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The Governor and First Lady are honored to partner with Moore College of Art and Design to curate a Pride Month exhibit ...
06/07/2023

The Governor and First Lady are honored to partner with Moore College of Art and Design to curate a Pride Month exhibit at the Residence. This exhibition is a celebration of the Moore community and its commitment to providing a welcoming, engaging, and empowering environment for its students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public. Current students were invited to submit work based on their identification with and respect for Pride Month and its meaning.

To further celebrate the freedom to love, the Residence hosted a Pride Month Reception alongside the Governor’s Commission on LGBTQ+ Affairs. We were thrilled our friends from Moore College could join us for the occasion.

Happy Independence Day!As a symbol of our commitment to advancing real freedom for all, we are honored that portraits of...
04/07/2023

Happy Independence Day!

As a symbol of our commitment to advancing real freedom for all, we are honored that portraits of James and Charlotte Forten hang at the Residence.

James Forten, a Revolutionary War veteran from Philly, and his wife Charlotte Vandine Forten spent their lives fighting for the abolition of slavery.

Together they helped build a robust community of free African Americans in early Philadelphia.

At the Museum of the American Revolution, the Governor and First Lady saw an exhibit featuring the lives of the Forten family and were inspired by their work to create a more just and free country.

A few weeks ago, the First Lady spent the day at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia to learn about their programs and how t...
22/06/2023

A few weeks ago, the First Lady spent the day at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia to learn about their programs and how they support local artists. While on site she participated in a hands-on activity with Community Engagement Assistant, Nitza. Check out the final product!

The Clay Studio offers students, artists and the public the opportunity to join a welcoming community that allows people to express their creativity as a force for good.

The gardens at the Governor’s Residence are blooming! 🌼🤩 Roses, tomatoes, and lettuce are just some of the plants that a...
15/06/2023

The gardens at the Governor’s Residence are blooming! 🌼🤩 Roses, tomatoes, and lettuce are just some of the plants that are flourishing on the grounds. A yellow-crowned night heron, which can be found along the Susquehanna River during the spring and summer months, has also made an appearance. What are your favorite flowers and vegetables to grow in your garden?

Earlier this week, the Governor and First Lady hosted a reception at the Governor’s Residence to close out Asian America...
02/06/2023

Earlier this week, the Governor and First Lady hosted a reception at the Governor’s Residence to close out Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The celebration featured performances, artwork, and remarks by community leaders. The event took place with perfect weather, allowing for guests to take a walk in the rose garden . 🌹

💗💗💗 We were thrilled to host the PA Breast Cancer Coalition’s annual luncheon yesterday at the Residence along with the ...
25/05/2023

💗💗💗 We were thrilled to host the PA Breast Cancer Coalition’s annual luncheon yesterday at the Residence along with the First Lady. Like every First Lady since 1993, First Lady Lori Shapiro will serve as the Coalition’s honorary board chair.

Supporting women is paramount to the Governor and First Lady. Earlier this month the Governor signed Act 1 of 2023, allowing Pennsylvanians at high risk to have access to:

✔️ No-cost breast MRI
✔️ No-cost breast ultrasound
✔️ No-cost genetic testing
✔️ No-cost genetic counseling

24/04/2023

📣 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is looking for a motivated hospitality professional to join our team as an Executive Residence Director and oversee the care of the Pennsylvania Governor's Residence! In this role, you'll coordinate functions and activities to ensure maximum comfort, attention, and service to the First Family and their guests. If you're up for the challenge of managing a smooth and efficient operation, we'd love to hear from you!

Apply now and take the next step in your hospitality career. bit.ly/3N44qoN

Not to brag — we did a pretty good job hiding the Easter eggs. 💁We had a great time hosting Pre-K for PA and some of the...
30/03/2023

Not to brag — we did a pretty good job hiding the Easter eggs. 💁

We had a great time hosting Pre-K for PA and some of the most beloved bunnies in Pennsylvania. 🐇

We hand packed and hid more than 1,700 treats throughout our grounds in preparation for tomorrow's egg hunt with Pre-K f...
27/03/2023

We hand packed and hid more than 1,700 treats throughout our grounds in preparation for tomorrow's egg hunt with Pre-K for PA. 🐣

We ~definitely~ didn't hide any in the bushes. *wink wink*

Last week, John and Rosemary Baer came by to see Nick Ruggieri's watercolor paintings before the exhibit returned to The...
27/03/2023

Last week, John and Rosemary Baer came by to see Nick Ruggieri's watercolor paintings before the exhibit returned to The State Museum of Pennsylvania.

Ruggieri, Rosemary's father, was the art director of PennLive.com when he embarked on a journey across Pennsylvania to capture the beauty of all 67 counties in honor of America's bicentennial.

You can check out similar work at the state museum.

This week, the executive director for the Pennsylvania Commission for Women came by to discuss priorities with First Lad...
24/03/2023

This week, the executive director for the Pennsylvania Commission for Women came by to discuss priorities with First Lady Lori Shapiro and how they can work together to help address maternal health, period equity, child care, and paid family leave in Pennsylvania.

We're excited to see the Governor's initiatives to protect women and girls move forward.

First Lady Lori Shapiro and Chef Barry visited Valerio Coffee Roasters to sample some of the Pennsylvania-sourced brews ...
21/03/2023

First Lady Lori Shapiro and Chef Barry visited Valerio Coffee Roasters to sample some of the Pennsylvania-sourced brews that we serve at the Residence.

Docents of the Governor's Residence are trained volunteers who help tell our story to Pennsylvanians.Today we hosted thi...
15/03/2023

Docents of the Governor's Residence are trained volunteers who help tell our story to Pennsylvanians.

Today we hosted this year's annual meeting with First Lady Lori Shapiro.

Some of our volunteers have supported the Governor's Residence for over 40 years.

Want to volunteer as a docent? Reach us: bit.ly/ContactResidence.

We're now featuring watercolor paintings by Nick Ruggieri at the Governor's Residence.The paintings on display are from ...
06/03/2023

We're now featuring watercolor paintings by Nick Ruggieri at the Governor's Residence.

The paintings on display are from a more extensive bicentennial collection by Ruggieri which captured scenes from all of Pennsylvania's 67 counties.

Each of the stoic watercolor paintings represents the cultural and historical heritage of the county through the eyes of Ruggieri.

This week, we hosted community leaders from across the Commonwealth to celebrate Black History Month.Our guests included...
03/03/2023

This week, we hosted community leaders from across the Commonwealth to celebrate Black History Month.

Our guests included trailblazers such as Rep. Joanna McClinton, Pennsylvania’s first female speaker of the house, and renowned artist and songwriter Ashli Rice Music — who delivered an incredible performance.

We also marked the occasion with drinks prepared with Mishka Premium Vodka, the oldest operating Black-owned distillery in Pennsylvania and the nation.

Here's a sneak peek at some of the work we have on display in honor of Black History Month.Last week, First Lady Lori Sh...
27/02/2023

Here's a sneak peek at some of the work we have on display in honor of Black History Month.

Last week, First Lady Lori Shapiro and the State Museum of Pennsylvania put up the profound, award-winning portfolio Voices of the Revolution by Edith Jaffy Kaplan, the first female art director of an American advertising agency.

Paired with poetry and historical quotes, Voices of the Revolution is both a reflection of the suffering, fear, and violence, and a commemoration of the hope, brotherhood, and courage of the Civil Rights Movement.

Please note, due to potentially hazardous weather conditions and in consideration for the safety of our guests, the Gove...
22/12/2022

Please note, due to potentially hazardous weather conditions and in consideration for the safety of our guests, the Governor’s Residence will not be open for tours on Friday, December 23, 2022. We wish you a happy holiday season!

Earlier this month, we hosted our annual Holiday Open House. Guests enjoyed an afternoon of entertainment, cookies, and ...
20/12/2022

Earlier this month, we hosted our annual Holiday Open House. Guests enjoyed an afternoon of entertainment, cookies, and hot chocolate! We still have self-guided tours available through December 23. For info, visit residence.pa.gov/Tours

🎄Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf invite the public to join them this Sunday, December 11 for a Holiday Ope...
09/12/2022

🎄Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf invite the public to join them this Sunday, December 11 for a Holiday Open House at the Governor’s Residence, located at 2035 North Front Street. The open house, which will run from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, will be held in conjunction with the Historic Harrisburg Association’s Annual Candlelight House Tour.

For a schedule of events, including performance times, decorations contributors, and more, visit: https://www.residence.pa.gov/Tours/Pages/holiday-open-house.aspx

Join us for an afternoon of entertainment, cookies, and hot chocolate as our Holiday Open House returns Sunday, December...
01/12/2022

Join us for an afternoon of entertainment, cookies, and hot chocolate as our Holiday Open House returns Sunday, December 11!

This free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

For more info, visit: residence.pa.gov/Tours/Pages/holiday-open-house.aspx

An   appreciation post of the   🍂 Schedule your visit today to experience our five gardens in-person at residence.pa.gov...
04/11/2022

An appreciation post of the 🍂 Schedule your visit today to experience our five gardens in-person at residence.pa.gov/tours

Join us for Trick-or-Treat Night at the Governor's Residence tonight! The weather looks like it'll make for a great even...
27/10/2022

Join us for Trick-or-Treat Night at the Governor's Residence tonight! The weather looks like it'll make for a great evening! 🎃👻

Trick-or-Treat Night returns to the Pennsylvania Governor's Residence on October 27!

Kids in costume can stop by to enjoy professionally carved pumpkins, and of course, chocolate candy at the Governor's Residence during the city of Harrisburg's trick-or-treat times from 5 pm - 7pm.

For more info on Trick-or-Treat Night at the Governor's Residence, visit: https://www.residence.pa.gov/Tours/Pages/trick-or-treat-night.aspx

54 years ago, Governor Shafer buried a lead box containing a photograph of his family, copies of the May 12, 1968 editio...
13/05/2022

54 years ago, Governor Shafer buried a lead box containing a photograph of his family, copies of the May 12, 1968 edition of Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia newspapers, a letter from Governor Shafer to Pennsylvanians of the future, and a copy of the 1967-68 Pennsylvania Manual in the building's cornerstone!

🎉  Celebrate Pennsylvania Small Business Week and visit one of your favorite small businesses. By shopping small and sup...
05/05/2022

🎉 Celebrate Pennsylvania Small Business Week and visit one of your favorite small businesses. By shopping small and supporting local you are helping to support a dream. Here are 4 ways you can support your local PA small business.
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Thank you for making our   event such a huge success!Viewers from across the  , as well as New Jersey, Maryland, New Yor...
29/04/2022

Thank you for making our event such a huge success!

Viewers from across the , as well as New Jersey, Maryland, New York, Florida and more tuned into our virtual live stream, and helped us make this extra special.

To watch this year's and to access our virtual exhibit hall which is full of informational videos, activities, and more, visit residence.pa.gov/earth-day

As we look towards  , we are reminded that with simple actions, we can make   every day. 🌳 Here are 10 tips to make eart...
15/04/2022

As we look towards , we are reminded that with simple actions, we can make every day. 🌳 Here are 10 tips to make earth day part of your routine:
- Organize a community cleanup 🧹
- Compost ☀️
- Switch to reusable bags ♻️
- Pick up trash while you run 👟
- Go pesticide-free 🛑
- Push for plant-based options 🌿
- Take pictures of pollinators 🐝
- Buy local foods 🍓
- Calculate your carbon footprint at earthday.org/foodprints-calculators/ 📈
- Join us on Friday, April 22 for our livestream! 🌎

  The first   was inspired by Rachel Carson’s book "Silent Spring," which came out in 1962? Though Earth Day officially ...
08/04/2022

The first was inspired by Rachel Carson’s book "Silent Spring," which came out in 1962?

Though Earth Day officially started in 1970 thanks to Senator Ga***rd Nelson's ambitious vision, Carson's book focused on the environment and public health and brought the conversation to the forefront.

Today, more than a billion people every year observe Earth Day as a day of action to change human behavior and create global, national and local policy changes.🌎 📅

Join us for our virtual celebration at residence.pa.gov/earth-day

Join us for this unique virtual Earth Day celebration on Friday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. EST!It’s that time of the year aga...
25/03/2022

Join us for this unique virtual Earth Day celebration on Friday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. EST!

It’s that time of the year again — join Pennsylvania agencies for the annual Governor’s Residence Earth Day celebration! Similar to the 2021 event, this year’s event will be held virtually and features learning activities and information from the departments of Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and more.

For more info, visit residence.pa.gov/earth-day

As we celebrate Women's History Month, we look back on our Game Changer's exhibit which highlighted women from across th...
17/03/2022

As we celebrate Women's History Month, we look back on our Game Changer's exhibit which highlighted women from across the state representing diverse fields including education, science, business, human rights advocacy, and the arts – and details the contributions they made as well as the challenges they faced.

Today, we're shining a light on Violet Oakley. Violet was the first American woman to receive a public mural commission. After the positive response to her first 13 murals in 1906, Violet was commissioned to produce another 30 in the state capitol.

For more info on Violet Oakley and more of these incredible Game Changers visit residence.pa.gov/The-Residence/Pages/Game-Changers-Photo-Gallery.aspx

We're reflecting on when Selections from the Art of the State Purchase Award Collection was on display at The Residence....
11/03/2022

We're reflecting on when Selections from the Art of the State Purchase Award Collection was on display at The Residence.

Art of the State is an annual juried exhibition that has been showcasing the creations of Pennsylvania’s artists since the late 1960s. The exhibit goes on display every summer in the first-floor galleries of The State Museum of PA, located across from the State Capitol Building in downtown . The State Museum of Pennsylvania is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC).

For more info on past exhibits, visit: https://www.residence.pa.gov/The-Residence/Pages/Selections-Art-Of-The-State-Exhibit.aspx

March 1 marked Zero Discrimination Day. Together we can make Pennsylvania a place that is safe, fair, and welcoming for ...
04/03/2022

March 1 marked Zero Discrimination Day.

Together we can make Pennsylvania a place that is safe, fair, and welcoming for all.

 ? The first official Pennsylvania Governor’s   was purchased in 1858 and was located on South Second Street in Harrisbu...
24/02/2022

? The first official Pennsylvania Governor’s was purchased in 1858 and was located on South Second Street in Harrisburg.

Overlooking the Susquehanna River, the current Residence was completed in 1968 and is a neo -Georgian style, three-story, 29,000 square foot home.

For more info on the Residence, visit https://www.residence.pa.gov/The-Residence/Pages/default.aspx

Got your COVID vaccine? Great! Get your booster when it's time: ➡️ If you received Pfizer: 12+ & 5 months since initial ...
18/02/2022

Got your COVID vaccine? Great! Get your booster when it's time:
➡️ If you received Pfizer: 12+ & 5 months since initial doses
➡️ If you received Moderna: 18+ & 5 months since initial doses
➡️ If you received J&J: 18+ & 2 months since first dose
ℹ️ https://bit.ly/2ZAxVaX

On this unseasonably warm day in Central PA, we're thinking of our beautiful rose  ,.The Jane Shafer   Garden provides a...
11/02/2022

On this unseasonably warm day in Central PA, we're thinking of our beautiful rose ,.

The Jane Shafer Garden provides a colorful centerpiece to the landscape of the Governor’s Residence. Dedicated by former First Lady Jane Shafer in 1970, the garden features over 250 roses of thirteen different cultivators.

The garden was designed by Mr. James Bob of Hershey Estates and provides a spectacular show of color from mid-May through September.

For more info on The Gardens at the Residence, visit residence.pa.gov/Gardens

Is it time to get your COVID-19 booster? Everyone ages 12 years and older should get a booster shot as soon as they’re e...
03/02/2022

Is it time to get your COVID-19 booster? Everyone ages 12 years and older should get a booster shot as soon as they’re eligible. Getting your booster helps you to be better protected against COVID-19, especially severe illness, hospitalization and death.

More info at pa.gov/covid

Not yet vaccinated for  ? It's not too late. Find free vaccines near you:🔍 vaccines.gov💬 Text your ZIP code to 438829📞 C...
18/01/2022

Not yet vaccinated for ? It's not too late. Find free vaccines near you:
🔍 vaccines.gov
💬 Text your ZIP code to 438829
📞 Call 1-800-232-0233

More than 800 U.S. kids are being hospitalized daily with COVID-19.Health experts say this is because the Omicron varian...
13/01/2022

More than 800 U.S. kids are being hospitalized daily with COVID-19.

Health experts say this is because the Omicron variant is highly contagious and because fewer children are vaccinated.

Find a vaccine for anyone 5+ years old: pa.gov/get-vaccinated.The COVID-19 vaccine can keep you from getting COVID-19, and is supposed to lessen symptoms if you do contract the virus.

For more info and to schedule a vaccine, visit pa.gov/get-vaccinated.

Find COVID vaccines and booster doses near you at pa.gov/get-vaccinated. 💉💪
06/01/2022

Find COVID vaccines and booster doses near you at pa.gov/get-vaccinated. 💉💪

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