Society members reorganize for 2022 | Local


The 12-member Broad Top Area Coal Miners Historical Society Inc. recently held its annual reorganization session, at which board members and officers were elected for 2022. The session ended. held in the Township of Wood municipal building.

The following board members and officers were retained for another year: Ron Morgan, Robertsdale, president; Kirby Lockard, Robertsdale, vice president; Patti Larson, Coles Valley, the new secretary of the company; Alan Hess, Dudley, Treasurer; and Paul Wright, Newburg; Larry Williams, Saxton; Larry Angelo, Dudley; Mary Gates, Dudley; William Martin, cooks; Gary Kuklo Sr., Riddlesburg; Adam Watson, Broad Top City; and Gerald Wright, Wells Tannery.

Carolyn Carroll, Ft. Piper (Hopewell Township, Bedford County) and Dennis Fields, Dudley, Research Co-Librarians; Margaret Duvall, Robertsdale, part-time tour guide; Community State Bank (Saxton), custodian; and Huntingdon lawyer Larry Newton, lawyer.

The company’s board of directors will hold monthly meetings at 1 p.m. on the last Sunday of the month at the Reality Theater, Robertsdale. Special meetings will be called as required by the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Special recognition was given to Mary Gates who served as secretary of the board for many years. Gates will remain active at the Coal Miners Museum and the Board of Trustees, but felt it was time to step down as secretary.

Patti Larson has been chosen as the new secretary, who is active with the Watson Black American Legion Post and its auxiliaries. Larson, new to Broad Top, said she looked forward to getting involved in preserving the region’s unique history and heritage.

Board members discussed at length the progress being made in the transition from the former Robertsdale United Methodist Church to the reality theater.

The company, owner of both structures, has occupied the church building from 2007 until today. The building is again used for religious services by the Church of the Reality of God which previously rented the theater.

The task of moving the contents of the museum continues to be a challenge but should be completed in a few weeks. Once the move is complete, preparation for new presentations and / or updates will begin in the theater. A provisional date of Saturday, May 7, 2022 has been set for the opening of the museum.

Looking ahead to the New Year, the company will continue to support several heritage-related activities in the region, including the phased restoration of the East Broad Top Railroad, the Friends of the East Broad Top preservation activities, the development of the H&BT Rail Trail in Broad Top Township and the former Shoups Run branch of the railroad, Broad Top Area Heritage Partnership, Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable and other historic projects, activities and groups in Huntingdon, Bedford counties and Fulton.

While the company is extremely busy with the museum’s relocation project, board members will also address several other elements related to the history of the Broad Top, including the Robertsdale Italian / Sicilian cemetery and planning for the Columbus weekend. Day, Coal Miner Heritage Days and Robertsdale Community Days.

Company officials reiterated its need for new and reinstated members as well as donations to help fund its relocation project. Contact (814) 907-1788 for more details.


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