Image courtesy of Pennsylvania State Archives

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Where are you going to eat?

My former boss would always ask "What'd you eat?" when I came back from any conference. Everyone loves food and at conferences you want to find a great place to eat and enjoy good company. I recommend that you check out Midtown Eats . The website has information on lots of the restaurants downtown.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra

Some of you may be staying over Saturday night? The symphony has a concert Saturday night and Sunday afternoon with Sharon Isbin. Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, Grammy Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as one of the leading classical guitarists of our time. She joins the HSO for a performance of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

MARAC in Harrisburg, 1985 + 2010

When Cindy emailed me the program from the 1985 Harrisburg MARAC, "Saving the Record," I knew it was something that I wanted to share on our not-yet-created blog. It's interesting to see the session topics that have endured and how others have evolved. Take a look:

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Irony!!

It's been almost 25 years since MARAC has been held in Harrisburg. The State Archives has been waiting on renovation plans for six years, and of course, during the Fall MARAC meeting, they finally will occur! But don't let that discourage you from taking the T7 tour of the State Archives/Capitol Guided Tour on Saturday. Some of you may have remembered the "Archives Under Construction" MARAC meeting held at State College, PA. This is reminiscent!

News for Immediate Release

Oct. 13, 2010

Pennsylvania State Archives to Close for Four-Month Renovation Project

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) announced today that the State Archives of Pennsylvania will close from Oct. 18 through Feb. 3, 2011, for needed renovations.

While Oct. 16 is the final day researchers can visit the facility at Third and Forster streets in Harrisburg, staff will continue to respond to telephone, e-mail, and postal inquiries during the renovations.

Barbara Franco, PHMC executive director, said the $250,000 project will expand and modernize the existing lobby and public research areas. A larger vestibule is required to facilitate access for people with disabilities and will include automatic doors. The work will provide more space for the increasing number of researchers, as well as new wiring and additional computers to improve access to the collections. Security systems will also be upgraded.

While the renovations will extend the life of the building, plans are still in process to replace the 50-year-old facility that is nearing its capacity. Water leaks exist. The facility lacks adequate environmental controls or fire suppression systems to protect its more than two hundred million pages of one-of-a-kind records, including the Charter from King Charles II to William Penn creating the colony of Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission operates the State Archives. Visit the archives online at PHMC’s website,, and choose the State Archives link. For further information about the closure or to make research inquiries, call 717-783-3281.

Media contact: Kirk Wilson, 717-783-9882


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Anita Diamant

For those arriving Thursday night, Anita Diamant, author of the Red Tent will be speaking at Temple Ohev Shalom in Harrisburg. There is a cost. Information can be found at:

Monday, October 4, 2010

Looking for a roommate?

Are you looking for someone to split your hotel room (and hotel room costs) with in Harrisburg? Please feel free to comment here with requests or offers. I'm borrowing NewArchivist's helpful tips:

Some useful info to add in your comment might be:

  • The dates you will be attending the conference

  • The hotel you have reserved or prefer to stay at (conference hotel, other area place, etc.)

  • Anything general you think is important for others to know (you prefer a female or male roommate, non smoker, early riser, you have a tendency to suffer from night terrors, etc.)

  • If you add your email address to the comment form you will be contacted if someone responds.

    You may also wish to add yourself to the Crash Space for Archivists listing.

    Friday, October 1, 2010

    Place to go--Midtown Scholar Bookstore

    I'm glad to say that as of October 1st, over 200 archivists will descend upon Harrisburg in November. I'm truly pleased to be able to tell my colleagues of some of the highlights of Pennsylvania's capital city.

    When I first moved her 16 years ago, I was told "Oh, you'll love it here. You are only three hours from NYC, 2 hours from Philly and Washington, D.C. and one and a half hours from Baltimore." In other words, you can get out quickly! Nowadays, Harrisburg offers more in the cultural and culinary worlds and people are less apt to flee on weekends to the major surrounding cities.

    My favorite new spot is the Midtown Scholar. Their website states that they are "... the nation's largest academic used bookstores with more than one million second-hand and out-of-print scholarly books in all fields, stocked in our Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, internet warehouses." It is a fun place to browse books, listen to open mike night, or as I like to do, join friends for game night. Located about a mile from the Hilton where MARAC will be held, it is pretty accessible by foot or car.

    Friday Luncheon Speaker-Jackson Taylor

    Driving in to work today, I was listening to the local NPR station, WITF. The local segment called "the creative zone" featured the Nov. 12 luncheon speaker Jackson Taylor. Taylor has written a based-on reallife story of his grandmother, Verna Krone. Taylor has taken his grandmother’s life in rural Perry county and Harrisburg during the 1920s through the 1950s and created a captivating story of Harrisburg history. The story covers racial and gender issues, as well as social and political concerns of the day. It is a captivating read, and copies will be available for purchase at MARAC.
    Atttached is the link to Taylor's interview. The book is WITF/Borders bookstore pick of the month for October.