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Star Spangled Banner Exhibit celebrates 200th anniversary at historic Harris-Cameron Mansion.

Published: Sep 17, 2014

The limited-time exhibit "Star Spangled Banner: Harrisburg's Connection to our National Anthem" will run at the historic mansion located along the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg through January 15, 2015.

Star Spangled Banner Exhibit celebrates 200th anniversary at Harris-Cameron Mansion in PA’s Hershey Harrisburg Region
Harrisburg’s Connection to our National Anthem exhibit runs through January 15, 2015.

Harrisburg, PA – In mid-September 2014, the Historical Society of Dauphin County (HSDC) celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner with the official debut of their new exhibit Star Spangled Banner: Harrisburg’s Connection to our National Anthem at The John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion located along the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg.  

The exhibit explores Harrisburg in 1814 and the connection of local veterans George J. Heisely and Ferdinand Durang who were reportedly the first men to adapt Francis Scott Key’s poem “The Defense of Fort M’Henry” to music and perform it in Baltimore during the War of 1812. 

The exhibit is included as part of the Mansion tours that are available Monday through Thursday at 1pm/2pm/3pm and on the second Sunday of each month at 1pm. The Research Library of the HSDC will also be open from 1-4pm Monday through Thursday and the second Sunday of each month.  Tour admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $6 for children with free parking available in the lot behind the mansion.

The Harris-Cameron Mansion was built c. 1766 by John Harris, Jr., one of the founders of Harrisburg. In 1863, it was purchased by Simon Cameron, Lincoln’s first Secretary of War and later Ambassador to Russia. Cameron transformed the Georgian house into a stylish Victorian mansion and lived there until his death in 1889. The house became the headquarters of the historical society in 1941.

The Historical Society of Dauphin County was founded in 1869 to collect, preserve, and exhibit, publish, and promote interest in the history of Dauphin County for the education, enjoyment, and benefit of the public. For more information about programs or becoming a member, visit www.dauphincountyhistory.org, call 233-3462, or e-mail office@dauphincountyhistory.org.


Author: Rick Dunlap

Public Relations Director
Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau
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