elcome to the online home of The Historical Society of Dauphin County and the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion. The Historical Society of Dauphin County (HSDC) was founded in 1869 and has been headquartered at the Harris-Cameron Mansion, a National Historic Landmark, since 1941.
The mission of the HSDC is to collect, preserve, exhibit, publish, and promote interest in the history of Dauphin County for the education, enjoyment, and benefit of the public.
We welcome your interest in our collections, efforts, programs, and services.
Find out what's going on at HSDC by checking out our new blog:
The Lincoln Funeral Train
SUNDAY, APRIL 12 - 3:00 p.m. - "The Lincoln Funeral Train"
The program will take place in the Mansion's Victorian parlor. A guided tour of the Mansion will be available at 1:00 p.m. A donation of $5 is requested. Historical Society members are admitted free of charge. Free parking is available in lots behind the Mansion. The Society's research library will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Find more information about this event on our blog:
2014 Annual Report
To see the highlights of the Historical Society's 2013-14 fiscal year, please view our Annual Report.
Building Harrisburg: The Architects and Builders, 1719-1941
Ken Frew's epic account (400 pages, 350-plus illustrations) of the history of Harrisburg’s architects, builders and buildings is now available for purchase.
Support HSDC while getting something in return. Our online shop includes the Society's journal, Susquehanna Heritage, as well as Publications from the Past, which include transcripts of addresses given before the Society that cover topics such as transportation, industry, military and church histories.
- Alexander Research Library
- Monday through Thursday and the Second Sunday of the month
- 1:00pm to 4:00pm
- Research Information
- Mansion Tours
- Monday through Thursday at 1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm
- The Second Sunday of each month at 1:00pm
- Tour Information
- Society Office
- Monday through Thursday
- 10:00am to 4:00pm
- * For research and tour hours
- please see above information *