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 info@historicalsociety.com 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.

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 a former 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.

Lincoln Cemetery in Carlisle

Cara Curtis

Topics: Genealogy, Lincoln Cemetery, Telling Difficult Stories, and 1918 Flu Pandemic

Cara has been the librarian at the Cumberland County Historical Society since August 2008. She is a 2009 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a master’s degree in Library and Information Science. She is a Cumberland County native and graduate of Cumberland Valley High School and the proud mother of daughter Harper and son Bryce.


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