- May 27, 2018
- 11:14 am
- John Harris Simon Cameron Mansion
Date: Sunday, May 27,2018
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion (219 South Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104)
Description: Dr. Michael Lee Barton will present readings from his recently published book “Shitepoke: Venice on the Susquehanna,” a faux/funny ethnography and history about the neighborhood just south of HSDC.
About the book: Professor Emeritus, Michael Lee Barton, Ph.D., under the guise of “Feeney Tungsten,” takes us on a tongue-in-cheek tour of the Shipoke neighborhood of Harrisburg, affectionately referred to as Shitepoke. Feeney, ever the curious ethnographer and social scientist, surveys the neighborhood and all of its human dimensions. What results is a hilarious exposé of a beloved section of the Keystone State’s capital akin to the works of Mark Twain and Garrison Keillor.
About the author: Dr. Michael Barton is Professor Emeritus of American Studies and Social Science at Penn State Harrisburg, where he was also Director of the Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies. He received his Ph.D. in American Civilization at the University of Pennsylvania in 1974. Barton is known for his writings, both popular and scholarly, on Harrisburg history. His local histories include Life by the Moving Road: An Illustrated History of Greater Harrisburg, now in its third edition; Harrisburg’s Old Eighth Ward, which became the basis for “The Bloody 8th,” an original musical theater production; To a Harmony with Our Souls: A History of Jazz in Central Pennsylvania, a team project for which he was editor-in-chief; Citizen Extraordinaire: The Diplomatic Diaries of Vance McCormick in London and Paris, 1917-1919, which involved over fifty student co-editors; Steelton, a photographic history co-authored with Prof. Simon Bronner; and Bellevue Park: The First Hundred Years, co-edited with Judge Jeannine Turgeon and other residents of that neighborhood. Most recently he and his students have edited Paul Beers’ writings, published as City Contented, City Discontented: A History of Modern Harrisburg. He has recently co-edited As the Paint Dries: The History of the Art Association of Harrisburg, and Along the Bethel Trail: The Journey of an African American Faith Community-Bethel AME Church of Harrisburg, 1835-2015. While in college, Barton won a prize for his stand-up comedy.
Admission to the program is by donation. Admission is included if you take a tour of the Mansion at 1:00 p.m. Sunday tours are reduced to $5 per person. Historical Society members are admitted free.
Please note that due to Mother’s Day, the Second Sunday program for May is on the Fourth Sunday of the month.