Since 2014, faculty and students from Messiah University and Harrisburg University of Science and Technology have produced a significant number of student and faculty digital projects related to the history of Harrisburg, its environs, and south-central Pennsylvania. For current projects, visit the Exhibits page. Below we include a complete list of our work since 2014.

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  • Harrisburg Giants Documentary Project. A short documentary about the Harrisburg Giants, an American Negro League baseball team that fully integrated in the 1950s. Created by students in communication and film at Messiah University, the documentary features interviews with both original Giants players and local historians and reveals how determination and a “love of the game” led the team to win championships and reconcile racial differences despite the segregation of the early twentieth century.
  • Poetry in Place. Sponsored by Messiah University’s Center for Public Humanities, Poetry in Place has partnered with Harrisburg teachers and community leaders since 2015 to cultivate in students a deeper connection to the rich cultural, historical, and ecological roots of the city through field trips that nurture historical inquiry, followed by poetry workshops that invite students to contribute their own creative expressions and perspectives to the city. Messiah students and faculty have worked with Rowland Middle School, Marshall Math Science Middle School, and John Harris High School. All of the poems have been recorded and will eventually be made public through story-telling maps.
  • Church histories. Messiah University faculty and students in History, Ethnic and Area Studies, and Communication, as well as student fellows for the Center for Public Humanities, have partnered with Harrisburg churches to conduct oral histories and digitize and archive significant historical documents related to their communities: Wesley Union AME Zion church; Capital Presbyterian USA, an African American congregation founded in 1857; and St. Paul’s Episcopal, a multiethnic congregation. Digital documents and audio files will be made public when digitization and editing are complete.
  • Historic Harrisburg. An Omeka website devoted to historical exhibits of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Currently contains one exhibit related to the Paxton Presbyterian Church. Created by students in Dr. Fea’s Pennsylvania History course (2014).
  • Rural Pennsylvania. An Omeka website with historical exhibits on rural life in York, Cumberland, and Dauphin Counties, Pennsylvania. Created by students in Dr. Fea’s Pennsylvania History course (2014) and Dr. Pettegrew’s Historical Archaeology class (2014).
  • African-American PA. An Omeka website with historical exhibits devoted to African-American history in south-central Pennsylvania. Created by students in Dr. Fea’s Pennsylvania History course (2014).
  • The Big Dig at the Stouffer Farm. A website devoted to excavations and survey at an 18th-20th century farm and rural cemetery in Franklin Township, York County, PA, seven miles south of Dillsburg. The Stouffer Farm excavations were a collaborative investigation of Messiah University Department of History and the The Oakes Museum of Natural History.

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