In 2012, citizens of Harrisburg and community institutions launched City Beautiful 2.0, a grass-roots movement designed to address the city’s current concerns by reclaiming the spirit of the original City Beautiful movement in the early 20th century. A collaboration between citizens, schools, and businesses, the office of Mayor Papenfuse has even promoted City Beautiful 2.0 as a short-term strategy for promoting arts, culture, heritage and tourism in his transition report.
This website was designed to shed new light on the original City Beautiful movement in Harrisburg between 1900 and about 1915.
This beta version of the City Beautiful site was produced by Professor David Pettegrew and the students of his Digital History class at Messiah College in Spring 2014. Designers, researchers, and contributors included Christopher Beardsley, Rachel Carey, Kelly Henderson, Katy Kaslow, Emily Mee, David Pettegrew, Shane Reed, Cassidy Rivera, Taylor Schock, Laura Stokes, Tyler Stone, Christina Thomas, and Alyssa Vorbeck.
Like the original City Beautiful movement, our projects here is very much a work in progress. In Fall 2014, we will improve image quality of objects and complete the exhibit titled City Votes. In future semesters, other History classes at Messiah College may continue the work, as well as GIS courses at Messiah, Harrisburg University, and Harrisburg Area Community College.
This project has benefited from the generous support of the Historical Society of Dauphin County and the Pennsylvania State Archives. More information about the process of research related to this subject can be found on the individual "About" pages of the exhibits.