Expanding Your Horizons and Finding Historical Connections through Travel

Local author and world traveler, Sherry Knowlton, talks about how her journeys around the country and the globe have broadened her approach to both her writing and her life in general. She’ll discuss how reading about the world outside her childhood home in Southcentral Pennsylvania launched a lifelong quest to see the places, people, and […]

Living History Day with Stone House History during Carlisle Summerfair

Join us, as a part of Carlisle Summerfair, on Saturday, July 1st for Living History demonstrations by Stone House History, who will be bringing the life of a "bodger" family to life in the Vales Himes Park outside of the Historical Society Museum. Free and family friendly. Stone House History is owned and operated by […]

The Depression and the Lean Years

In this PowerPoint presentation, Robert Gerard describes his experiences as a young boy during the Great Depression and the early years of WWII. He talks about the impact on his family and the challenges facing communities in the 1930s, including schools, stores, and a social environment so different from what we experience today. (lecture geared […]

100 years of Enola Yard, 1905 thru 2005 and beyond

Did you know that in the mid-twentieth century, this was the largest freight yard in the world.  The Executive Director of the Historical Society of East Pennsboro, Jim Leonard, will share the pictorial history of the Enola Yards from its infancy to the present day. The lecture will conclude with a discussion with attendants. RSVP […]

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 […]