Penn State Harrisburg, released in May 2016 by Arcadia Publishing, is the first book that attempts to visually chronicle the college’s history from its nineteenth-century agricultural and twentieth-century military roots to the present day.
Established in 1966 as Pennsylvania’s first upper division and graduate center, Penn State Harrisburg has served a vital role in the South Central Pennsylvania community for more than half a century. Located in Middletown, eight miles east of Harrisburg and on the site of the 19th-century Keystone Farm, the college occupies 218 acres that operated as the Olmsted Air Force Base until it was purchased by the Pennsylvania State University and named the “Capitol Campus.” In just 50 years, Penn State Harrisburg has grown from only 18 students to become a comprehensive, four-year college and graduate school with an enrollment of over 4,500.
Heidi’s Book, Penn State Harrisburg was inspired by her role as an archivist for the college.
“When I was hired as a tenure-track librarian at Penn State Harrisburg in fall 2006, I realized that the college would be turning 50 years old in 2016. That realization inspired me to learn more about the history of the school, to seek out and gather photographs, records, multimedia, and other memorabilia at the college and eventually establish the “College History Archives” in 2010. After earning tenure in 2013, the book became my research sabbatical project during the 2014-2015 academic year. Its release was timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Penn State Harrisburg, which is being celebrated throughout 2016 and into the spring of 2017,” tells Heidi.
This weekend, she’ll appear at the Mid-Town Scholar for a book signing event. Copies of the book will be available for purchase as well.