2008 News & Events Archive

Historical Society programs, events, and news from 2008

Annual Deck the Halls Celebration

December 3, 2008 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Plan to join the Historical Society as we celebrate the start of the Holiday season and recognize the Honorable LeRoy S. Zimmerman, recipient of the Society's 2008 John Harris Award at the annual Deck the Halls celebration, to be held in the Harris-Cameron Mansion.

Deck the Halls has been a holiday tradition at the Historical Society since 1996. For the past seven years, the celebration has been the setting for presentation of the John Harris Award to a community leader whose accomplishments, past, present, and future, will "go down in Dauphin County history." No one fits that description better or gives us greater cause to celebrate than our 2008 honoree, the Honorable LeRoy S. Zimmerman.

We are pleased to announce that The Hershey Trust Company will be Lead Sponsor for the 2008 event. To assure a celebration worthy of our honoree, we have expanded our corporate and individual outreach significantly and have made plans to accommodate a capacity crowd of well over 200 community leaders and friends.

Deck the Halls promises to be a very special evening. We hope you will help us celebrate "The General's" leadership in a manner befitting the breadth and significance of his contributions to our community. Please contact us to attend.

Mondays at the Mansion Speaker Series

November 17, 2008 at 7:00 PM

Musical Entertainment in the 1800's and early 1900's: The Collections of the HSDC presented by Dennis Byrne, Mechanical Musical Instrument Collector.

Mondays at the Mansion Speaker Series

October 20, 2008 at 7:00 PM

Art from the Carlisle Indian School presented by Linda Witmer, Executive Director of the Cumberland County Historical Society.

Trolley Tour & Open Home

October 12, 2008 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

The Historical Society's free "Sunday Open Home" will include the opportunity to take a $3 bus tour of New Deal era buildings of Harrisburg. The "Open Home" includes free access to the Harris-Cameron Mansion.

As part of our 2008 celebration of the 75th anniversary of FDR's New Deal, Harrisburg native and Architectural Historian Ken Frew will guide a series of bus tours of Harrisburg area buildings that were part of the New Deal. There will be a $3 per person charge for the bus tours, which will leave the Mansion parking lot at 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:00 PM.

Parking is available in the surface lot on River Street behind the Mansion. Reservations are appreciated but not required.

Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day 2008

September 27, 2008 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

The John Harris - Simon Cameron Mansion will participate in the fourth annual Museum Day, presented by Smithsonian magazine. Museum Day is a day when museums and cultural institutions nationwide open their doors free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and Smithsonian.com visitors. A celebration of culture, learning and the dissemination of knowledge, Smithsonian Museum Day reflects the spirit of the magazine and emulates the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution's Washington, D.C. based properties.

HSDC is pleased to join 35 other museums across the Commonwealth in opening the doors of the John Harris - Simon Cameron Mansion to Smithsonian magazine and website readers on Museum Day. We are guaranteed to have enthusiastic and informed visitors cross our threshold.

Last year, upwards of 100,000 people attended Museum Day. All 50 states plus Puerto Rico were represented by 651 participating museums. Attendees must present Smithsonian magazine's Museum Day Admission Card to gain free entry. The Museum Day Admission Card is available in the September 2008 issue of Smithsonian magazine. A downloadable admission card can be used by the general public. Listings and links to other participating museums and sponsor sites can also be found at Smithsonian.com.

Mondays at the Mansion Speaker Series

September 15, 2008 at 7:00 PM

Pennsylvania's Little New Deal presented by Historian Dr. Ken Wolensky of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Steelton Exhibit Opening and Book Signing

June 8, 2008

A special mini-exhibit on Steelton will open in the Harris-Cameron Mansion and run until November 17, 2008. It will feature photographs and a pre-publication book signing of Steelton by authors Dr. Simon Bronner and Dr. Michael Barton from Penn State Harrisburg.

Steelton is available in the Publications section of our Gift Shop

13th Annual John Harris Golf Open

May 21, 2008 at 11:30 AM

This year's golf outing is dedicated to the memory of former HSDC Board Member Dick Parsons. Dick was a member of the Society's Board of Trustees for 12 years, served two terms as President of the Board, and also served as committee chairman for many of the golf outings.

The tournament will be held at the Blue Ridge Country Club on Wednesday, May 21. Male, female, and mixed foursomes are welcome to participate. You may build your own foursome or join one of ours. Competition is in the form of a "scramble" with four-golfer teams.

Prizes will be awarded for the longest drive, closest to the pin, low team score of male, female and mixed foursomes, and longest putt. Hole-in-One prizes include new cars provided by Lehman Volvo & Sutliff Chevrolet. Raffle prizes will be awarded at the post-round celebration.

Registration and the putting contest begin at 11:30 AM, and the pre-round luncheon starts at noon. Tee-off is at 1:00 PM. A post-round celebration of beer, wine, and heavy hor d'oeuvres will begin when the first foursome is off the course. There will be a tribute to Dick at 6:00 PM.

See the full brochure for participation opportunities

Mondays at the Mansion Speaker Series

May 12, 2008 at 7:00 PM

Restoration Stories presented by Nancy Cladel and Philip Walsh. Nancy talks about restoring a c1772 stone farmhouse in Hummelstown and Philip discusses restoring an 1803 log & brick farmhouse with a recent historic log addition in Upper Allen.

Mother's Day Tea

May 11, 2008

Join us in the Harris-Cameron Mansion for a circa 1933 Mothers Day Tea.

Exhibit Opening: Dauphin County in the New Deal Era

April 13, 2008 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

To coincide with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's New Deal programming, the Historical Society will exhibit images from our photograph collection that focus on life in Dauphin County from 1933 to 1941. The exhibit marks the 75th anniversary of the start of FDR's New Deal and will run until November 17, 2008.

View Select Exhibit Photos

Blast from the Past: The Repeal of Prohibition

April 11, 2008 from 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM

A casual, image-shedding, friend and fundraising celebration of the 75th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition (April 7th, 1933) will be held at Troeg's Brewery, 800 Paxton Street in Harrisburg. It will feature music by the Hoppin John Orchestra, complimentary "bar menu" food, a cash bar, Troeg's brews and wine. The price is $25 per person. Call or email for tickets.

Mondays at the Mansion Speaker Series

March 17, 2008 at 7:00 PM

History Day Presentations by local high school students.

Society Receives Conservation Bookshelf

March 13, 2008

Treasured objects and artifacts held by HSDC will be preserved for future generations with help from the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, a core set of conservation books, DVDs, and online resources donated by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal funding of the nation's museums and libraries. IMLS and is cooperator, the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), will award a total of 2,000 free sets of the IMLS Bookshelf by the end of 2008.

The IMLS Bookshelf will be a valuable resource to the Society's staff and volunteers. Conservation reference materials will enable us to make more intelligent decisions about the care of our collections. Being a historical society, the scope of items the public entrusts to us is extremely broad, and each category of holdings demands unique attention. We are responsible for the preservation of a historic home and the furniture, clothing, glassware, and fine art that fills its interior; a research library and manuscript archive that contains items both small and over-sized; and a photograph archive that, from fragile glass negatives to born-digital media, adds up to over one million images. Institutions like ours are dependent upon donations such as the IMLS Bookshelf for the continued preservation of our collections.

"We are pleased to announce the first group of IMLS Bookshelf recipients. These small libraries and museums are taking up the charge to care for America's heritage," said Dr. Anne-Imelda M. Radice, IMLS Director. "A recent national study tells a sobering story about the state of America's library and museum collections. Without immediate action we stand to lose important collections that are at the heart of the American story."

The Historical Society is among the first to receive this essential set of resources based on an application describing the needs and plans for care of its collections. The IMLS Bookshelf focuses on collections typically found in art or history museums and in libraries' special collections, with an added selection of texts for zoos, aquaria, public gardens, and nature centers. It addresses such topics as the philosophy and ethics of collecting, collections management and planning, emergency preparedness, and culturally specific conservation issues.

The IMLS Bookshelf is a crucial component of Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action, a conservation initiative that the Institute launched in 2006. IMLS began the initiative in response to a 2005 study by Heritage Preservation documenting the dire state of the nation's collections. The multi-faceted, multi-year initiative shines a nationwide spotlight on the needs of America's collections, especially those held by smaller institutions, which often lack the human and financial resources necessary to adequately care for their collections.

Mondays at the Mansion Speaker Series

February 11, 2008 at 7:00 PM

Black History Month Program featuring a presentation by retired education Calobe Jackson, Jr.

Mondays at the Mansion Speaker Series

January 14, 2008 at 7:00 PM

70 Years of Hershey Bears Hockey presented by Doug Yingst, President and General Manager of the Hershey Bears.