The Cumberland County Historical Staff and Volunteers are available for talks, presentations, and tours on a wide range of topics related to the history of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania and the Society’s collections. Below are some of our more requested speakers. If you are interested in another aspect of History or would be interested having a CCHS staff member speak on Museum/Archival policy or procedure email or a specific staff member. Speaking fees are $50 for an event (up to two hours including Q&A) or $65 per hour depending on the speaker.


Barbara Landis

Topics: Carlisle Indian School

Barbara Landis has been helping provide the names of the students of the Carlisle Indian School to the Nations for over 20 years. One of the foremost experts on the Carlisle Indian School Barbara can discuss a wide range of topics from a virtual tour of the school, to the outing system, and school life.


Matthew March

Topics:History of Carlisle, Early American Medicine, French and Indian War, Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands, Underground Railroad, Boiling Springs, and Early Settlers

Matthew March is CCHS’ Education Curator. Matthew has been sharing the history of Cumberland County with audiences of all ages for over 10 years. From interactive presentations on Early American Medicine to a tour of Downtown Carlisle, Matthew’s wide breadth of knowledge will engage audiences of all types.


David Smith

Topics: History of Camp Michaux, the Babes in the Woods story, Historic Preservation in Cumberland County

David Smith is the current President of the CCHS Board and former Archives and Library Manager. David has spent many years researching Pine Grove Furnace as well as the Babes in Woods Story. He also oversees the County Register of Historic Places program.


Mt. Tabor AME Zion ChurchLindsay Varner

Topics: Current Community Projects in Greater Carlisle, Preservation, Community Rngagement, British history, and Quakerism.

Description: Lindsay Varner is the Project Director for Greater Carlisle Project’s Heart & Soul Initiative which uses storytelling to learn what matters most in our community and take action to ensure what matters now is preserved in the future. Projects currently taking place in the community include, the preservation of Mt Tabor AME Zion Church & Cemetery, Heritage Days, and conversations on inclusion in the community. Lindsay also holds a PhD in Early Modern British History. She is happy to speak on current community projects in Greater Carlisle, preservation, community engagement, British history, and Quakerism.

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