SusqueCentennial Honors Harrisburg’s 150th Anniversary in 2010.

HARRISBURG, PA (May 27, 2010) – This year Pennsylvania’s capital city of Harrisburg will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its charter as a city enacted on March 19, 1860.  

A year-long celebration being called the SusqueCentennial, will include a variety of events, festivals, and special exhibits at a temporary History Center.

The intentional misspelling of sesquicentennial is in homage to the mighty Susquehanna River that marks the city’s western border. 

The 2010 History Center, located at 213 Market Street, was dedicated by city and county officials on April 17 and will be open until mid-December.

The temporary museum features a revolving set of four exhibits that capture the significant history of Harrisburg and Dauphin County. The museum is open noon-5 pm Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays and noon-8 pm Thursdays.

Groups may schedule times in the morning hours or on Monday or Tuesday. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

The Highmark Blue Shield Living Legacy series features 150 Harrisburg residents and their fondest memories of the city. These individuals will be honored as part of Founder’s Day Weekend on June 19 and transcripts of their interviews will be available online beginning in June.

Residents will also have the opportunity to retrace their family history by attending a series of free workshops, courtesy of the Benjamin Olewine family.

These workshops, running through August, allow residents to search for information about their ancestors and learn how they can start documenting family history from sources inside their own home.

A “Paint the Town” program will engage people of all ages to decorate 150 murals in city neighborhoods including: Shipoke, Allison Hill, Midtown and Uptown.

These unique paintings will depict historical events, neighborhood culture, and social issues.

Visit for more information on events, times of operation for the History Center, and a detailed history of Harrisburg – including a timeline of significant historical events such as visits from President Washington and President Lincoln.

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