Historic Harrisburg Association is in the process of updating its annual list of “Preservation Priorities” for the Harrisburg community. Properties and sites on the list, which was first published in 1993, are deemed to have special importance to the community, as architectural or historic landmarks, as important civic landmarks, or as pivotal elements in a larger neighborhood revitalization objective. Some, but not all, are at risk of being lost, while others await the resources needed for their preservation.
Award winning journalist Paul Beers (1931-2011) reveals how contemporary Harrisburg came to be what it is. In a masterful series of essays, Beers charts the capital's development from a City Beautiful, with its celebrated public spaces and premier educational institutions, through the fractures of race riots and the catastrophic challenges of flood and near nuclear meltdown. Along the way, Beers employs the well-honed skills of a veteran reporter to craft fascinating character sketches of prominent leaders and humble citizen alike -- intertwining their dramatic personal stories with a compelling survey of the region's society, politics, and culture in the twentieth century.
Purchase today through the Historic Harrisburg Association and a portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the organization. The book is the first of hopefully many more published by the Midtown Scholar Press.
Books are $25.00 (plus shipping and handling)