Educational

Category: Educational

  • 9/9/19 to 10/4/19

    Archaeology Excavation

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

    Will this be the year that we find evidence of the original Fort? The search continues. Since 2006 the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission archaeologists have been looking for the remains of the 1750’s French and Indian War fort. Based on historical accounts and archaeological findings, the British supply fort is in the vicinity of the Fort Hunter Mansion.

    Work in 2019 will focus on the areas behind the Mansion where an earlier excavation revealed plentiful artifacts. Past discoveries have included a French and Indian War bake oven, a cannon ball, Reily pet dog skeletons and many artifacts from the Reily era. Although the Native American occupation of Fort Hunter dates as early as 9000 years ago, the most intensive occupation dates to between 2000 and 4000 years ago and findings include cooking hearths, early clay pottery, stone axes and stone spear points.

    Open on weekdays only, except Fort Hunter Day, Sunday, September 15.  Work is cancelled for rain.    Free

     

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  • 11/2/19

    For Families - Native Americans Along the Susquehanna

    Time:
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Experience what life was like for Native American Woodlands people living along the Susquehanna River hundreds of years ago. Throughout this two hour program you and your children will hear stories, make crafts, visit a wigwam, handle artifacts and play Native American children’s games. This special workshop is designed for adults and young children (ages 5-10) to participate together as they work, learn and play.

    This program is ideal for young families, grandparents and grandchildren and aunts and uncles with their nieces and nephews who want to have fun and enjoy time together in a planned learning experience.  If younger children need to come with the family, there is no charge for under 4 years old but adults must provide additional activities for them.

    Preregistration is required.  $5per person. Click here to register.

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  • 11/6/19

    Homeschoolers’ Day

    Time:
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    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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  • 11/7/19

    Homeschoolers’ Day

    Time:
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    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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  • 11/30/19

    "Hit the Road Educational Tours" Ford's Theatre & Dickens "A Christmas Carol"

    Time:
    9:30 AM - 9:30 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Kick off the holiday season with a trip to Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. for Dickens ” A Christmas Carol” and holiday decorations and dinner in Georgetown.

    Board the bus at 9:30 a.m. in the Centennial Barn Parking lot for a narrated trip to historic Ford’s theatre.  Join Dr. Donald Koones for enthusiastic narration about the historical significance of the theatre and some background on Charles Dickens and his famous holiday book on the trip to Washington D.C.  A fast food and restroom stop will be included in the trip to Washington.  Enjoy a matinee show of “A Christmas Carol” with music and a fine cast of characters and a visit to the theatre museum.

    At the conclusion of the play, journey through Washington D.C. to festive Georgetown where participants will enjoy visiting the shops and restaurants all decked out for the holidays, dinner will be on your own. Board the bus for the return trip to Harrisburg arriving around 9:30p.m.

    Tickets include: transportation, Dr. Koones lecture, museum and theatre ticket. Fast food lunch and dinner is on your own, bus driver tip is not included.  $135 members, $150 non-members. Click here for tickets.

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  • 12/1/19 to 12/22/19

    Christmas at Fort Hunter

    Time:
    10:15 AM - 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Mansion

    Classic, traditional decorations of fresh greens and fruits, dried materials and fresh flowers adorn the Mansion for the holidays. Guided tours highlight the seasonal trimmings and holiday customs of the Reily’s. Many thanks to the Civic Committee of the Garden Club of Harrisburg for their inspired decorating creations. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM- 4:30PM; Sunday 12 – 4:30 PM.  Closed Mondays.  Admission charged – $7 Adults; $6 Senior Citizens; $4 Students and Children

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