2015 News & Events Archive

Historical Society programs, events, and news from 2015

The Lincoln Funeral Train

April 12, 2015 - 3:00 pm

The program will take place in the Mansion's Victorian parlor. A guided tour of the Mansion will be available at 1:00 p.m. A donation of $5 is requested. Historical Society members are admitted free of charge. Free parking is available in lots behind the Mansion. The Society's research library will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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www.hsdchappenings.blogspot.com

An Evening with John Harris, Jr.
at Historic Mount Hill Tavern

March 24, 2015 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

If you have never spent an evening with Mr. Harris, you are in for a treat! Good food, good fun, Colonial games and songs, and lots of conversation with an important historical figure.

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www.hsdchappenings.blogspot.com

Second Sunday at the Mansion
Fackler Funeral Home

March 8, 2015 - 2:30 pm

Jim Taljan will present the history of Fackler Funeral Home since 1865. The program will be at 2:30 pm. A suggested donation of $5 is requested. Admission is Free for members of the Historical Society of Dauphin County. A tour of the Harris-Cameron Mansion will be offered at 1:00 pm. 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.

Second Sunday at the Mansion
William Howard Day

February 8, 2015 - 2:30 pm

Our Second Sunday at the Mansion series continues with a program by historian and author Todd Mealy, on William Howard Day (1825-1900), African-American community leader. The lecture entitled, "Professor Day: William Howard Day and the effort to desegregate Pennsylvania's public schools in the post-Civil War era," will concentrate on Day's participation in the effort to reform public education in the second half of the nineteenth century. Mealy is the author of Aliened American: A Biography of William Howard Day, 1825-1900. It is the only biography written about Day, who is the namesake of a cemetery in Steelton and housing development in Harrisburg.

The presentation will be on Sunday, February 8 at 2:30 pm. Todd Mealy's new book, Legendary Locals of Harrisburg, will also be available for purchase. A suggested donation of $5 is requested. Admission is Free for members of the Historical Society of Dauphin County. A tour of the Harris-Cameron Mansion will be offered at 1:00 pm. 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.

When William Howard Day was a young boy, he witnessed his father, John, die in a tragic shipping accident along the New York Harbor. His mother, Eliza, who lost other children, made a courageous decision to give him up for adoption so young Day could receive a quality education. She said to her son, "education was the only way to keep poppa's sails soring." Day heeded his mother's advice by investing five decades in the field of education. After attaining a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Oberlin College, a Doctorate of Divinity degree from Livingstone College, he became one of Pennsylvania's leading education advocates.

Day arrived in Harrisburg after the Civil War. He had been working as the Superintendent of Schools for freedmen in Maryland and Delaware. He said, "the greatest need that I saw [was] the need for education." As a paid orator for the Pennsylvania State Equal Rights League, he was tasked to recruit activists for the equal rights movement and to lobby the commonwealth's legislators into desegregating Pennsylvania's schools. In part, this was achieved in a Crawford County Court decision in 1881, and re-enforced by an act of the general assembly that same year.