First Ladies: More Than a Dress

Since 1912, tourists have flocked to the Smithsonian to see the gowns of our First Ladies. By the 1960s, moved to larger quarters in what eventually became the National Museum of American History, the First Ladies exhibit included White House china and personal accessories, although the gowns remained the centerpiece of interest. But over time […]

19th Century Black Fashion History Through Photographs

The culture of fashion in the nineteenth century represents a completely different world when compared with today’s attitudes towards dress and individuality. Within this context, photos of African Americans from the invention of the daguerreotype in 1839 through the end of World War I present fascinating opportunities to study African Americans’ self-fashioning. When the sitters’ […]

New Findings About the History of the Carlisle Indian School

After a decade of locating, scanning, describing and sharing thousands of pages of Indian School records, what do we know now that we didn’t know before. Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center Co-Director Jim Gerencser and Indian School researcher Kate Theimer will share what we've learned and explain how the new knowledge fits into our old […]

Tracks Through Time in Cumberland County

This program sets the stage for our upcoming exhibit on the railroads of Cumberland County Pennsylvania from 1831 to the present.  It will provide an overview of when each section of railroad was built in the county, why it was constructed and its status up to the present time.  The talk will focus on the […]

CVRR Railtrail: Its History in the Development of the Cumberland Valley and its Re-Creation as a Railtrail Treasure

Cumberland Valley Railroad/Railtrail: Its History in the Development of the Cumberland Valley and its Re-Creation as a Railtrail Treasure Come to hear how the Cumberland Valley Railroad developed the area, how it was abandoned when no longer useful as a rail transport, how it was reclaimed as a local recreational treasure and a lineal pollinator […]

Iron Horse Rambles Talk

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

Professional photographer and life-long railfan Jim Bradley documented 19 of the Reading Company's “Iron Horse Rambles” in the early 1960s.  Jim Bradley's photos of the Iron Horse Rambles, now available in a CCHS publication, will be presented by CCHS Photo Archives volunteer, George Johnson. RSVP Here:

Playing in the Past: History and Digital Gaming

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

Worldwide, over three billion people play video games. Some of the best-known digital products have been history-based experiences. How do they affect our perceptions of the past? Can we use games as a way to create new conversations about historical events? John Heckman, the tattooed historian, addresses these questions. RSVP Here:

Ross Braught: Man of Imagination

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

Ross Eugene Braught (1898-1983), once considered one of the premier artists of mid-twentieth century America, fell into  relative obscurity upon his death. Recent exhibitions of his works and the publication of the book, Ross Eugene Braught: Man of Imagination, has created a renewed interest in his art placing him in the spotlight again. Braught spent […]

World War II Memories: The Book Series

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

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. Copies of his books will be on sale in Todd Hall starting at 5:30. Lecture will begin at 6. RSVP Here:

Life on the Rails: the Story of a CVRR Engineer

This presentation by Kevin Talhelm is based on the article "James Talhelm 1840-1921: The Story of An Engineer," which was published in the 2020 Cumberland County Historical Society Journal. This presentation is filled with short stories of train accidents and near misses experienced by James throughout his career. RSVP Here:

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 […]