2013 News & Events Archive

Historical Society programs, events, and news from 2013

Christmas at the Mansion

December 8, 2013 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Santa will be coming to the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion on December 8th! The mansion at 219 South Front Street in Harrisburg will be open from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Come and see the mansion beautifully decorated for the holidays, including a special exhibit of antique toys. Light refreshments will be served and museum shop items will be available for purchase. Admission is a $5 suggested donation for adults and children 12 and under are Free. It will be holiday fun for the whole family!

Annual Deck the Halls Celebration

December 4, 2013 - 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

On Wednesday, December 4th, the National Landmark John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion will once again be the setting for the region's premier holiday celebration and recognition event, the Historical Society of Dauphin County's 19th annual Deck the Halls.

This year, the Historical Society will present the 2013 John Harris Award to the founders of the Harrisburg Young Professionals: Eric M. Morrison, J. Alex Hartzler, W. Greg Rothman, John A. Norton, and Dan Schwab, for their commitment to our community that will be part of Harrisburg history for generations to come.

The Harrisburg Young Professionals was organized in the spring of 1998 by five friends who recognized the need for young professional men and women to come together and take action in the city of Harrisburg. The organization has grown rapidly and now has over 1,500 members. The mission of the Harrisburg Young Professionals is to serve as a catalyst in making Harrisburg a better place to live, work, and play, while developing and retaining future leaders.

Deck the Halls is the major fundraising event for the Historical Society if Dauphin County. Income from the event is crucial to supporting our educational programs and research archives, and to maintaining the National Landmark Harris-Cameron Mansion, built in 1766 and entrusted to our care since 1941.

Tickets start at $90 and are partially tax deductible. The evening will include wine and beer, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and desserts. Please R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, December 3rd. Parking is available in the PinnacleHealth surface lots on Mary and River Streets and Second and Vine Streets.

Tickets may be purchased online using the form below, via mail by submitting a response card, or by contacting the office at 717-233-3462 or office@dauphincountyhistory.org.

Mansion Renovation Update - Porch Dedication

November 20, 2013

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.

Second Sunday Open House: City Beautiful Movement

November 10, 2013 - 2:30 PM

Dr. Michael Barton will speak on the City Beautiful Movement at 2:30 PM on Sunday, November 10 at the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 South Front Street, Harrisburg.

At the turn of the 20th century, the City Beautiful Movement spurred concerned citizens throughout the United States to take action to improve and beautify their cities to improve the quality of urban life for all residents. Spearheaded by local leaders such as Mira Lloyd Dock and J. Horace McFarland, Harrisburg's City Beautiful Movement counted among its achievements improved sanitation and sewage treatment and the development of Wildwood Park.

Dr. Barton is a professor of American Studies and social sciences and is director of the Center for Pennsylvania Cultural Studies at Penn State Harrisburg. He is a member of HSDC's Board of Trustees.

Tours of the mansion, included with admission, will take place at 1:00 PM. Admission is by donation at the door but is free to members of the Historical Society of Dauphin County. The adjoining Research Library of the HSDC will also be open 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Free parking is available in lots behind the mansion.

Halloween Ghost Tour of the Harris-Cameron Mansion

November 1, 2013 - 7:00 PM

Enjoy a spooky visit to the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion at 219 South Front Street in Harrisburg. There will be a guided Ghost Tour through the mansion on November 1st at 7:00 pm. Suitable for children and families, the guide will tell ghost stories of old Harrisburg and give visitors a rare peek of the mansion by candlelight. Admission is $15 for adults ($10 for members of the Historical Society). Children 12 and under are $5. Space is limited. Please call 233-3462 for reservations.

Second Sunday Open House: Baseball on City Island

October 13, 2013 - 2:30 PM

Andrew Linker will speak about the history of baseball on City Island for the Second Sunday program, October 13 at 2:30 PM at the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 South Front Street, Harrisburg.

Andrew is an award-winning sports writer who has spent more than 30 years working for newspapers in central Pennsylvania, with most of that time spent covering the Harrisburg Senators after their return to City Island in 1987. He is the author of One Patch of Grass, a chronicle of baseball on City Island from the 1890s to the present day. Andrew will be available to sign his book and will have some of his personal Harrisburg baseball memorabilia on display.

A tour of the mansion will be offered at 1:00 PM. A suggested donation of $5 is requested. Admission is free for members of the Historical Society of Dauphin County. The Research Library of the HSDC will also be open 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Free parking is available in the lot behind the mansion.

Smithsonian Museum Day

September 28, 2013 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

The Harris-Cameron Mansion will open its doors free of charge on Saturday September 28, 2013, as part of Smithsonian Magazine's ninth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution. Guided tours will be available at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm.

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian's commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C. Last year's event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year's event expects record-high participation.

The Museum Day Live! ticket will be available to download beginning in August at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2013 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/.

1920s Fashion Exhibit

April 8 to September 26, 2013 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

"Women's Fashion of the 1920s" is the current exhibit at the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 South Front Street, Harrisburg. Housed in two newly-created exhibit spaces, the exhibit contains clothing from the collection of the Shippensburg University Fashion Archives and Museum (SUFAM).

SUFAM is a unique educational laboratory and museum that enhances the understanding of society through the study of dress. The archives preserves and exhibits its collection of clothing and accessories and makes those materials available for teaching and research purposes both on- and off-campus.

"Many people have a fixed idea of how a flapper dressed, but the exhibit shows how clothing styles changed throughout the 1920s," says Professor Karin J. Bohleke, director of SUFAM.

The exhibit, co-sponsored by the Historical Society of Dauphin County and SUFAM, is available to the public from April 8 through September 26. Admission to the exhibit is included with regular tour admission to the Harris-Cameron Mansion. Tours are available Monday through Thursday, at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m. The adjoining Research Library of the society is open 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free to members of the Historical Society of Dauphin County. Free parking is available in lots behind the mansion.

25th Annual Harrisburg Gallery Walk

September 8, 2013 - 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

The Historical Society of Dauphin County is pleased to again participate in the annual Harrisburg Gallery Walk. Artwork from the Society's collections will be on display in the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion. Our 2013 exhibit, "Women's Fashions of the 1920s," co-sponsored with the Shippensburg University Fashion Archives and Museum, will also be open.

Download the brochure for a complete list of venues including an area map.

Free Admission for Active Military Personnel

Now through Labor Labor Day, 2013

The Historical Society of Dauphin County has joined Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and a record-breaking 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the Harris-Cameron Mansion to the nation's active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families through Labor Day 2013. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after completing a military move.

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps - and up to five family members. The Harris-Cameron Mansion tours are available Monday through Thursday and the Second Sunday of the month at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm.

About Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, dedicated to supporting, connecting and empowering military families. With our partners, Blue Star Families hosts a robust array of morale and empowerment programs, including Books on Bases, Blue Star Museums, Operation Honor Corps, Blue Star Careers and Operation Appreciation. Blue Star Families also works directly with the Department of Defense and senior members of local, State and Federal government to bring the most important military family issues to light. Working in concert with fellow nonprofits, community advocates, and public officials, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable. Our worldwide membership includes military spouses, children, parents, and friends, as well as service members, veterans and civilians. To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit www.bluestarfam.org.

To find other museums participating, visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. The site includes a list of participating museums and a map to help with visit planning. All summer long, Blue Star Museums will share stories through social media. Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter (hashtag #BlueStarMuse), on Facebook, and read the Blue Star Blog for profiles of participating museums, stories about military families, and tips on getting the most out of your visit.

Fourth of July Celebration

July 4, 2013 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Celebrate the Fourth of July at the Mansion! The Historical Society of Dauphin County presents re-enactor David Biser as John Harris, Jr. in public readings of the Declaration of Independence from the porch of the Harris-Cameron Mansion. Senator Rob Teplitz, representing the 15th Senatorial district, including parts of Dauphin and York counties, will open the festivities with remarks at 10:00 AM. Readings will take place on the hour from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. There is no charge to hear the readings.

Biser, a Harrisburg resident and Colonial-era re-enactor, has been bringing the persona of Harris alive for the past several years. Re-enactors will occupy the mansion grounds as they portray daily life during the struggle for American Independence. There will also be refreshments and children's activities. Tours of the Harris-Cameron Mansion will be given at a special price of $4.00. Children six and under will be admitted free. Join us to experience the hopes, struggles, and excitement associated with the birth of the United States of America!

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. 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.

Tea with Clara Barton at the Harris-Cameron Mansion

June 29, 2013 - 2:30 PM

As part of Dauphin County CivilWar150 weekend, you are cordially invited to an open house and tea on Saturday, the 29th of June at 2:30 in the afternoon at the Harris-Cameron Mansion, former home of Simon Cameron, United States Senator, Secretary of War in the Cabinet of President Lincoln and Minister to Russia in 1862.

Miss Clara Barton, of Washington DC, the Angel of the Battlefield will be our guest and speaker for the afternoon.

Miss Barton will tell of her early career as an educator and her time in the employ of the Federal Government, where she was the first woman to hold a government job. She will also discuss her significant and groundbreaking efforts, beginning with the Baltimore Riots in 1861, to provide and organize medical care for our wounded Union soldiers.

Finally, Miss Barton will share with us her activities in the years following the war, including her leadership of the Office of Missing Soldiers, her activism on behalf of woman’s suffrage and black civil rights and her service as founder and first President of the American Red Cross.

You will not want to miss this opportunity to spend an afternoon with a remarkable humanitarian, a true history maker and woman of great substance.

Clara Barton will be portrayed by American Historical Theater actress, Pat Jordan, who has interpreted Miss Barton at venues throughout the United States.

Tickets for the event are $15.00. Seating is limited. Call the Dauphin County Historical Society at 717-233-3462 or email office@dauphincountyhistory.org to reserve your seat at the table.

We would like to thank Dauphin County for their support towards this event.

Second Sunday Open House: The Confederate Invasion of Harrisburg

June 9, 2013 - 2:30 PM

Local author Cooper Wingert will give a presentation on "The Confederate Invasion of Harrisburg" at 2:30 PM on Sunday, June 9 at the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 South Front Street, Harrisburg.

Cooper Wingert has authored and edited seven books on the American Civil War along with numerous articles in periodicals and journals. A resident of Enola, Pa., much of his research has dealt with Harrisburg's involvement in the sectional conflict. His works include The Confederate Approach on Harrisburg (History Press, 2012), Emergency Men!: The 26th Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia and the Gettysburg Campaign (Schroeder Publications, 2013), and Harrisburg and the Civil War (History Press, 2013).

Tours of the mansion, included with admission, will take place at 1:00 PM. Admission is by donation at the door but is free to members of the Historical Society of Dauphin County. The adjoining Research Library of the HSDC will also be open 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Free parking is available in lots behind the mansion.

Mother's Day: Second Sunday Open House

May 12, 2013 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

The John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion will be open for tours from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Mother's Day. Admission is by donation at the door but is free to mothers and members of the Historical Society of Dauphin County. The adjoining Research Library of the HSDC will also be open 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Free parking is available in lots behind the mansion.

Spring Bus Trip to Washington DC

May 1, 2013

Plan to climb aboard on Wednesday, May 1st for HSDC's annual spring bus trip with Washington, D.C. as the destination. The bus will leave the Weis Market parking lot at 1195 Lowther Street, Camp Hill, at 7:30 a.m. and return at approximately 6:30 p.m.

The first stop will be the National Museum of Women in the Arts (www.nmwa.org). The museum houses a collection of over 4500 objects. It also features ten special annual exhibits and, according to those in the know, has one of the best museum gift shops in the city. You will have time to tour the museum and visit the gift shop at you leisure prior to boarding the bus at noon for lunch.

Our lunch stop will be a private dining room at the nearby McCormick & Schmick’s. The menu will include a house salad, your choice of one of three entrees, dessert, and iced tea, coffee or fountain soda.

Following lunch, it is just a short distance to the DAR Museum (www.dar.org), which occupies an entire city block just two blocks from the White House. The museum contains 31 period rooms sponsored by state organizations of the NSDAR. We will have a docent led tour of the period rooms, followed by time to visit the rest of the museum complex, including two additional exhibit galleries, the Americana Collection exhibits, Memorial Continental Hall, the gift shop once again, and even the DAR genealogical library, should you wish.

The cost of the trip is $110 for HSDC members and $121 for non-members. Early reservations are encouraged. Non-members may take advantage of a special offer of an annual HSDC membership and this bus trip for just $135. HSDC members receive a 10% discount on gift shop purchases and bus trips, unlimited free tours of the Harris-Cameron Mansion, and free use of the Alexander Research Library.

Call 233-3462 or email office@dauphincountyhistory.org for more information, and to reserve your seat. You can also download the registration form.

Second Sunday Open House: Harrisburg Stoneware Potters and Their Contemporaries

April 14, 2013 - 2:30 PM

Luke and Brandt Zipp of Crocker Farms auction house of Sparks, Maryland, will present "Excellent Ware: The Harrisburg Stoneware Potters and Their Contemporaries," in the Victorian parlor of the John Harris-Simon Cameron, 219 S. Front Street, Harrisburg, on Sunday, April 14, at 2:30 p.m. Following the presentation, Mark Zipp will join his brothers in appraising pieces of stoneware and redware brought by audience members, at a cost of $5 per piece or $7 for two pieces. Proceeds from the appraisal will benefit the Historical Society.

Admission is by donation at the door but is free to members of the Historical Society of Dauphin County. Tours of the mansion, included with admission, will take place at 1:00 p.m. The adjoining Research Library of the HSDC will also be open 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Free parking is available in lots behind the mansion.

The Zipp family has been selling stoneware and redware since 1983 and possesses an unsurpassed knowledge of the art form. Brandt, Luke, and Mark Zipp all have B.A. degrees from Johns Hopkins University, where they each graduated with multiple honors and were inducted into the nation's premiere scholastic honors society, Phi Beta Kappa. All three brothers grew up handling numerous pieces of American stoneware and redware from a very young age, and in this way their knowledge in the field has been said to be unmatched. Crocker Farm is the industry leader in auctioning antique American stoneware and redware pottery, realizing several world auction records over the last few years. Additional information on Crocker Farm is available at www.crockerfarm.com.

Examples of Harrisburg stoneware pottery in the collection of the Historical Society, including several from the famous Cowden & Wilcox pottery, will be on display.

Blast from the Past: The Roaring Twenties

April 6, 2013 - 6:30 PM

You are invited to celebrate the Roaring 20s with a visit to our speakeasy in the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion on Saturday, April 6 at 6:30 PM. Blast from the Past 2013 will transport you to the days of flappers and keeping cool with Coolidge. This won't be a dive or a clip joint either! Seven sawbucks and a fin ($75) gets you a ticket to enjoy music by Harrisburg's own Steve Rudolph, dance demonstrations featuring the Charleston & Black Bottom, grand opening of the 1920s fashion exhibit by the Shippensburg University Fashion Archives and Museum, a silent auction, and food and drinks (sorry, no bathtub gin).

Sponsorships are available. Get us on the horn at 233-3462 or drop us a line at office@dauphincountyhistory.org to find out how you can be a "Big Cheese," the "Bee's Knees," or the "Cat's Meow." Don't be a wet blanket! Reserve your place today.

Mansion Restoration Project

The first phase of the Historical Society's ongoing project to repair and restore the Harris-Cameron Mansion, including the installation of a new solarium roof, is complete. The second phase will begin in August, 2013 and will focus on restoring and repairing the windows and front porch. HSDC thanks the many donors and granting organizations whose generous support is making this project possible:

  • Anne M. and Philip H. Glatfelter III Family Foundation
  • Josiah W. and Bessie H. Kline Foundation
  • John Crain Kunkel Foundation
  • McCormick Family Foundation
  • Thomas and Linda Pheasant
  • The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation
  • Keystone Historical Preservation Grant
    Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
  • Dauphin County Gaming Local Share Municipal Grant

Historical Society Annual Meeting

March 27, 2013 - 5:30 PM

Members are invited to the HSDC Annual Meeting, including the election of Society officers and new Board members, which will be held in the parlor of the Harris-Cameron Mansion. The meeting will feature highlights of the year 2012 presented by outgoing Board President Tom Gacki and financial reports presented by Treasurer Paul Fisher. You will have the opportunity to meet Nicole McMullen, the new HSDC Executive Director, and Erik Fasick will be signing copies of his recently published book, "Tropical Storm Agnes in Greater Harrisburg." Enjoy a wine and cheese reception and meet fellow members and local-history lovers.

Second Sunday Open House: Quintessential Flapper from Head to Toe

March 10, 2013 - 2:30 PM

Karin Bohleke, Director of the Shippensburg University Fashion Archives and Museum, will present an illustrated talk, "The Quintessential Flapper from Head to Toe," on Sunday, March 10, at 2:30 p.m. at the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 South Front Street, Harrisburg.

Tours of the mansion, included with admission, will take place at 1:00 p.m. Admission is by donation at the door but is free to members of the Historical Society of Dauphin County. The adjoining Research Library of the HSDC will also be open 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Free parking is available in lots behind the mansion.

The Shippensburg University Fashion Archives and Museum (SUFAM) is a unique educational laboratory and museum that enhances the understanding of society through the study of dress. The archives preserves and exhibits its collection of clothing and accessories and makes those materials available for teaching and research purposes both on- and off-campus.

"Many people have a fixed idea of how a flapper dressed, but I'll show how clothing styles changed throughout the 1920s," says Bohleke.

SUFAM has a significant collection of 1920s era women's fashions, some of which will be featured in a new exhibit in the Harris-Cameron Mansion, co-sponsored by the HSDC and SUFAM, available to the public from April 8 through September 26. The grand opening will coincide with the Blast from the Past Roaring Twenties party on April 6.

Historical Society of Dauphin County appoints Executive Director

February 27, 2013

Nicole McMullen of York has been named Executive Director of the Historical Society of Dauphin County following an extensive search. A graduate of Gettysburg College, McMullen earned a Master of Arts in American Studies from Penn State Harrisburg.

McMullen has considerable experience in museums and historical societies, having served since 1998 in positions in Cumberland, Lancaster, and York counties, where she worked with objects and exhibits, archives, volunteers, and museum docents. She was Executive Director of the Maui Historical Society, Wailuku, Hawaii, from 2009 to 2012.

"It was her experience in Maui that greatly mirrored the needs of our own historical society and made her a natural choice," said Thomas P. Gacki, president of the Board of Directors.

McMullen will oversee activities that further the society's mission "to collect, preserve, exhibit, publish, and promote interest in the history of Dauphin County for the benefit of the public."

As Executive Director, McMullen will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the society, including budgeting, grant-writing, public and educational programming, administration of the society's library and archives, and preservation and interpretation of the National Historic Landmark John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion at 219 S. Front Street.

Second Sunday Open House: The Art of the State Capitol

February 10, 2013 - 2:30 PM

Artist and author Nancy Mendes will present "A Palace of Art," an illustrated lecture on the work of painters Edwin Austin Abbey and Violet Oakley in the Pennsylvania State Capitol, at 2:30 PM on Sunday, February 10, at the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 South Front Street, Harrisburg.

Tours of the mansion, included with admission, will take place at 1:00 PM. Admission is by donation at the door but is free to members of the Historical Society of Dauphin County. The adjoining Research Library of the HSDC will also be open 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Free parking is available in lots behind the mansion.

When John Harris, Jr. laid out the plan for Harrisburg in 1784, he set aside land for the state capitol. The first capitol at Harrisburg, designed by architect Steven Hills and completed in 1822, was destroyed by fire in 1897. The present Pennsylvania State Capitol building was dedicated by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906.

Mendes' presentation will recount the history of the building while focusing on the art created by two very different painters: Edwin Austin Abbey, who created the murals in the Capitol dome and House of Representatives, and Violet Oakley, who painted the murals in the Governor’s Reception Room, the Senate, and the Supreme Court. Using extensive illustrations, Mendes will discuss the artists’ lives and working methods.

Nancy Mendes has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Marywood University. Her thesis topic was the murals by Abbey and Oakley. An article she wrote about Abbey titled Edwin Austin Abbey, a Capital Artist, was published in Pennsylvania Heritage magazine in 2006. She has been a museum exhibit designer and illustrator and for more than ten years was adjunct professor of art at Penn State Harrisburg.

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January, 2013

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"Civil War Harrisburg" by speaker James E. Schmick

January 13, 2013 - 2:00 PM

James E. Schmick, president of the Camp Curtin Historical Society, Harrisburg, will present a program about the city during the period 1861-1865 at 2:00 p.m on Sunday, January 13, in the parlor of the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 South Front Street. Tours of the Mansion, included with admission, will take place at 1:00 p.m. Admission is charged but is free to members of the Historical Society of Dauphin County and Friends of the Harris-Cameron Mansion. Free parking is available in lots behind the mansion.

"Civil War Harrisburg" will recall the city's history during the four years of the Civil War, including President Abraham Lincoln's pre-war visit to Harrisburg; the opening of Camp Curtin in present-day uptown Harrisburg, and Lincoln's funeral train and viewing at the State Capitol on April 21 and 22, 1865.

Several Civil War artifacts will be on display, along with an assortment of 1909 Lincoln postcards, including one entitled "Emancipation."

Schmick is the founding and current president of the Camp Curtin Historical Society and Civil War Round Table and co-author of "Civil War Harrisburg," Copies will be available for signing. He has been recognized by the Pennsylvania State Senate and House for promoting Pennsylvania's history and historic preservation efforts.

He has also received the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association's Historic Recognition Award and the General Meade Society's Historic Recognition Award. He was named Cumberland County Historical Society's Historian of the Year.