News & Events - Up and Coming at HSDC

  • Now thru January 15 - Star Spangled Banner Exhibit
  • October 12 - Second Sunday at the Mansion:
    Historical Societies of Dauphin County Information Fair
  • October 31 - Halloween Ghost Tours of the Harris-Cameron Mansion
  • December 9 - 20th Annual Deck the Halls Fundraiser
  • December 14 - Christmas at the Mansion

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.

Second Sunday at the Mansion
Historical Societies of Dauphin County Information Fair

October 12, 2014 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Historical Society of Dauphin County will host a gathering of Dauphin County historical societies at the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion on October 12, 2014 from 1-4 pm. Historical Societies from across the county will present information on their resources, exchange ideals, and meet with others who share an interest in local history.

A tour of the Harris - Cameron Mansion will be offered at 1:00 PM. A suggested donation of $5 is requested. 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.

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Halloween Ghost Tours of the Harris-Cameron Mansion

October 31, 2014 - 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Enjoy a spooky visit to the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion at 219 South Front Street in Harrisburg. There will be guided Ghost Tours through the mansion on October 31st at 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm. The first tour will be suitable for families and children, and the second tour is recommended for adults. 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.

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Second Sunday Program
100th Anniversary of Bethesda Mission

November 9, 2014

20th Annual Deck the Halls Fundraiser

December 9, 2014 - 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

On Tuesday, December 9th, 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 20th annual Deck the Halls.

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.

Christmas at the Mansion

December 14, 2014 - 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!