MG 132 - Dauphin County Centennial Committee

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Scope and Content

Fund-raising efforts to get the celebration underway consist of resolutions by the committee with a list of members, advertisements, programmes, a handbill promoting the Antiquarian Exhibition, a note by Simon Cameron, chairman of the Finance Committee, to the city's businessmen, and a photocopy of a medal commemorating the Centennial.

The minute book, receipt books, solicitation booklets, tickets, and two scrapbooks put together by William Egle, General Secretary.

A large bound volume of the papers of the Centennial Committee including resolutions, letters, bills and receipts, programs.

A large bound volume of the Register of Visitors to the Centennial, 1885.

Also includes programmes for the events of the Centennial.

Background

The bells of churches, court houses, fire houses and factories throughout the County rang for fifteen minutes on September 14, 1885 to celebrate the start of festivities for Dauphin County's Centennial celebration. The program continued for four days. Simon Cameron served as chairman of the Finance Committee and William Egle was General Secretary. Their efforts are reflected in the large amount of documents which make up this collection and the scrapbooks created by Egle and later by William Kelker show the tremendous success of the celebration.

Date(s): 1885, 1895

Extent: 4 boxes