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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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Mary Merris (Women in World War II)

Photo of Mary Merris during the Interview

Interview with Mary Merris at the Mechanicsburg Area Senior Adult Center on July 19th, 2002 with Heather Egan as a part of the Cumberland County Women During World War Two Oral History Project. Merris discusses postponing her wedding due to the outbreak of the war and the difficulty of raising small children on rations. Merris further talks about her life after her husband was drafted and life at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Tanis Monroy

Tanis Monroy

Interview of Tanis Monroy at the Black History Festival in Carlisle, Pennsylvania for the Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library Memory Bank. Monroy talks about moving to Carlisle at a young age from New York via Allentown and how he would visit the War College, write poetry, and walk around town. He discussed how he hoped for further integration between Dickinson College and the community and that students would be more open to experiencing Carlisle. He also hopes more residents will engage with the community through community service.

Marian Mundorff (Women in World War II)

Photo of Marian Mundorff during the Interview

Interview with Marian Mundorff at her home in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania on July 17, 2002 with Jen Elliott as part of the Cumberland County Women During World War Two Oral History Project. Mundorff discusses her family's efforts during the war including her own as a messenger during blackouts, making bandages at the hospital through Girl Scouts, and the scrap drives and bond sales at school.

Robert Murray

Image of Robert Murray during Interview

Interview of Bob Murray by Pamela Still on July 30, 2015. The interview focuses on Murray's interest in the history of Mount Holly Springs including his collection of photographs documenting the history of the bourough.

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.