The Cumberland County Historical Society will receive an Institutional Award of Merit from PA Museums at the annual Statewide Museum Conference on April 8.

CCHS is being recognized for its work with the Greater Carlisle’s Community Heart & Soul Initiative, which spurred a preservation project at the Mt. Tabor AME Zion Church and Cemetery in Mount Holly Springs.

The Heart & Soul Initiative collects stories that provide insight into what matters most to the community, including its cultural heritage, inclusivity and preservation.

“We have been honored to hear stories on what residents value,” said Lindsay Varner, community outreach director for CCHS and former project director for the Heart & Soul Initiative. “We look forward to continuing the work of Heart & Soul through outreach and educational activities.”

Since the 1980s, PA Museums has invited members to nominate projects to receive recognition. This year 12 organizations from every region of Pennsylvania will be recognized with Institutional Awards of Merit.

PA Museums is a statewide association with 350 institutional members that include museums and historical organizations of many different types and sizes.

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Email Joseph Cress at jcress@cumberlink.com.


Education/History Reporter

History and education reporter for The Sentinel.