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Author: Brandn

Harry Smith Music Festival Documentary

In October of 2013, Place Studies Videographry Intern Zander Massey, ’13, completed a short film about the Harry Smith Music Festival at Elk Creek. Here is what he made:

Place Work by Students in Environmental History

Professor Andrew Stuhl  of the Environmental Studies Program asked his students to complete a Place Paper in his American Environmental History course.  The assignment they completed was called a “Place Paper,” wherein they selected a place of importance to them and narrated its environmental history. The three papers here concern the town of Shamokin; the “ghost town” of Alvira, PA; and the Danbury Mall in Connecticut.  They are all very good in their own ways. These papers give readers insight into one way of studying place from a historical and environmental perspective.

Keifer_Alvira Place Paper

Mackay_Shamokin Place Paper

McLaughlin_Danbury Place Paper

Bucknell and GIS



Thanks Haley.

You were a great Place Studies Research Fellow.

40 Miles Project

A number of the projects on our site came from this, the original 40 miles location list. If you’d like to pick and document one of these places, great. Just let us know and we’ll add your work to the site.

This is an on-going, probably never-ending project. 

Did we miss your favorite spot?  Tell us about it.  We’ll put it on the map.

Local Spots – Shopping, Amusement, Informational, Practical

Small Engine Repair Shops

Bear Valley strip mine

Anthracite Coal Towns

Middleburg Livestock Auction

Milton Lanes

The Pike –Drive in Theater

Amish consignment in Turbotville on first Saturday of September

Benton Rodeo

Knoebel’s Amusement Park (Elysburg)

Flea Market – Roller Mills, Lewisburg

The Pajama Factory, Williamsport

Public Libraries and Events held therein

Musicians – Jam sessions in Watsontown, Williamsport, Jerseytown

Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble

Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat

Campus Theater

Street of Shops

Millionaire Street – Williamsport

Sullivan’s Falls

Williamsport Cross Cutters – Minor League Baseball


Union County Sportsmen’s Club (Weikert, western Union County)

Fort Augusta (Sunbury)

Outdoor Hiking and Exploring

Shikellamy State Park Overlook

Bald Eagle State Forest – Mt. Biking Map by Ben Marsh

RB Winter State Park

Penn’s Cave

Tall Timbers Natural Area

Ravensburg State Park

Eagles Mere toboggan run

Woodward Extreme Sports Camp

Rail Trail (from Lewisburg to Mifflinburg)

Rail Trail (from Cherry Run to Poe Paddy)

Walker Lake (Snyder County)

Montour Preserve (Columbia County)

Rickett’s Glen State Park

Hairy John State Park

Milton Rock Gym

Woodward Cave


Dries Orchard

Patchwork Farm Alpacas


West End Fair (Laurelton)

Mifflinburg Octoberfest

Bloomsburg Fair

Christkrindl Market – Mifflinburg

Lycoming County Fair

Arts Festival – Lewisburg

Winfield Firemans Carnival – Winfield

Riverwoods Car Show – Lewisburg

Little League World Series – Williamsport

Actual museums and Live action museum stuff

Reptile Land

Joseph Priestly House – Northumberland

Amateur Softball Hall of Fame – Sunbury

Buggy Museum – Mifflinburg

Taber Museum

Alcove – An art gallery in Williamsport

Peter Herdic House – Williamsport

T&D’s Cats

Pioneer Coal Tunnel

Reptiland (White Deer)

Dale-Walker House (Lewisburg)

Slifer House (Lewisburg)

Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art

Bars and Food

Elk Creek Brew Pub

Shade Mountain Winery

Boomerangs Bar

Public House Bar – Williamsport

Maria Asunte ethnic club – Berwick  (?)

Pizza competitors in La Salle St. neighborhood – Berwick

Nescopeck ice cream hut

Independence Fire House lunch – Shamokin

Casa Sanchez (Mexican restaurant in Shamokin Dam)

Bullfrog Brewery, Wiliamsport

Chef Willie’s Creamery, Danville

Lisa’s Milltown Diner, The Well – Milton

Abrana Maries – Santa Fe

The Fence – Lewisburg Drive-In

The Arrowhead – Watsontown Drive-In

Good Wil’s – Breakfast Place

Mennonite Restaurant


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