update Fall 2017

  Hello, Rachel from the Digital Harrisburg team here. There are lots of exciting announcements for the upcoming year, but first I should explain what projects I tackled over the summer. First of all, I dove into the world of 1900 property values for Harrisburg. After downloading images captured from an annual Tax Assessment book, … Continue reading Digital Harrisburg: Beginning of the Year Update Fall 2017

Digital Harrisburg Team-Sarah

I’m Sarah. I’m a Public History major with a minor in religion and I have been working for Digital Harrisburg for a little over a year now. For the majority of my time here, I’ve been working with ArcGIS. GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is used to add data and display it spatially, usually on maps. … Continue reading Digital Harrisburg Team-Sarah

Digital Harrisburg: Winter 2017 Update

It has been a long time since our last update on the work of the Digital Harrisburg Initiative, so long that visitors may have concluded this is a dead project. Our work in fact has continued on a number of fronts and has continued to expand in ways we could not have anticipated when we initiated these projects in … Continue reading Digital Harrisburg: Winter 2017 Update

#ThrowbackThursday 10/6/16: A School for Boys

Welcome back to the second installment of Throwback Thursday, where we examine something from the Harrisburg Telegraph exactly 100 years ago.   October 6th, 1916 On this day a century ago, the Harrisburg Telegraph publish an article about an influential woman of Bedminster, Pennsylvania, a township two-and-a-half hours east of Harrisburg (by modern standards of travel). The … Continue reading #ThrowbackThursday 10/6/16: A School for Boys

Digital Harrisburg’s Data Analytics

For our senior project in computer science, we are excited to be working for Digital Harrisburg, providing them with data cleansing services and advanced data analytics. At the first stage of the project, we looked into several data cleansing software applications to help clean the census records used by Digital Harrisburg. We have concluded that … Continue reading Digital Harrisburg’s Data Analytics