Catharine MacCaffray discusses her experience as a volunteer nurse's aid for the American Red Cross in various hostitals in Carlisle. MacCaffray further talks about working at C. H. Masland's, seeing German POWs, and rationing. She also reflects on the opportunities and experiences that she had during World War Two and after. Read Story...
Image: Dam on Mountain Creek by Jim Bradley
An initiative of the Cumberland County Historical Society the Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library seeks to fulfill the Society's mission of collecting, engaging, and sharing the stories of Cumberland County.
Women in World War II
Esther Tritt describes her work at the Middletown Air Service Depot during World War II as a production control worker responsible for locating parts for damaged airplanes that were being repaired at Middletown as well as other experiences during WWII including her marriage to husband Wayne Tritt. Hear Story...
Conrad Reep, his wife Catharine (Lizman) and their two young daughters emigrated from Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany in 1848. Reep’s brother-in-law, John Lizman, also from Hess-Darmstadt, had... Read More...
The Cumberland County Historical Encyclopedia is a growing publication on the history of the Cumberland County. Covering a wide range of topics and the entire Cumberland County geographic region, the Encyclopedia seeks, to be an initial entry point to those interested in the County's history. Entries seek to provide a list of resources available as well as showcasing some of the Cumberland County Historical Society's own collections.
The Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library is an initiative of the Cumberland County Historical Society (CCHS). The Gardner Digital Library seeks to further the Society's goal of collecting, preserving, interpreting, and advance the rich history of Cumberland County through the promotion of its history and stories.
Cumberland County has been the home of thousands of individuals and organizations. Each has contributed to its history in ways both small and large. The Gardner Digital Library collects these stories in the Memory Bank. From Oral Histories of local experiences in World War II to serving in local civic organizations to growing up in Carlisle, Silver Springs, the West Shore, or Shippensburg, the Memory Bank is a place where the collected stories of Cumberland County can be shared and engaged with presenting a fuller history of the County.
The Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library relies on the contributions of volunteers to expand the topics covered in the Cumberland County Historical Encyclopedia and the stories in the Memory Bank. Their are many ways you can contribute to increasing access to the history of Cumberland County including writing/editing encyclopedia entries, sharing your memories in the memory bank, or helping others share their memories.