Interview Length: 87 minutes
Interview Date: November 13, 2009
Interview Location: WHBG Channel 20, 223 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA
Born in Lincoln, Neb., Michael Barton recalls an idyllic farming community of caring neighbors. Through a series of "accidents and purposeful decisions," he and his wife wound up in Pennsylvania after service in the Peace Corps and Air Force. After studying history and social sciences at the University of Pennsylvania and completing a dissertation in 1972, Barton joined the faculty at Penn State Harrisburg, where he has been teaching for more than 30 years. Professor Barton is involved with Central Pennsylvania historical associations and is a recognized expert and author on Harrisburg history. He is active in the Historical Society of Dauphin County, helped establish the City's archives and is involved with numerous local history projects.
- Michael Barton talks about where he grew up, and his family.
- Michael Barton talks about his love of history.
- Michael Barton talks about being a consultant to the U.S. State Department.
- Michael Barton describes the many books he has written.
- Michael Barton talks about the surprising things he has learned about Harrisburg.
- Michael Barton talks about Harrisburg as the Capitol.
- Michael Barton remembers his first impression of Harrisburg.
- Michael Barton talks about moving to Shipoke.
- Michael Barton talks about his fondest memories of Harrisburg.
- Michael Barton talks about about the city government past and future.