Cambria Historical Society: Tales from Town

Society wants help so it can keep on making history accessible

Special to The CambrianJanuary 3, 2013 

“I would have joined in if only I had known, if only you had asked.” We’ve heard that many times, so here we are making our hopes and wishes known to you.

The board of directors and members of the Cambria Historical Society wish to thank our major benefactor and “Angels” who made it possible to “burn the mortgage” which was still remaining on the Cambreia Historical Museum as of October 2011. Christmas 2012 was indeed a merry one as the last check arrived for the One Hundred Angels Fund. That makes it possible for us to move on to accomplish our other goals.

We are enlisting new folks to serve on our board, as well as committee members for short- and long-term projects who can report to the board without needing to attend all our meetings.
Thankfully, Roger Robinson will continue to volunteer his specialized talents as he retires from the board. Alan Doctor has been phasing in to replace him as treasurer. We need a confidential membership coordinator, who could even work at home following a plan already in place.

We need assistance entering data, photos and documents in the Wilfred Lyons Archives, and help assembling material to display as we rotate exhibits in the museum. We also need people to research and write grant applications to facilitate our many projects. For more on how you can help, call President Jack Breglio at 927-1557.

Our gardeners need willing hands assisting Michael Rice to maintain and establish new projects to enhance our outstanding Heirloom Gardens. Call Mike at 927-3310 for more information.

Our dedicated and gracious docents would like more volunteers to join them as we meet and greet the increasing number of guests who have discovered our jewel, which has always been the centerpiece of the historical east village of Cambria. This year we accommodated several large groups who requested tours inside and outside, beyond our regular hours. Call Penny Church at 927-1442 for details.

We want to be more of a presence in the historic district, as we contact the local business to join us for our mutual benefit. Plans are also being finalized to arrange for plaques on historic buildings from early-day Cambria. Docents will receive specialized training to become even more knowledgeable about the area, with the potential of self-guided tours in the future. Call Dennis Rightmer at 924-1427 about that.

Besides the ever-popular Scarecrow and Harvest Festival in October, we have re-established our Heritage Day in May. On Memorial Day weekend we plan to reinstate even more displays and demonstrations about crafts and activities from “the good old days.” Please let us know if you have or know someone who has a special skill such as quilting, blacksmithing, maypoles, etc. and would be willing to participate. All ideas are appreciated! Call Vice-president John Ehlers at 927-3065 about participating in Heritage Day

Annual Recognitions Dinner

It’s time for our annual Recognitions Dinner, so please save the date. By popular request, we will meet at the Cambria Pines Lodge for a banquet at Cambria Pines Lodge on Sunday, Feb. 24. That’s a change from prior years, when we dined on Saturday. The menu features prime rib, salmon filet or vegetarian ravioli medley.

Noted historian and author Victoria Kastner will be our featured speaker, and we look forward to celebrating with our old and new friends. Call Consuelo Macedo at 927-3159 for information, and watch for reservation invitations coming soon in the mail and on our website.

Let’s make it a happy and successful New Year 2013 for one and all!

Tales from Town is special to The Cambrian. The Cambria Historical Museum at Burton Drive and Center Streets is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays. The Heirloom Gardens are open for public enjoyment every day. For more, call 927-2891 or go to briahistorical Consuelo Macedo is a Cambria Historical Society board member.

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