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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 locals experiences in World War II to serving local civic organizations to growing up in Carlisle, Silver Springs Township, the West Shore, or Shippensburg, the Memory Bank is a place where the collected stories of Cumberland County can be shared and engaged with to present a fuller history of the County.

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Marie Farley

Interview of Marie Farley for the Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library. Farley discusses her work as a judicial law clerk in the Cumberland County Court System including for Judge George Hoffer.

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Bobbe Fornwalt

Interview of Bobbe Fornwalt for the Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library. Fornwalt discusses her grandfather Clarence Smith the first band director of the Carlisle High School.

Helen Fulton (Women in World War II)

Photo of Helen Fulton during the Interview

Interview with Helen Fulton at the Shippensburg Historical Society in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, on July 31, 2002, with Steven Burg at part of the Cumberland County Women During World War II Oral History Project. Fulton discusses working at Shirtcraft in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania and then at the Letterkenny Army Depot as a chaufferette. Fulton also talks about the changes which took place in Shippensburg during World War II.

Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Part 2

Image of Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner during Interview

Part two of an interview of Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner conducted by Susan Meehan on September 10, 2014. The Gardners talk about their involvement with the Cumberland County Historical Society, Elizabeth's time at Boiling Springs High School including her time in the band, her time working as nurse for various doctors in Carlisle, George's experiences with Carlisle in the sixties, and other stories related to Cumberland County.

Paul E. Gill

Interview of Paul E. Gill for the Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library. Gill discusses his early life in Huntingdon County, his military service, and the changes in Shippensburg and Shippensburg State University.

George F. Ginter

Screenshot of George F. Ginter from Interview

Interview of George F. Ginter of Ginter's Mill in Newville, Pennsylvania by Susan Meehan on January 7, 2015. The interview focuses on Ginter's early life, the Ginter Mill including the milling process, and Newville.

Richard I. Gobin

Image of Richard Gobin during Interview

Interview of Richard I. Gobin by Blair Williams on August 11, 2015. The interview focuses on Gobin's early life growing up in Cumberland County as well as his studies to become a pharmacist and eventually taking over three pharmacies in Cumberland County. Gobin also recounts stories told to him about Jim Thorpe and other individuals who have made an impact on the County.