Dr. Leslie Folmer Clinton (VP for External and Community Relations) and Dr. Allen Dietrich-Ward (Associate Professor of History) are chairing a campus-wide CVRT Coordinating Committee. In addition to thinking “big thoughts” about future uses for the trail, the group will form action-oriented working groups to handle pragmatic issues that are bound to arise with a jointly-managed amenity as well as the practical matters associated with integrating the trail into academic and student service activities.
Cumberland Valley Rails-to-Trails Council (CVRTC) is an all-volunteer, non-profit, charitable corporation that is working to develop the 11-mile Cumberland Valley Trail, from Shippensburg to Newville, PA. Learn more about the trail and upcoming events on the CVRTC website. Or contact Dr. Allen Dieterich-Ward to learn how you can get involved on campus!
In October 2017, a 1956 Penn Central boxcar was moved just outside downtown Shippensburg at the CVRT’s Fort Street Trailhead. This location, known as “Shippensburg Station” serves as a the Cumberland Valley Railroad Museum and is open year-round for self-guided tours. Click here to watch the boxcar move from start to finish!
Allen Dieterich-Ward, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of History and Philosophy
B.A. from College of Wooster
M.A. from University of Michigan
Ph.D. from University of Michigan
I am a specialist in environmental, economic and urban history currently involved in community revitalization efforts in Shippensburg and throughout Pennsylvania. My book, Beyond Rust: Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the Fate of Industrial America, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2016 and won the Arline Custer Memorial Award from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference. I am past president of the Pennsylvania Historical Association and serve on the boards of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and Pennsylvania Conservation Heritage Committee among others.