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Mt. Pleasant Area Cultural Trust forms

| Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, 9:58 p.m.

The Mt. Pleasant Area Cultural Trust recently became an official local organization. The group's primary goal is to complete projects designed to promote historically significant aspects of Mt. Pleasant Borough and surrounding areas.

“There was a gap between what people would like to see happen and having a vehicle to make things happen,” said Cindy Stevenson, a borough councilwoman and member of the trust, regarding the need for such a group.

“(The trust) is a place where people can bring their ideas to the table and the group will decide what the next project will be.

“This could be a key to bringing tourism into our town.”

The group — composed of Stevenson and several other citizens and community leaders in Mt. Pleasant — began as an informal committee about a year ago.

Since then it has become an official organization focusing on several projects to better the Mt. Pleasant region.

The group recently completed its first project, the creation of a brochure and signage program which details historic Braddock Road in the Mt. Pleasant area.

The group is also exploring the possibility of creating a museum which would detail the area's glass industry history.

The trust recently opened a glass exhibit at the In-Town Shops on Main Street in the borough to help gauge interest in a museum.

“This museum is the first step. It goes hand-in-hand with the (Mt. Pleasant Area Glass & Ethnic) Festival and it goes hand-in-hand in bringing people to Mt. Pleasant,” said Mt. Pleasant Mayor Jerry Lucia. “With 17,000 vehicles a day going through town we need something to make them stop, park their cars and come in and see the museum.”

Trust member Cassandra Vivian of Mt. Pleasant agreed.

“One of the restaurant owners said that, on any given day, 70 percent of his business is from out-of-town,” Vivian said.

Other projects include additional small museums to celebrate the area's coal and coke and candy making histories.

“We can really expand of things such as the coal and coke industry,” Lucia said.

The group is also exploring the possibility of bringing creative artists to the community such as potters, jewelers, photographers.

Vivian said she and other trust members are hoping their enthusiasm for celebrating the town's history and their drive to boost tourism will influence others.

“The trust will help them get started and develop their plan,” Vivian said. “We will announce efforts for additional projects soon.”

Linda Harkcom is a freelance writer.

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