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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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Marguerite Grove Harnish

Interview of Marguerite Grove Harnish for the Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library. Harnish discusses her family including the story of her mother staying in her house as it was moved across the Holly Pike, her interest in gardening, the Two Mile House. Also discussed is her experience running the Hub, a women's dress shop, and one of her more well known customers Bessie.

John J. Heinze

Image of John J. Heinze during Interview

Interview of John J. Heinze by Susan Meehan on July 23, 2015. The interview covers the beginnings of the Allenberry Resort and Theatre and its continued evolution over the years.

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.

Faye Hodge

Faye Hodge

Interview of Faye Hodge at the Black History Festival in Carlisle, Pennsylvania for the Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library Memory Bank. Hodge discusses racism in Carlisle as well as Segregation in schools, restaurants, and churches. Additionally, the sense of community which has been lost over time with the closing of shops and the lack of activity in the downtown due to less people walking. Hodge mentions in her childhood playing softball and attending dances at a community center.

Dennis Hrzic

Image of Dennis Hrzic during Interview

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.

Chad Johnson

Chad Johnson

Interview of Chad Johnson for the Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library. Johnson discusses his work at the Carlisle Barracks and how sports connects those stationed at the base with the greater Carlisle community. Johnson also discusses how he created a local AAU Basketball team, the Carlisle Rocks, and how basketball can change lives.

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