With images taken from the archives of the Dauphin County Historical Society, as well as family collections, Legendary Locals of Harrisburg encompasses biographical tributes that celebrate the deeds of actors, musicians, artists, teachers, athletes, humanitarians, politicians, veterans, firemen, and community leaders who have added a peculiar brand of Harrisburg’s rich cultural tapestry. William Howard Day, an educator, and John Harris, who established Harrisburg, are two pioneers. Edward Stackpole, of Stackpole Books, and Theophilus Fenn, editor of the Telegraph, have forged the way for the city’s writers. The first secretary of homeland security, Tom Ridge, and Simon Cameron, secretary of war under Lincoln, are among world-renowned politicians who have contributed to Harrisburg’s valued reputation. From rival high school football coaches to dueling business owners, from civic leaders building an integrated city to aspiring young people embarking on independent journeys to the big screen, these profiles of real lives and real heroes show us that we all have contributed to the development of our own communities.
About the Author
Todd M. Mealy is a teacher at Penn Manor High School with interests in civil rights history. Raised in Harrisburg, he is the author of Aliened American and Biography of an Anti-Slavery City.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Pioneers, Trailblazers, and Titans 9
Chapter 2 Actors, Producers, and On-Air Personalities 25
Chapter 3 Coaches, Sportswriters, and Athletes 37
Chapter 4 Business Leaders, Artists, Photographers, and Writers 71
Chapter 5 Community Builders and Political Leaders 91
Chapter 6 Educators and Religious Leaders 107
Chapter 7 Heroes and Veterans 137