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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 please follow this link to sign up: https://ttsu.me/hdo Upcoming Events for 2017 May 18 – Bus Tour to Mt Tabor AME Zion Church and Cemetery, Mount Holly Springs, 10.30-1.00 Join Heart & Soul Project Director, Dr Lindsay Varner, for a tour and history of Mt Tabor Church and Cemetery. Hear about how the church’s story came to life and the wonderful work being undertaken by the Greater Carlisle community. Cost for the event is $10 and includes a bus ride to the Church from the Two Mile House. Following the talk we will go to the historic Holly Inn for lunch (not included in charge). To book please contact Lynda Mann at 717-249-7610 or email GreaterCarlisleProject@gmail.com. June 1 – June 30 – Exhibit in Bosler Library Bosler Library in Carlisle is hosting a Heart & Soul exhibit during the month of June. Stop in and see the wonderful stories Greater Carlisle has shared with the project, and learn more about what how Heart & Soul is using these stories to create change in the community. June 2 – Carlisle First Friday Block Party; 5.00-8.00, Parking Lot of Cumberland County Historical Society  On June 2, CCHS and Heart & Soul will hold its annual Block Party, in conjunction with Downtown Carlisle Association’s First Fridays. Through Greater Carlisle Heart & Soul Project we learned our community values family activities and the history of our region, so this year we’re celebrating what you love with a Living History Block Party. Come out for food, games, and activities. Meet a Revolutionary artificer, enlist in the French and Indian War, play 18th century children’s games, learn hands-on about WWI, and hear songs of the old railroad from storyteller Matthew Dodd. June 3 – Foundry Day, Boiling Springs Once again Heart & Soul will be attending Foundry Day. We will be setup outside the Appalachian Trail Conservancy near Children’s Lake. We will have children’s activities and information on our upcoming events. June 10 – FUNDRAISER at the Summer Comedy...

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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 The power of stories & how you can help In Spring 2016, Greater Carlisle Heart & Soul Project collected a story from Harriet Gumby of Mount Holly Springs. Her family’s deep roots in Mount Holly inspired the community to take action to ensure the memory of Mt Tabor AME Zion church and cemetery is not lost to the community. The church was built by Harriet’s grandfather, Elias Parker, for the African American community in the 1870’s. Parker was a former enslaved person and member of the United States Colored Troop in the Civil War. The little log cabin church he built served the African American community until 1970 when the dwindling congregation shut its doors. The story of Mt Tabor left the memories of many people in Mount Holly Springs, but it stayed with the Gumby family as it connected them to their heritage. When Harriet shared her story of growing up in Mount Holly Springs, and specifically her desire to save the memory of the little church on the mountain, the community rallied around her and this forgotten piece of Cumberland County history. Throughout 2016 volunteers came forward to offer help – Mount Holly Springs Specialty Paper donated 3-D scans of the church and cemetery; the United Way’s Day of Caring organized volunteers from Ahold to clear out the items in the church and plant shrubs in the cemetery; and members of the community offering manual and financial support towards the project. Most importantly, Harriet’s story opened up a new understanding of family ties and history to the Ward and Smith families. Having undertaken extensive search into their African American ancestors, the family believed they had gone as far as they could, but the church opened a new avenue in which they found the grave of their great-grandfather, a US Colored Troop in the 25th infantry. This is the first piece of tangible history the family has found on their ancestors and it is a piece of history they can pass on to the next generation. This is the power of storytelling. By gathering stories on what we value and fear losing communities can come together in the most unlikely ways. This is what Greater Carlisle...

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What are our Priorities?

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Priorities of the Greater Carlisle Project   The eight priority areas stem from the vision of The Greater Carlisle Project. The vision of the GCP is a future in which all residents live rich, meaningful lives supported by community assets. The priority areas can be used to narrow searches on the interactive map. For example, by clicking on “Food and Farms” below, you can see community businesses or organizations that classify themselves as relating to “Food and Farms”. Groups are able to cross-list their priority areas. Priority areas include: Community: We celebrate diverse communities that are welcoming, inclusive, just, safe and full of life. Cultural Heritage, Arts & Recreation: We value our region’s rich heritage, vibrant small towns, rural landscapes and growing arts, cultural and recreational opportunities that meet the needs of our diverse residents and visitors. Economic Development & Jobs: We create family sustaining jobs that enable a vibrant quality of life for all residents. We actively support our existing businesses and seek new opportunities for economic development. Education: We treasure the quality and diversity of our educational institutions and support their collaboration with each other and with the wider community to promote and inspire continual learning and innovation. Energy and Transportation: We embrace energy conservation, more efficient homes, buildings and vehicles, expanded transportation options and clean energy that advance environmental, social and economic sustainability goals. Food and Farms: We champion our farmers’ success as stewards of our agricultural landscape who feed our communities with healthy, nutritious local food. Green Spaces, Blue Waters, & Clear Skies: We live in a landscape that is rich in parks, green spaces, farms, hiking and biking trails, water trails and diverse wildlife. We are sustained by clean air, clean water, and resilient and healthy forests, wetlands and streams. Housing, Health, & Human Services: We support good health, human dignity and quality, affordable housing as they relate to all aspects of physical, mental and social...

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