Lost Treasures in Plain Sight

An exciting part of the Digital History course here at Messiah University is the opportunity to test the skills we learn in class out in the field. Over the semester Dr. Pettegrew took us to both the Pennsylvania State Archives and the Dauphin County Archives. Our mission was to find information that will help build … Continue reading Lost Treasures in Plain Sight

Update: Retelling Harrisburg’s Historic African American Community – Spirited Back to the City

By Kelan Amme See Retelling Harrisburg's Historic African American Community for part one. Throughout the past month and a half, I have been working with student fellows Center for Public Humanities at Messiah University and the Past Players, who are affiliated with the McCormick Public Library in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to produce a series of videos … Continue reading Update: Retelling Harrisburg’s Historic African American Community – Spirited Back to the City

Works in Progress

By: Keli Ganey It's good to be back with exciting updates on my project "The Story Behind the Bronze. " We are now 8 weeks into our humanities projects course and having covered the brainstorm, planning, and coordinating phases it’s time to create. I first traveled to the monument itself to taken in it’s story … Continue reading Works in Progress

The Story Behind the Bronze

By Keli Ganey The Harrisburg monument, “A Gathering at the Crossroads,” commemorates the passing of the 15th and 19th amendments and the multi-cultural community of the Old 8th Ward in Harrisburg. The sculpture represents four orators, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, William Howard Day, Jacob Compton, and Thomas Morris Chester. These four were powerful forces of … Continue reading The Story Behind the Bronze

Retelling the story of Harrisburg’s Historic African American Community

By Kelan Amme This fall, I will be helping to create a video/audio tour of African American History in the city of Harrisburg. In partnership with the Center for Public Humanities at Messiah University, the T. Morris Chester Welcome Center (at the McCormick Public Library), and Mr. Lenwood Sloan of the International Institute for Peace … Continue reading Retelling the story of Harrisburg’s Historic African American Community

The Digitally Disoriented Meets Digital History

By Rachel Dougherty Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Digital technology has never exactly been my forte. I think I am supposed to be "good" at it though. Or at least that's what people say; I was born a "digital native" after all. But I can vividly remember back in grade school, sitting in computer class … Continue reading The Digitally Disoriented Meets Digital History

Encountering Digital History

By Keli Ganey Stepping into the Digital Age is no easy task even for those of us born into it like myself. Prior to this course, I liked to think I had a good idea of what all encompassed the world of doing digital history, but after the first few weeks my mind has exploded … Continue reading Encountering Digital History

Into the Digital World: A Future Historian’s Step by Step Journey

By Kelan Amme My name is Kelan Amme and I am a junior at Messiah University. I am a History major, with a concentration in Public History, and a minor in Digital Public Humanities. I have always been interested in history ever since I was young as my family and I would take camping trips … Continue reading Into the Digital World: A Future Historian’s Step by Step Journey

Faithfully Learning Digital History

By Faith Swarner My name is Faith Swarner and I am a senior Public History major at Messiah University. As a senior Public History major I enjoy historical work that creates connections to public applications. My goal for the future is to go into museum work and make history accessible to all and then nurture … Continue reading Faithfully Learning Digital History

Christian Perspectives on Community Engagement and the Public Humanities

Image Source: Pexels What is the primary goal of community outreach programs at universities and colleges? This question is being asked by the coordinators of such programs across disciplines but is especially relevant to humanities scholars navigating the rise of the public humanities. As a humanities student at a Christian university, the author looks to … Continue reading Christian Perspectives on Community Engagement and the Public Humanities