Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Historical Society of Upper St. Clair

  • Upper St Clair, PA
  • www.HSUSC.org

Mission Statement

The Historical Society of Upper St. Clair (HSUSC) exists to (1) operate, restore and preserve The Gilfillan Farm, a mid-late 1800s working farm designated as a National Historical Place by the United States Department of the Interior, for general public educational, historical and cultural purposes and (2) collect, catalogue, preserve, scan and make available to the general public historical photographs and documents related to the historical development of the Upper St. Clair area and events, as well as the individuals and families involved that history. The beneficiaries of its efforts are both school children and the general public.

Main Programs

  1. Historical 1800's Working Farm
  2. Historical document collection - Pitt
  3. Upper St. Clair Community Day - Gilfillan Farm Open House
  4. Gilfillan Farm Scarecrow & Farm Art Contest
  5. Gilfillan Farm Tours & Events
Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer

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NA NA

Keywords

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Preserving an 1800s farming history in a visable and tangible way for all ages to appreciate.

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EIN

25-1832381

 Number

8541302775

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The impact is cultural, historical and educational on a personal experiencial basis, insteading of reading about it - School Tours - farm yard and farm house (interior) are conducted to show school children what it was like to live in a time with no cars, no electronics, and the emphasis on hard work and manual labor. Its amazing to see how these kids are in disbelif of how people lived 100 to 150 years ago.Upper St. Clair Community Day - the Gilfillan Farm has its annual open house for tours; farm petting zoo; sheep shearing; cow milking; horse rides; cattle feeding; farm equipment; weaving; and others activities.Livestock - to enable people of all ages to see catlle up close and even the biological life event of birthing of calves in the fields.Farming and Gardens - cultivation of large plots near the Gilfillan Park walking trail to show how various vegetables are grown and natural wildflowers of Western PA. Much of food raised is provided to local food banks.

Programs

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Program 1

Historical 1800's Working Farm

Preservation, restoration and operation of a late 1800s Western Pennsylvania working farm for educational, historical and cultural purposes.

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Population(s) Served

Budget

$150,000.00

Program 2

Historical document collection - Pitt

Collection, cataloging, preservation (books, photographs, articles, etc.) and research on families and development of the Upper St. Clair area since the 1800s. The HSUSC is participating in the Univeristy of Pittsburgh's Historic Pittsburgh Images Collection with The Department of Library Science - http://digital.library.pitt.edu/images/pittsburgh/usc.html

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Population(s) Served

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 3

Upper St. Clair Community Day - Gilfillan Farm Open House

This is an annual open house involving; tours of the 1857 Gilfillan Farm House; horse carriage ride; sheep shearing & cow milking demonstrtaion; blacksmith horse shoeing demonstration; barnyard animal petting zoo; garden tours;

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Population(s) Served

Budget

$4,500.00

Program 4

Gilfillan Farm Scarecrow & Farm Art Contest

This is a community suggestion program for recommending the annual outfitting of the two scarecrows on Rt 19 which have been a conversation piece for residents ranaging from newly weds to an Andy Warhol and Campbell Soup can. Principal focus is to get suggestions from local students to increase awareness of the farm. Annual competition with USC Graphic Arts Department to engage students in creative design of local advertisements in the USC Today magazine to promote the Gilfillan Farm Open House and USC Community Day and this increase student awraeness of this historical site.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$500.00

Program 5

Gilfillan Farm Tours & Events

In addition to the annual USC Community Day open house, the Gilfillan Farm house and grounds are available for baby & bridal showers; school and special interest groups; the site has been used for small high school class reunions; us for weddings and receptions is under development.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$400.00

Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

Funding Needs

Strategic Planning - To complete a strategic mission and organizational assessment of where the HSUSC as an organization should it be heading; how does it fit in the community; how to increase community involvement & impact. Master Plan - development of a detailed site master plan of all builidngs and contents consistent with the restoration and/or, preservation to the period and area. An assessment of all trees to assure that these are native species to Western Pennsylvania. Finances - well supported by the Margaret B. Gilfillan Charitable Trust, the IRS requires that the HSUSC also receive financial support from private, endowment and public sources. The need to meet the minimum 10% facts & circumstances IRS test with its current dependence upon indiviudal donors is problematic in difficult economic times. Additionally, activities unrelated to the farm must be funded exclusively from donations and not the trust. Fund raising to meet the cost of the Master Plan; non-farm programs and historical documentation preservation and web dissemnation of these collections will require a signifcant fund effort. Volunteer Recruitment - membership turnover and personal commitment is an on-going issue for non-profits. In the Society's case, the need for many volunteers who are physically able to participate in the operation of a working farm is unique. While there are members that have an interest in history and sharing and supporting the promotion of that cultural heritage, an age diversity of members is important to both conduct the operational and cultural activities of the Society as well as the physcially intensive activities. Communications - Maintenance of a web site; Facebook; articles in USC Today; and other media is important in sharing the mission and purpose of the Society and is a basis for raising community awareness, serving the community as an edcuational resource, and building an involved membership base.

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF UPPER ST CLAIR
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Historical Society of Upper St. Clair

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Principal Officer

NA NA

BIO

Not Applicable

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"not applicable - the HSUSC has no CEO/Executive Director"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Rachel H. Carlson

Community Volunteer

Term: Apr 1999 - Dec 2012

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