Reflections on Digital History and my work with Frederick Douglass

This past semester I have learned an incredible number of applicable skills in the world of digital history. Our class went through learning multiple platforms of website builders, while also learning a lot about different softwares that can be used in many creative ways - especially in the field of history. Some our first little … Continue reading Reflections on Digital History and my work with Frederick Douglass

Digital History: A ‘Bridge,’ Enabling the Past to be Elevated in the Present

By Rachel Dougherty I sit down to write this final post in the midst of a hectic finals week.  I’ve been busy taking cumulative exams and writing papers in an attempt to synthesize what I have learned over the course of the semester; but my Digital History final has looked a bit different.  I was … Continue reading Digital History: A ‘Bridge,’ Enabling the Past to be Elevated in the Present

The Untold Epidemic of 1916

Learn about the epidemic of measles and whooping cough that swept over Harrisburg in the year 1916. A graph of the numbers of diseases per ward. Source: Faith Swarner I was presented with a kind of mystery this semester. For our final project, we were to find information from the PA State Archives to produce … Continue reading The Untold Epidemic of 1916

Wrapping Up the Women’s History Garden Project

Image Source: Alex Shehigian by Alex Shehigian For part one of this story, click here. For part two, click here. As the semester draws to a close, it is time to provide a final update on the Women’s History Garden project. It’s been an incredible journey working with the Civic Club of Harrisburg and the … Continue reading Wrapping Up the Women’s History Garden Project

Reflecting on Digital History 2022

Throughout this fall semester I have expanded my experience as a historian; however, particularly my experiences with the field of digital history. The digital history course exposed me to a great number of tools, such as website and blog creation programs like Omeka and WordPress. Both of these tools have allowed me to not only … Continue reading Reflecting on Digital History 2022

Historians Behind the Screen, Lens, Records Box, Database… A Semester’s Reflection on the Second Capitol Expansion

Featured image credits: Walnut and Short Looking North Toward Capitol, January 4,1918, Private Papers (Series MG-085-APRP-3, Box 1), MG-085, J. Horace McFarland Private Papers, Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg. - By Kelan Amme When I first began taking Digital History in August of this year (2022), I expected myself to be learning about how the historical … Continue reading Historians Behind the Screen, Lens, Records Box, Database… A Semester’s Reflection on the Second Capitol Expansion

Retelling the Story of Harrisburg’s Historic African American Community: My Final Reflections

- Kelan Amme, Lenwood Sloan (who plays Martin J. Delaney), and Lewis Butts (who plays Jacob T. Compton) discuss project details. Image by Kelan Amme. For part one of this story, click here. For part two of this story, click here. When I first began brainstorming how the Chester Way walking tour, my idea of … Continue reading Retelling the Story of Harrisburg’s Historic African American Community: My Final Reflections

Searching for Answers

Photo by Kelan Amme As part of the Digital History course offered at Messiah University, students are given the opportunity to gain experience in archival research during visits to the Pennsylvania State Archives and the Historical Society of Dauphin County. During two separate trips to Harrisburg, students were tasked with identifying manuscripts, books, and other … Continue reading Searching for Answers

Archival Research: A journey that may not actually be about the destination

By: Rachel Dougherty As my time in Digital History winds down as the semester comes to a natural conclusion, I find I have two final reflections from this course that seem to juxtapose one another.  First, I am truly amazed at the amount and quality of history that is able to be done in the … Continue reading Archival Research: A journey that may not actually be about the destination

Historians and Numbers? A Misunderstood Combination.

While the historical profession is traditionally portrayed as a discipline where scholars are found researching in dusty libraries or writing "boring" history books, there has been a growth in the technological aspect of historians' lives over the past two and a half to three decades. To be more specific, historians are now expected to count … Continue reading Historians and Numbers? A Misunderstood Combination.