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Irwin seeks input for 150th anniversary project

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Aaron Loughner | for the Norwin Star
Brian Jovan, Irwin 150 History Committee member, sets up a scanning center in the Norwin Library to scan and copy items for the Irwin 150 year celebration book.
Aaron Loughner | for the Norwin Star
Hallie Chatfield, chairperson of the Irwin 150 History Committee and Brian Jovan, committee member, set up a scanning center in the Norwin Library to scan and copy items for the Irwin 150 year celebration book.

Irwin officials hope to mark the borough's sesquicentennial with a book documenting its history through photographs.

The Irwin 150 History Committee, which is planning the 2014 celebration, hopes to collect photos from local residents to document the borough's history and development, according to committee member Hallie Chatfield.

“We're working on a ‘Then and Now' theme,” Chatfield said. “We're trying to gather as many old photographs as we can so we can compare them with how things are today to illustrate how Irwin has changed.”

The committee plans to focus on Irwin's business district, churches, schools, homes, sports and places that no longer exist, such as Fort Walthour, which was near where Kohl's is now, committee member Sandy Carlson said.

Carlson, who worked on the borough's 125th anniversary book in 1989, said this year's book will complement past Irwin history books.

“Past books haven't had the pictorial aspect we're planning for this one,” she said. “We're not trying to reinvent the wheel; the past books were wonderful, and we plan to reference them and make sure people know where to find those books.”

On Saturday, the committee began accepting photo submissions for the book at the Norwin Public Library. The committee plans to make itself available at various locations on three additional Saturdays, starting this weekend and also will accept submissions via email at bhchatfield@msn.com.

Chatfield said public participation will be a big part of the book. Anyone who submits pictures for the book will be given credit for their submissions, she added.

“We're asking folks in the area to dig through their attics and photo albums, and bring whatever they can find to us,” Chatfield said. “Public participation is really going to be a big part of the book, so we're hoping to have a lot of people involved in it.”

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626, or bpedersen@tribweb.com.

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