The Historical Society of Dauphin County, located on Front Street in Harrisburg, operates the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion and the Alexander Research Library and Archives. The mansion was built c. 1766 by John Harris, Jr., one of the founders of Harrisburg. In 1863, it was purchased by Simon Cameron, Lincoln's first Secretary of War. Cameron transformed the Georgian house into a stylish Victorian mansion and lived there until his death in 1889. The house became the headquarters of the historical society in 1941. The Historical Society of Dauphin County was founded in 1869 to collect, preserve, exhibit, publish, and promote interest in the history of Dauphin County for the education, enjoyment and benefit of the public.
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