The Susquehanna region of northern Appalachia often has often been defined (and neglected) from the outside. This program seeks to highlight the intersection of cultural landscapes and narratives with environmental systems from a perspective inside the region, emanating from the historic juncture of the north and west branches of the Chesapeake Bay's main feeder river.
The long-term goal is to develop digital interfaces to map humanities and social science data, integrating environmental science data as well. We intend to produce a dynamic multi-layered online landscape of the valley accessible for regional school districts, community groups, and university students and researchers alike. A successful cross-disciplinary university focus year at Bucknell in 2008-09 helped to articulate the program.
Current projects include:
- On-line Sunbury guide
- Original version of Sunbury guide
- Online Northumberland guide
- Researching, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the Conservation Fund, a proposal for the National Park Service to designate the river as a national historic connector trail. Funded through the Conservation Fund. || See related news: "Research that helped to earn the Susquehanna a federal designation as part of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail"
- Partnering with the Susquehanna Colloquium for Nature and Human Communities and the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership in researching and writing interpretive materials on the region, in "on the ground," online, and in printed forms.
- Developing an Atlas of the Susquehanna, in online and printed formats, merging conventional notions of an atlas with a focus on both cultural and environmental systems in the region, and modeled in part in its spatial organization on the old WPA guidebooks of the 1930s. This project would include an anthology of peer-reviewed scholarly articles, beginning with plans for a preliminary Visions of the Susquehanna.