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.
Up and Coming at HSDC
Now thru January 15: Star Spangled Banner Exhibit
December 6: 175th Anniversary of the Whig National Convention
December 9: Deck the Halls: A Dickens Celebration
December 13: Holiday Tour of the Harris-Cameron Mansion
and the PA National Fire Museum
December 14: Christmas at the Mansion
Holiday Gifts for History Lovers
Our museum store has a number of books and gifts suitable for history lovers. Items may also be purchased by stopping in our office building behind the Mansion on Monday through Thursday, 9:00am to 4:00pm, or at "Christmas at the Mansion" on December 14.
Deck the Halls: A Dickens Celebration
On Tuesday, December 9th, the National Landmark John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion will again be the setting for the region's premier holiday celebration and recognition event, the Historical Society of Dauphin County's 20th annual Deck the Halls, "A Dickens Celebration." Read More...
Star Spangled Banner Exhibit
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner, an exhibit on display now through January 15 explores Harrisburg in 1814 and the connection of local veterans George J. Heisely and Ferdinand Durang to the national anthem and its first performance. Read More...
2014 Annual Report
To see the highlights of the Historical Society's 2013-14 fiscal year, please view our Annual Report.
Mansion Renovation Update - Porch Dedication
Thank you to Dauphin County for giving $100,000 towards the renovation of the front porch of the Harris-Cameron Mansion. County Commissioners George Hartwick, III and Mike Pries attended our dedication ceremony and press conference on November 20 along with HSDC board members, staff, and project participants.
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 *