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Crossroads of History

  • Cumberland County Historical Society 21 N Pitt St Carlisle, PA 7013 USA (map)

Jeff Wood has presented the Fall Series at the Society since 2000. He is the owner of the Whistlestop Bookshop, is past-President of the Cumberland County Historical Society and is currently President of the Bosler Memorial Library. Every year the Fall Series has retold the history of the county from its founding to the present day.

This year’s seven sessions investigate momentous events in county history and how they affected people in their workaday lives. The 150th anniversary of the Civil War looms large in everyone’s minds these days, and the series will consider it from three different perspectives. The series consists of lectures and audience discussion. It will be enhanced with power point tours of relevant county sites and objects of interest from local collections and the Historical Society’s archives.

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 – Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Todd Hall 
Act 48 approved for teachers.  Reservations required.

Costs: $50.00 per member; $75 per nonmember; $12 per session

September 17: Colonial County: An introduction to the series and county history.  How the county was settled before it existed, who settled it, and what they did when they were provoked. 

September 24: Mother Cumberland:  the early National period.  Nurturing the rest of the commonwealth, letting it go, and dealing with the empty nest syndrome.

October 1: The Civil War 1:  the invasion.  The Valley’s response to three attempted invasions during the war.

October 8: The Civil War 2:  the occupation.  When the Rebels came, what did Shippensburg do?  Carlisle?  Mechanicsburg?  Camp Hill?

October 15: The Civil War 3:  the storytelling.  So after the excitement, what happened?  Who said so?  And the storytelling goes on to the present day!

October 22: Home Fronts and Foreign Fields:  the war efforts of the 20th Century.  How and why we keep hoping the latest war will be the last war.

October 29: A 21st Century Revolution.  Self-reliance is an old radical idea that just may be making a comeback in the County.  We will consider local movements, their historical precedents, and their implications.