CARLISLE, PA (July 15, 2009) - The Cumberland County Historical Society is privileged to announce three awards for its newest renovation History on High - The Shop at 29-33 West High Street, Carlisle.

One of the prestigious honors is the Award of Merit in Housing and Community Development from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). The other two awards are from the Carlisle Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) for exterior renovations and the two signs in front of the shop. 


History on High - The Shop offers a wide variety of merchandise to suit everyone's tastes. Highlighted are arts and crafts from Cumberland County artisans including paintings, metalwork, basketry, jewelry, food, clothing, woodcarvings, and Dickinson College related merchandise. There is a huge array of published materials regarding Cumberland County, as well as a selection of gently used collectible books. The Shop also features a large variety of reproduction photographs and other gift items relating to the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. We have a history information center where visitors may find out more regarding various local sites. Please visit us! Our hours of operation are Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The purpose of the NAHRO Award of Merit is to nationally recognize the achievements of a project and to create a resource bank of information on significant, innovative activities performed by housing and redevelopment agencies as well as community development departments. The acquisition and renovation of this property is considered a key project because of its strategic location. The goal was to create a presence for the Historical Society on High Street and to draw the Society's visitors, general public, and staff as well as students from Dickinson College to the town center, which would in turn generate more foot traffic for other retail businesses. Dickinson College provided significant planning and promotional assistance for History on High - The Shop.

Carlisle's HARB presented CCHS with two non-residential awards for exterior renovations to the building and for the two exterior signs. These awards recognize the owners or organizations in Carlisle's Historic District for their commitments to preservation. The completed work had to comply with the Historic District guidelines and exhibit significant quality and workmanship. 

The Cumberland County Historical Society is an active history center with an award winning museum, library, photo archives, educational center, historic Two Mile House, and museum shops including History on High - The Shop. 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 (717) 249-7610 or visit our website for more information and to see the virtual museum tour. A popular destination, the Cumberland County Historical Society is located at 21 North Pitt Street, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Hours are Monday 3-9 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Come and visit us, admission to the museum is free.

 The Cumberland County Historical Society and Hamilton Library Association is a nonprofit educational institution that has been preserving and sharing Cumberland County history since 1874. Created 07-01-09 med, updated 07-13-09 med