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Reservoir Park is the largest municipal park in Harrisburg, taking up a portion of the Allison Hill neighborhood, and is home to a variety of attractions that include the National Civil War Museum. A part of the Capital Area Greenbelt, a 20-mile green-way that surrounds portions of the city, it is the site of outdoor festivals and performances, a number of which are performed in the band shell, another of the park’s most exemplary structures.

December 2016
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Nearly everyone is familiar with the celebrated Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Los Angeles. Populated with seemingly countless stars imprinted in the sidewalk representing the famous, and sometimes infamous, those sidewalks are a testament to celebrity. Harrisburg doesn’t have a walk of fame for celebrities who trace their origins to the Capital City, but there are candidates who have performed on stage and screen that would qualify – like Nancy Kulp.

November 2016
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If there’s one category in which Pennsylvania has been, arguably, the leader throughout U.S. history, its transportation. The Keystone State has been at the forefront of American infrastructure since the beginning of the 19th Century but not without some problematic deviations along the way. The canal system was one of them, and Harrisburg was a major player in the publicly and privately financed system that, in hindsight, falls into the “seemed like a good idea at the time” category.

October 2016
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Stackpole Books, recently sold to Rowan & Littlefield, one of the largest independent book publishers in North America, was one of the premier publishers of military-related titles, including the bestselling Army Officer’s Guide that has now gone through 52 editions. Stackpole Books also became known for its nature series and large list of angling titles. And, despite its reputation for hunting and fishing volumes, it also published fiction by Damon Runyon and John Fante as well as autobiographies by legendary musician Benny Goodman and the equally legendary politician Huey Long.

September 2016
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Riverfront Park is singular in its composition; long, narrow and bounded by a river and two to three lanes of one-way traffic. It’s a mecca for walkers and runners, offering a route unimpeded by automobile traffic and obligatory stops at intersections and traffic lights. It also provides an array of visual stimuli, both natural and man-made.

August 2016
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Prior to the world of instant access and immediate gratification, answering a question often required one to go someplace that had the information essential to providing an accurate response. The place that housed this information was, generally, a library.

July 2016
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Because of his work as an educator, William Howard Day was honored by the City of Harrisburg with a school building named after him: the William Howard Day School, that was located on the south side of North Street, just east of Fifth Street. Subsequent to his death in 1900, nearly 40 years would pass before the city so honored him in two more ways: the William Howard Day homes, a public-housing community located at Reilly Road and Herr Street; and the William Howard Day Cemetery, located at 801 Lincoln Street in Steelton.

June 2016
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Situated on a winding street just off of Market and surrounded by a confounding array of surrounding thoroughfares, the John Crain Kunkel Center at 1101 Market Street, home of the YWCA Greater Harrisburg, sits supreme on Allison Hill, dominating the landscape and all other structures surrounding it.

May 2016
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In a national political season that has seen, once again, diverse and outlandish rhetoric and behavior among the contenders, a bronze statue on the Capitol grounds pays tribute to a man whose political accomplishments make the current troupe of actors appear as rank amateurs. Overseeing the intersection of Third and Walnut streets in Harrisburg and looking fondly at the Wells Fargo Bank – with a sidelong glance at Strawberry Square – Boies Penrose’s memorial sculpture with the simple inscription “Boies Penrose United States Senator 1897-1921” greets those ascending the steps to Capitol Park and has been doing so for 86 years.

April 2016
A Beacon of Hope and a Long Way from Dillsburg

A Beacon of Hope and a Long Way from Dillsburg

It’s an icon of hope for the unfortunate and a place of comfort and shelter for those without a home. Bethesda Mission has been there for anyone needing succor for 102 years and has unconditionally accepted those who have passed beneath that green cross for 82 of them.

March 2016
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