2010 News & Events Archive

Historical Society programs, events, and news from 2010

HHA's Candlelight House Tour and A Stop at the Mansion

December 12, 2010 - 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

On Sunday, December 12, 2010, Historic Harrisburg Association will hold their 37th Annual Candlelight House Tour, "A Journey in Memories". Enjoy a visit to eleven beautiful homes in the Midtown area, and the after party at the Harrisburg Civic Club. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 the day of the tour. Visit www.historicharrisburg.com for event details and to order tickets.

On the day of the Candlelight House Tour, the Harris-Cameron Mansion in all of its Victorian holiday splendor will be open for tours from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM. There will be a discounted rate for tours of the Mansion: $5 for adults and $4 for ages 5-18. Children under 5 years of age are free.

Annual Deck the Halls Gala

December 8, 2010 - 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

The Victorian splendor of the grand parlor of the John Harris - Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 S. Front Street, Harrisburg, will be the scene of "Deck the Halls," the area's premier holiday event, presented by the Historical Society of Dauphin County on Wednesday, December 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The event will include an array of hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and open bar, accompanied by seasonal music on the mansion's Steinway piano, once owned by Simon Cameron's daughter Margaretta.

Calobe Jackson

Honored at the event with the 2010 John Harris Award for outstanding community service will be Calobe Jackson, Jr., noted Harrisburg historian, author, re-enactor, lecturer, and mentor. A Harrisburg native, Jackson graduated from William Penn High School and attended Lincoln and Penn State universities. Jackson lectures and consults on local, African American, and Negro League baseball history. He was one of the area residents chosen as a "Living Legacy" as part of the Harrisburg 150 Celebration and served as Honorary Chair of the recent United States Colored Troops Grand Review weekend.

Emcee for the evening's program will be Valerie Pritchett, WHTM abc27 journalist and newscaster, who will introduce guests and the Harris Award winner. A resident of Harrisburg, Pritchett is active in many volunteer organizations in the region.

The John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, home to the city's founder and later to Abraham Lincoln's secretary of war, will be decked out with a Victorian tree and live greens and bright ribbons on doors and mantels. Parking is available in the PinnacleHealth surface lots behind the Mansion at Mary and River streets, and also at Second and Vine streets.

Tickets for "Deck the Halls" are available for $75.00 per person; $100 patron; and $250 sponsor. Individual and corporate sponsorships at higher levels are also available. For tickets, contact the Historical Society office at (717) 233-3462, or email office@dauphincountyhistory.org. Credit cards are accepted.

"Building Harrisburg" Book Signing with Ken Frew at The BookWorm

December 4, 2010 - 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Please join The Historical Society of Dauphin County for a book signing event with Ken Frew, the author of "Building Harrisburg: The Architects and Builders 1719~1941," at The BookWorm on the Second Level of the West Shore Farmers Market Lemoyne, PA

Third Tuesdays

November 16, 2010 - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Members of the staff of the State Museum of Pennsylvania will present Preserving your Personal Past, including the preservation and storage of family documents and artifacts using seldom seen items from the HSDC collections. The presentation begins at 7:00 PM in the parlor of the Harris-Cameron Mansion. Dessert is served at 6:30 PM. The program is free and open to the public. Additional parking is available in the PinnacleHealth physicians' surface lot on River Street behind the Historical Society.

Popular Chef and PA Native Hosts Cooking Demonstration and Tasting

November 12, 2010 - 7:00 PM

Chef Joe Randall, nationally-known director of Chef Joe Randall's Cooking School in Savannah, Georgia, and author of "A Taste of Heritage: The New African-American Cuisine," will present a cooking demonstration and food tasting of Southern cuisine at the Kitchen School of Channels, 3305 N. Sixth Street, Harrisburg, beginning at 7:00 PM on Friday, November 12.

Tickets for the event, sponsored by the Historical Society of Dauphin County and Channels, are $50.00. Advance reservations are required. Early registration is recommended, as seating is limited. To reserve a place, contact the Historical Society at (717) 233-3462 or email office@dauphincountyhistory.org.

Joe Randall was born in McKeesport, Pa., and raised in Harrisburg, attending William Penn High School. His father, Dr. Joseph Randall, was a prominent African-American physician in the city. Chef Joe's first influence was his uncle, Pittsburgh restaurateur and caterer Richard L. Ross, from whom he developed his interest in cooking. Later, he completed apprenticeships under legendary Hotel Harrisburger chef Robert W. Lee and Frank E. Castelli at the Penn-Harris Hotel.

Randall has received many awards and commendations for his contributions to the preservation and advancement of Southern cooking and has appeared in many national cooking shows, including several on The Food Channel and HGTV. In his demonstration, Randall will prepare dishes typical of the lowcountry cuisine traditionally associated with the South Carolina Lowcountry and Georgia coast. Copies of "A Taste of Heritage" will be available at the demonstration.

"After forty years, I'm still cooking and eating traditional and contemporary Southern food, and sharing it with whoever will stop long enough to listen and taste," says Randall.

Channels is a charitable, nonprofit organization designed to rescue prepared but unserved food from hotels, hospitals, caterers, corporate kitchens, and other food service contractors for immediate delivery to the soup kitchens, crisis centers, homeless shelters, and other agencies who serve people in need.

The mission of the Historical Society of Dauphin County to collect, preserve, exhibit, publish, and promote interest in the history of Dauphin County for the education, enjoyment, and benefit of the public. The presentation of Chef Joe Randall is part of an initiative to highlight more recent historical and cultural aspects of the county and its people.

"The Blue Orchard" Author Jackson Taylor to Speak

November 11, 2010 - 6:00 PM

Jackson Taylor

Jackson Taylor, author of the "The Blue Orchard," a novel set in Harrisburg and nearby south central Pennsylvania locations, will speak about his book at Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. Third Street, Harrisburg, on Thursday, November 11.

A meet-the-author reception and book-signing will be held from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Tickets for the wine and hors d'oeuvres reception are $25.00. Advance reservations, which include reserved seating in the general presentation, are recommended. To make reservations, phone the Historical Society at (717) 233-3462 or email office@dauphincountyhistory.org.

A general presentation, free and open to the public. will begin at 7:30 PM.

The event is sponsored by the Dauphin County Medical Society and presented by Midtown Scholar and the Historical Society of Dauphin County.

"The Blue Orchard" is the story of the author's grandmother, Verna Krone, who grew up in Perry County, leaving school in the eighth grade to help support her family. After a series of menial jobs, she eventually moved to Harrisburg, where she studied to become a nurse. She worked for Charles Crampton, a prominent African-American physician, and was arrested with him in 1954 for performing scandalous "illegal surgeries."

The novel deals with issues of gender, class, family, race, and politics in this region in the first half of the twentieth century. It has been called a masterpiece and a dazzling portrayal of the human spirit.

Also on the program with Taylor are Chef Joe Randall of Savannah, Georgia, whose father, Dr. Joseph Randall, challenged Dr. Crampton for political leadership of the African-American community in Harrisburg, and Calobe Jackson, Harrisburg historian, author, and lecturer, who worked part time for Dr. Crampton while a student at William Penn High School and benefitted from a senatorial scholarship secured for him by Crampton.

- Photo by Cocotos

United States Colored Troops Grand Review Weekend

The Pennsylvania Grand Review offers a diverse selection of events during three days. Go to www.visitPA.com/GrandReview for tickets and for the complete list of events and community commemorations.

November 5

  • Symposium - 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Program begins with registration at the Harris-Cameron Mansion, 219 South Front St, Harrisburg and coffee and continental breakfast at Harrisburg Hospital's Brady Hall from 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
  • The symposium, "Rather Die Freemen than Live to be Slaves," will feature lectures by nationally know USCT experts, including Dr. James Horton ("The USCT, Pennsylvania, and William Woodlin"), Dr. Richard Blackett ("T. Morris Chester and the USCT"), Dr. James Paradis ("The Sixth USCT at Camp William Penn"), Harri Jones ("The USCT and Pennsylvania"), and Todd Mealy ("Civil War and Civil Rights: A Primer on the William Garnet League"). Descendants of US Colored Troops will also make presentations. There is no charge to attend. Contact the Historical Society for more information or to register for the symposium.
  • The symposium is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Pennsylvania Department of Cultural Heritage Tourism, the Historical Society of Dauphin County, and PinnacleHealth.
  • White Carnation League Dinner - 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Purchase tickets in advance
  • Hilton Harrisburg, One North 2nd St, Harrisburg

November 6

  • Grand Review Blessing & Dedication - 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
  • Forum Building, 607 South Drive, Harrisburg
  • Grand Review Parade - 9:00 AM to Noon
  • Downtown Harrisburg
  • Chautauqua & Heritage Fair - 1 to 3:00 PM and 4 to 6:00 PM
  • Two free showings (Ticket required)
  • Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, Harrisburg

November 7

  • Legacy Women's Awards Reception & Luncheon - 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
  • Purchase tickets in advance
  • Hilton Harrisburg, One North 2nd St, Harrisburg

Third Tuesdays

October 19, 2010 - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Calobe Jackson, Jr. and members of the USCT Re-enactor Project will present The US Colored Troops Who Called Dauphin County Home. The presentation begins at 7:00 PM in the parlor of the Harris-Cameron Mansion. Dessert is served at 6:30 PM. The program is free and open to the public. Additional parking is available in the PinnacleHealth physicians' surface lot on River Street behind the Historical Society.

History Center Members Night and Exhibit Opening

October 15, 2010 - 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Members Night: Introducing the fourth exhibit at the 2010 History Center, The United States Colored Troops.

Boyd Genealogy Meeting in Camp Hill

October 13, 2010 - 6:30 PM

Michael Boyd, House of Boyd Society Historian from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia is coming to the U.S. in October to meet with those interested in Boyd genealogy. Bring your family history info and meet with him here in Central PA. The meeting will be held at the Camp Hill Presbyterian Church, 101 N. 23rd Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011, at 6:30 PM. There is no charge, but if possible, send your intent to come to HbgScotSoc@aol.com.

Saturday Research Library Hours

October 9, 2010

The Research Library will be open from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Baltimore Museum of Art and Homewood Museum Bus Trip

October 7, 2010

This HSDC bus trip will take participants to the Baltimore Museum of Art for a docent led tour and Historic Homewood on the campus of Johns Hopkins University. The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th century, modern, and contemporary art. Founded in 1914 with a single painting, the BMA today has 90,000 works of art - including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world. Lunch will be at Gertrude's in the museum.

Then it will be on to the Historic Homewood Museum. Homewood Museum offers visitors the chance to explore diverse interests in tremendous depth and provides an intimate look at life in early 19th century Baltimore. The museum's collections consist of fine and decorative art objects representative of the furnishings during the Carroll family's occupancy (1775-1825). Some works have direct affiliation with the Carroll family. The majority of the collection is American with a strong concentration in high-quality Baltimore furniture of the period. English ceramics, silver, and furniture, as well as items of Chinese and French manufacture are reflective of the imports available in early 19th century Baltimore. Participants will also enjoy a Madeira wine and cheese tasting while at Homewood.

This is one tour that his it all: history, art, architecture, and gardens. For more information or to register, email office@dauphincountyhistory.org or call 717-233-3462. The cost for members is $108.00; for non-members $120.00. As always, lunch is included in the cost for HSDC bus trips. The bus will depart at 8:00 AM and will return between 5:30 PM and 6:00 PM.

Third Tuesdays and Dining Room Re-Dedication

September 21, 2010 - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Dr. Michael Barton and Wayne Titus, HSDC member and a descendant of a Civil War soldier, will present Central Pennsylvania's Personal Civil War. The presentation begins at 7:00 PM in the parlor of the Harris-Cameron Mansion. Dessert is served at 6:30 PM. The program is free and open to the public. Additional parking is available in the PinnacleHealth physicians' surface lot on River Street behind the Historical Society.

Also on this night, the Mansion Dining Room will be re-dedicated to Jean Pugh, long-time HSDC volunteer who passed away in October 2009 at the age of 97 and left a generous bequest to the Historical Society. The Friends of the Harris-Cameron Mansion will serve refreshments based on Ms. Pugh's recipes, and the Victorian family tea set that Ms. Pugh left to the Historical Society will be on display.

Greater Harrisburg's Jewish Community

September 15, 2010 - 7:00 PM

Dr. Simon Bronner will be giving a presentation on the history of Harrisburg's Jewish community at the Harris-Cameron Mansion as well as signing copies of his new book, Greater Harrisburg's Jewish Community. Inspired by the collection of photographs by Arnold Zuckerman in the HSDC photo archives, the book provides a photographic history of a vibrant community that has played a vital role in our community since 1825. A reception will follow the program. Additional parking is available in the PinnacleHealth physicians' surface lot on River Street behind the Historical Society.

Saturday Research Library Hours

September 11, 2010

The Research Library will be open from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Saturday Research Library Hours

August 14, 2010

The Research Library will be open from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Saturday Research Library Hours

July 10, 2010

The Research Library will be open from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

ICP-Harrisburg 150 Genealogy Workshop

June 26, 2010 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

The workshop will be held in the HSDC Research Library

HSDC Members Only Evening at the History Center

June 24, 2010 - 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

HSDC members are invited to join us at the 2010 History Center in the Old Dauphin Deposit "Temple" Building at 213 Market Street in Harrisburg for a special program, Our Living Legacies, from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM. Make it a night on the town with a 20% discount on dinner (alcohol excluded) at Bricco following the Open House.

Saturday Research Library Hours

June 12, 2010

The Research Library will be open from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Bus Trip to Winterthur and the Nemours Mansion

May 20, 2010 at 7:45 AM

On Thursday, May 20, the HSDC Bus Trip will take participants to the Brandywine Valley near Wilmington, Delaware. We will leave at 7:45 AM from the Weis Markets parking lot at 1195 Lowther Road, Camp Hill, and will return approximately 6:00 PM.

The first stop will be Winterthur, an American estate in the spirit of 18th and 19th century European country houses, formerly the home of Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969), world-renowned collector of American antiques and an avid horticulturist. Our tour will include highlights of his exquisite collections, which include thousands of decorative pieces and, in some instances, whole rooms from historic homes.

A tram ride into the incomparable gardens of the estate will showcase the very special spring plantings from around the world. Of course, you'll visit the wonderful museum stores, too.

Luncheon will be served at the gracious du Pont Country Club, where lush landscape, comfortable atmosphere and scrumptious cuisine combine for a delightful experience.

Following lunch, we continue on to Nemours Mansion and Gardens. The glories of this 100-room French chateau, formerly belonging to Alfred I. du Pont, are a feast for the eyes. Nemours is furnished with fine period antiques, rare oriental rugs and tapestries. The 300-acre gardens include a working carillon tower, and the Chauffeur's Garage holds a collection of the family's antique autos.

The cost of the trip, including lunch, is $108.00 for members and $120.00 for non-members. Non-members may take advantage of a special offer of an annual HSDC membership and this bus trip at the member price for $130.00 - a savings of $8.00 HSDC members receive a 10% discount on gift shop purchases and bus trips as well as a free tour of the John Harris - Simon Cameron Mansion and a copy of our annual publication, The Susquehanna Journal.

To register or for more details, please call or email HSDC.

Second Tuesdays at Seven Speaker Series

May 11, 2010 at 7:00 PM

A Conversation with Thaddeus Stevens regarding his association with Gov. Curtin, Simon Cameron, and President Lincoln presented by the PA Past Players group. On special exhibit at the Mansion for this event will be a desk owned by Thaddeus Stevens and currently in the HSDC collection as well as a chair, currently on loan to the HSDC, reputedly on which Thaddeus Stevens was carried while very ill from the US House of Representatives following the vote defeating the effort led by Stevens to impeach President Andrew Johnson. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be available beginning at 6:30 PM.

Mother's Day Tea and Open House

May 9, 2010 - 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM

A Mother's Day Tea and Open House, sponsored by our new Friends of the Mansion. Enjoy tea, tea sandwiches, and sweet treats, and see the Harris-Cameron Mansion. The cost is $5 for those age 13 and over; children 12 and under are admitted free.

Saturday Research Library Hours

May 8, 2010

The Research Library will be open from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Blast from the Past, 1960 Style

April 23, 2010 - 7:00 PM

What: A celebration of the start of the 1960s including live music, food, cash bar, and a silent auction. Dress is casual; 1960 style optional.

When: Friday, April 23, 2010 from 7 PM to 11 PM

Where: Former Brenner Cadillac-Oldsmobile building at 2222 Paxton Street, Harrisburg

How: There is a $50 per person ticket price and a cash bar. Order your tickets on or before April 16th at a discounted price of $40. Call 717-233-3462 to be added to our guest list. We will record your name and the number of tickets you have purchased.

All proceeds from this event benefit HSDC.

Many thanks to the following donors who contributed
to the 2010 Blast from the Past - 1960 Style.
We look forward to another "Blast" next year.

  • Arts at 510, Harrisburg, PA
  • Ashcombe Farms and Greenhouses, Mechanicsburg, PA
  • Atlanta Bread, Jonestown, PA
  • Bricco Restaurant, Harrisburg, PA
  • Bumble Bee Hollow Golf, Linglestown, PA
  • Camp Hill Veterinary Hospital, Camp Hill, PA
  • Downstreet Salon, Hershey, PA
  • Ellen Coleman, Excursions from the Square, Philadelphia
  • Five Guys Burgers, Jonestown, PA
  • Greenworks Development, John Tierney, Harrisburg, PA
  • Harrisburg Jewish Community Center
  • Hotel Hershey, Trevi 5 Italian Grille Restaurant
  • Hornung's Hardware, Linglestown, PA
  • Jack L. Bair, Piano Stylist, Enola, PA
  • Karn's Quality Foods, Linglestown, PA
  • Kenneth and Company, Camp Hill, PA
  • LEC, French Student Homestay Program, Harrisburg, PA
  • Midtown Cinema, Harrisburg, PA
  • Morrow Ferrar Jewelers, Camp Hill, PA
  • Mount Hill Tavern, Harrisburg, PA
  • Nature's Way, Linglestown, PA
  • Nonna's Delicioso, Harrisburg, PA
  • Olive Garden Restaurants
  • The Patriot-News Company, Harrisburg, PA
  • Pennsylvania Heritage Society, Harrisburg, PA
  • Pizza Grille, Camp Hill, PA
  • Red Rabbit, Duncannon, PA
  • Roxie's Cafe, Harrisburg, PA
  • State Bookstore of Pennsylvania
  • State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
  • Stock's on Second, Harrisburg, PA
  • Suzanne's Treasures, Lemoyne, PA
  • Visa gift card
  • Kathryn and David McCorkle, Dillsburg, PA
  • Cathy and Jack Lotwick, Hummelstown, PA
  • Edie and William Walsh, Mechanicsburg, PA
  • Susan Artman, Halifax, PA
  • Vicki Bonner, Harrisburg, PA
  • Frank and Barbara Pinto, Harrisburg, PA
  • Anne L. Kearney, ISA, Personal Property Appraisals, Harrisburg, PA

The 2010 History Center Opens

April 17, 2010

The 2010 History Center opens at 213 Market Street with the first of a series of exhibits of Harrisburg and Dauphin County history throughout 2010 to celebrate the City's SusqueCentennial and the County's 225th anniversary.

Learn more about the History Center

Second Tuesdays at Seven Speaker Series

April 13, 2010 at 7:00 PM

A speaker series tradition, presentations by local middle and high school students of their National History Day Projects. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be available beginning at 6:30 PM.

Saturday Research Library Hours

April 10, 2010

The Research Library will be open from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Second Tuesdays at Seven Speaker Series
and Annual Members' Meeting

March 9, 2010 at 7:00 PM

The 141st Annual Members' Meeting will begin at 7:00 PM in the Mansion parlor. This will include a review of the past year, election of officers of the Board, and information about upcoming events.

Following this brief meeting, we will be entertained by A Conversation with Mary S. Beatty, President of the Ladies Union Relief Association presented by Marcia Martin, PA Past Player. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be available beginning at 6:30 PM.

Second Tuesdays at Seven Speaker Series

February 16, 2010 at 7:00 PM (A rescheduled time)

A Conversation with T. Morris Chester presented by Calobe Jackson. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be available before and after the program. We have pushed back the program one week to the 16th due to the anticipated snowfall.

Second Tuesdays at Seven Speaker Series

January 12, 2010 at 7:00 PM

A Snapshot of Harrisburg circa 1860 presented by Dr. Michael Barton. Admission is free.