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Messiah University is in session this fall with flexible in-person and remote learning options, health and safety protocols and student care and support.


Stories in Place: Oral Histories

Faith and Memory Collection

This oral history collection focuses on the history of African-American churches in the Harrisburg community. Stories are told by members of Wesley Union AME Zion Church, Capital Presbyterian Church, and St. Paul's Episcopal Church focusing on race and church history.


Back to School Collection

This oral history collection focuses on the history of segregation and integration in Harrisburg public schools. Stories are told by former Harrisburg residents effected during integration, including students and teachers from William Penn High School, John Harris High School among others. Stories focus on race, education, and how Harrisburg's educational environment has changed.


Finding Home Collection

Finding Home is an oral history project that explores the different notions of "Home" expereinced by the people living in the Harrisburg area. The city of Harrisburg has been home to people from all walks of life, some born and raised here and others making home, bringing with them stories from previous lives. Stoires include topics of relocation across borders and how to create home here in central pennsylvania.

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