CARLISLE PA, (November 29, 2010) - Looking for an engaging gift idea? Join us at History on High - The Shop located at 33 West High Street in Carlisle for a book signing featuring Joseph Cress, author of Murder and Mayhem in Cumberland County. The book signing is Friday, December 3, from 5 -7 p.m.

Local author Joseph David Cress explores the dark side of history, from little known cases such as that of Sarah Clark--who became the first woman hanged in the county after she poisoned a family to dispatch a romantic rival--to high profile crimes like the shocking 1955 courtroom slaying that left one person dead and three injuried.

The Cumberland County Historical Society is an active history center with an award winning museum, library, photo archives, educational center, museum shop and historic Two Mile House. The Historical Society's mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and promote research of Cumberland County history. Anyone interested in local history is invited to become a member. Call 249-7610 or visit our web site www.historicalsociety.com for more information and to see the museum virtual tour. Cumberland County Historical Society is located at 21 North Pitt Street, in Carlisle Pennsylvania. Hours are Monday 4-8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Admission to the museum is free. History on High - The Shop's hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.