Educational

Category: Educational

  • 5/2/17 to 12/23/17

    Hanging by a Thread - Needlework Exhibit

    Time:
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Mansion

    View a variety of handmade needle works such as samplers, clothing, quilts, table linens and textiles from the Fort Hunter collection.  Originally a necessity and later as a decorative art, needlework has a long history and was a staple in well bred Victorian homes.

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  • 5/6/17

    Ikebana and Bonsai Exhibits

    Time:
    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Celebrate two forms of Japanese artistry at Fort Hunter this weekend.  The Harrisburg Chapter of Ikebana International will hold their annual Ikebana exhibition for two days in Fort Hunter’s Centennial Barn and the Susquehanna Bonsai Club will exhibit several specimens of bonsai in the 1810 Stable. The shows will be open Saturday from 1 – 5 pm and Sunday, during Garden Faire, from 10 am – 4 pm. Admission is free.

    Ikebana is a disciplined art form in which nature and humanity are brought together. Ikebana often emphasizes areas other than the flower of the plant, such as its stems and leaves, and draws emphasis toward shape, line and form through minimalism.   Bonsai is an art form of miniature trees grown in containers.  The purpose of bonsai is primarily contemplation (for the viewer) and the pleasant exercise of effort and ingenuity (for the grower.)

    Members of Ikebana will present flower arrangements in the different styles of Ikebana and will be judged on the arrangements adherence to style specifications.  A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 11 am on Saturday.

    Ikebana International is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement.   Ikebana International does not teach any singe style of Ikebana; rather, it encompasses many different schools.  The Harrisburg chapter of Ikebana International has been in existence for 56 years.

    The Susquehanna Bonsai Club, started in 1980, will be displaying their trees and will be on hand to answer any questions about the art of bonsai. They will also be demonstrating the techniques used to create these living works of art throughout the weekend. Members will also be available on Saturday to give advice on bonsai trees that are brought in by visitors.

     

     

     

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  • 5/7/17 to 5/21/17

    First Annual Needle Arts Exhibit

    Time:
    10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Mansion

    View the handiwork of local needle art designers and others exhibited in the rooms of Fort Hunter Mansion.  The exhibit will be open during museum hours, regular museum admission will be charged.

     

     

    Brenda E. Kocher Designs Canvas Embroidery

     

     

     

     


     

     

    Christine Manges Rug Braiding

     

     

     


     

    Victorian Hair work by Lucy Cadwallader

     

     

     


     

    Rug Hooking by the Loose Noodles Rug Hooking group

     

     

     

     

     


     

     

    Donna and Debbie Lohman Quilting

     

     

     

     

    Terry Kunst Needle Felting

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  • 5/7/17

    Garden Faire

    Time:
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Mansion & Park

    Welcome spring with the Victorians! Browse through plants sales and craft tents, choosing among over forty vendors. New this year, croquet will be demonstrated on the barn green.  View Victorian exhibits, dancing and music by Victorian Dance Ensemble & Susquehanna Travellers  as well as Maypole dancing by the Society for Creative Anachronism -Shire of the Blak Rose and cakewalks.  Tasty food is available at the Café; an art show/sale by the Paxtang Art Association is also offered, enjoy children’s activities and hands on fly fishing demonstrations. Ikebana International will hold their flower show in the barn and the Susquehanna Bonsai Club will display in the Stone Stable.  View the Needle Art Exhibit featuring needle work by designers, displayed in rooms of the Mansion, on a tour of Fort Hunter Mansion (admission.)    Free    Click here for a vendor application.  

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  • 5/7/17

    Ikebana and Bonsai Exhibits

    Time:
    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Celebrate two forms of Japanese artistry at Fort Hunter this weekend.  The Harrisburg Chapter of Ikebana International will hold their annual Ikebana exhibition for two days in Fort Hunter’s Centennial Barn and the Susquehanna Bonsai Club will exhibit several specimens of bonsai in the 1810 Stable. The shows will be open Saturday May 6 from 1 – 5 pm and Sunday, during Garden Faire, from 10 am – 4 pm. Admission is free.

    Ikebana is a disciplined art form in which nature and humanity are brought together. Ikebana often emphasizes areas other than the flower of the plant, such as its stems and leaves, and draws emphasis toward shape, line and form through minimalism.   Bonsai is an art form of miniature trees grown in containers.  The purpose of bonsai is primarily contemplation (for the viewer) and the pleasant exercise of effort and ingenuity (for the grower.)

    Members of Ikebana will present flower arrangements in the different styles of Ikebana and will be judged on the arrangements adherence to style specifications.  A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 11 am on Saturday.

    Ikebana International is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement.   Ikebana International does not teach any singe style of Ikebana; rather, it encompasses many different schools.  The Harrisburg chapter of Ikebana International has been in existence for 56 years.

    The Susquehanna Bonsai Club, started in 1980, will be displaying their trees and will be on hand to answer any questions about the art of bonsai. They will also be demonstrating the techniques used to create these living works of art throughout the weekend. Members will also be available on Saturday to give advice on bonsai trees that are brought in by visitors.

     

     

     

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  • 5/17/17

    Slavery and the Underground Railroad with Cooper Wingert

    Time:
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Historian Cooper Wingert reveals the struggles between slavery and abolition in South Central Pennsylvania in a talk focusing on his recent book “Slavery & the Underground Railroad in Central Pennsylvania.”

    Much like the rest of the nation, South Central Pennsylvania struggled with slavery. The institution lingered locally for more than fifty years, although it was virtually extinct everywhere else within Pennsylvania. Gradually, antislavery views prevailed. The Appalachian Mountains and the Susquehanna River provided natural cover for fleeing slaves, causing an influx of travel along the Underground Railroad. Locals like William Wright and James McAllister assisted these runaways while publicly advocating to abolish slavery.

    Signed copies of his book will be available for purchase.  The illustrated talk is free.

     

     

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  • 5/21/17

    Needle Arts Tea

    Time:
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Enjoy an afternoon dessert tea consisting of homemade cheesecakes, homemade scones, fresh fruit and sweets and unending cups of tea, a talk with the designers of the needle work on exhibit and a tour of the needle art exhibit.

    Brenda Kocher will explore various types of needlework, their history and how they have evolved through the years in her talk, “Threads Through Time.” She’ll show examples of  Or Nué, Schwalm, Hedebo, Silk Gauze, and the use of needlework in Firescreens.

    $25/ members $20    Click here for tickets.  Or tickets may be purchased in person at the Dauphin County Parks and Recreation offices at 100 Fort Hunter Road or by sending a check made payable to the Friends of Fort Hunter.

     

     

     

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  • 9/6/17 to 9/29/17

    Archaeological Excavation

    Time:
    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Mansion

    See archaeologists unearth prehistory and history at Fort Hunter’s Mansion. State archaeologists continue to unearth evidence of 1700s military and settlement life as well as objects from prehistoric Indians.  For the eleventh season, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission staff will search for evidence of the 1750s French and Indian War fort.   Weekdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (dig canceled if it is raining) plus Fort Hunter Day, Sunday, September 17.  Free

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  • 9/17/17

    Fort Hunter Day

    Time:
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Park

    Celebrate fall with a craft show, children’s crafts and games, exhibits, farm animals, music, demonstrations, food and surprises around every corner. Enjoy Colebrook Road on the Corncrib Stage.  Calling all amateur pie bakers – participate in the apple pie baking contest,click here for an application. Craft vendors,  click here for a vendor application.    Free

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  • 11/1/17

    Homeschoolers’ Day

    Time:
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Mansion & Park

    A workshop about regional Native American Indians! Students in grades 2-6 and their parents love this hands-on workshop and the tour the Fort Hunter Mansion.   The visit, including time for a bag lunch, runs just under 4 hours.  In the 1 ½ hour workshop students will furnish a wigwam, practice with a throwing stick, participate in hands on activities and more. Then they’ll tour the Mansion to see how people lived at Fort Hunter in the early 1900s.  Because of space limitations, only students in the 2 – 6 grades will participate in the program, other activities must be provided for other children in the family.

    $5 students, $3 adults, pre-register at 717-599-5751.

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  • 11/2/17

    Homeschoolers’ Day

    Time:
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Mansion & Park

    A workshop about regional Native American Indians! Students in grades 2-6 and their parents love this hands-on workshop and the tour the Fort Hunter Mansion.   The visit, including time for a bag lunch, runs just under 4 hours.  In the 1 ½ hour workshop students will furnish a wigwam, practice with a throwing stick, participate in hands on activities and more. Then they’ll tour the Mansion to see how people lived at Fort Hunter in the early 1900s.  Because of space limitations, only students in the 2 – 6 grades will participate in the program, other activities must be provided for other children in the family.

    $5 students, $3 adults, pre-register at 717-599-5751.

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  • 11/15/17

    Harrisburg's Fire Fighting History by Dave Houseal

    Time:
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Join Dave Houseal, curator of the National Fire Museum for a fascinating history of fire fighting in the Harrisburg area.  Free

     

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  • 12/1/17 to 12/23/17

    Christmas at Fort Hunter

    Time:
    10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Mansion

    Decorated for Christmas, fresh greens and fruits, dried materials and fresh flowers provided by the Civic Committee of the Garden Club of Harrisburg decorate the Mansion in Victorian elegance. Open every day but Monday, December 1 through 23, guided tours highlight holiday trimmings and customs.  The Museum Shop is stocked with tasteful and unique Christmas ideas and is open during museum hours for timely holiday shopping.

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  • 12/3/17

    Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration

    Time:
    12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Tavern House

    In the cozy, fire-warmed kitchen, view “Victorian-era” cooks preparing a tasty 1800s dinner with delicious accompaniments.   Samples of the savory result!  Free

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