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The Grace Church congregation was formed as a class meeting in 1810 when Harrisburg still had dirt roads and itinerant preachers. By 1820 they moved into their first building. The current building was opened in sections between 1873-1878, with the steeple added in 1888. In February, 1897, when the Pennsylvania Capitol building burned down, Harrisburg almost lost its status as the capital city of Pennsylvania. Some in the legislature wanted to move the government to Philadelphia. Grace Church offered their building for the legislature's official use. All religious items and furnishings were removed, replaced by desks, chairs and spittoons. They met here until sometime in 1898. 

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