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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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Donald E. Owens Sr.

Donald E. Owens Sr.

This transcript includes portions of the tape that relate to the migration of African-American families to Cumberland County or the Underground Railroad. Donald Owens stated that he heard many of these stories from his grandmother, who raised him. Other portions of the tape contain his memories of events in the 1930s, visits to his uncle’s farm where he helped with butchering, going to school, and jobs that he had. 

Harry G. Pace

Interview of Harry G. Pace by Michael Snyder for the Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library. Pace discusses his early life in North Carolina, his Naval service during World War II, and his experience as a firefighter in the Empire Hook and Ladder Company in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Gerald Rhoads

Image of Gerald Rhoads during Interview

Interview of George Rhoads by Susan Meehan on January 14, 2014. Rhoads discusses his life in Cumberland County and his involvement in the International Order of Oddfellows and the building located on High Street in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Newton C. Robbins

Screenshot from Newton C. Robbin's Interview

Interview of Newton C. Robbins of Carlisle by Michael Collins on June 17, 2015. The interview focuses on Robbins early life, World War II experience, work in the State Police, aviation, and founding the Carlisle Crimestoppers.

Timothy Scott

Tim Scott

Interview of Timothy Scott at the Black History Festival in Carlisle, Pennsylvania for the Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library Memory Bank. Scott discusses how he came to Carlisle as a child to be closer to his mother's family and how close knit the community was at that time. Scott mentions hanging around arcades and the greater level of retail stores and less restaurants. Scott mentions the run of championship basketball teams at Carlisle High School in the 1980s.