Founded in 1983, IRP was the brainchild of several Chambersburg area residents who felt there was a need for lifelong learning. Originally IRP courses were taught by local experts. Currently, the institute  brings in  speakers from a wider area to discuss topics such as music, literature, nature, history, art, politics, the military, computers, local communities, hobbies… a true potpourri.  The membership has grown to over 300.

Each talk runs 75 minutes.  There are two each day, three days a week, over an eight-week semester.  The members come to those subjects that interest them.  The type of talk is similar to many of the Elderhostel sessions – neither elementary nor overly academic in character.  Included in the program are four one-day trips that are always very popular.

Good fellowship is a wonderful by-product of the IRP learning process.  Newcomers are warmly welcomed, and make new acquaintances while learning about the wide range of activities in which IRP members are involved.

Membership fees are $25.00 per semester for one and $40.00 per couple.