For Kids

Category: For Kids

  • 5/1/22 to 12/23/22

    The Gilded Age at Fort Hunter Fashion Exhibit

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

    All that glitters is not gold, or is it?  Extending from the 1870’s to 1900, between the Civil War and the turn of the Twentieth Century, the American Gilded Age was a time of rapid economic and industrial growth in the United States and a time of serious poverty and social problems as well. Glittering on the surface but corrupt underneath.

    The current, popular HBO series “The Gilded Age” focuses on the intrigue and drama of the upper-class families of New York City, showing fabulous women’s attire of the time.  Helen and John Reily lived at Fort Hunter Mansion during this time period, from their marriage in 1886 until their deaths in the 1927 and 1932.  Eleven dresses worn by Helen Reily during this time period will be on display for this exhibit.

    An added feature of interest – a prominent figure in the HBO show is Ward McAllister, played by Nathan Lane. Ward was a real-life person who was the arbiter of good taste in New York society, advisor to Lady Astor.  In real life, Ward McAllister was a great, great nephew of Fort Hunter’s builder, Archibald McAllister.  Fort Hunter’s claim to fame!

     

    Exhibit mannequins are often featureless and without hair. Fort Hunter is fortunate to have real, human hair wigs depicting the latest fashions in hairstyles of the late 1800’s high society on the mannequin heads.

    Thanks to Ashley Leitzel-Reichenbach, the Fort Hunter exhibit has professional wigs that truly reflect the hairstyles of the time and bring the exhibit to life.  Ashley just finished the season as Head Hair Design for the TV show “Bull” and also currently works on the  “The Gilded Age”.  Fort Hunter is honored to have such television royalty contributing to the exhibit.  Many thanks to Ashley for giving her time and tremendous talent to bring the Fort Hunter mannequins to life, the hair really does make the exhibit.

     

     
     
    May – December              
    Tuesday- Sunday – 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Sunday – 12:00 – 4:30 pm
    Museum admission charged or free to Friends of Fort Hunter members
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  • 6/1/22 to 10/15/22

    Soft Plastic Collection Challenge

    Time:
    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Location:
    East Pavilion

    Can we save 500 pounds of soft plastic?

    The Friends of Fort Hunter are participating in a recycling effort that will provide a bench for Fort Hunter Park and also rid the world of 500 pounds of unwanted soft plastic.

    Under the leadership of Friends of Fort Hunter Board President, Rich Leitzel, Fort Hunter is partnering with the Trex Community Challenge to gather 500 pounds of plastics by the end of October to be eligible for a free bench made of the recycled plastic.

    Can the Fort Hunter community meet the challenge?  Start saving your plastics and drop them off at any time in the recycling boxes near each of the pavilions in the park or if you have a large collection, stop by the East Pavilion (barn side) on the dates below from 4 – 6 p.m. to meet Rich and drop off your collected plastics.

    July 6 – 4 – 6 p.m.
    Aug 10 – 4 – 6 p.m.
    Sept 7 – 4 – 6 p.m.
     

    Not all plastics make a bench; save these kinds of plastics:

    plastic bags
    pallet wrap/stretch film
    water bottle case wrap
    dry cleaning bags
    newspaper bags
    Ziploc and other resealable bags
    packing materials/bubblewrap
    cereal box liners

    Visit recycle.trex.com for additional information on plastic recycling and a complete list of all recyclable plastic films.

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  • 11/2/22

    Homeschoolers’ Days November 2 or 3

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

    Dive into early Native American life! Students in grades 2-6 and their parents are invited to Native American workshop to do hands on activities, furnish a wigwam and more and also tour the Fort Hunter Mansion. The visit, including time for a bag lunch, runs just under 4 hours. Call 599-5751 to register.

    Students will explore how Indians once lived in the Fort Hunter/Harrisburg area. They will learn how Indians obtained food, shelter, clothing and equipment. Activities include exploring a wigwam, hands on activities and games. Children will learn about the kinds of food, materials and water once used by Native Americans who farmed and hunted here in the 1300s and 1400s.

    In historic Fort Hunter Mansion,  students will experience life in the 1800s. Children will compare the owners’ life to Native Americans – how they obtained food, shelter, clothing and equipment in the Victorian era. On guided tours students will see original artifacts and furnishings—from a music box and cradle to an ice saw and toaster. The tour ends with a visit to the Museum Shop.

    Wednesday, November 2 or Thursday, November 3

    $5 students, $3 adults

    Click here to register.

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  • 11/26/22

    Hit the Road Education Tours: du Pont Legacy Christmas

    Time:
    8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Kickoff the holiday season with the Friends of Fort Hunter on a trip to Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library and Longwood Gardens to share in the joy of Christmas with the du Ponts. 

    A visit to Henry Francis du Pont’s Winterthur sets off this festive holiday trip with a Yuletide Tour and a visit to the special exhibit – “Jacqueline Kennedy and H. F. du Pont: From Winterthur to the White House”. Continue the festivities with a visit to the legendary Longwood Gardens with breathtaking floral displays and light shows of a Longwood Christmas.

    Details will be finalized in August, itinerary cost and departure and return time TBA.  Check back soon and watch for announcements on Dauphin County’s social media publications for details.

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  • 11/26/22 to 12/18/22

    Annual Festival of Trees - Saturdays and Sundays only

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

    Co-sponsored by the Harrisburg Area Civic Garden Center, six themed Christmas trees are exhibited for viewing.

    Beautifully decorated with handmade ornaments and trimmed by local garden clubs the trees are available for raffle. A selection of handmade ornaments will be available for purchase.

     
     
     
     
    Open Saturdays and Sundays only
    12:30 – 4:30  
    November 26 – December 18   

    Free

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  • 11/26/22 to 12/18/22

    Toy Train Exhibit - Saturdays and Sundays Only

    Time:
    12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    All aboard! The magical HO gauge model trains start rolling November 26 – December 18every Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 – 4:30. Presented by the Keystone Model Railroad Historical Society. Lots of interactive elements and the walk-around setup make this a must-see attraction for the whole family!

    Old and new trains will be displayed each week and for the annual visitor, exciting new additions are made each year.

    Thanks to the Friends of Fort Hunter for underwriting this popular attraction.

    Open November 26 – December 18
    Saturdays and Sundays only
    12:30 – 4:30

    Free admission

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  • 12/3/22 to 12/18/22

    Fort Couture - Saturdays and Sundays Only

    Time:
    12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Park

    Adorned in holiday spirit, these dress forms decorated like a Christmas tree are a twist on holiday decoration.

    Displayed in the Stone Stable, these festive wonders are created by volunteers, Friends of Fort Hunter and local businesses. Using fresh greens and other natural and imaginative materials, Fort Couture will amaze and inspire your holiday season.

     

    December 3 – 18
    Open Saturdays and Sundays only
     12:30 – 4:30
     

    Free Admission

     

     
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  • 12/3/22 to 12/18/22

    Kid's Only Holiday Shop - Saturdays and Sundays Only

    Time:
    12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Kids age 12 and under can shop for family and friends with the help of Fort Hunter elves. All gifts are under $15 with items for all ages, including grandparents.

    Children will shop with the guidance of Santa’s helpers who will assist youngsters in picking out tasteful and unique items from the Museum Shop at Fort Hunter. Parents provide spending money and a gift list.

    The gifts will be wrapped and tagged by helper elves and children will emerge with smiles on their faces and secrets in their gift sacks.

    December 3 -18
    Saturdays and Sundays only
    12:30 – 4:30     
     
    Free Admission, parents provide spending money
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  • 12/10/22

    Santa's Reindeer and Virtual Mrs. Santa

    Time:
    12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Visit in person and take photographs with Santa’s reindeer and stop by for a visit with Mrs. Santa.  Individually wrapped refreshments available by donation.

    Many thanks to Marilyn and Don Koones for underwriting this event. The line to see the reindeer will close at 2:15pm.

    Free

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