Upcoming Events:


August 2017

August 19th (Lions Club Pavilion) 5 PM – 7PM – 2nd Annual Community Picnic

The Shippensburg Historical Society is excited to present the return of last years Community Picnic.  Menu will be pulled pork sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, and cole slaw.  Tickets are $5 for members and $7 non-members.

Location: Lions Club Pavilion at Memorial Park
Time:  5PM – 7PM

Member Ticket

Non-member Ticket

August 26th 8AM – 4PM – 37th Annual Corn Festival

Our doors will be open to the public.  Check out the house, take a tour, and become a member of our organization!

Location: Shippensburg History Center
Time:  8AM – 4PM

September 2017

September 9th 11AM – Locust Grove Cemetery Tour

Learn about Shippensburg’s African American history by touring this historic cemetery!  This tour is being held in part due to the Cumberland County Heritage Festival Week.

Location: Locust Grove Cemetery on North Queen St.
Time: 11AM

September 21 TBA – Fall Meeting Dinner

Our annual Fall Meeting dinner will feature a World War I theme and a speaker to speak on the era.

Location: Premier Events on East Orange Street.
Time: TBA

November 2017

November 17th TBA – Fall Harvest Dinner

Location: Shippensburg Historical Society
Time: TBA

Past Events

July 2017

July 14 6 PM – Movie NightBigTrail.jpg

Join us for fun and classic summer movie!  We will be showing The Big Trail (1930) which is John Wayne’s first major feature!  This western also features an uncredited role of well known Chambersburg-native actor, screenwriter, and director: William V. Mong.

Location: Shippensburg History Center
Time:  Doors open at 5:30. Presentation and movie start at 6.


Civil War Walking Tour (Rain Date) July 21st – 7:30

Weather did not cooperate with us back in June, but do not fear!  The Shippensburg Historical Society will be having a rain date tour for those who could not make it last month and for those who cancelled due to rain.  Admission is free.

Location: Shippensburg Historical Society
Time: 7:30

June 2017

June 23 7:30 – Civil War Walking Tour

Join us for a step back into 1863 as we  learn about the Confederate Occupation of Shippensburg from June 24 -27 1863 on the eve of the Battle of Gettysburg.  Hear stories of soldiers, families, and a community preparing for the arrival of gray-clad troops.

Location: Shippensburg History Center
Time:  7:30

May 2017

May 6 3 PM – Tour of Locust Grove Cemetery (Cancelled to inclement weather)

Location: Locust Grove Cemetery on North Queen Street
Time: 3 PM

May 13 5PM – Tour of God’s Acre Cemetery

Location: God’s Acre Cemetery behind the old Vigilant Fire House on Prince Street
Time: 5 PM

May 19 5:30 PM – Movie Night Featuring Star Wars Night #1

Join us at the History Center May 19 for a screening of Star Wars (1977). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The presentation and film begin at 6:00 p.m. Fresh-popped corn, soda, and candy concessions will be available.

Admission is Free

May 20 3 PM – Tour of Spring Hill Cemetery

Location: Spring Hill Cemetery on Morris Street.  Meet at the flagpole
Time: 3 PM

April 2017

April 29 12-4 PM –  Shippensburg Historical Society BrewFest

The Shippensburg Historical Society is proud to present its first ever BrewFest.  The event will include craft brews and spirits from local breweries and distilleries, food, and live music!  Breweries in attendance are New Belgium, Yards, Starr Hill, Flying Fish, Jack’s Hard Cider, and Faber Distillery.  With every admission, each attendee will get a pint glass with the Shippensburg Historical Society logo on it.

Location: 52 W. King Street, Shippensburg, PA
Time: 12-4 PM
Price: $25 for Event Pass, $5 for designated driver pass,  add on $5 to any admission to become a member of the Shippensburg Historical Society

March 2017

March 16 5pm- Whiskey Devils & Rum Fiends: Temperance and Prohibition in Shippensburg

Join us on March 16 at Premiere Events to learn about more about Shippensburg’s role in the Temperance Movement. Our featured speaker for the evening is Amber Noecker. Our historic themed menu consists of walnut and cranberry mixed green salad, baked ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, and dinner roll with apple pie and ice cream for dessert.
Location: Premiere Events, 429 E. Orange Street, Shippensburg, PA
Time: 5pm social hour (including our historic Mocktails!), dinner will be served at 6pm
Price: $14 per ticket

February 2017

February 17 5:30pm- Movie Night: The Maltese Falcon

Join us at the History Center February 17 for a screening of The Maltese Falcon (1941). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The presentation and film begin at 6:00 p.m. Fresh-popped corn, soda, and candy concessions will be available.

Admission is free.

January 2017

January – Meet the Director

Come by the History Center to meet our new Executive Director, Kendrick Gibbs.

December 2016

December 2nd, 5pm to 7pm- Naughty and Nice Family Christmas Readings

Join us as we get into the spirit of the season with a family-friendly collection of Christmas readings! Admission to the event is free and light snacks will be provided. Here is the schedule for our readings:

5:30pm- Twas the Night Before Christmas
6:00pm- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
6:30pm- The Nightmare Before Christmas Poem

Admission is free.

November 2016

November 18th at 5pm- Colonial Harvest Dinner

Enjoy a meal surrounded by history! From the food to the ambiance and servers, this meal will have a colonial theme.

Menu: Cream of Peanut Soup, Salad Greens with Williamsburg Inn Honey Dressing, Boneless Breast of Chicken with Mushroom Sauce, Roast Pork Tenderloin with Apple Salsa, Butternut Squash Mash, Green Beans, Corn Muffins, Apple Dumpling

Each course of the meal will be accompanied by a story related to its history in the area. Space is limited so reservations are mandatory by November 17th. Admission is $20 per person and the event will take place at the History Center, 52 West King Street, Shippensburg, PA. To make a reservation, give us a call at (717) 532-6727 or send us an email at

October 2016

October 21st, 22nd, and 28th- Haunted History!

Visit SHS in October for the dark and scary stories of Shippensburg’s history! Stories of historic murder, mystery, and mayhem during a special tour that we will be offering at the Stewart House.  Entry tickets are $3.  Dates and times are as follows:

 21st at 7pm

 22nd at 9:30pm (after the parade)

 28th at 7pm and 8:30pm 

September 2016

 September 15th, 5pm to 8pm- Our Fall Dinner

 Join us at Premier Events (429 East Orange Street) for a social hour at 5, dinner at 6, and our presentation by Joseph Cress, author of Murder and Mayhem in Cumberland County at 7. Cost is $14 per person and reservations are required by Monday, September 12th.