Rethinking City Beautiful with Mary Sachs

William Wilson analyzed the City Beautiful Movement in Harrisburg. He believed that that the movement changed the city quickly because of predominantly white Protestant men business, who argued for a vote to change the city. However, it takes a lot more than just men and a vote to change the city. There were many other people and factors involved in this beautification process. Mary Sachs is one example of someone who does not fit the stereotypical definition of a “reformer” of the City Beautiful Movement, but that does not mean that she did not play a key role. Mary Sachs was a Jewish Business woman and philanthropist. Her store and generosity brought a different kind of beauty to the city of Harrisburg.