Recurring Events

Mills of Cumberland County
March 27, 2015 – October 24, 2015
Exhibit open to the public
Cumberland County Historical Society
21 North Pitt Street, Carlisle, PA
Contact: 717.249.7610 or

Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat
45-minute Sightseeing Tour
May 25, 2015 – September 7, 2015
45-minute tour on the Susquehanna River
11 Championship Way, City Island, Harrisburg, PA 17101
Contact: 717.234.6500 or

Wildwood Park
Art in the Wild Exhibit
April 11, 2015 – October 31, 2015
Dawn till Dusk
100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110
Contact: 717.221.0292 or

Fall History Series
Life & Death in the Valley
September 14, 2015 – October 26, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Reservations Required – contact 717.249.7610
Cost: Full Series – $50 members – $75 nonmembers
Per Session – $12
Cumberland County Historical Society
21 N. Pitt Street, Carlisle, PA 17013
Weekly Topics –

  • September 14   In Which Some Bridges Are Burned and Some Are Not:  European immigrants arrived in the Valley having left the Old World and yet carrying much of it with them.  What effect did this have on the settlement of the Valley?
  • September 21   Crucible of War:  Did the worst thing that could happen break the valley community or did it make it stronger?  A world war called the French & Indian war traumatized the Valley.
  • September 28   The World Turned Upside Down:  Did 8 years of war to establish a new nation encourage conflict as a means of settling political arguments? Was Cumberland County a brawling frontier county?
  • October 5   The Civil War Revisited:  commemorating the 150th anniversary of 1865.  For 70 years afterwards the Civil War influenced national destiny, just as WWII does to the present time.  What was to be remembered and forgotten in the County?
  • October 12   Marriages Among the Clans:  So are County marriages economic, social class-ic, political, romantic, all of the above, or none of the above?  A look at key nuptials from the Civil War to the Roaring 20s.
  • October 19   The Vanishing American:  What does a Zane Grey novel (1925) and a film adaptation of it (also 1925, remade 1955) have to do with Jim Thorpe?
  • October 27  We’re Finally On Our Own:  1970 in the Valley connected the dots between the Vietnam War, civil unrest, and the so-called generation gap.  Demographics come home to roost.




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