The Society opens the year after a successful conclusion to 2023. New board members now take there seats and begin the task of guiding the museum and library towards its goals for 2024 and beyond. The fundraising committee kickstarts their work for the year with no delay, and the museum committee begins the installation of new exhibits. The Society enters the new year fueled by the dedication and hard work of our volunteers, as well as support from members like you.
The Christmas Open House was a pleasant evening filled with song and cheer. The 46th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Brass Band played wonderfully and provided excellent information on their craft. Hazel Johnston and Debbie McCormick closed out the evening on the piano in the Clark House. Thank you to all who helped to bake cookies and to Herb Gleditsch for providing all of the ingredients for the punch. Special thanks to Donna Meyer for coming through in a pinch to help clean the Clark House prior to the open house and for donating a nice 7-foot tree to complete decorations in the great room.
Fundraising will kick off the year with the photo contest, with the submissions live on the Society's website beginning in January. The winners in each category will be featured in the calendar for the following year. The Society had a tremendous response last year and looks to grow the contest. It is amazing to see some of the views that can be found right here in Indiana County. You can still purchase the 2024 calendar while supplies last.
This month, three new members join the ranks of the Society board: Don Lancaster, Mary Ann Wagner, and Eric Witmer. Each new member brings a fresh perspective and various skills to the board. Be sure to see future blog posts to meet each of them. Don Becker has concluded his term on the board and will not be renewing. The Society wishes him the best in his future pursuits traveling with his wife.
January will be a busy month, as the board has scheduled a few extra meetings to start the year concerning the vision and strategic plan of the Society. The goals outlined at this meeting will give further direction to the Society for the future. Keep an eye out on the Society's calendar for the many fundraisers, programs, and exhibits planned for 2024 and join the Society as it explores and preserves the County's rich history.