Virtual Illustrated Lecture: Reflecting on 16 Decades of the Harrisburg State Hospital
Join the Friends of Fort Hunter and Fuller Runyan on a reflective journey through the history of the Harrisburg State Hospital.
Using events in context, more than just dates and milestones, Fuller Runyan will paint a picture of the Harrisburg State Hospital’s place in our community using historical documents, photographs & newspaper articles.
Originally called the “City on the Hill” and listed in the National Register of Historic Places as an historic district, the Harrisburg State Hospital was the first in Pennsylvania—and one of the first in the United States—built for the care and treatment of the mentally ill. It contains approximately 30 architecturally significant buildings designed by noted Pennsylvania architects and a beautiful campus setting, a portion of which is traversed by the Capital Area Greenbelt. The State Hospital has been closed since 2006, although several buildings remain in governmental or institutional use.
Fuller Runyan is the Operations & Maintenance Manager of the Department of General Services Annex Complex (the current name of the former hospital), who has enjoyed more than three decades of public service with the Department of General Services.
The virtual lecture is free but participants must register to receive the links to view the illustrated talk. An email will be sent to you, in the week prior to the lecture date, with a link and sign in instructions to view Fuller Runyan’s live talk.
Registration will close at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, November 9.