About the Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library

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. At the present the site is composed of both a digital encyclopedia and memory bank.

The Gardner Digital Encyclopedia examines the entire history of the Cumberland County from 19th century artisans and merchants to the histories of boroughs and townships that make it up its current borders. Entries’ provide a list of resources available as well as showcasing some of the Cumberland County Historical Society's own collections in addition to making connections to other entries and the stories that make up the Memory Bank. The Gardner Digital Memory Bank houses the stories of the individuals and organizations who have contributed to the history of Cumberland County in ways both small and large. From oral histories of locals’ experiences in World War II, serving in local civic organizations, to growing up in Greater Carlisle, the West Shore, or Shippensburg, the Memory Bank is a place where the collected stories of Cumberland County provide a fuller history of the County.

Since the inception of the Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library we have been fortunate to be assisted by a number of volunteers and contributors listed here. Learn more about how you can contribute to the Cumberland County Encyclopedia or the many Stories which also weave together to create the County's history.

About the Cumberland County Historical Society

The Cumberland County Historical Society (CCHS) has been the official historical society of Cumberland County since 1987. From an award-winning Museum to our Educational Programs, from our Library of county records and genealogical materials to our Photo Archives, and our Programs which include gallery talks, lectures, teacher in-services, walking tours and family-oriented programs, there is truly something for everyone at this Premier History Center! The Cumberland County Historical Society, founded in 1874, is dedicated to collect, preserve, interpret and promote the rich history of Cumberland County. CCHS also maintains an Award-Winning Museum Shop and the Two Mile House in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In addition, CCHS collaborates with the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau in maintaining and staffing the county Visitors Center located within the Shop.

Other CCHS Initiatives

Carlisle Journeys is a biennial conference about the Carlisle Indian Industrial School (1879-1918). The next conference will be held October 7-9, 2016 with a focus on "Celebrating the American Indian Sports Legacy." The first conference held in October 2014 examined how the Carlisle Industrial School influenced the Entertainment World due to the Carlisle Indian School students who made their way into films, shows, and theaters. The influence and banning of the Wild West Shows was another area explored in the conference as well as presentations from contemporary entertainers who shared their own experiences, including the influence of the Carlisle and other boarding schools, on their craft. More information on Carlisle Journeys is avaliable here.