The Digital Harrisburg Initiative is a collaboration of Messiah University, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, and a number of community partners devoted to exploring the history, society, and culture of Pennsylvania’s state capital. Our goals are to provide a public resource for learning about and understanding Harrisburg, build community and institutional connections across the region, and deepen student knowledge of local history, the humanities, and digital technology.
This website is a portal for the products and processes of our work, which include a series of student digital projects and exhibits, interactive maps, datasets, publications & presentations, interviews, and blog posts created by the students and faculty between 2014 and the present.
Theses/Dissertations from 2020
Friends of Reform: The Correspondence of J. Horace McFarland and Mira Lloyd Dock, Molly Elspas and Anna Strange
History and Memory of the Old Eighth Ward, Rachel Williams
Mary Sachs: Two Types of Beauty in Harrisburg, Robin Schwarzmann
Network of City Beautiful Reformers: Humanizing Harrisburg’s Influencers, Anna Strange
Theses/Dissertations from 2018
Spaces of Fear: Race, Housing, and Travel in South Central PA, Arion Dominique and David Michael