Michael L. Barton, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of American Studies, Humanities
Office Phone: +1 717 948 6198
Office Location: Olmsted Building, W356
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Michael Barton, professor of american studies & social science and director of the Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies at Penn State Harrisburg, received his Ph.D. in american civilization at the University of Pennsylvania in 1974. 

His three Civil War books are Goodmen: The Character of Civil War Soldiers; The Civil War Soldier: A Historical Reader; and The Civil War Veteran: A Historical Reader. Recently he edited the history of the 209th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and the Civil War memoir of Sgt. Christian Lenker.

His six Harrisburg books include Life by the Moving Road: An Illustrated History of Greater Harrisburg; Harrisburg’s Old Eighth Ward; Citizen Extraordinaire: The Diplomatic Diaries of Vance McCormick; To a Harmony with Our Souls: A History of Jazz in Central Pennsylvania; Bellevue Park:  The First Hundred Years, and Steelton.  His websites are old8thward.com and rawnjournals.com.  The Harrisburg Patriot-News has named him “Top Harrisburg History Writer.”  He is a member of the Council of the Pennsylvania Historical Association, the editorial board of Pennsylvania History, and the Advisory Council of the National Civil War Museum.

Prof. Barton has lectured on the American character in Scotland, Finland, Ireland, Australia, Poland, Bulgaria, Mauritania, Greece, Netherlands, Portugal, Canada, Austria, Republic of the Congo, Republic of Georgia, and Denmark, where he was a Fulbright professor at the University of Copenhagen.