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Cover of 2016 Strategic Plan

CCHS 5 Year Strategic Plan 2015-2020

On behalf of the entire CCHS family, welcome to the Cumberland County Historical Society’s home on the web! The Cumberland County Historical Society is a tremendous regional resource dating back to the 19th century. Originally founded as the Hamilton Library in 1874, CCHS continues to evolve and extend its community outreach with robust collections, exhibits, manuscripts and photographs.  The Society hosts major events, like Carlisle Journeys, a nationally significant conference dedicated to the history and impact of the Carlisle Indian School, which closed in 1918. Every September, CCHS attracts thousands of visitors to its annual McLain Celtic Festival at the Two-Mile House (c.1820). Over 100 classrooms are reached throughout the year by the Society’s education department and CCHS’ Adventures in History summer camps are always a hit with children and junior youth. The Society’s regularly published books and journals can be found at History on High the Shop or here online in our shop store. Rooted in our mission to promote Cumberland County history, our institutional vision is to strive to become a national model for demonstrating how history, story-telling, material culture and preservation promotes social well-being, service and citizen engagement with local resources. Learn more about our engagement by reading our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. Again, thanks for visiting us online and we appreciate every effort you make in preserving the unique and rich history of Cumberland County PA.


Jason Illari is the new director for the Cumberland County Histroical Society, Carlisle.

Jason D. Illari



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