General Interest Tours

ENJOY HISTORIC HARRISBURG

Tour PA State Capitol, PA State Museum, and Civil War Museum

When you come to Harrisburg for the Susquehannock Convention, why not explore our capitol city’s wonderful attractions!  There is so much to offer in our city for anyone interested in local history or just wanting to experience an interesting, fun-filled day.

 

Capitol Tour

This beautiful building is a “must-see” whether you’re interested in history, architecture and/or art.  The Capitol was designed to be a “Palace of Art.”  We will have a guided tour to insure all the highlights are included.

When President Theodore Roosevelt attended the dedication this glamorous structure, he proclaimed, “This is the handsomest building I ever saw!” It features paintings, stained glass and furnishings by some of the best artisans of the day. Its five-story exterior is faced with handsome Vermont granite, and the roof is composed of green glazed terra cotta tile.

The Capitol’s centerpiece is a spectacular 272-foot, 52 million-pound dome inspired by Michelangelo’s design for St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Beautiful Renaissance designs are incorporated into some of its largest rooms: Italian in the House Chamber, French in the Senate Chamber, and English in the Governor’s Reception Room. It also reflects Greek, Roman and Victorian influences in its art and ornamentation.

Throughout the building are motifs featuring Pennsylvania’s achievements in labor, industry and history, making the Capitol uniquely American.

 

PA State Museum

Another “must-see” is The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, the official museum of the commonwealth. It is a great place to explore and features changing seasonal displays which are always interesting and sure to capture your imagination.

On any given day, you may encounter a giant chick, meet a family of Coelophysis dinosaurs, or bump into a huge mastodon. Or you might observe bear, porcupine, elk, and deer or uncover salamanders and snakes. Learn about Pennsylvania’s Native Americans and follow them throughout time.

Explore on your own before we head across the street to lunch at “Sammy’s”, a local Italian eatery.  www.sammysitalianeatery.com

 

Civil War Museum

An American history-buff’s dream, this celebrated museum provides a fascinating look at the period of the American Civil War, 1861–1865.  Rare artifacts and photography will make this unique piece of history come alive. The museum‘s exhibits are designed to tell “the entire story of the American Civil War … without bias to the Union or Confederate causes”.

The museum serves as the National Headquarters for the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), the legal successor to the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). In 2009, it became affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

 

Clinic Chair:  Susan Charles
Contact Susan at general-activities@mer2017.org