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 through June 26: Reily Family Portraits Exhibit

April 13: Second Sunday Program: Andrew Curtin, Civil War Governor

May 10: Tea with Maggie Cameron

June 8: Second Sunday Program: History Day Presentations

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Second Sunday Program: Andrew Curtin, Civil War Governor

David Klinepeter will present Andrew Curtin, Civil War Governor on Sunday, April 13 at 2:30 pm at the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 South Front Street, Harrisburg. Read More...

The Oracle


Check out the latest issue of the Historical Society's newsletter, The Oracle. If you want to catch up on any HSDC news you might have missed, back-issues are also available.

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

Building Harrisburg Cover

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.

Buy "Building Harrisburg" Online

Online Gift Shop

Visit the Gift Shop

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.

Hours

  • Alexander Research Library
  • Monday through Thursday and the Second Sunday of the month
  • 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Research Information
  • Mansion Tours
  • Monday through Thursday and the Second Sunday of the month
  • Start 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, & 3:00 PM
  • Tour Information
  • Society Office
  • Monday through Thursday
  • 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • * For research and tour hours
  • please see above information *

Photo of the Week - November 4, 2013

Christmas Dinner

Christmas at the home of Dr. Charles Buffington Fager. Photo ID: MG867-4-2-7.

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