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Founders' Day Festival at the Harris-Cameron Mansion Saturday June 25 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
250th Anniversary of the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion

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In celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the Harris-Cameron Mansion, the Historical Society of Dauphin County presents Founders' Day, an outdoor festival commemorating the frontier era in which John Harris, Sr. and city founder John Harris, Jr. lived. The festival will take place at the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 South Front Street, Harrisburg, on Saturday, June 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission to Founders' Day is free and open to the public and will feature Revolutionary War encampments, food vendors, and children's crafts and activities.

A special feature at the festival will be an encampment with Revolutionary War re-enactors from the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment of the Continental Line and the Donegal Township Riflemen. The current 1st Pennsylvania Regiment, headquartered in Berks County, was organized in 1963 and is based on the famous unit of the same name that fought in every major campaign of the American Revolution. The mission of the Donegal group is to portray 18th century civilian and military life at historic sites, schools, and military reenactments open to the public. Native American re-enactors will also be participating in the festival.

Members of the staff at Fort Hunter Mansion and Park will operate a trading post with crafts and activities for children. Children will be able to put on frontier and Revolutionary War costumes and pose for pictures, so be sure to bring your camera. Fort Hunter has served as a French and Indian War fort (1756-1764), a hub for frontier commerce, and an exclusive private estate.

At 11:00 a.m. the Popcorn Hat Players of Harrisburg will perform folktales from around the world. Popcorn Hat Players Children's Theatre has been entertaining children and their families since 1993, bringing fairy tales, folk tales and fables to new audiences every year.

Tours of the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion and its new exhibits celebrating its 250th Anniversary, will be offered at a discounted price of $5 for adults and free for children 16 and under. Food vendors will include The Omega Men, a local fraternal organization, and Rita's Italian Ice. Free parking will also available near the mansion.

Founders' Day is one of many activities planned this year by the Historical Society in celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion. For a complete calendar of events, visit www.dauphincountyhistory.org or phone (717) 233-3462.

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