CARLISLE, PA (September 7, 2010) - Meet Dr. Judith Ridner, author, who will be speaking in Todd Hall on Wednesday, September 15, at 7 p.m. A book signing will follow.This study of eighteenth-century Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and its Scots-Irish inhabitants reconsiders the role early American towns played in the development of the American interior. Towns were not spearheads of a progressive Euro-American civilization but volatile places functioning in the middle of a diverse and dynamic mid-Atlantic region. Dr. Ridner did much of her research at CCHS.  The scholarly work focuses on early Carlisle, its inhabitants and development on the edge of the frontier.  Dr. Ridner reveals the influential and turbulent past of Carlisle in the eighteenth century. Carlisle stood not only at a geographical crossroads, but also at the fulcrum of early American controversies.  Dr. Ridner's talk is based on her new book on eighteenth -century Carlisle.  A book signing will follow the talk.  Books will be available for sale at CCHS and the History on High Shop.

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- 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. - 5p.m.