Highmark Blue Shield
The Highmark Blue Shield Living Legacy Series, is an oral history project developed to record the memories of 150 Harrisburg-area residents, utilizing ground-breaking Digital Video Library (DVL) technology created and pioneered by Carnegie Mellon University. DVL debuted to stunning acclaim in Chicago in 2000 for the HistoryMakers© initiative. Harrisburg’s Highmark Blue Shield Living Legacy series will be only the second time this technology is featured and the first time that the interviews will be accessible for the general public via the internet!
The Legacy contributors’, nominated by the public-at-large and selected by a citizen’s advisory board, represent an encompassing cross-section of personal stories that provide Harrisburg its unique character. They share their stories of achievement and inspiration and offer insight into the issues and events that created our City. It features not just the “old guard” of Harrisburg, but the brewing mix of everyday people that are our real heart and soul.
Production of the Living LegacyTM Series is underwritten by the extraordinary generosity of Highmark Blue Shield. The SusqueCentennial Commission hopes that their generous support inspires other major area corporations, business and foundations to make their mark on the SusqueCentennial celebration.
Beginning in June of 2010, these “Living Legacies” can be viewed on a commemorative website where they can be searched from a myriad of perspectives. Additionally, a transcription of each interview will appear simultaneously on the screen and can be translated in “real-time” into many different languages. These search and interaction capabilities are unparalleled!
A Founders Day, held on June 19 of 2010 was held to honor all 150 of the “Legacies.”
A Speakers Bureau comprised of interviewees, advisory board members and project sponsors, will be created for public forums and other engagements. It is the SusqueCentennial Commission’s intent to continue this project beyond 2010, by adding further oral histories and continuing the “legacy” of Harrisburg.