Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and the West Shore Historical Society teamed up Monday to conduct drone flights over the historic McCormick farmstead in Silver Spring Township.
"We want to create this for them so they can use this for educational purposes and professional purposes along with archival and historic preservation," says Harrisburg University Bachelors of Science and GIS and Geospatial Technician Joshua Reiss.
The goal is to visually document the farm that's held huge significance in the area since the 19th century through 3D imaging and mapping. The Penn State Farm Extension Program was originally established at the McCormick Farm and its lands have been preserved through perpetuity through the Natural Lands Trust.
West Shore Historical Society Director Christine Musser says it's important to preserve the past, "We're losing pieces of history with every warehouse, every residential development, all of it. We are losing pieces of that important history who make us who we are as a community and it's the people that makes the community and preserving the past really helps the future and it's important to have that for future generations."
They plan to make this historical documentation accessible to school districts in the area free of charge.