Camp Curtin Memorial - Mitchell United Methodist Church Capital Campaign

$It's Fund Raising Time!$
    Camp Curtin has had a bevy of fund raising ventures in our immediate community for over a century of our exsistence. We are soliciting all of you to help us restore and preserve our nationally recognized historical church in the Uptown section of our fair city.
    Since our church was founded by Rev. T. S. Wilcox, this church has had a fundraising drive. The first fundraiser was in 1890 to procure the land where the church presently stands. The first church was completed several months after the lots were purchased. Then they had a fundraiser in 1894. This new congregation then lost their church to fire. This devatating fire consumed the church and all of its contents. This congregation set out to build a new church. The church was built on the same site in 1895. The church was renamed Curtin Heights Methodist Episcopal church. The new building was designed by Sidney R. Badgley a well-respected church architect from Cleveland, Ohio with Harrisburg architect Thomas Hamilton as the superintending architect. 
    Camp Curtin Heights Methodist Episcopal Church wanted to recognize their highly respected Civil War Veterans who had experienced the enlistment and regiment of Camp Curtin. This membership decided to launch a full-scale fundraising drive to build even a larger sanctuary for the express purpose of dedicating it not only as a House of Worship, but it would be to remember the most important enlistment camp of the Civil War. Those endorsing the drive were Pennsylvania United States Senators Boise Penrose and P.C. Knox, Pennsylvnia Adjunct General Thomas J. Stewart, and Harrisburg mayor Ezra Meals. There were several Federal judges, a Congressman named Marlin Olmstead, and a former Pennsylvania Governor named James A. Beaver who also served as a Colonel in the 148th - Regiment of PA Volunteers. Later he becme a Brigadier General during the Civil War. Moreover, it was not until 1915 that this congregation engaged in a more rigorus fundraising effort by bringing in a professional. His name was H.B. Patterson of Cleveland, Ohio. A fundraising headquarters was established and teams with captains were created to canvas the city of Harrisburg for funds. We recognize the Civil War heritage of this site, and it being one of the principal reasons for building this memorial church to those who served. The church's charter was changed just prior to the fund raising effort in 1914. The church was renamed the Camp Curtin Memorial Methodist Epsicopal Church. Sufficient funds were raised to make a down payment on a new building. The church's cornerstone was laid in October of 1915, and the church was completed just over a year later in November of 1916.
 What are we planning to do for our present Fundraising Campaign?  (2013-2020) 
Project(s): Capitol Campaign Kick-Off
               Camp Curtin Memorial-Mitchell United Methodist Church
               (24 Karat Yellow-Gold 3-D Memorial-Ornament)
                Church Committee's Fundraising
               - Finance
               - Gospel Choir
               - Ushers
 What are we calling our Fundraising Campaign?
    Our Capital Campaign is the largest effort for raising monies to preserve and restore this beautiful edifice that is located on a nationally recognized historical site in the capitol of this great state of Pennsylvania.
    How can Pennsylvania's residents support our efforts to keep this building preserved?
    How can Our sister State's residents aid our campaign fundraising efforts?  
If you would like to donate to our Capital Campaign, we would greatly appreciate your support of our efforts to preserve and restore our church to serve the greater Harrisburg community...
    Please contact the Church Office at 717-233-0335.