Grant to fund publication
of history of prominent family
The lives and contributions of the McCormicks
of Harrisburg, one of the leading families in central Pennsylvania from
the mid-19th to the mid-20th century, will be preserved and published
though a Penn State Harrisburg project funded by the McCormick Trusts.
A $50,000 grant from the trusts will
support work by the college's American studies program and its Center
for Pennsylvania Culture Studies to produce two volumes devoted to the
In their time and place, the McCormicks
wielded significant influence in industry, banking, journalism, local
and national government and religious life. The publications will document
the family responsible for the founding of Dauphin Deposit Bank, the Harrisburg
Patriot, Pine Street Presbyterian Church and a number of other notable
institutions and landmarks in the capital city.
Widely known for their philanthropy,
the McCormicks established a pattern of public support and left a legacy
that continues to benefit the Harrisburg community.
The publishing project is consistent
with the mission of the Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies to publish
and promote local history as the key to understanding American history.
The center also serves as a resource of information for scholars, students
and historians through its collections of photographs, folklore and folklife
and information about central Pennsylvania communities.
Under the direction of Michael Barton,
associate professor of American studies and history at Penn State Harrisburg,
the project will include selected materials from the nearly 160 folders
of letters, diaries, account books, genealogical data, privately printed
travel accounts, newspaper clippings and other documents now housed at
the Historical Society of Dauphin County.
The subject of the first volume,
titled The McCormicks of Harrisburg: Public Service and Private Lives,
will focus on members of the McCormick family at large and include documents
illustrating their lives across the generations.
Publishing Vance McCormick's diaries
in a second volume, tentatively titled The Diary of Vance McCormick,
Citizen Extraordinaire, at the Paris Peace Conference, would fill
a gap in World War I scholarship and integrate McCormick's observations
with those of other diplomats and aides to President Woodrow Wilson.