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Cumberland County Historical Society

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Address: 21 N Pitt St, Carlisle, PA 17013-2945
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+1 717-249-7610
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Mon 16:00 - 20:00
Tue - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Sat 10:00 - 14:00

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I have visited the Historical Society on several occasions, through the Carlisle Chamber Mixers. They have fantastic displays and events. The staff is always helpful and... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
Kristin E
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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West Virginia
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235 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm very interested in learning about the Indian School, and when I called the museum I was told they have the most info. about it. They indeed have an exhibit, but I was disappointed, because it's not very expansive. There are photographs and some artifacts, but I was hoping for far more. I didn't have time to visit the Army... More 

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I have visited the Historical Society on several occasions, through the Carlisle Chamber Mixers. They have fantastic displays and events. The staff is always helpful and passionate. I am not a big history person but I enjoyed the displays and information on my new town.

Thank Kristin E
New York City
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64 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

I stopped to check family records. The librarian was more than helpful showing me how to use the in-house search computer and volunteering several helpful resources.

Thank BittenNewYorkCity
Lander, Wyoming
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

The term "county history" evokes for some a museum-full of dusty mannequins and farmers' barbed wire collections. That's not always - or even often - true, and Cumberland County Historical Society is an example of how good these facilities can be. We came particularly to look at the exhibits and archival materials on the Carlisle Indian School, which brought Indian... More 

Thank gogara
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 30 December 2016

This is an odd place - a combination gift shop, mini-museum and tourist info hub. The gift shop portion is over-priced, but not too tacky, and the museum has a few interesting items, but where this place really excels is in the back where you can get maps showing all the local points of interest and brochures for every attraction... More 

Thank Peter C
Pickering, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 December 2016

Nice place today know American History especially in relation to Pennsylvania. Good place to know what happened here in American War for Independence.

Thank fazlemobeen
Camp Hill
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Nice space to view and study local history. I especially like their gift shop on High Street. It carries books, art, gifts, etc.

Thank Courthouse067
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

We stopped by Carlisle on our way home to Pittsburgh from Gettysburg and visited the Museum section of the History Center located on the second floor. We were thoughly impressed with the extensive displays featuring a local items ranging from the 1720's to the 1960's. The collection is fascinating and beautifully organized. I was particularly taken with the display of... More 

Thank Connie M
Dulles, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

Beautiful collections, so well organized, outstanding volunteer staff. So very glad we stopped by....do hope to do so again before too long.

Thank deavers
Eastern PA
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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Visit this place! It has great history of Jim Thorpe, the local area, the Carlisle Indian School and so much more. You will need 2 hours to see and hear most of it. The docents are EXCELLENT. They even give you directions to other places in the area.

Thank TheMoyers

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