Mountain Top Historical Society Regroups, Looks To The Future

After a three-year hiatus, the Mountain Top Historical Society has reorganized and begun looking to the future.

A group of 21 individuals gathered at Cavanaugh’s Grille on Jan. 22 to discuss such topics as where to house memorabilia, how to raise money for the group, when and where to hold future meetings, and how to highlight local history within the community. Their president is Scott Hilenski, a former member who has stepped into the leadership role.

One topic of discussion was Mountain Top’s 230th anniversary this year. Although 250 will be a bigger anniversary, group members don’t want to wait that long to celebrate. They are considering some type of anniversary event tying in with this summer’s July 4 parade.

A pressing issue is the need for a place to store Mountain Top memorabilia. In the past, individual members stored items in their homes, but the group would like to get a more public space that could be set up as a small museum, storage facility and space for group meetings. One member researched the vacant Wickiser house across from Glen Summit Springs Water Company, but there are other parties interested in the property, and a determination about the property’s future should be made within about six months. Member Eric Aigeldinger also mentioned Rice Township supervisors’ desire to build a new municipal building and said perhaps if those plans go forward, the current municipal building could house Mountain Top’s memorabilia.

In the meantime, members will research storage facilities where items could be kept temporarily. The memorabilia collection includes two windows that are being donated to the historical society from the old St. Jude church building, as well as many boxes of books, photos, newspaper articles and other items.

Members discussed outfitting a display case that could be passed to groups and businesses around the mountain to showcase some of the memorabilia. Secretary Pam Airn brought an old glass-fronted wooden display case containing a pennant, yearbooks and other items from the former Fairview High School as a prototype. Items in the case could be changed to highlight various topics or time periods.

Committees were formed to rewrite the group’s bylaws and to begin cataloging memorabilia.

Members also discussed:

Relocating the Mountain Top historical marker sign from its current location near the Internal Medicine Associates office that suffered a recent fire and placing it at the top of the mountain where the borough border lies.

Designating each month of 2019 to focus on a different area or aspect of Mountain Top, such as the various municipalities, historic churches, businesses, schools or other organizations as a means of involving people from all over the mountain.

Selling Mountain Top greeting cards, puzzles or board games as a fundraiser.

Asking Wright Township officials what became of the time capsule that was removed from the old municipal building when it was torn down, and possibly acquiring those items for display. The original Fairview High School sign might also be in existence somewhere and able to be acquired, Aigeldinger mentioned. Setting dues at $15 per year. Moving meetings to the Fairview

Township building. Meetings will remain at 7 p. m. on the fourth Monday of each month.

The next meeting is set for 7 p. m. Monday, Feb. 26, at the Fairview Township municipal building, pending township supervisors’ approval, and anyone from the greater Mountain Top area is invited to join.