History Programs

Jan. Joyce Kieffer
Ecology - a Major Theme in The Trees Remember Historical Fiction Series
Wednesday, January 11 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Virtual Program | free 

Virtually, join the Friends of Fort Hunter and local author Joyce Kieffer as she discusses her novels, set in the late 1800s and early 1900s that deal with issues that are still relevant to today: environment, race, socioeconomics, and gender. Superimposed on these themes are the lush, beautiful forests, the rich cultural stories of rural Pennsylvania farm life, and Native American respect for the plants, soil, and water we all share.

A champion of women’s health throughout her 55-year career,  Joyce established one of the first organized childbirth classes offered in Pennsylvania in the 1960s, developed several health education and resource centers for women and their families, and started a parish nursing practice.  Drawing on her career in women’s health and inspired by the forests of Juniata County, Joyce picked up her author’s pen to take on her lifelong dream of writing a historic novel.

This illustrated talk is FREE but participants must register to receive the link by email, to view the lecture. An email will be sent to you, in the days prior to the lecture date, with a link and sign-in instructions to view the live talk.

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Knitting Workshop

Learning to Knit 2-Part Workshop
Mondays, February 20 & 27 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Fort Hunter Tavern House          $28 per person

Join local knitter, Diane, for a two-week knitting workshop where you will learn how to make your very own washcloth. During the first evening, you’ll learn how to cast on, create basic stitches, and get started on your project. During the second evening, you’ll bring your project back to fix any problems and cast off. All necessary materials are included in the registration fee and are yours to keep after the program. Sign up to reserve your spot for this program by the Tavern's cozy fireplace today!

This program costs $28 and includes two (2) one-hour small group sessions with a knitting instructor and all necessary materials which participants will take home with them.

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

Links to Past Online Programs
Enjoy these links to online videos of past programs:

Reflecting on 16 Decades of the Harrisburg State Hospital with Fuller Runyan | November 2022

Pre-Colonial Pennsylvania with Carter Johnston | April 2022


Hoofprints in History, the Role of the Domestic Dairy Cow with Dr. Barbara Corson | March 2022

The Life of John Harris, Jr. with David Biser | February 2022


Honeybees: The View From The Backyard with Dr. Claire Jantz | January 2022

Virtual Programs 2021:

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