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First Pennsylvanians to be topic of presentation by archaeologist and author Kurt Carr at Harris-Cameron Mansion
250th Anniversary celebration of the Harris-Cameron Mansion

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Kurt Carr, Senior Curator of Archaeology at the State Museum of Pennsylvania and author of "First Pennsylvanians," will speak on Sunday, June 12, at 2:30 p.m. in the Victorian Parlor of the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 S. Front Street, Harrisburg. Carr will discuss the story of Native Americans in the area that became Harrisburg.

"First Pennsylvanians: The Archaeology of Native Americans," co-authored by Carr and Roger W. Moeller, will be available for purchase.

The program is presented by the Historical Society of Dauphin County and sponsored by The Hall Foundation.

"There aren't many books that are easily read by even amateur archaeologists," Carr says. "So, we wanted to write something for the general public. In terms of the audience, I think this book speaks to the interested public...certainly to amateur archaeologists and teachers."

Carr is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and has earned a PhD in anthropology from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. In recent years, Carr and the staff of the Section of Archaeology have performed work at Fort Hunter Mansion, identifying and excavating features around the smoke house foundation and at the back porch where a number of Native American trade goods have been found.

This program is part of the 250th Anniversary celebration of the Harris-Cameron Mansion, Admission is $5 and free for members of the Historical Society. A tour of the Harris-Cameron Mansion will be offered at 1:00 p.m. The Research Library of the HSDC will be open 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Free parking is available in lots behind the mansion.

For more information, visit or phone (717) 233-3462.

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