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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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Rachel Seitz

Interview of Rachel Seitz for the Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library in partnership with the Greater Carlisle Heart and Soul Project. Seitz discusses growing up in West Pennsboro and spending time in Carlisle.

John Sheaffer

Image of John Sheaffer during Interview

Interview of John Sheaffer of the Union Fire Company by Randy Watts on March 25, 2015. The interview focuses on the Union Fire Company and Cumberland Fire Company both in Carlisle, Pennsylvania as well as fire fighting in general.

Nhan Ai Simms

Image of Nhan Ai Simms during Interview

Interview of Nhan Ai Simms by Amanda Gautier and Megan Osborn on November 1, 2015 for the Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library. The interview focuses on the Simms family and experiences in Carlisle and Cumberland County after Vietnam.

Dorothy M. Slothower

Interview of Dorothy M.Slothower for the Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library Memory Bank. Slothower discusses growing up in Cumberland County and the former Carlisle Indian School student Jacob Jackson who worked and lived on her family's farm.

Marian Soutner (Women in World War II)

Interview with Marian Soutner at her home in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, on July 9, 2002, with Heather Egan as a part of the Cumberland County Women During World War Two Oral History Project. Soutner discusses her involvement with United Service Organization (USO) as well as her families daily efforts during the war including canning, rationing, and growing food.