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The following are stories form the Greater Carlisle Area that have been collected as part of our Heart & Soul Project. This approach, aptly named Community Heart & Soul™, connects people with what they love most about their communities and translates those personal feelings into a blueprint for future decisions. A resident-driven approach to community planning and development, Heart & Soul focuses on building participation in local decision-making and empowering people to shape the future of their own communities. Rails to Trails, Run, Ride Ramble: April 17, 2016 One race participate explains the importance of recreation his community. http://greatercarlisleproject.dickinson.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/160417_011.mp3 A spectator at the race explains the importance of community events in her community. http://greatercarlisleproject.dickinson.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/160417_009.mp3 Neighbors Helping Neighbors: April 16, 2016 Hear what one community volunteer fears losing in his community, and his thoughts on getting younger generations connected to where they live. http://greatercarlisleproject.dickinson.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/160416_009.mp3 Listen to one community member talk about what she values about Carlisle, Pennsylvania. http://greatercarlisleproject.dickinson.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/ZOOM0007.mp3 Mount Holly Springs Marsh Preserve Clean Up: April 9, 2016 Mount Holly Springs Borough Council Member, Pam Still, interviewed volunteers about living, working and playing in Mount Holly and the importance of the Marsh Preserve. http://greatercarlisleproject.dickinson.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/160409_003.mp3 Black History Festival, Carlisle: February 27, 2016...

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Events & Volunteering

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Upcoming Heart & Soul Project Events We will be collecting stories at the following events. We’re looking for volunteers to help collect stories and man the tables at these events. To Volunteer at any of these events email GreaterCarlisleProject@gmail.com Upcoming Events for 2017 August 17 – Taking it to the Streets, Hamilton Elementary School, 5.30-7.30 (volunteers needed) Join us at the United Way’s Taking it To the Streets. August 31 – Shrub planting at Mt Tabor Cemetery & clean up of church, 1.00-4.00 In October 2016, 12 shrubs were donated to the Mount Holly Community and Heart & Soul to plant in the Mt Tabor Cemetery on the United Way’s Day of Caring. Our aim is to mark the boundaries of the cemetery to ensure the unmarked graves continued to be respected. In addition we will clean up trash around the church, and pull weeds and cut the grass. If you’d like to volunteer please email GreaterCarlisleProject@gmail.com. Heritage Festival Weekend, September 1-9 (volunteers needed) Following the success of our first Heritage Day on September 10, 2016, Heart & Soul is partnering with Cumberland County Historical Society and Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau to bring the community our first annual Heritage Festival Weekend. Heart & Soul will focus on the Greater Carlisle region, and we will use these days to share and highlight areas of cultural significance provided by the community. Tours, walks, talks and activities will be included, with many of the events free of charge. For a full description of events visit Cumberland County Historical Society’s Heritage Festival website – http://heritagefest.historicalsociety.com/about/  Heritage Festival Events Schedule Thursday, Aug. 31: McLain Festival Reception Two Mile House, 6.00-8.00  $50 or $70 for two Tickets can be purchased HERE Friday, Sept. 1: Whiskey Tasting  at Cumberland County Historical Society 5.30-8.00 $10 Tickets can be purchased HERE Saturday, Sept. 2: McLain Celtic Festival, Two Mile House, 9.00-5.00 Organized by Cumberland County Historical Society Tickets can be purchased HERE Friday, Sept. 1 & Sat., Sept. 2: U.S Army and Education Center guided walking tour of the Heritage Trail Both days tours will run at 10.30 & 2.00 Please email – usarmy.carlisle.awc.mbx.ahec-ves@mail.mil – to reserve a place. Sunday, Sept. 3: First Annual Whiskey Rebellion Festival, 10.00-4.00,  Downtown Carlisle Join...

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Get Involved

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Volunteer with the Heart & Soul Project   Heart & Soul Project Director Implementing our Heart & Soul Project as Project Director is Dr. Lindsay Varner. Lindsay is a native of Carlisle who received her BA from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and her Master’s and PhD from Durham University in the UK. Contact Information: Lindsay Houpt-Varner, PhD Project Director Greater Carlisle Project, Heart & Soul 717-249-7610...

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Why Greater Carlisle?

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Why Greater Carlisle?   Greater Carlisle’s mixture of historic towns, rural and suburban townships, farms and commercial zones are home to 67,000 people. Its green spaces, hiking trails, waterways, bike routes and proximity to South and Blue Mountains make it an ideal location for outdoor activities. The area is home to the US Army War College, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Dickinson College, and the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. The Borough of Carlisle, the county seat and host to collector car events, was ranked 16th on Livability’s Top 100 Best Small Towns list in 2015, with its variety of recreational activities and high level of public participation in redevelopment efforts cited as strengths. While Greater Carlisle has many strengths, it also has areas that need improvement. A significant number of jobs were lost when three manufacturing facilities closed in recent years. A 2011 needs assessment identified public transportation, affordable housing, job opportunities, environmental problems, racial divisions and poverty as requiring attention. The Greater Carlisle Project is working to to enhance long-term social, economic and environmental sustainability by connecting and enhancing community...

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Heart & Soul

Heart & Soul

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Greater Carlisle Heart & Soul   First Community Conversation held at YWCA in Carlisle On November 9, community members came together to discuss Greater Carlisle as a welcoming community at the YWCA in Carlisle. The evening began with an icebreaker led by Dickinson College’s Vice President for Institution Effectiveness and Inclusivity, Brenda Bretz. Participants stood in a circle and were asked to step forward when a questions applied to them. Questions centered around their experiences, from whether they paid for college or ever never experienced homelessness or food insecurity. This exercise broke down preconceived barriers and helped everyone feel more comfortable with the conversations taking place that evening. For nearly an hour people discussed Greater Carlisle as a welcoming community, and came up with suggestions on how we can make our community more open. Suggestions including more collaboration with existing organizations and faith groups in the region, exploring media representation of our community, and focusing on education among young people to begin changing narratives. This conversation is the first in a series thanks to a $1,000 mini-grant from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Additional converstations will take place in the new year and focus on Greater Carlisle as a more inclusive and welcoming community.               Dedication of Mt. Tabor Church and Cemetery on the Cumberland County Historic Register Community members, former congregants and descendants of congregants gathered at Mt. Tabor AME Zion Church in Mount Holly Springs on October 23 to celebrate the church’s entry onto the Cumberland County Historic Register. Since May 2016, the Greater Carlisle Community has been working with Greater Carlisle Heart & Soul to preserve and protect the history of this unique building. The Heart & Soul Project collected a story from Mt. Holly residents Harriet and Edna Gumby, who told us of their personal ties to the church and their desires to see the cemetery maintained and the African American community’s history preserved. Founded in the 1870’s, Mt. Tabor served the African American community until the early 1970’s when lack of employment forced many to leave the area and the congregation dwindled. The church was built by Elias Parker, grandfather to Harriet and Edna. He was a United States...

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