2007 News & Events Archive

Historical Society programs, events, and news from 2007

Annual Deck the Halls Celebration

December 6, 2007 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

The Historical Society will hold our annual Deck the Halls celebration, a Central Pennsylvania tradition, on Thursday, December 6, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Harris-Cameron Mansion. The Mansion will be elegantly decorated for the holidays, and the gala will feature hors d'oeuvres and desserts from some of the area's best caterers.

The evening's festivities will include a special tribute to Carroll "Dan" F. Purdy, Jr., a long time member of the Historical Society and well-known community servant. Dan's untimely death on September 11, 2007 will leave a hole in the fabric of Harrisburg. His wife, Peggy, and daughter, Pamela, will accept the award on his behalf.

The gala is open to the public. Individual tickets are $60 and sponsorship opportunities at various levels are available. Funds raised at the event are used to maintain the Harris-Cameron Mansion and help HSDC collect, preserve, and promote interest in the history of Dauphin County.

Visit with St. Nicholas

December 2, 2007 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Calling All Children: The Historical Society will host a Visit with St. Nicholas in the Harris-Cameron Mansion from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Children will enjoy seeing Santa Claus in a Victorian setting decorated for the holidays.

Included are a visit and photo with Santa in the parlor and holiday crafts for kids in the Carriage House. For the adults, the second floor exhibit rooms will be open to tours and a Greens Sale will be held on the Mansion porch. The cost is $8 per child or $15 per family, adults admitted free. Refreshments will be provided in the dining room. Contact HSDC to reserve a window of time with St. Nick.

Mondays at the Mansion Speaker Series

November 19, 2007 at 7:00 PM

Harrisburg before the Flood: Select News Photos and Commentary, 1952- 1972 presented by Charles Blahusch, James Bradley, and Peter Rekus.

Journeys to the Past: Bus Trip to Mount Vernon

October 17, 2007

The Historical Society of Dauphin County continues its Journeys to the Past series of bus trips with a visit to the home of our country's first president, George Washington.

Join us October 17, 2007 as we take an unprecedented look at our founding father, including a tour of the recently opened Ford Orientation Center and Reynolds Museum and Education Center, Mt. Vernon's mansion, its grounds, the grist mill, and the newly restored distillery. Enjoy a three-course lunch at the Mount Vernon Inn.

Get a new view of "the Father of our Country" at historic Mount Vernon. Interactive displays, a major movie, and high-tech immersive experiences bring Washington to life as never before.

We will depart from the Giant Food Store at 255 Cumberland Parkway at 7:45 AM and return at 7:00 PM. Cost for Society members is $73 per person, $81 for non-members. Transportation, admissions, tips, taxes and meal are included in the cost. Please call Holly at the Society office (717-233-3462) to register or to ask any questions.

Registration deadline is Monday, October 8, 2007.

Mondays at the Mansion Speaker Series

October 15, 2007 at 7:00 PM

Old Theaters of Harrisburg presented by Mary O. Bradley of The Patriot-News Company.

Mondays at the Mansion Speaker Series

September 24, 2007 at 7:00 PM

Gone to be a Soldier: Young George Washington and the French and Indian War presented by John Giblin, Director of Visitor and Education Services of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.

HHA Research Library on Loan at HSDC

Posted June 1, 2007

The Historic Harrisburg Association (HHA) has placed their archives and research library materials on long-term loan to the Historical Society. Use of the library is free to HSDC members.

Browse the HHA Inventory Online

Announcing the Allied Pix Cataloging Project

Posted June 1, 2007

In 1997, Thomas Leask of Allied Pix Service, Inc. donated several hundred thousand photographic negatives to HSDC. Mr. Leask, who founded Allied Pix Service in 1952, was lead photographer for the Patriot-News. His photographs captured the events that transformed Central Pennsylvania in the second half of the twentieth century. From the "Harrisburg Seven" Trial and the Flood of 1972 to presidential campaign stops and the changing landscape of local towns, this recent history of Dauphin County will be witnessed by future generations through the lenses of Allied Pix photographers.

Although images date from 1952 to 1994 (when the Patriot-News moved their photography service in-house), most of the early part of the collection was destroyed in the Hurricane Agnes Flood of 1972. About 4,000 negatives from 1952 to 1972 survive.

The Patriot-News Foundation and the Hall Foundation have made possible a pilot project to catalog, re-house in archival enclosures, and start to digitize these negatives. This pilot project will allow HSDC to plan the cataloging process and will also serve as a work sample for future grant applications to catalog and re-house the entire collection.

The public will be able to see what was accomplished over the summer and view a selection of the images at one of the Mondays at the Mansion programs this fall.

Several volunteers have also begun the work of transcribing the index to the Allied Pix Collection, which consists of over 8,000 pages of information. When complete, HSDC will be able to search the collection for specific people and places rather than just by date. This is an excellent volunteer-from-home project, and we welcome you to contact HSDC if you are interesting in contributing.

12th Annual John Harris Golf Open

May 23, 2007 at 11:30 AM

The golf tournament has a new date, a new venue, a new itinerary, and new prizes. Add your foursome or join one of our groups needing an additional partner for an enjoyable game of golf at the Blue Ridge Country Club. Jeff Haste, Chairman of the Dauphin County Commissioners, is serving as the Honorary Chair of the event again this year.

There will be a pre-round lunch on the patio and a post-round cocktail party in the Solarium. Registration begins at 11:30 AM followed by lunch at noon. There will be Mulligans and raffle tickets, and prizes will be awarded for two holes-in-one, the longest straight drive, and a putting contest. In the case of inclement weather, golfers will receive a gift certificate to play at Blue Ridge at another time.

The cost for lunch, golf, and the post-round party is $150 per person or $500 for a foursome. If you are unable to join us on the course, other levels of sponsorship are welcome. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Historical Society and help us maintain the John Harris - Simon Cameron Mansion and fund community outreach through educational programs and services.

Journeys to the Past: Bus Trip to the Greenbrier Resort Bunker

May 15 and 16, 2007

The Historical Society of Dauphin County is offering a two-day (May 15 & 16, 2007) bus trip to the famous Greenbrier Resort Bunker (site of the former Government Relocation Facility), via historic Lexington, VA and Lewisburg, WV. The trip includes all transportation, admissions, lodging, tips and gratuities, and meals except Wednesday lunch.

  • Tuesday, May 15
  • Depart Harrisburg at 8:00 AM (to allow time for you to vote).
  • Lunch at the 1887 Sheridan Livery Inn, Lexington, VA.
  • Tour of downtown Lexington, including the historic residential district and the Jackson Memorial Cemetery, guided by a member of the Rockbridge County Historical Society.
  • Visit to the restored home of General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson with option of visiting the George C. Marshall Museum or the VMI Cadet Museum.
  • Overnight at the Brier Inn at Lewisburg, WV. Single or double rooms available.
  • Dinner at the historic General Lewis Inn (building dates to early 1800's).
  • Wednesday, May 16
  • Breakfast at the Brier Inn.
  • Morning on your own in historic downtown Lewisburg for sightseeing and shopping at the many specialty shops, art galleries, antique stores, and historic sites.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • After lunch, back on the bus for the short drive to the Greenbrier Resort and the site of the former Government Relocation Facility, commonly known as the Bunker. This facility was an inspiration of President Eisenhower and was constructed during the Cold War to house the U.S. Congress in the event of a nuclear attack and was kept secret for 30 years. The bunker just recently opened to the public and the 90 minute guided tour is truly a "once in a lifetime" opportunity.
  • Depart Greenbrier in the late afternoon.
  • Dinner at Mrs. Rowe's Restaurant and Bakery in Staunton, VA. (Described by Gourmet magazine as a perfect example of Southern home-style cooking.
  • Return to Harrisburg approximately 9:30PM.
  • Cost
  • Society Members: $299 per person shared room, $333 single room
  • Non-members: $334 per person shared room, $368 single room
  • The Reservation Deadline is May 8, 2007

    Mondays at the Mansion Speaker Series

    May 14, 2007 at 7:00 PM

    The Manada Conservancy, an Important Avenue for the Preservation of Local Historical, Agricultural and Ecological Resources presented by Nancy Cladel of the Manada Conservancy.

    Mondays at the Mansion Speaker Series

    April 9, 2007 at 7:00 PM

    History through the Eyes of Youth featuring projects prepared by local high school students for the 2007 PA State History Day Competition.

    Mary Sachs Special Exhibit Grand Opening

    March 28, 2007 at 6:00 PM

    The grand opening of HSDC's 2007 exhibit, Mary Sachs, The Epitome of Style and Substance, will be held at 6:00 PM. The exhibit, which runs through December 20, is in honor of Mary Sachs and her two sisters, Hannah and Yetta. It features photographs illustrating Mary Sachs' life story and her stores. Garments and accessories on display have been loaned by local residents in addition to many from the collections of the Historical Society. Funding for the exhibit is provided by the Mary Sachs Trust.

    Learn more about Mary Sachs and the exhibit

    Annual Meeting and MATM Speaker Series

    March 12, 2007 at 7:00 PM

    The Historical Society will hold our 138th Annual Membership Meeting in the parlor of the Mansion. After the meeting, the Honorable Hannah Mary Leavitt of the Commonwealth Court will give a presentation on Genevieve Blatt, the First Lady of Pennsylvania Politics.

    Mondays at the Mansion Speaker Series

    February 12, 2007 at 7:00 PM

    History of Baseball in Harrisburg and Rap Dixon's Nomination to Baseball's Hall of Fame presented by historian Calobe Jackson and author Ted Knorr.

    Mondays at the Mansion Speaker Series

    January 8, 2007 at 7:00 PM

    Origins and Conflicts of the Civil War presented by Frank Haas, Dr. Michael Barton, and Robert Hill.