Historic Harrisburg Association Draws 300+ to Facility

The Paper Lion Gallery owners Bill Grace and Jim Hadfield installed the art exhibit for the event.

L to R: Historic Harrisburg Association executive director John Campbell, business manager Chris Deitz, and the first executive director David Morrison.

“We couldn’t be happier with our turnout!” beamed John Campbell, executive director, Historic Harrisburg Association. The organization drew more than 300 visitors to its buffed up property at as part of a 3rd in the Burg night in Midtown Harrisburg.

“Recently we had 20 students from Bloomsburg University here to seriously clean the space,” said Chris Deitz, business manager. Some returned that night to see their work firsthand.

With constant chatter throughout the evening of new talent at the helm, visitors spoke enthusiastically of bringing back the valuable resource. “We’re more than meets the eye,” explained Campbell. HHA is the parent organization to the Broad Street Market. As the capital city’s 3rd Street corridor continues to evolve into a destination point, HHA is poised to play ball.

Well after 9 p.m. the night of the street event, the corners at 3rd and Verbeke Sts. Remained abuzz with visitors from surrounding neighborhoods and communities. Mantis Gallery, also home to Moviate, held court well into the evening with a lively crowd.

Campbell and Deitz see their first step as bringing people back into the HHA orbit. The organization’s first executive director, David Morrison, well known in historical preservation and art circles who continuously support the mission, greeted newcomers and old faces. “This is great, this feels like renewal,” he commented.

Campbell talked of a Capital Campaign. “We’ve had the facility reviewed by developers and others. We need $1.5 million to bring it back,” he said. He and Deitz envision a multipurpose property, rentals to smaller organizations, meeting space. “Recently we hosted Preservation PA for their annual conference,” Campbell said.

Bill Grace and Jim Hadfield, owners of The Paper Lion Gallery, 12317 Hummel Ave., Lemoyne, installed the art exhibit for the event.
One visitor said with a wide smile “I know I’m living in the right place when I see this.”
Info: Historic Harrisburg Association, 1230 North Third St., Harrisburg, PA 17102, (717) 233-4646, Mon.-Fri., 9-5, http://www.historicharrisburg.org; info@historicharrisburg.org

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