Carlisle Fencibles

Lecture by Randy Watts. This is a story of a group of men from Cumberland County who enlisted for military service in April 1861, just weeks after the Civil War started. The program will trace their progression from Camp Wayne in West Chester to their capture at the Wilderness in May 1864. It is a […]

The Robinsons of Rokeby and Kaufman’s Station

Join Tucker Foltz (Rokeby Museum Education Programs Manager) and Matthew March (Education Director at Cumberland County Historical Society) for a discussion on two very different sites that operated as part of the Underground Railroad.

Introduction to Genealogy

This session is helpful to anyone who wants to start or refresh their genealogy skills. This introduction will be useful even if your ancestors are not from Cumberland County. Program will be led by CCHS Archives & Library Director, Cara Curtis. Members Free/Non-members $10. Non-member registration and payment. Members register below:  

The Real Boring (Mill) Story

Lecture by Randy Watts. History if fraught with incorrectly told stories that become accepted as fact. Such is the case of the Revolutionary War boring mill used to machine the barrels of cannon at Mount Holly. Its existence has been hinted at for years, and many inaccurate claims about the production of cannon in Cumberland […]

Underground Railroad Walking Tour

Matthew March, Education Curator, will lead this walking tour that will focus on the role of abolitionists and freedom seekers in Boiling Springs.   The historic village was the site of an Underground Railroad “station” operated by area resident, Daniel Kaufman. Meet in Boiling Springs at the parking lot by the Mill apartments off Bucher Hill […]

The Quartz Crystal Industry in Cumberland County, PA

Lecture by Randy Watts. Through a series of coincidences, a janitor at Dickinson College trying to make pieces for a chess game out of petrified wood, laid the groundwork for the manufacturing of quartz crystal units in Carlisle and surrounding areas. This program will tell the story of how that came to be, and how […]