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Sample Project: Harrisburg Transportation Center Historical Mitigation Materials

Purpose: Preserve and publicize the history of Harrisburg’s 1887 train station and changes to the station since its construction. The materials—a 20-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). Fulfilling the mitigation requirements allowed the train station and train sheds, which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and are National Historic Landmarks, to be altered to improve accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Modernizing the Harrisburg Transportation Center is a key element in PennDOT’s improvements to the Keystone Corridor between Harrisburg and Philadelphia.

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 draft research paper and photographs provided by the Skelly and Loy historian, Wordsworth Communications organized and edited the text into a booklet geared toward general readers, developed the layout in Adobe InDesign, and supported reviews and revisions by PennDOT, the Federal Transit Administration, PHMC, and Amtrak. 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 Harrisburg Transportation Center.

Similar Assignments: Wordsworth Communications provided writing, editing, and design services for similar materials communicating the history of the Elizabethtown Freight Station and Paoli Station.


Display board in Elizabethtown Station corresponding to the booklet on the historic freight station.

harrisburg train station cover