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Historical Markers

Since 1946, PHMC's historical markers have chronicled the people, places and events that have affected the lives of Pennsylvanians over the centuries.

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Public Sector Unionism

Dauphin

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Efforts to organize public workers in PA resulted in Acts 111 in 1968 and 195 in 1970. Tens of thousands of public employees joined...

Pennsylvania State Archives

Dauphin

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Created in 1903 as the Division of Public Records in the State Library, the State Archives safeguards and provides public access to records of...

Grace Methodist Church

Dauphin

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After the state capitol was destroyed by fire on February 2, 1897, this church building became the temporary quarters of the state legislature while...

Old Brick Capitol

Dauphin

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The first State Capitol on this site was designed and built by Stephen Hills, 1819-1821. It was first occupied by the Legislature on January...

State Capitol

Dauphin

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This building, which replaced the old brick capitol, was designed by Joseph M. Huston, and erected, 1902-1906. It was dedicated on October 4, 1906,...

C. DeLores Tucker (1927-2005)

Dauphin

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Civil rights leader and activist for women, she was the first African American Secretary of State in the nation. Championed the PA Equal...

U.S. Colored Troops Grand Review

Dauphin

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Excluded from a May 1865 "Grand Review of the Armies" in Wash., DC, U.S. Colored Troops from Penna. and Mass. regiments assembled here at...

Genevieve Blatt

Dauphin

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One of the most influential women in Pennsylvania politics in the 20th century. First woman to be elected to a statewide office, Secretary of...

Pennsylvania State Capitol, The - Commonwealth Treasure

Dauphin

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The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission declares the Pennsylvania State Capitol a Commonwealth Treasure For all to protext and preserve as a vital architectural...

Underground Railroad

Dauphin

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In the 1850s this area, known as Tanner's Alley, was important on the Underground Railroad. Fugitive slaves hid at Joseph Bustill's & William Jones's...

J. Donald Cameron

Dauphin

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U.S. Senator, 1877-97. Secretary of War under Ulysses Grant, 1876-77. President, Northern Central R.R., 1863-74. Son of Simon Cameron. His mansion here, acquired 1870,...

Executive Mansion

Dauphin

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The second official Governor's residence occupied a site across this street. Originally a private home acquired in 1864, it was altered and enlarged by...

William Maclay

Dauphin

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In the stone house opposite lived William Maclay, who as a member of the first U.S. Senate wrote a famous journal of its debates....

John Harris' Gift

Dauphin

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In 1785, the founder of Harrisburg set aside a four acre lot, now this section of Capitol Park, to be held in trust for...

Pennsylvania Canal

Dauphin

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A State-owned canal system, built 1826-34, to connect Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Lake Erie. The first lock on the canal to be dedicated March 13, 1827,...

Abraham Lincoln

Dauphin

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On February 22, 1861, while journeying to Washington for his Inauguration, Lincoln stopped at the Jones House, on this site. From the portico of...

Market Square

Dauphin

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For over a century, farm produce was sold here in market sheds and from wagons at the curbs. The first sheds were built soon...

J. Horace McFarland

Dauphin

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Printer, horticulturist, conservationist, and "City Beautiful" advocate. President, American Civic Association, 1904-24, and editor, "American Rose Annual," 1916-43. He worked successfully for preservation of...

T. Morris Chester

Dauphin

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Journalist, educator, lawyer. Born here, 1834. Taught in Liberia, 1857-61. Recruited Black soldiers in Civil War; noted as war correspondent. In Europe for freedmen's...

Presidential Convention

Dauphin

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The Whig Convention of Dec. 1839 met in this church and nominated Wm. Henry Harrison for president, John Tyler for vice-president. Popularized as "Tippecanoe...

Camel Back Bridge

Dauphin

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Covered wooden bridge, designed by Theodore Burr, was built here in 1813-17; called "Camel Back" because of its unique arch design. The structure, partly...

Maurice K. Goddard (1912-1995)

Dauphin

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Served five governors from 1955 to 1979 in an extraordinary career as Secretary of the former Departments of Environmental Resources and Forests and Waters....

Executive Mansion

Dauphin

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The first official Governor's mansion stood at this site. Purchased in 1858, it housed only two governors, Packer and Curtin. It was sold in...

Dauphin County

Dauphin

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Formed March 4, 1785 from part of Lancaster County. The name honors the eldest son of French King Louis XVI. Harrisburg, the county seat,...

Old Salem Church

Dauphin

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Standing on land granted for religious purposes in 1785 by John Harris, this church was erected, 1822. It replaced one built of logs in...

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