Historical Commission


  • 6:30 pm
  • 1st Thursday of every month
  • Lower Paxton Township Municipal Center
    425 Prince Street
    Harrisburg, PA 17109

Upcoming Meeting

  • Thursday, July 2 at 6:30 pm - **AT HEROES GROVE in Brightbill Park**
  • John Harris, Jr & His Horse Dexter Share about Life during the Revolutionary War
  • This will be the first meeting since March and the Commission wanted to do something very special. John Harris, Jr. will start the July 4th Weekend by telling about his life during the Revolutionary War and how the Citizens of Harris Ferry and Paxton Township survived and grew turning the birth of our Nation. 

    John Harris, Jr. is portrayed by Dave Biser who has been reenacting the life of John Harris, Jr. at the Historical Society of Dauphin County for years. Each year at the Harris-Cameron Mansion he and Ben Franklin read the Declaration of Independence from the front porch. His living portrayal of John Harris, Jr. will transport you back in time and have you experiencing life in 1776. 

    You don’t want to miss this true to life adventure! 

    *This event will be in Heroes Grove which is part of Brightbill Park in Lower Paxton Township. There will be plenty of parking in the lot next to Joann fabric, or in front of the Friendship Center. Because of COVID-19 we are asking everyone to wear a mask and to keep a safe 6 foot distance from other visitors. We have room for 250 people, so come early and get a good seat. John Harris Jr. should ride in at 6:30pm Thursday July 2.
    John Harris

  • https://www.facebook.com/LowerPaxtonHistoricalCommission/ 
  • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa4VlVmlRb88drItMfqzYRA 


Agendas are available prior to the meetings. 


Members of the Committee serve a one-year term of office.

  • Denise Deimler
  • David Doyle
  • Donald Gross
  • Kristy Kessler
  • William Minsker
  • William J. Murphy
  • Robert H. Thomas

Staff Liaison

  • Amanda Zerbe


The Historical Committee will work with the Board to preserve property of historical and antiquarian interest, as well as share historical information about the Township with the community.

Mission Statement

Identify and preserve the history of the people who lived amongst the rich mountains, trails and lands of Lower Paxton Township. To promote the collection, exhibition, interpretation, education, and publication of the heritage for our community; present and future.

Lower Paxton Township Historical Commission