Some programs Historic Harrisburg offers:
Historic Harrisburg conducts annual education seminars, forums, and workshops for the community. These programs are open and free to the public and provide valuable information on homeownership, historic preservation, community development, maintaining a historic home, responsible economic development, and do-it-yourself workshops. Historic Harrisburg seeks to promote historic preservation and community development that can be accessible by all of Harrisburg residents and help to build a stronger, culturally mind community.
National Preservation Week
Every year in celebration of National Historic Preservation Week, Historic Harrisburg conducts a series of events to bring awareness and attention to issues concerning historic preservation. The week culminates with Historic Harrisburg’s annual Preservation Week Ceremony. Historic Harrisburg acknowledges and honors those individuals, businesses, organizations, and property owners who have been an example for historic preservation. Previous award winners can be found at http://www.historicharrisburg.org/preservation/awards
Lighten Up Harrisburg
Founded in 2012, Lighten Up Harrisburg is a collaboration between the Historic Harrisburg Association, Downtown Improvement District, project founder Matthew Krupp, Friends of Midtown, Penn National Insurance, Community Historic Preservation Fund, City of Harrisburg, and many other community businesses, organizations and leaders. The project started as an effort to re-light the Walnut Street Bridge and since has grown into bringing light into communities through replacing burnt our bulbs, repairing and replacing damaged and missing light posts and assisting the City of Harrisburg with identifying future lighting needs.
The Community Historic Preservation Fund (CHPF)
Established in 1995, Historic Harrisburg has dedicated the funds from this foundation to be directed towards historic preservation efforts throughout the City. The goal of the fund is to assist economic and community development projects that respect Harrisburg’s architectural and cultural heritage. The fund is also earmarked to assist with an preservation priorities that the Board of Trustees deems appropriate.
Historic Harrisburg is dedicated to showcasing Harrisburg rich history. To accomplish this, the organization conducts a series of walking and home tours throughout any given year. Historic Harrisburg offers guided and self guided walking tours to groups, associations and individuals. These tours focus on neighborhoods where Harrisburg history can be told through its built environment. Past tours have focused on the Allison Hill Community, Mount Pleasant Historic District, Midtown, The “City Beautiful”, Downtown and the Capitol Complex, Academy Manor and Italian Lake, African American history, and many more. These tours are focused on educating the public about Harrisburg rich history and attracting individuals and groups to Harrisburg neighborhoods where they can help contribute to the local economies.
Candlelight House Tour
The Candlelight House Tour, founded in 1973, is a self guided home tour of Harrisburg’s most prized possessions; its elegant housing stock. The tour serves the dual goal of education (history and architecture) and economic development (tourism and promotion of city businesses and real estate). The Candlelight House Tour is the largest self-guided home tour in Harrisburg brining in over 1,000 attendees annually. The tour promotes city living and historic preservation.
Contractor and Preservation Resources
Historic Harrisburg serves as a resource to homeowners, business, and individuals looking for respectable contractors who specialize in Historic Preservation. Annually in conjunction with the Candlelight House Tour, Historic Harrisburg compiles names of companies and publishes them in the Resource Directory found in the back of the Candlelight House Tour program. Historic Harrisburg also serves as a resource for those with questions related to Historic Preservation, Harrisburg’s historic districts, or Harrisburg history. The organization also has a photo and news article archives available to the public.
Elegant Progressions is a partnership project with the Historic Harrisburg Association and the Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania, which provides attendees and rare and premier glimpse into Central Pennsylvania's most elegant, historical, and architecturally significant properties. A progressive black-tie dinner, catered by the areas top restaurants, provides for an evening of sheer elegance.
Bungalow Society of Central Pennsylvania
The Bungalow Society of Central Pennsylvania in 2011 became a program of the Historic Harrisburg Association. The Bungalow Society of Central Pennsylvania is dedicated to supporting owners and lovers of Bungalow and vintage homes, and promoting the celebration of the Arts & Crafts Movement in America.