The Historical Society of Dauphin County (HSDC) was founded in 1869 at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the capital city of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with a population of about 50,000. The metropolitan area is home to about 550,000. Early programs and displays were offered in the 1860 County Courthouse. In 1906, a prominent Harrisburg family donated its Front Street home to the Society as its headquarters. Here the Society remained until 1941, when the heirs of 19th century businessman and politician Simon Cameron gave to the Society their home, built by early settler John Harris, one of the city’s founders. The mission of the HSDC is to collect, preserve, exhibit, publish, and promote interest in the history of Dauphin County for the ed...Click Here to Read More
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The Library is a wonderful resource for both genealogical and local history research. If you cannot come to Harrisburg to do your own research, the Librarian can conduct on-site research for an additional fee. Please contact the Librarian if you have...Read More
The Historical Society of Dauphin County has been in the business of preserving and presenting the history of our region for over 135 years. During all of that time the Society has called upon its membership base for much needed support. Today is no except...Read More
WINTER CLOSURE The Harris-Cameron Mansion is closed through March 1, 2017. This will allow for staff vacations and for various repair, restoration, and upgrade projects inside the house. This time will also be used to remove the Anniversary Year 250 ex...Read More