Established in 1973 in the aftermath of two events, the devastating effects of the flood caused by Hurricane Agnes and the demolition of Harrisburg’s spectacular State Theatre, Historic Harrisburg Association serves as the Capital Region’s advocacy organization for historic preservation and urban revitalization. HHA’s primary aims are to promote the restoration, preservation and enjoyment of historic neighborhoods and landmarks, whose stewardship is vital to the region’s residential, commercial, economic and cultural life.

Over the past four decades, HHA has worked collaboratively with City Government, civic organizations, neighborhood groups and other non-profit organizations to carry out its mission and goals. Accomplishments have included:

  • Establishment of seven historic districts within the City of Harrisburg;
  • Initiation of Harrisburg’s now-extensive heritage tourism industry, which dates to the launching of HHA’s Candlelight House Tour in 1973 and has grown to include walking tours, guide services for bus groups and curriculum-based tours for school groups;
  • The prevention of demolition of numerous landmarks, through advocacy, communication and organized citizen action;
  • Establishment in 1986 of Harrisburg’s Historic Preservation Awards program; and
  • Establishment in 1996 of the Community Historic Preservation Fund as a permanent financial resource to assist HHA and the community at large in undertaking historic preservation projects, initiatives and advocacy efforts.
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Exterior of the Historic Harrisburg Association Headquarters

In 1993, in celebration of its 20th Anniversary, Historic Harrisburg was given the century-old Central Trust Company building in Midtown to ensure its preservation as an architectural landmark and community resource. Today, the building serves as HHA’s own headquarters as well as that of the Pennsylvania Downtown Center, the Harrisburg Parks Foundation and the Midtown Action Council. With spaces for meetings, exhibits and receptions, the facility is extensively used by community groups for a wide range of civic and educational functions.

Largely because of the work of HHA and its civic partners, Harrisburg now stands as a primary example of how historic preservation can contribute to the reversal of decline in American cities. In Historic Harrisburg’s 40+ years of existence, dozens of multi-million-dollar preservation projects — and thousands of smaller ones — have contributed greatly to the quality

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Tom Darr

President

Linda Plesic
Linda Plesic

Vice President

Dan Fulton
Dan Fulton

Vice President

Stephen Baldwin
Shane Gallagher

Vice President

Bruce Weber
J. Quain, Esq.

Secretary

Justin Heinly
Justin Heinly

Treasurer

David J. Morrison

Executive Director