Historic Harrisburg organizes and hosts exhibits at the Historic Harrisburg Resource Center and at other venues that have included Harrisburg’s City Government Center, the PA Governor’s Residence, the Broad Street Market and other public destinations.
Exhibits often focus on local history and architecture. For example, in 2015 an exhibit titled “The Life and Work of Harrisburg Architect Clayton J. Lappley” showcased the early- and mid-20th-century designs of Clayton Lappley, including original renderings (now owned by HHA) and color photographs. This exhibit was sponsored by the Lappley family. A similar exhibit, in 1997, showcased the 75-year history of the architectural firm of Lawrie and Green and its successor, Hayes-Large.
Other exhibits have showcased Harrisburg’s historic Midtown neighborhood and the Broad Street Market.
In September 2016, HHA installed an exhibit at the Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence titled “Pennsylvania Governors’ residences from the 17th to the 21st Century,” showcasing landmarks from the era of William Penn to the present. (Link to story).
The gallery spaces at the Historic Harrisburg Resource Center also host a changing array of fine art in a wide range of styles and genres. In some cases, these follow an architectural or local history theme; in other cases, the artists’ creativity is unrestricted.
In October 2016, The Burg Magazine installed an extensive exhibit of original artworks that have appeared on covers of the popular monthly publication.
Each April, at the Historic Harrisburg Resource Center, HHA hosts “Artistic Expressions,” a collaborative exhibition of the artworks of students from 13 Central PA high schools. By far our largest exhibit each year, it includes a well-attended awards ceremony and the participating students’ annual educational day in Midtown.
This active calendar of scheduled exhibits enables Historic Harrisburg to play an active role in “3rd in the Burg,” the monthly citywide gallery and museum open house that takes place on the third Friday of each month from 5 to 9 PM. Admission is free, and often the occasion includes free refreshments and live music. HHA was a co-founder of 3rd in the Burg, seeing it as an important strategic activity that encourages people to explore and get to know the Capital City and its cultural institutions.