We welcome you to explore, discover and experience all that the Cumberland County Historical Society has to offer. From our award-winning Museum to our Educational Programs, from our Library of county records and genealogical materials to our Photo Archives, and our Programs which include gallery talks, lectures, teacher in-services, walking tours and family-oriented programs, there is truly something for everyone at this Premier History Center!
The Cumberland County Historical Society, founded in 1874, is dedicated to collect, preserve, interpret and promote the rich history of Cumberland County. CCHS also maintains an Award-Winning Museum Shop and the Two Mile House in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In addition, CCHS collaborates with the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau in maintaining and staffing the county Visitors Center located within the Shop.
With over 37,000 visitors annually, over 1,500 members, and 220 active volunteers, CCHS is a destination in and of itself!
Visitors to the museum get a glimpse of life in Cumberland County and its changes throughout the years. Our award-winning galleries, containing over 3,000 square feet of exhibit space, were redesigned and reopened in 2005. From the story of the early Native Americans to the creation of the turnpike, changes in the landscape and industries of Cumberland County are shown through historic artifacts. The military gallery represents county experience in American military history, from Molly Pitcher to Black Hawk Down. The work of talented local artisans is represented in furniture, quilts, pottery, paintings, and more. Particularly noteworthy are the Schimmel and Mountz woodcarvings, as well as materials from the Carlisle Indian Industrial School (nationally significant as the first boarding school for Native Americans). Our free museum is open during regular CCHS hours. Labels allow for a self-guided visit, but a volunteer docent is always on duty to guide individuals or answer questions. Group tours are also available. In addition to our permanent museum, special exhibits are regularly changed in the Kramer and Miller galleries.