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Sample Project: Elizabethtown Freight Station Booklet and Display

Purpose: Preserve and publicize the history of the 1912 Elizabethtown Freight Station, which was removed in 2013 to make way for improvements to the Elizabethtown Passenger Station on Pennsylvania’s Keystone Corridor. The materials—a 12-page booklet, 3-foot by 5-foot aluminum display panel, and a brochure—were required under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC).

Client Priorities:Visual appeal, readability, historical accuracy, and compliance with the Memorandum of Understanding to meet Section 106 obligations.

Audience: General public

Teaming and Role: Wordsworth Communications served as a DBE subconsultant to Skelly and Loy, working closely with Skelly and Loy’s work order manager and historic resources professionals as well as the PennDOT project manager.

Services: Working from a research paper written by Skelly and Loy’s historians, Wordsworth Communications developed a streamlined outline and text for the booklet geared toward general readers, created the layout in Adobe InDesign, and supported reviews and revisions by PennDOT, the Federal Transit Administration, PHMC, and the Borough of Elizabethtown. Wordsworth Communications further distilled the booklet material into a display panel and brochure. Skelly and Loy coordinated production and installation of the display in the Elizabethtown Passenger Station.

Elizabethtown Freight Station display
elizabethtown freight station cover photo