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Tea and Conversation with exhibits and tours on May 7

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The Historical Society of Dauphin County will present a Victorian Tea on Saturday, May 7, at 2:30 p.m. in the parlor of the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 South Front Street, Harrisburg. The tea will be hosted by Margaretta "Maggie" Cameron, daughter of Gen. Simon Cameron, master of the house and President Lincoln's first Secretary of War. Miss Cameron will be portrayed by a re-enactor Maria Kakavoulas who will discuss daily life in the riverfront mansion.

Offered at the event will be scones with clotted cream and jam, tea sandwiches, desserts and other treats, along with tea, coffee and punch. Gluten-free items will be available. The tea will be provided by The Tea Shop at Oxford Hall, 233 Bridge Street, New Cumberland, and Matangos Candies of Harrisburg will provide an assortment of candy treats.

The Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Dauphin County and the Lavender Ladies Herb Society will have displays at the event.

Also included in the day’s activities are the opening of a special temporary exhibit of period clothing from the Shippensburg University Fashion Archives and Museum, a display of antique tea strainers, and the Mansion’s 250th Anniversary Exhibit. Tea and Conversation is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. S. Sloan Auchincloss.

Tickets for the event are $20 ($15 for Historical Society members). Seating is limited, so please make reservations early. To reserve your place, call the Historical Society at (717) 233-3462 or email office@dauphincountyhistory.org. Most major credit cards are accepted. Free parking is available in lots behind the mansion.

Tea and Conversation is one of many activities planned this year by the Historical Society in celebration of the 250th year of the building of the mansion in 1766 by John Harris, Jr., founder of the city that bears his father's name. For a complete calendar of events, visit www.dauphincountyhistory.org.

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