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Mt. Pleasant Historical Society offers new collectible

| Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010

Looking for ways to raise funds while highlighting a pivotal part of the town's history, the Mt. Pleasant Historical Society is offering a collectible that features the recently refurbished Chestnut Log House.

A Cat's Meow wooden replica is available that is made in the likeness of the log house.

"We were brainstorming ideas for fresh merchandise that we could sell to help us support the day-to-day expenses of the historical society," said Cynthia Stevenson, society president. "The idea was discussed in November and we ordered it that month. It took about six weeks."

The Chestnut Log House Cat's Meow now joins several other Mt. Pleasant sites that were made into the wooden replicas several years ago.

Some were created as fundraising projects while others were added to the Mt. Pleasant series for those interested in collecting.

"There is the Doughboy, Veterans Park, the gazebo, Visitation and Transfiguration churches, Kraisinger's Market, Ramsay's school, Medic 10, Brown's (candy kitchen), fire department, Warden Mansion (DAR house), Candyland, Town Clock Church and maybe others that I am missing," Stevenson said, adding that the society hopes the new collectable will appeal to many. "These may appeal to Cat's Meow collectors, of which there are many, collectors of Mt. Pleasant memorabilia, those interested in Mt. Pleasant history, those who are seeking some memento of Mt. Pleasant as gifts and perhaps family members out of town."

In addition to the new Cat's Meow, the historical society offers other Mt. Pleasant-related gifts and collectibles.

"We have a great selection of crocks in three sizes that are hand-painted with 'Mount Pleasant 1828' and coffee mugs made like crocks," Stevenson said. "We have lots of postcards with historical images of town and some have been enlarged into bigger photos. We have several books, Mt. Pleasant 'monopoly' games, and chunks from the original Chestnut Log House."

All proceeds from the sale of the Cat's Meow and from the other historical society items will go to the general fund for the society.

Looking forward to the upcoming year, the society will soon meet to plan its upcoming events.

"Our goals include learning more about the history of our town and developing events that will allow others to join us in that goal. We hope to have the second log house completed this year and, therefore, have the opportunity to display more of the historical artifacts that we are acquiring," Stevenson said. "Look for a walking tour of the historical district and the continued participation of the historical society in borough events and celebrations. Anyone who is interested in joining with us is welcome. It's not necessary to be knowledgeable on local history: you can learn with the rest of us."

The Cat's Meow Chestnut Log House is available for $18 and can be purchased at the historical society offices located in the In-Town Shops. For information, call 724-546-9115.

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