Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Mount Pleasant Area Historical Society

  • Mount Pleasant, PA

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Mount Pleasant Area Historical Society is threefold: to identify, interpret, preserve and develop the heritage and cultural resources of the area; to expand the economic base and improve the quality of life of the residents and businesses by creating a network of facilities, events, educational attractions and visitor services through joint public and private investment; and provide a public forum for discussion of preservation and heritage development issues.

Main Programs

  1. Holiday Homes Tour
  2. Cemetery Walk
  3. Historic Walking Tour
  4. Arcadia Postcard Book
  5. Educational Outreach Program

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Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

ruling year

2004

Principal Officer

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Cynthia Stevenson

Keywords

Self-reported

Mount Pleasant Area Historical Society, Mount Pleasant Historical Society, Chestnut Log House, Overly Log House, The Mount Pleasant Area Historical Society

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EIN

25-1892750

 Number

6474023059

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

otical Societies & Historic Preservation (Ais)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Throughout the 2009/2010 fiscal year, the society's more prominent accomplishments include:

1.) Acquisition of and progress on the restoration of The Overly Log House  The Overly Log House was donated by the Overly family, who place the construction of the house circa 1776.  The house was relocated from Armbrust to Mount Pleasant, and is now situated adjacent to the society's Chestnut Log House.  Work continues on this second house, which upon completion, will serve as the MPAHS' office.

 

2.) Holiday Homes Tour

The society hosted our 8th annual Holiday Homes Tour in December 2009.  The tour has become a local holiday tradition and attracts over 100 visitors each year.  In addition to serving as a successful fundraiser for the society, the event promotes our local history, as well as the holiday season.

 

3.) Community Picnic

For the past 5-years, the society has assumed responsibilty for planning and carrying out a long-standing tradition, the Community Picnic.  Since Idlewild Park opened in the late 1800s, Mount Pleasant townsfolk have frequented the park.  In coordinating a sense of "community" and promoting our heritage as well as the history of the park, the society has organized this community-wide event inconjunction with our local borough and township officials.   The donations from this event help to keep the office in operation as well as offset administrative costs. 

 

Goals for Oct 2010- Sept 2011

1.  Finishing "The Overly Log House"

Completion of this project will allow the organization to meet our goal of relocating our office to be next to The Chestnut Log House.

 

2.  Archiving

One of the board's goals for this fiscal year is to focus on archiving and better preserving our collection.  A committee has been formed, and research and planning will begin fourth quarter of 2010. 

 

3.) Reprint the book "A Town that Grew at The Crossroad"

By popular demand, the society has made the decision to reprint the book "A Town that Grew at The Crossroad."  Originally published in the 1970s, this book has become a staple resource in terms of the history of Mount Pleasant.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Holiday Homes Tour

The MPAHS has been sponsoring an annual "Holiday Homes Tour" for the past 9-years.  The society solicits the participation of local residents who open their home for viewing to ticket holders.  The society targets a variety of homes, ranging in era, architectural-style, and historic significance to the town of Mount Pleasant.  The tour is well-received, with an average of 100+ tickets sold each year.  Proceeds from the event are used to help fund operational expenses such as rent, utilities, and administrative needs (paper, printing costs, postage, etc.)

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

225.00

Program 2

Cemetery Walk

A recent addition to the programs offered by the MPAHS is "The Cemetery Walk."  This event is held at The Mount Pleasant Cemetery, located on Braddock Road Avenue.  The Cemetery Walk consists of a guided tour through the cemetery during which participants learn about the history of cemeteries in the United States, the history of the Mount Pleasant cemetery, as well as encounter costumed actors who portray actual past residents of the town.  The Cemetery Walk committee researches the lives of a target group of 5-6 past residents, drafts scripts, and works with actors to obtain period-specific costumes.  The event targets a diverse audience and is intended to be both educational and entertaining.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

350.00

Program 3

Historic Walking Tour

One of the programs that the society is working to implement in 2011 is an "Historic Walking Tour" of Mount Pleasant.  In an effort to highlight the registered historic district in Mount Pleasant, the society is developing a self-guided walking tour through the area.  The tour will feature specific homes of historic significance to the town, as well as provide some insight regarding the architectural styles of the various homes and buidlings within the historic district.  The details are still being developed for this program, which may also include an emphasis on "Braddock's Trail," which cuts through the town of Mount Pleasant.  Locals and visitors alike can complete this self-guided tour at their own pace, while learning about the history that helped shape Mount Pleasant.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

1000.00

Program 4

Arcadia Postcard Book

In following many of the other local historical societies, the MPAHS is working on a project in which a collection of vintage Mount Pleasant postcards will be published in a book by Arcadia Publishing.  The postcards provide a visual history of times past, ranging from the late 1800s-mid 1900s.  Proceeds from the sale of these books will go toward funding restoration of an historic log house, "The Overly House," that the MPAHS will utilize our future headquarters.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

1000.00

Program 5

Educational Outreach Program

As part of an educational outreach program targeted at establishing a more prominent presence amongst the youth in the area, the MPAHS is seeking to partner with local schools in an effort to incorporate local history into the curriculum.  The program involves speakers from the MPAHS conducting classroom-based presentations to children of varying ages, as well as opening our Chestnut Log House for historically-related school field trips.  One important facet to this program includes the republishing of the book "A Town That Grew at the Crossroads."  Originally published in the 1970s this book provides an overview of the history of Mount Pleasant and is referenced by many as the "staple" historical resource on our town.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

3500.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Funding Needs

In evaluating our organization's most pressing needs, they are ranked as follows: 1.) funding; specifically to help complete The Overly Log House project. It is estimated that we need approximately $25,000 to finish this project, 2.) volunteers, 3.) need to better track and archive our collection of artifacts.  It is estimated that we will need between $2,000 -$3,000 to properly archive and store our collection.

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Mount Pleasant Area Historical Society

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Principal Officer

Cynthia Stevenson

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Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Phyllis Newell

Community Volunteer

Term: Jan 2012 - Dec 2012

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