CARLISLE, PA (April 4, 2011) - A large collection of photographs, archival materials, and artifacts, dating from the 1940s to the present, was recently donated to the Cumberland County Historical Society by the Carlisle Tire & Wheel Company. The collection represents a major employer in Cumberland County and reflects the lives of several generations of people who were employed there.  The company felt that the Society would be an ideal home for the materials where they would be cared for and available to the Company and the general public for generations to come.

At the Society, a Carlisle Tire & Wheel Collection has been established.  Items are being identified, organized, researched, numbered and housed in acid-free materials. Individual photos and archival materials will be entered into PastPerfect, a computer program that is used by patrons to find specific items.  After entry is completed, the collection will be organized, searchable and available to the community as well as the many individuals and families who were part of the Carlisle operation.  The Society is very pleased to house this significant collection.  The Tire & Wheel story is a very important part of the history of Cumberland County.

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 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 to 8 pm, Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm and Saturday 10 am to 2 pm.  Admission to the museum is free.