The Historical Society of Dauphin County has announced its participation in the Blue Star Museums program of the National Endowment for the Arts now through September 1, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, at the National Historic Landmark John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 South Front Street, Harrisburg. The free tours will be given Tuesday through Friday and the second Sunday of the month, August 13, at 1:00pm, 2:00pm, and 3:00pm. There is free parking behind the mansion.
“We are happy to support our service members and their families,” says Christine Turner, executive director of the Historical Society of Dauphin County. “We welcome them to the mansion and our exhibit on World War I with its original posters, artifacts, documents, and photos.”
The Georgian-style mansion was built by Harrisburg founder and pioneer trader John Harris, Jr. in 1766 and re-fashioned in the Victorian style after 1863 by Simon Cameron, U.S. Senator, Lincoln’s first Secretary of War, and later Minister to Russia. Eleven rooms are open to the public. The current exhibit “Uncle Sam Calls: Dauphin County in World War I” is included in the tour.
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their community, especially after a military move.
Last summer, more than 900,000 military members and their families took advantage of free admission as part of Blue Star Museums, visiting not only historic sites and history museums but fine arts museums, science museums, music museums, nature centers, and children’s museums.
The Historical Society of Dauphin County was founded in 1869 and has administered the mansion and a research library since 1941. For more information, visit www.DauphinCountyHistory.org or phone (717) 233-3462.