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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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Phyllis Hershey (Women in World War II)

Photo of Phyllis Hershey during the Interview

Interview with Phyllis Hershey at her home in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania on July 30, 2002 with Jennifer Elliott as part of the Cumberland County Women During World War Two Oral History Project. Hershey discusses how students would assist the community during black outs and other civil defense drills, working at the Middletown Air Service Depot selling war bonds and collecting health insurance premiums for Blue Cross and later as a teletype operator. Hershey also talks about how German Prisonsers of War would clean the depot each night.

Dennis Hrzic

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Interview of Dennis Hrzic by Christine Musser on March 9, 2015. Hrzic discusses how he came to Silver Springs Townships, how he was inspired by a number of older residents to preserve its history including the Junkin House, and his time as Silver Springs Police Officer.

Helen Kollas

Image of Helen Kollas during Interview

Interview of Helen Kollas by Michael Collins on March 18, 2015. The interview focuses on the Hamilton Restaurant in Carlisle, Pennsylavania, Kollas' early life growing up, and the Greek Community in Carlisle.

Arlene M. Koser

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Interview of Arlene M. Koser by Pamela Still on August 5, 2015. The interview focuses on Koser's early life growing up in Mount Holly Springs, Pennsylvania including stories of Halloween pranks, working in the local pharmacy, and how her class stays in touch.

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