2011 News & Events Archive

Historical Society programs, events, and news from 2011

Mansion Tours and Research Library Hours

December 11, 2011 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Friends of the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 S. Front Street, Harrisburg, will open the house for tours from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, December 11, part of the mansion's Second Sundays Series. In addition, the adjoining Research Library of the Historical Society of Dauphin County will be open.

Admission to the tours is by donation at the door. Admission is free to members of the Historical Society of Dauphin County. Regular fees apply for use of the Research Library.

This Second Sunday is associated with "A Tour of the Towns," Historic Harrisburg's 38th Annual Candlelight House Tour presented by Mid Penn Bank.

Deck the Halls Gala Honoring the Olewine Family

December 7, 2011 - 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

At this year's annual holiday celebration, Benjamin Olewine III and the Olewine family will be honored with the 2011 John Harris Award recognizing the family's many business, political, and philanthropic contributions to the Harrisburg area.

The Olewine family has made Harrisburg their home since before 1785, when Dauphin County was established out of Lancaster County. The earliest Harrisburg City Directory, published in 1839, shows Benjamin Olewine III's great-great-great grandfather living in the first block of State Street. The family farmed McCormick's Island during the Civil War (1861-65) and, as a hint of things to come, sold the produce raised on the farm to Harrisburg residents.

Ben Olewine's grandfather opened the first family grocery store in 1905. From the time he was six years old, Ben worked at the store and, as the business grew, at the family grocery/delicatessen company. He recalls that his father provided food to anyone who needed it during the years of the Great Depression (1929-41).

Following service in World War II, Ben returned to Harrisburg, and under his thirty years of company leadership, the business became one of the top institutional food companies in the United States.

Benjamin Olewine III and his family are synonymous with philanthropy in the Harrisburg area, providing major funding for a multitude of projects that have benefitted our community in every way. Ben has been recognized by organizations and individuals throughout our region for his generosity and support. The Historical Society of Dauphin County is honored to recognize him as the 2011 recipient of the John Harris Award.

For ticket and sponsorship information, contact the Historical Society at 717-233-3462 or office@dauphincountyhistory.org. There will be an open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and desserts. Parking is available in the PinnacleHealth surface lots at Mary and River Streets and at Second and Vine Streets.

Thank You Deck the Halls 2011 Sponsors

  • Pennsylvania
  • Olewine Family Trust
  • Susquehanna
  • Capital BlueCross
  • Eckert, Seamans, Cherin & Mellott, LLC
  • Keefer, Wood, Allen & Rahal, LLP
  • M & T Bank
  • Greenworks Development, LLC
  • Harris
  • The Alexander & Jane Boyd Foundation
  • Cordier Auctions and Appraisals
  • HighMark Blue Shield
  • McNees, Wallace & Nurick, LLC
  • PA Food Merchants Association
  • PA Housing Finance Agency
  • Robert & Donna Weldon
  • LeRoy & Mary Zimmerman
  • Cameron
  • Boyer & Ritter
  • Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
  • Gannett Fleming, Inc.
  • Lois Grass
  • H & H Service Company
  • Robert & Judy Knupp
  • Jack Krill & Hannah Leavitt
  • H. B. McClure Company
  • David & Kathryn McCorkle
  • PA Assoc. of Community Bankers
  • PinnacleHealth System
  • PNC Wealth Management
  • Shearer Family Fund of TFEC
  • The Hall Foundation
  • The Patriot-News
  • Tim Weston & Mary Webber-Weston
  • Maclay
  • Richard & Marilyn Abrams
  • William & Marion Alexander
  • George & Janice Apodiakos
  • Michael & Jane Barton
  • Connor Artistry
  • Conrad Seigel Associates
  • David & Donna Desfor
  • Walter & Trish Foulkrod
  • Greenlee Partners
  • Hilton Harrisburg - Bricco
  • Jack Howett
  • Nicholas & Ellen Hughes
  • Lewis & Louise Kunkel
  • Richard & Linda Lefever
  • Ken & Karen Lehman
  • Jack & Cathy Lotwick
  • Pierce & Billie Mackay
  • Millers Mutual Insurance
  • George & Ann Moffitt
  • Sheldon & Sally Parker
  • Thomas & Linda Pheasant
  • Morton & Alyce Spector
  • Steven & Susie Symons
  • Jonathan Vipond IV & Tim E. Bunner
  • WHTM/abc27
  • Zelenkofske & Axelrod, LLC
  • Patrons
  • David Bronstein
  • Anne S. Davis
  • Virginia Eaton
  • Marcia Gobrecht
  • Sue Helm
  • Betty Hungerford
  • Calobe Jackson, Jr.
  • Carolyn L. Kunkel
  • Harold G. Leibenson
  • Charles Peguese
  • Steven Neiman
  • Kristin Scofield

We Also Thank the Following For Their Contributions

  • Caterers and Restaurants
  • Patty Armbrust
  • Bella's Bliss Bakery
  • Bricco
  • Dingledeins
  • Dirk's Coffee
  • Flinchy's
  • Giant Food Stores
  • The JDK Group
  • Karns
  • Magnolia
  • Simply Turkey
  • Sir D's
  • Stocks on Second
  • Weis Markets
  • W & L Sales
  • Wendel's Catering
  • Mantle Decorations
  • James Martin
  • The Garden Path
  • Olewine Family History Displays
  • Nancy Mendes

Presentation and Book Signing on Columns of Paul Beers

November 30, 2011 - 7:00 PM

Join us for a presentation by Penn State Professor Dr. Michael Barton on "City Contented - City Discontented," the recently published book based on the series of Patriot-News Columns written by the late columnist and historian, Paul Beers. Dr. Barton and graduate students in the Penn State Harrisburg American Studies program transcribed and edited the columns, adding photographs and associated information. Refreshments will be served, and copies of the book will be available for sale following the program.

First Program of the Women of the Emancipation Series

November 20, 2011 - 1:00 PM

Women of Emancipation Logo

The focus of the first program of the Women of the Emancipation Series will be on the slave experience. The cost of the program is $20 per person with youth 10-18 admitted at no charge. Please RSVP by contacting the Historical Society at 717-233-3462. Click on the image at left to view a flyer containing additional details.

Check-in/Greetings, Violin at Mansion from 1:00-1:30

Program begins at 1:30 in Brady Hall

Presenters in order are: Felicia Brown-Haywood, Iya Isoke, Elizabeth Johnson, Barbara Barksdale, Angela Holland

Program:

  1. Welcome - 1 minute
  2. Intro to song and song - 4 minutes
  3. Some Wheatley - 8 minutes
  4. Powerpoint Presentation, Slave Cemetery at Fort Hunter - 15 minutes
  5. Another song w/intro - 4 minutes
  6. Re-enactment - 30 minutes
  7. Final song w/intro - 4 minutes
  8. Touch more Wheatley - 4 minutes
  9. Violin solo of Amazing Grace - 3 minutes

Heavy Tea/Social Time to follow immediately in Mansion

Third Tuesdays and Book Signing: Harrisburg Broadcasting

November 15, 2011 - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Tim Portzline will present Harrisburg Broadcasting and sign copies of his recently published book. The presentation begins at 7:00 PM in the parlor of the Harris-Cameron Mansion. Dessert is served at 6:30 PM in the Jean E. Pugh Dining Room, courtesy of the Friends of the Mansion. 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.

Shaker Box-Making Demo and Mansion and Research Library Hours

November 13, 2011 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Friends of the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 S. Front Street, Harrisburg, will open the house for tours from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, November 13, part of the mansion's Second Sundays Series. In the house's solarium, woodworker Alan R. Garner will demonstrate the art of making Shaker-style boxes.

In addition, the adjoining Research Library of the Historical Society of Dauphin County will be open.

Admission to the tours and demonstration is by donation at the door. Admission is free to members of the Historical Society of Dauphin County. Regular fees apply for use of the Research Library.

Garner, president of Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania, is a member and past president of the Susquehanna Area Woodworkers, a member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, and the Society of American Period Furniture Makers. He has made presentations on the Shakers and their work to woodworking guilds in Pennsylvania and Maryland. His work was recently seen on exhibit in "The Craftsman's Journey - Enhancing People's Lives" at the Mechanicsburg Museum Association.

The Shakers, a religious sect formed in 18th century England and emigrating to New York and New England in 1774, were the first to make the wooden oval boxes that were the Tupperware® of their day. The boxes were used for dry food storage in the kitchen; by the seamstress for threads, thimbles, pins, needles and other supplies; and in the shop for paint powders, nails, and such. Oval boxes were made by Shakers into the early 1950s.

As part of studying the Shakers, Garner has spent time at Hancock Shaker Village in western Massachusetts and at Mt. Lebanon, New York. He started out making boxes as gifts for family members. But as word spread, he has made over 300 for people all across the nation, including former Pennsylvania First Lady Michelle Ridge and Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid.

Third Tuesdays: PA Dutch Powwowing and the Hex Murders

October 18, 2011 - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Erik Fasick will present Fear and Loathing in Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Dutch Powwowing and the Hex Murders, an overview of the Pennsylvania Dutch faith healing practice of powwowing, with a discussion of the witch hunt that occurred in Harrisburg following the Hex Murders of 1929. The presentation begins at 7:00 PM in the parlor of the Harris-Cameron Mansion. Dessert is served at 6:30 PM in the Jean E. Pugh Dining Room, courtesy of the Friends of the Mansion. 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.

Bus Trip to Fonthill, Mercer Museum, and Pearl S. Buck House

October 13, 2011

On Thursday, October 13, the Historical Society of Dauphin County bus trip will take participants to Fonthill, the Mercer Museum, and the Pearl S. Buck House in Doylestown, PA.

Participants will travel via a small 29 passenger bus, leaving from Weis Markets parking lot at 1195 Lowther St., Camp Hill. Attendees should be there by 7:00 AM to depart at 7:15 AM. The first stop will be a one hour tour of Fonthill, former home of Henry Mercer. Lunch will be in the Elkins Gallery at the Mercer Museum, followed by orientation and a self-guided exploration of the Mercer Museum. Finally, there will be a short ride to the Pearl S. Buck house for a one hour guided tour. The bus will leave the Buck house about 3:45 PM and return home around 6:30 PM.

The cost of the trip, including lunch, is $117.00 for members and $129.00 for non-members. Non-members may take advantage of a special offer of an annual HSDC membership and this bus trip for $159.00 - a savings of $5.00. HSDC members receive a 10% discount on gift shop and photo archive purchases and bus trips, a free tour of the Harris-Cameron Mansion, and a copy of our annual publication, the Susquehanna Journal.

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Second Sundays Mansion and Research Library Hours

October 9, 2011 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

The Harris-Cameron Mansion will be open for tours from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Normal admission charged. The Research Library is also open during this time.

Smithsonian Museum Day

September 24, 2011 - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The Harris-Cameron Mansion will be open free of charge to Smithsonian members.

Third Tuesdays: Little Known Facts of Harris-Cameron Mansion History

September 20, 2011 - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Susan Artman will present Little Known Facts of Harris-Cameron Mansion History. The presentation begins at 7:00 PM in the parlor of the Harris-Cameron Mansion. Dessert is served at 6:30 PM in the Jean E. Pugh Dining Room, courtesy of the Friends of the Mansion. 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.

Gallery Walk - Dauphin County on the Eve of the Civil War

September 18, 2011 - 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Civil War - Camp Curtin

Dauphin County on the Eve of the Civil War is an exhibition of artwork and historic photographs portraying Dauphin County prior to 1861. The exhibition opens Sunday, September 18, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, during the Gallery Walk of the Art Association of Harrisburg and continues during the Mansion's regular tour hours.

Decades of strife between North and South erupted in civil war on April 12, 1861, when Confederate artillery opened fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. During the Civil War, Harrisburg served as a central location for the assembly and dispatch of many regiments of Union troops. Confederate General Robert E. Lee made the taking of Harrisburg a primary objective twice during the war. What did Dauphin County look like when the war broke out and its citizens began to consider the reality of the coming conflict?

Historic photos are from the collections of the Historical Society of Dauphin County, the Halifax Area Historical Society, and the Williamstown Historical Society. Contemporary art work and photographs have been submitted by area residents.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Greater Harrisburg Arts Council and presented by the Historical Society of Dauphin County and Friends of the Harris-Cameron Mansion.

Second Sundays Mansion and Research Library Hours

September 11, 2011 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

The Harris-Cameron Mansion will be open for tours from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Normal admission charged. The Research Library is also open during this time.

HSDC Closed for Labor Day

September 5, 2011

Please note HSDC will be closed on Monday, September 5, in observance of Labor Day. This includes the Research Library, Office, and Harris-Cameron Mansion.

Labor Day Lyceum

September 4, 2011 - Starting at 1:30 PM

A Civil War-era "lyceum" featuring music, period reenactors, and stories about Harrisburg's anti-slavery stance and preparations for the coming war will be presented at the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 South Front Street, Harrisburg, on Sunday, September 4, beginning at 1:30 PM. The event, sponsored by Dauphin County as part of its series of programs and events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, is free of charge and open to the public.

The lyceum movement in the nineteenth century - with its lectures, dramatic performances, class instructions, and debates - contributed significantly to the education of the adult American. Noted lecturers, entertainers, and readers would travel the "lyceum circuit," going from town to town or state to state to entertain, speak, or debate in a variety of locations.

The Harris-Cameron Mansion will open at 1:30 PM for self-guided tours of the living areas. Visitors will meet Simon Cameron, Lincoln's Secretary of War, and his wife Margaretta. Refreshments from Civil War-era cookbooks will be served in the Mansion's dining room.

The Susquehanna Travellers will play a concert of Civil War-era music on the front porch during the tours. Based in south central Pennsylvania, this group of reenactors from the 87th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry has performed for such groups as the National Park Service, the James Buchanan Foundation for the Preservation of Wheatland, and the Gettysburg Foundation.

At 2:00 PM, Dr. Michael Barton, Professor of American Studies and Social Science and Director of the Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies at Penn State Harrisburg, opens the lyceum with "Civil War Coming," a presentation using clues from personal and newspaper accounts of the day that show how the citizens of Dauphin County viewed the possibility and the looming reality of the coming conflict.

Barton will use excerpts from the Society's journals of Harrisburg resident Charles Rawn, who wrote about daily life in the city from the 1830s through the 1860s, and the Harrisburg Telegraph of the day. A prolific writer and editor, Barton recently edited the history of the 209th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and the Civil War memoir of Sgt. Christian Lenker.

At 2:30 PM, the Susquehanna Travellers gather again for a second concert, this time in the opulent Victorian parlor of the Mansion.

At 3:00 PM, author and historian Todd Mealy, will speak on "Harrisburg - An Antislavery City." Mealy is the author of two books and has conducted independent teacher training seminars. He has recently worked as a researcher and lecturer for the Civil War Sesquicentennial.

At 3:30 PM, reenactor David Shuey of Newville will present "A Soldier's Story," as he portrays Colonel Franklin A. Haskell of Wisconsin, who enlisted at the start of the war, and was a hero at Gettysburg while serving as aide-de-camp for Brig. Gen. John Gibbon of the Iron Brigade. Prior to the Lyceum, Colonel Haskell may be seen on horseback performing reconnaissance in the city.

A question-and-answer session with all of the presenters will close the event at 4:00 PM.

Free parking is available in the PinnacleHealth lot immediately behind the Mansion on River Street.

Second Sundays at the Mansion and Wood Carving Demonstration

August 14, 2011 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Pennsylvania German-style Box by Kari Hultman

Friends of the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion will open for tours from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, August 14, part of the Mansion's Second Sundays Series. During the tours, local woodworker Kari Hultman of Lemoyne will provide demonstrations of Pennsylvania German-style letter carving and chip carving. In addition, the adjoining Research Library of the Historical Society of Dauphin County will be open.

Combination tour and demonstration tickets are $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for 65+, and $6.00 for children six to 16. Children under six are admitted free.

Kari Hultman owns a graphic design agency and began woodworking as a hobby 19 years ago. She makes her own hand planes, has taught classes in letter carving and hand cut dovetails, and builds furniture. Hultman admires 18th-century Pennsylvania German style for its practical, folksy, and robust characteristics. In addition to her full-time business, Hultman is editor of the Tricks of the Trade column for Popular Woodworking Magazine, and has written articles for that magazine, the Lee Valley Tools online newsletter and The Journal of The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers.

1863 Confederate Invasion of Mechanicsburg & Harrisburg Bus Trip

August 13, 2011 - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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Follow the 1863 Confederate invasion of Mechanicsburg through what later became Camp Hill in 1885. Learn about the Union defenses, troops, and emplacements.

The cost of $60 per person includes bus, guide, narration, hand-outs and lunch at Old Country Buffet's "All-You-Can-Eat Buffet." Proceeds benefit the Dauphin County Historical Society and Harris-Cameron Mansion. The tour is rain or shine. For reservations, call Sheldon Munn at 717-770-0235.

View the flyer for complete details

Reenactment of the Reading of the Declaration of Independence

July 4, 2011 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

The Friends of the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion will present reenactor David Biser as John Harris, Jr. in public readings of the Declaration of Independence on Monday, July 4, from the porch of the Harris-Cameron Mansion. Readings will take place on the hour from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Tours of the Harris-Cameron Mansion will be given by Friends of the Mansion between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM at a special price of $4.00, nearly half the regular admission. Children six and under will be admitted free.

Biser, a Harrisburg resident, has been a Colonial-era reenactor for 12 years and has been bringing the persona of Harris alive for the past several years. Revolutionary War reenactors will occupy the mansion grounds as they portray daily life during the struggle for American Independence.

On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve the Declaration of Independence inside the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall). The Declaration was printed during the late afternoon by John Dunlap, a local Philadelphia printer. Congress ordered that copies be sent out and that it be proclaimed in each of the new United States. By the next morning, copies were on their way to all thirteen states by horseback.

Four days later, on July 8th, the citizens of Philadelphia were summoned to the State House Yard by the bells of the city. At 12:00 noon, Colonel John Nixon publicly read the Declaration of Independence for the first time. When a copy arrived at Harrisburg, city founder John Harris, Jr. read it to the assembled crowd from the porch of his house along the Susquehanna River.

Join us to experience the hopes, struggles, and excitement associated with the birth of the United States of America.

1863 Confederate Invasion of Mechanicsburg & Harrisburg Bus Trip

June 25, 2011 - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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Follow the 1863 Confederate invasion of Mechanicsburg through what later became Camp Hill in 1885. Learn about the Union defenses, troops, and emplacements.

The cost of $60 per person includes bus, lunch, guide, narration, and hand-outs. Proceeds benefit the Dauphin County Historical Society and Harris-Cameron Mansion. The tour is rain or shine. For reservations, call Sheldon Munn at 717-770-0235.

View the flyer for complete details

At Lore Degenstein Gallery in Selinsgrove: Simon Snyder Exhibit

Opening Reception and Lecture: June 3, 2011

Mary Snyder Portrait

HSDC is loaning a Jacob Eichholtz portrait of Mary Snyder to the Lore Degenstein Gallery and the Snyder County Historical Society. Mary Snyder's husband, Simon Snyder, was Pennsylvania's third governor and a resident of Selinsgrove, PA. His life and times provide the theme for this exhibition in the Lore Degenstein Gallery at Susquehanna University. For 21st century Americans, this exhibition illustrates Snyder's era in paintings, engravings, decorative arts, political prints, letters and maps.

Mary Slough Scott Snyder (1769-1823) was the daughter of Colonel Mathias Slough (1733-1812) and Mary Gibson Slough (1739-1814) of Lancaster. She married Governor Simon Snyder (1759-1819) in October of 1814 during his tenure as Governor, and she became his third wife. The portrait was commissioned by Governor Snyder shortly before his marriage to Mary Slough Scott.

For more information visit www.simonsnyder.org.

Harrisburg: Civil War City at the History Center

May 20 through June 25, 2011

HSDC presents the exhibit, Harrisburg: Civil War City, at the History Center, located in the historic Dauphin Deposit Bank building, 213 Market Street, Harrisburg. M&T Bank has again generously provided the use of the building to house the exhibit.

Harrisburg: Civil War City through displays, artifacts, and documents tells the story of the state capital from early 1861 through early 1862. The exhibit shows the establishment of Camp Curtin following president Lincoln's call for 75,000 volunteers in the aftermath of the firing on Fort Sumter, the first year of Camp Curtin's operation and the impact that the large number of troops training there had on the city of Harrisburg. Visitors will see a typical camp setting and learn the story of the physician who headed the Camp Curtin hospital in early 1862 and see his medical kit, his letters home, and portions of his uniform. Simon Cameron's time as Secretary of War will be featured with documents signed by him and personal items of the period.

The exhibit is part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The exhibit will open to the public on Friday, May 20 and run through Saturday, June 25. The days and hours are Friday and Saturday, noon until 6:00 PM. Admission is $2.00.

The Historical Society thanks The National Civil War Museum for generously loaning objects for the exhibit.

Tea with Mary Todd Lincoln

June 15, 2011 - 2:00 PM

Melissa Rabinsky as Mary Todd Lincoln

Join us at the Mansion for tea with Mary Todd Lincoln on Wednesday, June 15, featuring recipes from 1860's era gatherings and a presentation by reenactor Melissa Yiaski Rabinsky as Mary Todd Lincoln.

The presentation, told in the first person, will recount the life of Mrs. Lincoln beginning with her youth in Lexington, Kentucky and continue through her move to Springfield, Illinois, her courtships with Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln, her marriage to Lincoln and the deaths of three of their sons, the White House years, the Civil War and the assassination of her husband and the insanity trials at the end of her life.

Ms. Rabinsky has been a historical interpreter for over six years. Her fascination with Mary Todd Lincoln began at a young age and grew during her years as a living historian and Civil War reenactor.

The tea will begin at 2:00 PM. Admission is $15.00 for members and $17.00 for non-members.

Third Tuesdays: Civil War Battle Flags of Pennsylvania

May 17, 2011 - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Jason Wilson from the Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee will speak about Civil War Battle Flags of Pennsylvania and the roles, responsibilities and honors earned by the bearers. The presentation begins at 7:00 PM in the parlor of the Harris-Cameron Mansion. Dessert is served at 6:30 PM in the Jean E. Pugh Dining Room, courtesy of the Friends of the Mansion. 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.

Bus Trip to Lincoln Cottage and Woodrow Wilson House

May 5, 2011

On Thursday, May 5, the Historical Society of Dauphin County bus trip will take participants to the Lincoln Cottage and the Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, D.C.

Participants will travel via a small 29 passenger bus. The first stop will be the Lincoln Cottage, where we will enjoy the "Premier" curator-led tour, which includes both the cottage and the grounds. A three-course lunch will be served at Scion on Dupont Circle, followed by a tour of the Woodrow Wilson House. Gift shop time at both museums is also included in the schedule.

The cost of the trip, including lunch, is $140.00 for members and $155.00 for non-members.

The registration deadline is April 18, 2011. Registrants will receive confirmation with full details of the trip's schedule closer to the departure date. You can download the registration form below, call the Society at 717-233-3462, or email office@dauphincountyhistory.org.

May 2011 Bus Trip Registration Form (PDF Format)

May 2011 Bus Trip Registration Form (Microsoft Word Format)

"Here's Harrisburg" Walking Tour of City Square

April 23, 2011 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Meet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Second and Chestnut Streets in Harrisburg. Free parking is available at the rear of the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The Walking Tour costs $7.50 per person. The Harris-Cameron Mansion will also be open for tours at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. To make reservations, email office@dauphincountyhistory.org or call 717-770-0235.

Third Tuesdays: History Day Project Presentations

April 19, 2011 - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

The ever popular History Day Project Presentations by local middle and high school students. The presentation begins at 7:00 PM in the parlor of the Harris-Cameron Mansion. Dessert is served at 6:30 PM in the Jean E. Pugh Dining Room, courtesy of the Friends of the Mansion. 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.

"Here's Harrisburg" Walking Tour of Capitol District

April 16, 2011 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Meet at the William Penn State Museum at Third and North Streets in Harrisburg. Free street parking is available by the museum. The Walking Tour costs $7.50 per person. The Harris-Cameron Mansion will also be open for tours at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. To make reservations, email office@dauphincountyhistory.org or call 717-770-0235.

"Here's Harrisburg" Walking Tour of Midtown Market District

April 9, 2011 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Meet at the Broad Street Market at Third and Verbeke Streets in Harrisburg. Free parking is available at the Broad Street Market. The Walking Tour costs $7.50 per person. The Harris-Cameron Mansion will also be open for tours at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. To make reservations, email office@dauphincountyhistory.org or call 717-770-0235.

"Here's Harrisburg" Walking Tour of Shipoke Historical District

April 2, 2011 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Meet at the Comfort Inn, 525 South Front Street in Harrisburg. Free parking is available at the rear of the Comfort Inn. The Walking Tour costs $7.50 per person. The Harris-Cameron Mansion will also be open for tours at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. To make reservations, email office@dauphincountyhistory.org or call 717-770-0235.

New Volunteer Tour Guide Orientation

April 2, 2011 - 9:30 AM

Do you enjoy sharing your love of history? The Dauphin County Historical Society needs of docents to give tours of the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion. The mansion is a National Landmark that was built by Harrisburg's founder and was the home of Abraham Lincoln's first Secretary of War. There will be an orientation for new docents on Saturday April 2nd at 9:30 AM in the mansion which is located at 219 S. Front Street in Harrisburg. If you can't make the orientation, call 233-3462 or email office@dauphincountyhistory.org. We will arrange to get you oriented and ready to share the rich history of the mansion and its distinguished occupants.

Another Blast from the Past: The Whiskey Rebellion Revisited

March 29, 2011 - 7:00 PM

Join us for a toast to our Scotch-Irish heritage when we host a premium Scotch & Irish-Whiskey tasting on Tuesday, March 29th at 7:00 PM at the Mount Hill Tavern, 2120 Colonial Road, Harrisburg.

The cost is $60 per person for either 4 tastings or 2 glasses of wine as well as a hearty spread of pub food. The Tavern Bar will also be open. Dress is casual. Space is limited so reservation are recommended.

To make a reservation, click the "Buy Now" button below, call 717-233-3462, or email office@dauphincountyhistory.org to be added to our guest list. We will record your name and the number of seats you have reserved. We accept credit cards, checks, and PayPal.

This event benefits the Historical Society of Dauphin County and the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion.

The first written mention of Scotch whisky is in the tax records of Scotland from 1495.

In 1791, farmers in western Pennsylvania were still making whiskey and attacking federal agents for attempting to enforce a federal tax on it, which limited their profits on sales of grain for making the popular and potent drink. These hardy mountain folk were not inclined to respect the control of a central government over their lives, either.

By 1794, President George Washington knew he had to do something about this insurrection, and riding west toward the frontier at the head of an army of 13,000 men, he showed both the power of the Presidency and the federal government's authority over individual states.

George Washington Stepping Stone at the Harris-Cameron Mansion

On his way through Harrisburg, Washington stopped at Crabb's Inn on Market Square. Washington wrote in his journal, "After dinner walked through and round the Town which is considerable for its age (of about 8 or 9 years)." Washington's stop in Harrisburg is commemorated at the Historical Society of Dauphin County's Harris-Cameron Mansion, where visitors can see a stepping stone believed to be used by Washington at the inn and inscribed with the date Oct. 3, 1794.

Third Tuesdays: The Pennsylvania Female College, 1853-1861

March 15, 2011 - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Celebrating Women's History Month, a presentation on The Pennsylvania Female College, which was located in the Harris-Cameron Mansion from 1853 to 1861. The presentation begins at 7:00 PM in the parlor of the Harris-Cameron Mansion. Dessert is served at 6:30 PM in the Jean E. Pugh Dining Room, courtesy of the Friends of the Mansion. 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.

"Who Do You Think You Are?"

March, 2011 on NBC

Steve Buscemi, veteran actor and recent winner of a Golden Globe for best actor in a television series drama, Boardwalk Empire, was recently filmed in the Harris-Cameron Mansion for an episode of "Who Do You Think You Are?" The show follows celebrities on their search for information about their family tree, not only taking viewers on a tour of a specific celebrity's past, but also providing historical information about different time periods in history and how out past impacts the present.

"Who Do You Think You Are?" is adapted from the award-winning hit British television documentary series from Wall to Wall Productions. The executive producers for "Who Do You Think You Are?" are Alex Graham, Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky, and Shed Media U.S.

The coming season of the show will kick off on February 4th at 8:00 PM. Keep your eyes pealed in March for views of the Historical Society of Dauphin County.

Civil War 150 Commemoration Weekend

Friday, February 18, 2011

  • 11:00 AM - At Market Square Presbyterian Church
  • Re-enactment of Abraham Lincoln's pre-inaugural visit to Harrisburg
  • Free of charge
  • 12:30 PM - At the Harris-Cameron Mansion
  • "Lunch with Mr. Lincoln" featuring keynote speaker Howard Holzer, author of Lincoln and New York, and remarks by nationally known Lincoln presenter James Hayney
  • $25 per person
  • Call 233-3462 or email office@dauphincountyhistory.org to register

Saturday, February 19, 2011

  • Free admission all day to the National Civil War Museum

Third Tuesdays: History of Market Square Presbyterian Church

February 15, 2011 - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

The Rev. James D. Brown, pastor of Market Square Presbyterian Church will speak on the history of the church in celebration of the church's 150th year on the square. The presentation begins at 7:00 PM in the parlor of the Harris-Cameron Mansion. Dessert is served at 6:30 PM in the Jean E. Pugh Dining Room, courtesy of the Friends of the Mansion. 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.