Silhouettes and Passing Time

A city cannot function properly without the co-operation of its populace and, even so, it requires dedicated individuals to view it with a critical eye and decide where it requires improvement. Beyond that, it requires individuals who are willing to not only see these needs, but also to act upon them. Women committed to this … Continue reading Silhouettes and Passing Time

Looking Backward and Looking Forward

Sitting in the Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg this afternoon, I was glad to find myself with a little time to reflect on this past semester in Digital History. It was strange to realize how much we had accomplished in terms of reading, learning techniques, and project research. Project 1 seemed to fly by as … Continue reading Looking Backward and Looking Forward

Have a Spatial Day

During our last few Digital History class periods, we've gained an introduction to GIS (geographic information system). I'm familiar with the basics of GIS from my internship this summer. I worked for the Bureau for Historic Preservation, in the CRGIS (sculptural resources geographic information system) Office, but I really only used a program call GeoMedia. I am not overly familiar with ArcGIS, … Continue reading Have a Spatial Day

Harrisburg League for Municipal Improvements: Spatial Perspectives

Whenever you live near someone for a significant period of time, you get to know them and understand them. Eventually, you may find that you have common interests or beliefs and can work together to affect change in your neighborhood such as creating a neighborhood watch group. This type of situation may have also taken … Continue reading Harrisburg League for Municipal Improvements: Spatial Perspectives

Mapping the African American Reformers of Harrisburg

As the days are getting colder, our research is getting warmer. At the moment our Digital History course at Messiah College is waist deep in our third project for the semester. Over the past few class periods we have been learning a lot about the inner workings of ArcGIS, a digital mapping technology. We take … Continue reading Mapping the African American Reformers of Harrisburg

Industry and the Population of Harrisburg

Industry is a facet of modern city life that keeps the economy afloat. Yet, cities are often characterized by their unique emphasis on certain industries. Today, we often associate Pittsburgh with the steel industry or Baltimore with seafood. What can be said about Harrisburg, especially in 1900, a time of industrialization? Dr. Pettegrew and the students in … Continue reading Industry and the Population of Harrisburg

Donors for Improvement

The League for Municipal Improvement is often identified as the organization that campaigned for and facilitated the improvements of Harrisburg's City Beautiful Movement. Yet, there was another group of prominent men, women, and businesses, who were not all members of the League, who pledged donations to fund prominent national experts to draw up plans for … Continue reading Donors for Improvement

Harrisburg’s 1900 Population… In the Books

The past two weeks we’ve been getting lost in Harrisburg, 1900, as we continue to work on our second project, “City Social.” We learned how to effectively make use of Microsoft Access, as we explored the City Social Database, which is a record of the citizens of Harrisburg in 1900. This massive database includes a … Continue reading Harrisburg’s 1900 Population… In the Books

Digital Archaeology

As this semester progresses, I realize more and more how similar Digital History is to Historical Archaeology. Where one researcher is brushing dust off artifacts, another is pouring through archives and databases for their very own dusty material. The more time you spend digging around, the more information you can gather and the more you … Continue reading Digital Archaeology