The Artificial Swan, the Elephant, and the One Hundred Educated Canaries: Public Performance in Cumberland County 1800-1870

In the first decades of the nineteenth century, it was no simple matter for professional performers to get to the Cumberland Valley, and local newspaper coverage of entertainment is so sketchy that we can only guess at how often theatrical companies, musical groups, or other entertainers included Carlisle, Shippensburg, Chambersburg, and other towns on their itineraries.

Ashland Cemetery

Image of Ashland Cemetery with the Lindner monument at the center of the photo. Magnolia (tulip magnolia) trees are in bloom at the front of the photo.

Located on the York Road in the Borough of Carlisle’s east side is Ashland Cemetery. Its dedication took place October 8, 1865 with the Reverend Doctor Conway Wing giving an opening address.

Babes in the Woods

Outdoor B&W photo of a men and women standing around coffins in Westminster Cemetery near Carlisle, PA. Two coffins are visible, and a third is probably hidden behind one.

In November of 1934, the bodies of three young girls were found on South Mountain along Centerville Road (Rt. 233) in Penn Township. No readily identifiable information was available to determine who they were, and the ensuing investigation of the mystery attracted nation-wide attention.

Clyde Barr

Interview of Clyde Barr for the Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library. Barr discusses his time as the Band Director for the Carlisle High School Band as well as his involvement with the band following his departure.

Lyn Barr

Interview of Lyn Barr for the Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library. Barr discusses her involvement with the Carlisle High School Band as the wife of former director Clyde Barr. Further she recounts her time as the parent of children who were involved with the band and helping to arrange trips across the country and world for various bands.

Whitfield J. Bell, Jr.

Whitfield Jenks Bell, Jr., (3 December, 1914-2 January, 2009) was born in Newburgh, New York, and grew up in suburban Philadelphia.1 After graduating from Lower Merion High School, he enrolled in Dickinson College, graduating in the class of 1935.

Stephen Vincent Benet

Summer after summer Stephen Benet and his siblings,who were all writers, visited their maternal grandparents William and Mary (Mahon) Rose who resided in a Carlisle home located at the northwest corner of North Hanover and West Penn Streets.