Student Research Paper
In the spring semester 2019, Honors students enrolled in Professor Jean-Paul Benowitz’s course, Honors History 201 Elizabethtown History: Campus and Community, engaged in a Community Based Learning project, a collaboration between Elizabethtown College and RiverStewards, Inc., conducting research to contribute to the Susquehanna Heritage, Inc.’s nomination of the Susquehanna Riverlands as a National Heritage Area. A National Heritage Area designation will give the Susquehanna State Heritage Area access to federal funding and assistance from the National Park Service. The students conducted NHPA Section 106 Reviews of historically significant properties in the Marietta Historic District and the Chickies Historic District. The students published their findings online through an ArcGIS map. The students presented their findings at Scholarship and Creative Arts Day (SCAD) at Elizabethtown College on Tuesday 16 April 2019 and at Marietta Day on Saturday 11 May 2019 in Marietta. One of the students in the class, Kyle C. Cappucci, expanded the project for Summer Scholarship, Creative Arts, and Research Projects (SCARP) in the summer of 2019. Cappucci broadened the Community Based Learning project to include Marietta Restoration Associates, Inc.; RiverStewards, Inc.; Rivertownes PA USA, Inc.; and Susquehanna Heritage, Inc. Cappucci expanded the scope of the map beyond historical significance to illustrate the contemporary significance of Marietta. Cappucci presented his scholarship to the Marietta Borough Council meeting on Tuesday 9 July 2019 and to the general public at the Marietta Community House on Wednesday 17 July 2019. His presentations entitled: “Putting Historic Marietta on The Map: This Place Matters!” illustrated how the scholarship by the Honors students at Elizabethtown College can bring positive attention to the Marietta Historic District, the Chickies Historic District, and the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail. To this end, Cappucci suggested the Marietta Restoration Associates, Inc. take the lead in launching a historic preservation awareness campaign created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, called “This Place Matters!”
Cappucci, Kyle C., "Marietta Pennsylvania Historic District & The Susquehanna National Heritage Area Designation ArcGIS Story Map" (2019). History: Student Scholarship & Creative Work. 7.