Synopses & Reviews
A frontier town, crossroads of commerce, state capital, business center, and "City Beautiful," Harrisburg has been and remains all these and more. Its heritage of steel, iron, railroads, canals, business, and government, along with the diverse peoples who helped create it, is collected in this volume, which explores the vast history of this unique Pennsylvania city through the medium of historical photographs. Many images presented in Harrisburg have never before been published and have been carefully selected from the vast collections of
the Historical Society of Dauphin County and the Pennsylvania State Archives. From the ever-changing Capitol Complex to the Lochiel Train Wreck, the Civil War, Hurricane Agnes, and Three Mile Island, the images demonstrate the response to these events by Harrisburg's resilient citizens. Changes through technology, transportation, recreation, and lifestyles have also altered the city over the years. Some buildings and sites no longer exist; some are still standing. Most of the images were made by Harrisburg's late-nineteenth- and twentieth-century photographers and are presented here for the education and enjoyment of longtime residents, visitors, and the just plain curious.
About the Author
Linda A. Ries, an archivist for the Pennsylvania State Archives and an accomplished author, has been researching and writing about historical photographs for twenty years. In Harrisburg she has compiled a celebration of the city's fascinating visual heritage. Local residents and visitors alike will be entertained by Harrisburg and will be reminded of the strength and perseverance of Pennsylvania's capital city.