Historic Harrisburg Association is in the process of updating its annual list of “Preservation Priorities” for the Harrisburg community. Properties and sites on the list, which was first published in 1993, are deemed to have special importance to the community, as architectural or historic landmarks, as important civic landmarks, or as pivotal elements in a larger neighborhood revitalization objective. Some, but not all, are at risk of being lost, while others await the resources needed for their preservation.
Statement from the Historic Harrisburg Association Board of Directors:
In late July 2014, irregularities were detected in the bank account for Lighten Up Harrisburg, a program established to raise funds to replace broken lights throughout the city. The matter was referred to appropriate authorities for further review and investigation.
We were shocked to discover the irregularities and are saddened by the alleged actions of our former executive director as outlined today by the District Attorney. We will seek full restitution of the missing funds. We are committed to ensuring that every dollar given to LUH will be used for its intended purpose. Finally, we will do all we can to further sustain the trust and confidence that the Harrisburg community has placed in HHA over the past 40 years.
Award winning journalist Paul Beers (1931-2011) reveals how contemporary Harrisburg came to be what it is. In a masterful series of essays, Beers charts the capital's development from a City Beautiful, with its celebrated public spaces and premier educational institutions, through the fractures of race riots and the catastrophic challenges of flood and near nuclear meltdown. Along the way, Beers employs the well-honed skills of a veteran reporter to craft fascinating character sketches of prominent leaders and humble citizen alike -- intertwining their dramatic personal stories with a compelling survey of the region's society, politics, and culture in the twentieth century.
Purchase today through the Historic Harrisburg Association and a portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the organization. The book is the first of hopefully many more published by the Midtown Scholar Press.
Books are $25.00 (plus shipping and handling)
On Sunday, April 12, at 2 pm, Historic Harrisburg Association will present an Antiques and Artifacts Auction in partnership with Cordier Auctions. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Historic Harrisburg Association and its mission of promoting historic preservation and urban revitalization.
Donations are currently being accepted. Items sought for auction include antiques, collectibles, coins, jewelry, architectural artifacts, and vehicles. Our goal is to have items that will obtain a bid of at least $50. Items already contributed include a Federal-style fireplace mantel, oak tables, beveled-glass ink wells, a chrome and green leather dentist chair, numerous artworks and items of local and regional historical interest. Items are being received at HHA, 1230 N. Third Street for processing, and the auction will take place at the Cordier Auction House, 1500 Paxton Street, Harrisburg