Date of Award

Winter 2020

Document Type



The City Beautiful movement in Harrisburg brought many improve- ments to the capital city, but it also brought destruction to the diverse neighborhood directly east of the capitol building, known today as the “Old Eighth Ward.” Even though this community no longer exists, newspaper accounts of its razing and digital mapping of the families of the Old Eighth Ward preserve this story of displacement within public memory.


Originally published as:

Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies , Vol. 87, No. 1, SPECIAL ISSUE: HARRISBURG, DIGITAL PUBLIC HISTORY, AND THE “CITY BEAUTIFUL” (Winter 2020), pp. 164-178



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