It is the mission of The Bosnians in Carlisle and Cumberland County Oral History Project to preserve the memories of the diverse Bosnian community living in Carlisle, PA., and Cumberland County. Through oral history interviews, we seek to gather and collect the memories of people and families displaced from Bosnia and their resettlement in Pennsylvania for the purposes of community engagement, understanding, and enrichment. We hope to provide future resources for scholars and students of Cumberland County’s history, and we furthermore aim to facilitate the creation of a secure space for the conservation of collective memory and identity for the Bosnian community we strive to serve.

Dickinson College students and staff, trained and supervised by Professor Karl Qualls of the Dickinson History Department, will guide the interviews, and in cooperation with the Cumberland County Historical Society, preserve these memories for future generations. We are interested in your experiences both in the United States and in Bosnia during the conflict in the 1990s.

If you have stories you would like to share about the Bosnian war and genocide and/or creating a new life in Cumberland Country, Pennsylvania, we sincerely hope that you will consider participating in our efforts. You may fill out this form. to volunteer. Please also read more about our project or contact us at  if you have any questions about the project.