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Carlisle Parks Project Outline

Welcome to the Carlisle Parks history exhibit! Built by the students in History 211—American Landscapes, this site explores the history of eight parks in the Borough of Carlisle: Biddle Mission Park, Butcher Tot LotHeberlig-Palmer Park, LeTort Park, Lindner ParkMemorial Park, Shaffer Park, and Thornwald Park. For each park, we have attempted to capture: the history of its founding; the evolution of its plans; the controversies, challenges, and debates that have ensued regarding its shape and uses; the historical context for its development; and the plans and hopes for the future. Visit our interactive map to see where each park is in town, or go directly to each park site to explore the materials we have collected. See the photographs, the plans, the newspaper articles, and read the timelines, narratives, and interviews. Enjoy your visit!

We would like to offer special thanks to the following individuals who made this site possible:

Christine Bombaro, Associate Director Information Literacy & Research Services, Waldner-Spahr Library, Dickinson College

Ryan Burke, Web Development Specialist, Dickinson College

Andrea Crouse, Director, Parks and Recreation, Borough of Carlisle

Cara Curtis, Archives & Library Manager, Cumberland County Historical Society