The Historical Society of Dauphin County presents "Victory Garden Tea" at 2:30pm, in the Victorian Parlor of the National Historic Landmark John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 South Front Street, Harrisburg. The tea is held in conjunction with the Society's new exhibit "Uncle Sam Calls: Dauphin County in World War I."
Esther Klinger, physician assistant and member of the Snyder County Historical Society, will present "Victory Gardens: Service at Home and Abroad," examining a national World War I-era program encouraging Americans to contribute to the war effort by planting, fertilizing, harvesting and storing their own fruits and vegetables.
The menu includes scones, sandwiches, fruits, desserts, and specialty teas served in the mansion's elegant dining room.
The Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Dauphin County will exhibit vegetables and offer planting advice. The Dauphin and Cumberland Herb Society will present a display of Lewis and Clark Herbs, collected in 1806 by the famous explorers on their journey westward.
Tickets are $25 per person. Reservations must be made in advance at the Historical Society's office or by calling (717) 233-3462. Credit cards are accepted. Early reservations are encouraged as seating is limited. Free parking is available in lots 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, U.S. Senator and Lincoln's first Secretary of War. The house became the headquarters of the Historical Society of Dauphin County in 1941.
Call (717) 233-3462 or visit www.dauphincountyhistory.org for information and updates.