History Programs

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The Life of John Harris

Tuesday, February 8 | 7:00 p.m.

Join the Friends of Fort Hunter in a virtual illustrated talk with David Biser, first-person interpreter of John Harris Jr., the official founder of the city of Harrisburg and of Dauphin County Pennsylvania.

John Harris lived from 1727-1791 and was an influential figure during the French and Indian War as well as the American Revolution.  He also operated a tavern, had a license to trade with the natives, owned a system of ferry boats for crossing the Susquehanna River, was a trader of goods, a brewer, and an entrepreneur, and is best known for the founding of Dauphin County and the city of Harrisburg as the county seat.  Harris was a pivotal character in the life of the colony/state of Pennsylvania.  He dreamed that one day the capital of the state of Pennsylvania might move inland to Harrisburg.

David Biser is a United Methodist pastor and an active member of the Donegal Township Riflemen, a member of the Continental Line of Revolutionary War reenactors, and the First Person Interpreters of The Association of Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums.

The virtual lecture is free.  Registration is required so that you can receive an email the week prior to the lecture with login information

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The next Friends of Fort Hunter lecture will be
Wednesday, March 2 | 7:00 p.m.
Topic details . . . coming soon!

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Fort Hunter Park offers a number of historical programs throughout the year. Visit our Calendar of Events for additional information!

Enjoy these links to online videos of past programs:

Honeybees: The View From The Backyard with Dr. Claire Jantz . . . coming soon.

The "Common" Civil War Soldier with Ben Myers


Lessons We Can Learn from PA’s African American Cemeteries and Burial Grounds with Dr. Steven Burg

Friends of Fort Hunter Lecture: A Discussion of the French and Indian War

The One-Room Schoolhouse and American Society with William Murray


Harrisburg Homefront In WWII with Dr. Rodney Ross