Mont Alto Memories
The Newsletter of the Mont Alto Historical Society
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FALL 2016 NEWSLETTER
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UPCOMING SOCIETY EVENTS

  • TEN YEARS AND COUNTING
    The Mont Alto Historical Society is celebrating their 10th Anniversary.  The Society was founded in October 2006.  Beverly Spicer, Tammy Kauffman, Becky Dietrich, Vivian Wagaman and Caryolyn Poffenberger were the charter members.
    The anniversary celebration is scheduled for Thursday, October 13.  Robert Windemuth from Kittochtinny Historical Society will be presenting a talk with Power Point, The Lay of the Land: What the Settlers Found and How They Changed It.
    An Anniversary Edition of the Society Newsletter will be available at the meeting.  A sampling of Society artifacts are on exhibit in the Society display case.
    The program is free, open to the public and refreshments will be served.
    The event will be held at 7:00 PM in the Mont Alto Borough Hall, 3 N Main St. Mont Alto
  • .Society holiday banquet; Thursday, December 1, 2016
  • Society holiday chapel service; Saturday, December 3, 2016

 

 

SOCIETY DISPLAY CASE
SUMMER 2016 EXHIBIT
OLD MONT ALTO PARK

Mont Alto Park was developed by Col. George Wiestling, owner of the Mont Alto Iron Co., as a feeder for passenger traffic on the recently constructed Mont Alto Railroad.  Wiestling spared no effort in developing his park.  When the park was opened in 1875, the glories of Mont Alto Park spread far and wide into neighboring states.  The Valley of a Thousand Springs provided the perfectly lush setting for the park.  The streams, fountains, fine carousel, shooting gallery, bowling alley, dance pavilion, large restaurant, comfort station, rustic bridges, benches, gazebos and picnic tables were the main attractions.  The Ramble, a long winding pathway, leading to the Narrows rock outcropping, plus the crowning glory, Oak Knob Observatory, rising 640 feet above the park providing a fine view of the Mont Alto Valley.

The Park drew as many as 8000 visitors on summer weekends.  The Mont Alto Citizens Band along with bands from surrounding towns providing music for dancing and listening.
Following Co. Wiestling’s death, the park was sold to the State in 1901.  Over the years there was neglect and decline in use of the park.  From time to time there were efforts to revive the park with a swimming pool, jukebox and concession stand but efforts all failed to last for any leangth of time.
Enjoy the exhibit showing the “good old days” of MONT ALTO PARK

RED WARE POTTERY PLATES ARE AVAILABLE FOR SALE
THROUGH THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

PRICE NOW IS $20.00 EACH
TO PURCHASE ONE PLEASE

CONTACT AN OFFICER OF HISTORICAL SOCIETY

CURRENTLY FOR SALE

PLEASE CONTACT A HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEMBER.
2013 CALENDARS AVAILABLE AT THE BOROUGH OFFICE IN OCTOBER.

GIFT SHOWCASE

MAHS T-Shirt  Large Only remaining

$5

MAHS Golf Shirt (two left)

$10

Wooden Keepsake, MA State Park Pavilion

$5

Wooden Keepsake, Otterbein U.M. Church

$10

Red ware Pottery Plate

$15

Mira Lloyd Dock (1853-1945) Book

$3

MAHS Christmas Ornaments, (2009 & 2010 & 2012)

$5

MAHS Calendars (2008 – 2011 & 2013) 2015 for $10.00

$2

1883 Mont Alto Park Posters

$0.50

Mont Alto Sampler Book, written by Becky Dietrich

$5

Society Photo Christmas Cards

$10

MONT ALTO HISTORICAL SOCIETY
MEETING DATES
7:00 PM
Borough Office

Mont Alto Historical Society was founded in October 2006. It started with five members. At the present time it has approximately 20 members and friends of the Society. The meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Mont Alto Borough Office, 3 N Main Street. Membership fees are listed below.

Some meetings include guest speakers on matters of historical interest in the area. When we don’t have guest speakers, the meeting begins with a brief business session, followed by an open session of sharing of historical artifacts and stories. Current members receive meeting reminder post cards in the mail. Meetings are also announced in the local newspapers and on the bulletin board outside the Borough Hall.

Thursday, Jan 14, 2016, 7:00 pm at the Mont Alto Borough Hall; Election of MAHS officers for 2016

President – Carolyn Poffenberger
Vice President – Beverly Spicer
Secretary – Berry Kline
Treasurer – Barbara Geer

In addition to the above officers, the following are members of the Board of Directors for 2016:

Barbara Rotz
Tally Stymiest
 Frank Kocek
Officers are elected in January each year. New members and friends are always welcome.

JANUARY 14, 2016 JULY No meeting
FEBRUARY 11, 2016 AUGUST No meeting
MARCH 10, 2016 SEPTEMBER 08, 2016
APRIL 14, 2016 OCTOBER 13, 2016
MAY 12, 2016 NOVEMBER 10, 2016
JUNE 09, 2016 DECEMBER 08, 2016

NEW MEMBERS ARE WELCOME

 MEMBERSHIPS ARE AT THE FOLLOWING AMOUNTS

Make check Payable to:

Mont Alto Historical Society
Attn: Treasurer
P O Box 615
Mont Alto, PA  17237-0615

FAMILY’S

$25

INDIVIDUAL

$10

JR. MEMBER

$5
(UP TO AGE 18)

COLLEGE Student

$1o
(With ID)

PATRON

$50

CONTRIBUTION or BUSINESS

$100

LIFE

$250