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CCHS 5 Year Strategic Plan 2015-2020

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

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.


Access to History

In 2015, CCHS launched its two-part Access to History Initiative highlighted in its 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, available here. Access to History Phase 1 focuses attention on constructing CCHS’ new community-oriented pocket park adjacent to the Society and making the Society campus more open and accessible to visitors through improved wayfinding and signage. Phase 2 will launch in 2020 and involves major renovations to CCHS facilities. We are extremely grateful to all those who gave, and continue to give, toward the Access to History Initiative.  Updates about our various Access to History projects are posted on the CCHS blog from time to time. Thank you to all our contributors!


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