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CTHS Members: Save the Date for Aug. 13 Camp Colt Walking Tour

Camp Colt NPSMembers of the Cumberland Township Historical Society are invited to join retired National Park Service employee Paul M. Shevchuk on a tour of Camp Colt, which began operations in 1918 as the home of the U.S. Army’s newly organized Tank Corps under the command of Capt. Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Historical photographs from 1917 and 1918 will be used to offer a “then and now” perspective of the Camp’s facilities and appearance.

The tour will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 13, and will last 90 minutes. The rain date is August 20.

CTHS members who wish to attend should meet in the grassy field at the corner of Johns Avenue and Long Lane. Please dress accordingly and bring water and insect repellent. Parking for the event is along the west side of John’s Avenue behind General Pickett’s Buffet.

If your Cumberland Township Historical Society membership has lapsed, this is a great opportunity to renew, take part in special Society programming, and help support the CTHS mission! Click here for a membership application and renew today. If you have questions about your membership, please email us.

(Photo courtesy of https://www.nps.gov/articles/the-armys-first-tank-school-camp-colt-at-gettysburg.htm)


Welcome to the Cumberland Township Historical Society!

Whether you live in Cumberland Township in Adams County, Pa., or are a nonresident interested in the history of this community, we welcome you to our website. Click here to learn more.

We also invite you to browse through the website, join us for our quarterly public meetings (listed at right and held at the Church of the Brethren, 1710 Biglerville Road, Gettysburg), and sign up for our email list to receive our quarterly newsletters and meeting notices.


CTHS Featured on Community Media’s ‘Open House’

CTHS Board Chairman Cyril Ackerman recently visited Community Media of South Central PA, where he was featured on CM’s “Open House” segment. Click below to watch Cyril’s engaging overview of the Cumberland Township Historical Society.


Catch Our Monthly Column in the Gettysburg Times

Turn to the Gettysburg Times on the fourth Tuesday of every month to learn more about the history of Cumberland Township. That’s when a CTHS member or guest columnist shares their knowledge about some aspect of the township’s rich past. Click here to see recent columns. Subscribers to the Times can also read recent columns online at www.gettysburgtimes.com under the “Columns” tab.


A Community Born from the Manor of Maske

Image courtesy of www.waymarking.com.

Source: www.waymarking.com

Cumberland Township lies within the Manor of Maske, one of many such parcels of land in Pennsylvania that was reserved for the family of William Penn and not to be used for common settlement. Jim Flook, park ranger with the Gettysburg National Military Park, recently wrote about the Manor of Maske in the GNMP blog. To learn more, click here and then scroll down to the entry for Aug. 2, 2013.


Commemorative Items for Sale

Need a special gift? Look for the CTHS commemorative items available for purchase at the next Society meeting or contact Tom Clowney, 717-334-5406, for more details and pricing on:

  • a cozy throw depicting Sachs Covered Bridge
  • pens, letter openers, magnets, and ornaments made with wood from a tree that witnessed President Lincoln on his way to Soldiers National Cemetery