Targeted Tracks: The Cumberland Valley Railroad in the Civil War

Talk by Scott Mingus. The Cumberland Valley Railroad connected Hagerstown, Maryland, to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Its location enhanced its importance during some of the Civil War’s most critical campaigns. Because of its proximity to major cities in the Eastern Theater, the CVRR was an enticing Confederate target. As invading armies jostled for position, the CVRR’s valuable […]

Railroading in the Early 1960s

Mark Irwin will show and narrate train video footage taken by photographer, Jim Bradley in the early 1960s. Let's Go railroading with noted photographer, Jim Bradley, a native of Mt Holly Springs, PA! Jim made several films of trains in the early 1960s. The subjects of his films were the Reading Railroad Iron Horse Rambles […]

The Agricultural Reform Movement and Barn Building in Cumberland County

G.B. Stuart History Workshop 29 W. High St., Carlisle, United States

Presented by Jerry Clouse The barns featured on the 2023 tour reflected the tour’s theme, The Agriculture Reform Movement and Barn Building in Cumberland County. Reform advocates of the 19th-century sought better farming methods, including crop rotation and various fertilizers to rejuvenate the soil. Their goal was for the farm to operate more efficiently with […]

Intro to Property Research

Cumberland County Historical Society 21 N. Pitt Street, Carlisle, PA, United States

Presented by Cara Curtis and Jim Griffith RSVP Here:

Reed Architectural Lecture – Down by the Station: Architecture of the Cumberland Valley Railroad

Todd Hall 21 N. Pitt St., Carlisle, PA, United States

DOWN BY THE STATION: Architecture of the Cumberland Valley Railroad by James Fouchard, President of the National Railway Historical Society, Cumberland Valley Chapter Refreshments will be served starting at 6:30PM. JAMES FOUCHARD’s lifelong interests in art, drama, history and architecture led him to pursue a career in theatrical scenic design, graduating from Ohio University summa […]

Schoeppe Murder Trial

Cumberland County Historical Society 21 N. Pitt Street, Carlisle, PA, United States

A local doctor accused of poisoning his patient to death. This murder trial would forever chance the way medical evidence would be presented in court. Learn more about this fascinating case that made national and international news during this lecture and book signing by Mark Podvia. RSVP Here:

The I Knew George Washington Series

Washington as you have never seen him before! Join series author, Jeffrey Finnegan, Sr. as he looks at George Washington through the eyes of people who interacted with him. RSVP Here:

CCHS 2023 Annual Meeting

Cumberland County Historical Society 21 N. Pitt Street, Carlisle, PA, United States

Cumberland County Historical Society Members: You are invited to this year’s Cumberland County Historical Society Annual Members Meeting and Lecture to be held on Sunday October 22nd at the Historical Society Campus in Carlisle, 21 North Pitt Street.  We ask that you do RSVP for this event, it is FREE for all CCHS members, but […]

NY State National Guard, 1863

Join us for a talk on the NY State National Guard, 1863, Gettysburg Campaign with the Executive Director of the Shippensburg Historical Center, John Miller. He will discuss several regiments during his lecture on their involvement during the Confederate invasion of PA. RSVP Here:

World War II Memories – The Book Series

Award-winning author and journalist Joseph David Cress will talk about his four-book series World War II Memories and will share some of the stories of veterans who fought Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. Books on Sale at 5:30PM; Lecture at 6PM RSVP Here:

The Railroad Strike of 1877

Virtual Program The first nationwide strike had a tremendous impact on Pennsylvania, rousing workers and communities to oppose the wage cut imposed by the Pennsylvania Railroad. The strike culminated in Pittsburgh on July 21, when 40 people were killed and 38 buildings were burned. The program will also describe Robert Ammon’s efforts to get the […]

Central Pennsylvania’s Railroads as Strategic Targets During the Civil War

Dane DiFebo will discuss how Confederate military strategists targeted specific Northern railroads and railroad infrastructure during the key campaigns and the invasions of the North during the American Civil War. By using a comparative lens, in describing the Union military’s usage of and assaults against Southern railroads, he will also address what Pennsylvania’s war on […]