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April Minutes

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Pitcairn Historical Society

Minutes of the Meeting

April 1, 2013

 

Attendance: Louis Chandler, Carl Howard, Kurt Seibel, Eric Wallhausen and Sharon, Don Coulter, Jim Rullo, and Reenie Whitehead.

 

 

Old Business:

 

Building committee:

Kurt Seibel and Eric Wallhausen built the dividers. Louis and Carl also came and worked. Aluminum trim still needs done. Kurt will make the trim for the divider walls. The group agrees, all in favor, that if Kurt completes one and it looks right, he will finish them all.

 

The group discussed returning unused framing wood to Home Depot. Some wood is still planned for a wall for the storage area.

 

Picture hangers are on hold right now. Louis Chandler and Kurt have been discussing mounting pictures on card stock. Louis needs some supplies. He needs foam board, ink, photo paper, museum quality putty to begin to display pictures.

 

Sharon motioned that the PHS provide $75.00 amount for the purchase of the supplies to provide a sample to the group of mounted pictures. Reenie Whitehead seconded. All in favor.

 

The group decided to amend Kurt’s approval for 100 hangers to 25 hangers. He will get them next visit. Sharon motioned that with the approval of three members, the sample being approved, Louis will move forward with the display project.

 

New Business: The group agreed to change to the Third Monday of the month to accommodate a conflict for Don Coulter. The next meeting will be on May 20th.

 

Sharon suggested that we put an advertisement in the Pitcairn Patter that we will be open on Sundays in June and July from 12:30 to 3:00. We will ask the Pastors to make an announcement in June’s bulletins. He will also announce the change of our meeting time. Carl will also ask for new members. Carl will also make sure Bruce changes the meeting time on the website. Pitcairn Cable can be used as well.

 

Donations of lanterns, first aide kit, Railroad pamphlets, railroad timetable, and Sharon donated paintings by Wayne H. E. Thomas, her father, painted by him of the HUMP, Brinton and Second street at night, Penn Car at Railyard, and Eleanor Street. Kurt Seibel purchased for $5.00 a picture of a PRR engine, 5 x 8.

 

The Park Building would like us to move the floor model showcase. They would like a few pictures for the wall display. Eric and Kurt will pick it up and bring it to the PHS. Arrangements to get in need to be done.

 

The piano will be sold on Craig’s list, by Kurt Seibel.

 

Kurt Seibel motioned that the PHS purchases the video camera and wireless microphone, Ebay plus tax and warranty. Total around $550.00. Louis Chandler seconded. All in favor.

 

Don Coulter showed the group a mock up of a an 18 x 20 picture that is being done in color that we will have of the PRR.

 

Eric motioned that the group release the funds for the purchase of poster of a a picture called “Smoke and Steam”, cost $103.90 27 x 36 that would need to be mounted. Don also suggested a site, Peter Lerro, paintings for purchase of a print in color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb. 11, 2013 Minutes

Posted by Carl on February 15, 2013 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Pitcairn Historical Society

February 11, 2013

Due to weather, PHS was postponed until the second Monday. Eric Wallhausen, Kurt Seibel, and Carl Howard, begin work on the display on Feb. 4, 2013

In attendance: Don Coulter, Jim Rullo, Carl Howard, Eric and Sharon Wallhausen, Louis Chandler

Old Business:

1. Fundraisers:

A. Photo cards for gift cards or postcards

1. Minute Man Press-500 sheets w/envelopes $173.20 plus $15 per photo

2. Kinko-100 sheets makes 200 cards no envelopes $12.83 plus graphics fee

3. Office Depot-500 sheets no envelopes $48.90 plus $5.00 fee per photo

B. Keystone Specialty Catalog- list of items to sell that require an investment of money be committed.

Eric made a motion that we move forward to sell gift cards with a program around $50.00, Kurt Seibel seconded and all in favor. To be considered; we need to select pictures, purchase envelopes, package cards, select a sales price.

2. Old computer w/ monitor at the borough building was taken by Carl Howard to his son Bruce. He got an old keyboard to match. The information contained was accessed and printed. The numeric system matches the papers stuck to items at the museum. Many of the stickers have long since fallen off due to the heat at the borough building storage room. As well, the books that Sharon used to continue to system, which were left at the Borough Building, have long since been lost. The computer was donated to Forbes Trail Computer to a teacher wanting to use it for training purposes.

New Business:

1. Mock up display area reviewed by all attending members. Supplies purchased, receipt turned in to Carl Howard for reimbursement to Eric Wallhausen.

Kurt Seibel motioned purchase of all materials to complete 3 standing “T” standings and 1 free standing walls. Jim Rullo seconded and unanimously passed. Total cost shall not exceed $600.00.

 

2. New Member contact list passed out to each attending member.

3. Community Days: Jim Rullo asked the group if he may attend the Borough Building representing the Historical Society to discuss ability to sell items at our booth at the Community Day event. The group unanimously and strongly supports his statement regarding the ability of community groups such as PHS be able to take advantage of the exposure to raise the needed funds to remain viable community service providers.

4. Our schedule for Opening to the community was discussed. Louis Chandler suggested that some people who would visit the museum are not able during our current hours. He suggested Summer hours on Sundays. The group discussed a test of one Sunday per month, and decided upon June and July every Sunday as a test to see if more people took advantage of the increased access. Louis suggested a kick-off to the newly remodeled museum. Carl Howard will bring a sign-up list in March to assign all Sundays. Sharon suggested a campaign of Public awareness with the Patter and the Tattler be sent as soon as possible.

5. In Monroeville Magazine- Carl was interviewed for an article on the Museum.

6. Auction Request from Pitcairn Woman’s Club requesting a DVD, Christmas Ball, or other. Carl motioned and Sharon seconded a contribution of a DVD and Ball with all in favor.

7. Painting donated by Felton family members, subject: McGinness Presbyterian Church by Dean Felton. Laura Felton Estate, given upon her request.

8. Sharon had several DVD’s made from old video tapes and provided a copy to the group, Egan 50th, Community Days, and other. The issues of the sound difficulties were discussed. Carl took to see if Bruce could extract any better sound or if it was the camera.

Kurt Seibel will investigate better video camera equipment

Carl will seek a donation of camera equipment.

9. Clip board for signing out items from the Museum by the members is located at the front desk. Carl Howard stated that members must sign items out.

10. Locking the double doors to the museum entrance was suggested by Carl Howard since the Meals on Wheels program is located downstairs and our museum in not attended. A key would be given to Meals on Wheels for access. Eric motioned and Kurt seconded that we remove the lock from our closet at the Borough Building and move it to the Museum.

 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM.

 

 

 

July 2, 2012 Minutes

Posted by Carl on July 4, 2012 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Pitcairn Historical Society

Minutes of the Meeting

July 2, 2012

Attendance: Carl Howard, Don and Phylis Coulter, Eric and Sharon Wallhausen, Kurt Seibel and Jim Rullo

Minutes read by Sharon, some corrections made, accepted by Jim Rullo seconded by Kurt Seibel.

Old Business

Pitcairn Alumni Week

1. The Museum will be open on July 28, 2012 in conjunction with the Alumni Picnic in town from 12 – 2 PM. The Pitcairn Archives will also be open. Carl, Eric, and Sharon will commit to be present.

b. Jim Rullo asked about the backround of the Alumni Museum and why we are not combined. They are a sub-category of the museum being only interested in schools. We discussed the future and we would remain open to combining should the option occur-general opinion.

2. We have a display at the Westinghouse Museum that needs to be picked up. Eric asked about the group getting in to pick up items from the display. The group agreed to delay any new display making there until fall.

New Business:

3. Fundraisers

Musical venue, talked overnight trip with historical theme (would need to start right away), Angela Rocco to take pictures of architectural details - Jim said that the cost and the work involved often do not justify the funds raised. Reprinting of the 1994 Centennial Book (none available).

4. Community Days in September, no announcement yet. Founder’s Day next year, discussed ideas for the Founder’s Day committee to improve next year’s event on June 8th.

5. Carl noted that the bulbs are all working on the lights; we don’t know who to thank.

Sharon motioned to adjourn the meeting, Phylis seconded at 7:59 PM.

June 4, 2012 Minutes

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Pitcairn Historical Society

Minutes of the Meeting

June 4, 2012

Attendance: Carl Howard and Betty, Don Coulter Eric Wallhausen, and Sharon, and Rennie Whitehead

Minutes read by Sharon, some corrections made.

Old Business:

1. Founder’s Day: June 9, 2012:

a. Carl got $30.00 for change for our sales.

b. Electric will be available-DVD’s sold, our Book, photo frame. Carl said that anyone who buys a DVD or our book can have a copy of the 75th Anniversary book and a Christmas bulb. Eric is picking up the water on Friday.

2. The Museum will be open on July 28, 2012 in conjunction with the Alumni Picnic in town from 12 – 2 PM. The Pitcairn Archives will also be open

3. Still have storage cabinets and a podium at the borough building to bring to the PHS Museum.

4. Carl went to the Westinghouse Museum to pick up some of the items from our display. Carl needs some picture display items- petty cash. Eric suggested Harbor Freight. A request was made to change the display. This started a conversation about a need to compile the story. Don Coulter will use some of his presentation and begin to tell the story. The group talked about a man in North Pitcairn with a RR Flag on his house. He should be approached for information.

New Business:

1. Carl received a call from a Kifer family member regarding genealogical research. Also a William Marshall doing research on the Marshall store located on Center Avenue. A DVD and book were purchased. Another contact through the website resulted in a conversation about the family sending PHS copies of photos.

2. Regarding the Schwartz Family, Rennie suggested that the family contact the Election Board and ask Rollo Vecchio if he recalls the Wards. Carl contacted the borough who said the records no longer exist.

 

Betty motioned to adjourn the meeting, Sharon seconded at 7:50 PM.

Pitcairn Founders Day Festival 2012

Posted by Historical Group on June 1, 2012 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Second Annual Pitcairn Founders Day Festival June 9Th., 2012 at the Pitcairn Park building

549 Broadway Pitcairn, Pa.

8am Pancake breakfast

9am - 6pm Food, Fun, Crafts & Displays

 

May 7, 2012 Minutes

Posted by Carl on May 15, 2012 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Pitcairn Historical Society

Minutes of the Meeting

May 7, 2012

Attendance: Carl Howard and Betty, Don Coulter Eric Wallhausen and Sharon, Rennie Whitehead, and Louis Chandler

Minutes read by Eric Wallhausen Louis moved they be accepted as read, seconded Betty Lou, carried.

Old Business:

1. With regard to the displays, labels for the stations are made, laminated and Louis will place them in each section.

2. Founder’s Day: June 9, 2012: At that time we will know the schedule and can decide who will man our table throughout the day. Eric, Sharon, Don Coulter, Louis plan to come.

a. Carl worked out the details for the photo frame for our table and wrote them in the instruction book in the case to take to the event. We have a meeting before the event and can gather the pictures, display for the day.

b. DVD’s sold, our Book, photo frame. Eric mentioned having people search our website. Louis said we should make a banner to advertise it at least. Sharon said she would bring laptop and broadband if permission granted.

c. Carl said that anyone who buys a DVD or our book can have a copy of the 75th Anniversary book. He mentioned that in 9 years it will be the 125th.

3. The Museum will be open on July 28, 2012 in conjunction with the Alumni Picnic in town from 12 – 2 PM. The Pitcairn Archives will also be open. Carl will send a notice to the Alumni and it was printed in the Alumni Newsletter.

New Business:

1. Carl received a call from Tennessee regarding the Rupp family. She was doing research.

2. Rennie asked about making postcards to sell to raise money for PHS. Carl has a contact that will do that for us. Sharon said perhaps greeting cards.

3. A contact regarding the Schwartz Family. He asked if there was a borough directory and where was Ward One? Eric said this would be in the Borough records. Rennie thought it was North Pitcairn.

Sharon motioned to adjourn the meeting, Betty Lou seconded at 7:50 PM.

April 2, 2012 Minutes

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Pitcairn Historical Society

Minutes of the Meeting

April 2, 2012

Attendance: Carl Howard and Betty, Kurt Seibel and Shannon Seibel, Eric Wallhausen and Sharon, Jim Rullo and Louis Chandler.

Old Business:

1. The reading of the minutes from March. Recommended changes made to minutes to clarify the categories for our display and the floor layout.

2. With regard to the sections/divisions to display, Eric will build the two walls as discussed and designed by Remodeling committee.

IN lieu of a meeting of the work committee, during this season where our committee members are back to seasonal work, call Carl as available and come to complete shelves, walls, pew, and Marquee. Shannon suggested we get the florescent energy “corkscrew lights” to brighten the platform area. Eric will purchase the light bulbs needed to replace the burned out lights also.

3. Founder’s Day: Next Meeting April 11, 2012. At that time we will know the schedule and can decide who will man our table throughout the day.

4. Kurt Seibel motioned to accept the Old Business and Shannon seconded. All in Favor.

New Business:

1. The Museum will be open on July 28, 2012 in conjunction with the Alumni Picnic in town from 12 – 2 PM. The Pitcairn Archives will also be open. Carl will send a notice to the Alumni and it was printed in the Alumni Newsletter.

2. With regard to the fundraiser for the fall, the group agrees to postpone at this time until the upgrades are determined as well as the cost of lighting is assessed.

3. The condition of the interviews is not up to par. Kurt and Eric discussed the quality of the video and particularly the sound is inferior. Eric will bring a budget of items that the group is likely to spend in the next year.

4. Sharon asked about the files that Don Waite had on Pitcairn History. Carl will ask Cheryl Arendes, a relative.

5. Sharon gave the Club photo copies of the Men and Women Boosters for 1944, photos and names.

6. Africa Family History and photos were donated to the PHS and will be put on file in the Pamphlet file.

Shannon motioned to Adjourn, Carl seconded. Meeting Adjourned 8:10 PM

March 5, 2012 Minutes

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Pitcairn Historical Society

Minutes of the Meeting

March 5, 2012

Attendance: Carl Howard and Betty, Kurt Seibel and Shannon Seibel, Eric Wallhausen and Sharon, Don Coulter, Jim Rullo, Harry Fails, and Rennie Whitehead.

Old Business:

1. The reading of the minutes from February. Minutes approved as read, Jim Rullo motioned and Eric seconded.

2. With regard to the sections/divisions to display by category, designs were discussed for the divisions to be delineated. A motion was put forward by Carl Howard that we build two walls to set up one section of display, Shannon seconded the motion carried unanimously.

shelves were installed under windows

3. Eric motioned that we begin by completing one section, railroad was decided, Jim Rullo seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

4. Founder’s Day: The cost of $25.00 and application will be sent to Jim Rullo, Founder’s Day committee.

A. We will sell our DVD’s, Family Albums, Water (Eric will call Wilkinsburg Water Authority

B. We will set up a display of History items.

C. We will put an article in the Pitcairn Patter to say we will have DVD’s etc. at the Founder’s Day

5. The bulletin display on the wall at the Pitcairn Park Building Theme of Baseball will be postponed at this time and Parks and Rec. will put in a display which will include a flyer for our group.

New Business:

1. Dusk to Dawn light suggested. The construction committee will look into it.

2. Shannon and Kurt are seeking to locate the Tillbrook house on Johnson’s Road. Shannon reported finding what appeared to be a foundation.

3. Shannon inquired about the sockets in the wall above the conference area. Rennie said it was powered at one time.

4. Went over the information provided by Jane Porter Thomas that corresponds to the DVD. Discussed getting a copy of the directory from the Pitcairn Alumni Association.

Meeting Adjourned 8:40 PM

Feb. 6th. Minutes

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Pitcairn Historical Society

Minutes of the Meeting

February 6, 2012

Attendance: Louis Chandler, Carl Howard and Betty, Kurt Seibel and Shannon Seibel, Eric Wallhausen and Sharon, Don Coulter and Phylis, and Harry Fails.

Old Business:

1. The reading of the minutes from January. Minutes accepted as read.

2. The Pew will be kept for the use of the PHS and cut to fit under the window in the conference area.

3. The bulletin display on the wall at the Pitcairn Park Building Theme of Baseball will be done to coincide with the season. Harry Fails and Kurt Seibel will take care of this in February.

4. Clean-up of the Museum: Still need to find out from Harry about McGinnis materials.

5. Reenie donated a picture of the first flight at Johnson’s Air Field. Also a photo of the Italian Club on 8th Street which was built on the foundation of the first schoolhouse in Pitcairn.

6. Carl emailed the person interested in the 50th Anniversary Book and has not heard back. Group agreed to sell the additional book for $20.00.

7. Kodak was investigated online by Carl and there is little chance that they will be interested in buying the cameras. Carl will take pictures of them to put on Ebay. If they do not sell, we are going to dispose of them.

8.

a. Eric constructed a prototype of the shelves to be installed with the lip to hold books. Eric said they are finished and need to be stained.

b. Partitions were be set up as display areas: 4 foot partitions, five set up. Proceeding at the time to label and tag, set up arrays, organizing photos and using text to explain something related to the photos. We have areas of concentration, based on themes in our archives. Louis suggested that we need a process for determining how to proceed to make the displays.

Louis has text laid out to explain the areas. The group needs to define the areas first. He suggests that this is a 6 mos. Process at least. The group reviewed and agreed to continue discussion in March.

c. A meeting of the work committee has been set for February 20, 2012 at 9 AM at which time the boxes on the balcony sorted through, bring down the pew, hang the Marquee.

New Business:

1. Harry explained the Bell that sits in the corner. Ancient Order Knights of the Mystic Chain in Pitcairn, pg. 59 of the 50th Anniversary Book. Bell called meeting to order, still looking for the bell striker, the chain attached has no significance.

2. Founder’s Day meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 at PHS. Sharon suggested that we had good exposure. Sharon motions that we participate in Founder’s Day and Kurt seconded. The cost of $25.00 last year was offset by what we earned on historical materials.

3. Discussion regarding costs for our Pitcairn Family Album to be sold at a discount rate of $10.00 to active members. Regular cost $15.00 plus $5.00 handling if mailed. Kurt motioned and Betty seconded. Motion carried.

4. Carl suggested that we assess what is not relevant to Pitcairn history before he makes the call to the bottle collector. He plans to request a donation for the bottles on display other than those that are Pitcairn relevant. The group is in agreement in the interest in preserving space for items that are pertinent to Pitcairn History.

5. Bruce put a statement on the website about tours for groups or individuals and the group generally discussed being open Earth Day / in accordance with the town clean up day. Kurt said that the site got around 1900 hits.

6. Eric has interviews set up for this next week. He will have the questionaires ready for the interview. Kurt will be there to help set up.

The meeting adjourned 8:35 PM.

 

Jan. 16th. Minutes

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Pitcairn Historical Society

Minutes of the Meeting

16January 2012

Attendance: Louis Chandler, Carl Howard and Betty, Kurt Seibel, Eric Wallhausen and Sharon, Harry Fails, and Reenie Whitehead.

Old Business:

1. The reading of the minutes from December. Minutes accepted as read.

2. The Christmas Party was a wonderful success. The cost was $133.74. Pitcairn Patter article, Wednesday January 12, 2012 mentioned the Museum.

3. The bulletin display on the wall at the Pitcairn Park Building was addressed. Ideas about what to display were discussed including a print out of the website. Kurt said a banner with the site address will be made and put on the wall. Theme of Baseball will be done to coincide with the season. Harry Fails and Kurt Seibel will take care of this February 4th.

4. Clean-up of the Museum:

a. Initial clean up of surplus equipment removal. Carl removed excess monitors. He discussed cassette tapes of sermons from McGinnis Presbyterian Church. There is an excess of material from McGinnis that is not of historical significance to the mission of PHS. Harry will ask if any former members are interested in the material. The balcony is clean.

Note: Louis stated that we do not have a balance of material on the other churches in town. Reenie said that she had an honor roll of military persons from United Church of Christ and other materials.

Reenie will contact someone about the Kodak cameras that are at the Museum. Harry suggested a website that seeks to locate Kodak cameras and material. Carl will look into this to dispose of the cameras.

Kurt will look into the sale of the church pew on Craig’s list. He will make sure it is listed to be picked up by the buyer ($50.00). Kurt will sell any cameras we have to list as well. Carl will bring a camera to take pictures to be used to list items.

b. The display for uniforms is completed.

c. Eric constructed a prototype for the shelves to be installed. Louis suggested that the lip be made higher to hold books and Eric said the final product will be made in oak.

d. Partitions to be set up as display areas: Louis stated that he was working in the museum and realized that we have many pictures to display but limited space. The question is how to resolve this issue. Louis said we have 4 foot partitions to put up. He also thought to take away the green kiosks to make more room in the middle. He had six walls in mind because of the themes that define the photos we have in file. The project will take time and much work. Creating arrays, organizing photos and using text to explain something related to the photos. Creating areas of concentration focus usable space evolving toward a museum.

Eric suggested that a test of uniform, neat panels would be set up to display items. Kurt said that we need a plan so that the group can see the how the space would be set up. He brought a plan view for our review.

Eric made a motion that the group make a prototype wall and Betty Lou seconded it to allow the group the see a test display. The group agreed unanimously. The group continued to talk about making the display moveable so that it can serve multipurpose display and presentation.

A working committee has been formed to develop some prototypes of the display areas; Louis Chandler, Kurt Seibel, Eric Wallhausen, and Carl Howard.

e. A meeting of the work committee has been set for January 23, 2012 at 9 AM at which time the railing in the administrative area will be moved.

f. Lighting: currently a professional consult on lighting is postponed until the display space has been finalized.

New Business:

1. Carl mentioned that we have multiple copies of the 50th Anniversary Books. He inquired if the group would be interested in selling copies beyond what would display and archive. The group agrees that two should be kept. Carl has the permission of the group to sell the additional book for $20.00.

2. Elections: Current Officers: Carl Howard; President, Eric Wallhausen; Vice President, Sharon Wallhausen; secretary, Reenie Whitehead; Treasurer.

New Officers: Betty Lou Howard is nominated for Treasurer and the President, Vice President, and Secretary remain the same. Kurt Seibel made a motion that the officers named be elected to another term and Eric seconded. Motion carried.

3. Carl suggested that he make contact with a bottle collector to request a donation for the bottles on display other than those that are Pitcairn relevant. The group is in agreement in the interest in preserving space for items that are pertinent to Pitcairn History.

4. Louis suggested that Bruce put a statement on the website about tours for groups or individuals and the group generally discussed being open Earth Day / Clean up day in accordance with the town clean up day.

The meeting adjourned 8:30 PM.

 


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