News & Events - Up and Coming at HSDC

Star Spangled Banner Exhibit

Now thru January 15, 2015

On September 13 and 14, the Historical Society of Dauphin County held a weekend celebration for the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner, including an opening reception for our new exhibit entitled, Star Spangled Banner: Harrisburg's Connection to our National Anthem. The exhibit explores Harrisburg in 1814 and the connection of local veterans George J. Heisely and Ferdinand Durang to the national anthem and its first performance. Funding for the exhibit and anniversary events was provided by the Dauphin County Commissioners.

The exhibit is included as part of the Mansion tour. Tours are available Monday through Thursday at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 PM and on the second Sunday of each month at 1:00 PM. The Research Library of the HSDC will also be open from 1:00 to 4:00 PM Monday through Thursday and the second Sunday of each month. Tour admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for children. Free parking is available in the lot behind the mansion.

Smithsonian Museum Day and
Book Signing with Local Author Todd Mealy

September 27, 2014

The Harris-Cameron Mansion will open its doors free of charge on Saturday September 27, 2014, 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. Tours will include the new exhibit, "Star Spangled Banner: Harrisburg's Connection to our National Anthem."

Also, Harrisburg author Todd Mealy will be signing his new book from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Legendary Locals of Harrisburg, shares the stories of unique individuals and groups, past and present, who have had a lasting impact on the community throughout its history. Vintage images coupled with facts and anecdotes culled by local author Todd Mealy reveal the fascinating history of legendary locals in Harrisburg. Located in the center of Pennsylvania rests the commonwealth's capital city, and Harrisburg residents have always used their determination, athleticism and service to give it the capital reputation it deserves.

The Museum Day Live! ticket will be available to download beginning in August at 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! 2014 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit

Second Sunday Program
Historical Societies of Dauphin County

October 12, 2014

Mansion Ghost Tours

October 31, 2014

Second Sunday Program
100th Anniversary of Bethesda Mission

November 9, 2014

Annual Deck the Halls Gala

December 9, 2014

Christmas at the Mansion

December 14, 2014