Programs and much more at CCHS

I came to the Cumberland County Historical Society in 2011 as the Programming Coordinator.  As the programming coordinator I am responsible for planning and implementing programs and special events for CCHS and I work with committees on fundraising activities.  My job is so much fun.  Think about it, I not only get to plan wonderful bus trips, overseas trips, programs, and events but I also get to participate in them.

The historical society is a wonderful organization with very talented and dedicated people working there.  We also have some awesome volunteers that dedicate their time in many different capacities.  Each department has volunteers that dedicate many hours in helping us to fulfill our mission to collect, preserve, interpret and promote research and education about the history of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

When I tell people that I work for the Cumberland County Historical Society their response is usually “Oh you work at a museum, isn’t that boring.”  Boring! Heck No!  We are so much more than a museum.  We have such great speakers that come and give lectures on many interesting subjects.  For example, this year at the society our rotating exhibit is the 1960s.  What fun is that!  One of our programs is a lecture on “Mid-century, Middle Class and Modern: 1960s Home Styles and Neighborhood Trends in Carlisle.”  And with the 60s theme we have a bus tour that features 1960s architecture in Cumberland County.  Our program brochure is full of fun and exciting things.  We have a Fall History Series, Genealogy Series, many different types of historic and educational walking tours, holiday events, bus trips, and this year our bi-annual Carlisle Journeys 2016 Symposium: Celebrating the American Indian Sports Legacy with Keynote speaker Mr. Billy Mills, Olympic Gold Medalist in the 10,000-meter run in Tokyo, 1964.

My experience in the past 5 years has been wonderful. Besides learning so much and having so much fun planning and creating all these wonderful events I have had the opportunity to meet some really great people, not only my co-workers but people from our community and all over the world.

Lynda Mann, Programming and Membership Coordinator

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