Arlene Benson

I present here, my paper completed in fulfillment of my Masters Degree in American Studies from the Pennsylvania State University at Middletown, Pennsylvania.

I sincerely hope that this document will enable you to learn about your family history, provide a focal point for the appreciation of Jewish contributions to the Central Pennsylvania culture and history, or even serve as the basis for future research.


Arlene Benson

Harrisburg resident.


On June 09, 2011, Arlene lost her two year battle with cancer. 

This Masters Project, her 34 year marriage and her beautiful daughter,

were her proudest accomplishments.

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The Jews of the Old Eighth Ward 1860-1924