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Historical Society names Christine Turner as new executive director

CHRISTINE TURNER, HSDCHarrisburg native Christine V.E. Turner has been named Executive Director of the Historical Society of Dauphin County. She began her duties June 1.

As director, Turner is responsible for all operations, including fundraising, programming, finance, and facilities management. She oversees the administration of the National Historic Landmark John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion and the Alexander Family Research Library.

A graduate of Greenwood High School and Beloit College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors in history, Turner was Director of Corporate Relations and Events for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region in Albany, New York, beginning in 2010. She was responsible for overseeing and executing nearly 60 events and appeals, raising more than $2.2 million annually for the charities. In addition, Turner raised $2.4 million for a Ronald McDonald House expansion campaign.

Prior to her work with Ronald McDonald House Charities, Turner was associated with major and minor league baseball teams in Cincinnati, Savannah, and Troy, New York. In 2009/2010 she served as assistant general manager and Major League Baseball consultant for the Victoria Aces in Melbourne, Australia.

“I truly admire the work that HSDC does and am honored to have the opportunity to assist in growing its tradition of preserving and promoting the history of Dauphin County,” says Turner. “It will be exciting to share with the public all the society has to offer, including the National Historic Landmark Harris-Cameron Mansion and our research library and programs.”

“We are delighted to have found Christine and look forward to working with her,” says John K. Robinson, president of the historical society’s board of trustees. “Her love of history and her skills in fundraising are just what we need. We are confident that Christine will lead us in new directions and create opportunities for advancing our mission in the community.”

The first opportunity for members and friends to meet Ms. Turner is at the society’s annual meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, at historic Paxton Presbyterian Church, 3550 Sharon Street, Paxtang, Pa. All are welcome.

The Historical Society of Dauphin County was founded in 1869 by Harrisburg’s leading citizens at a meeting in Market Square Presbyterian Church. It met in the old Dauphin County Court House, then at the Kelker residence on South Front Street. In 1941, the heirs of Simon Cameron gave the Harris-Cameron Mansion to the society for use as its headquarters.

The mansion is open to the public for tours and programs and is available for rental for private functions. On the mansion campus is the Alexander Family Research Library containing historical manuscripts and publications, maps, genealogical resources, and more.

Call (717) 233-3462  for more information.