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Friday, February 10, 2012

Cumberland County Historical Society Mini-Grant Completion!

These panels were the efforts of the Cumberland County Historical Society as part of a South Mountain Mini-Grant Project. You can view these panels in person at the Iron master's Mansion at Pine Grove State Park.

As the first portion of the three-part project, the Cumberland County Historical Society (CCHS) featured a major exhibition entitled Pine Grove: A Lasting Legacy in March 2012. The exhibition focused on the history of four distinct activities in the Pine Grove area:  the iron industrial complex at Pine Grove Furnace; Pine Grove Furnace Civilian Conservation Corps Camp #51; Pine Grove Furnace Prisoner of War Interrogation Center, and finally Camp Michaux Church Camp. 
The second part of the project entailed CCHS developing and installing a permanent historical exhibit for the Ironmaster’s Mansion, to be used onsite. 
The third part of the project will include a celebration opening of the mansion exhibit at the Pine Grove State Park including an opening picnic and educational opportunities.  Additionally, all parts of the project will be supported by the creation of a map-style “Guide to Historical Resources” of the Pine Grove area.  

This project was financed in part by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, Environmental Stewardship Fund, under the administration of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.