Portage Area Historical Society
2002 version of the Summerfest Ball is entitled “America the
Beautiful” and will have a red, white and blue theme to honor the memory
of the Americans lost in the 9-11 tragedy.
The theme of the Ball is also intended to show thanks to all the
men and women in the military services protecting our country in foreign
P.A.H.S. invites you to come to the Ball to salute our great country.
The Ball will be held on August 9, 2002 from 9 p.m. to 12 midnight
at the Portage Area Elementary Gymnasium.
The price per ticket is $15.00 which includes the dance and
refreshments. This year’s
guests will dance to the music of the Tommy Phillips Orchestra.
may be purchased from any board member or at the Station Museum on Wed,
Sat or Sun. afternoon. Phone
messages to order tickets may be left at the Museum, phone (814) 736-9223. Tickets are also available from Barb Prostejovsky - phone
(814)736-9281 - or by mail at her address, 155 Circle Drive, Portage, PA
To provide an advance look at the decorations, there will be an open house at the Portage Area Elementary Gym on Aug. 8th, 2002, starting at 8:00 p.m. Admission is free although donations are accepted towards the upkeep of the Museum. Dancers will be available to demonstrate various dances during the open house. If you’re a bit rusty or have two left feet, the dancers will be willing to help you out so you can have more fun dancing at the Summerfest Ball.
year when the Keystone Grant work was being done on the museum a
representative of the department of Labor and Industry “dropped in”
and, after looking around, informed us that we were not in compliance with
their fire regulations. We
received a list of requirements that must be met in order for us to remain
open as a museum.
first thing we needed to do was to have an architect examine the Building
and submit drawings to the D.L.I., then when they were approved the work
could be done. That first
step was completed and some of the work has been finished, such as putting
a firewall between the museum and the Stager storage building which
big expense in this undertaking is the fire escape. We have an approximate estimate of $4500 to build a 6x6 foot
observation deck and steps, using treated lumber. With donations and some fund raising we have $536.06 toward
our goal. We want to thank
those of you who have so generously donated toward this project, and to
say that if any of you care to help with other donations, they will be
very much appreciated.
Jerry Zolten gave a talk entitled “We Were What We Laughed At: Stand-Up
Comedy, Ethnic Image and Changing Social Values” at the Station Museum
in Portage on April 7, 2002. Dr.
Zolten is a former stand-up comedian and presently works as an Assistant
Professor of Speech, Communications, and American Studies at Penn State
Altoona. Dr. Zolten is also
an active writer and performer.
talk discussed comedy as a mirror held up to society. Dr. Zolten used rare audio and video clips of the best comedy
routines of the century to explore American culture and how it has changed
over time. The audience was
treated to comedy by such artists as Bert Williams, Miller and Lyes, Amos
‘n” Andy, Abbott & Costello, Andy Griffith, Brooks & Reiner,
Bob Newhart, Moms Mabley, Lenny Bruce, Dick Gregory, and Bill Cosby.
Dr. Zolten stayed after the presentation to discuss various topics
with the people present.
Dr. Zolten’s presentation was a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC). The PHC provides speakers free of charge to eligible organizations. The Historical Society is interested in inviting other speakers to talk. Some of the topics of the speakers are Books and Writers, Cinema, the Civil War, Ethnic Heritage, Family Stories and Personal Journeys, Folk and Traditional Arts, Heroes and Heroines, Land, Labor and Industry, Native Americans, Special Places, Times to Remember, and Women’s’ lives. Complete information can be found at the PHC web site at: http://www.pahumanities,org/speakers.
year’s sixth Great Portage Yard Sale was held May 18th,
2002 and included 70 sites, - Yard Sale Heaven to people
addicted to these sales.
Hundreds of people come to the sales, out-of-towners
and our own citizens. We
were able to use the Portage Station Museum as our
headquarters this year, which brought some people into the
museum who had never been there before. We’re hoping they
all return, and bring friends.
We’ll do our best to welcome them and to make their
J. & Lea E. Derrick
Sr. & Wanda McKrush
Sherman, Sr. & Ruth Moyer
welcome two new friends to our list of volunteers.
They are Ardith Maul and Arlene McDonnell.
Portage area Historical Society along with the Portage Area
School District want the district’s children to know that
they have this community’s support in all of their school
year the Portage Area School District will begin a yearlong
“Portage Area Mustang Education Celebration”.
This celebration will encourage the children to excel
in all of their school programs.
It will also spotlight many of the district’s
people and accomplishments.
billboard displaying support for the “Portage Area
Mustang Education Celebration” will be placed on the
Portage Freight Station on Main Street in Portage.
It is everyone’s hope that our children realize how
much this community cares about them.
The Portage Area Historical Society’s encouragement
of the students will be evident in a visual way through this
billboard. The Historical Society’s website will also be
linked to the Portage Area School District’s website, www.portageareasd.org
group of PAHS seniors has completed scanning three decades
of yearbooks onto computer CD-ROMs, which are now on sale.
scanning was undertaken by Nadine Pinos and Sheena Trachko
as part of their senior projects. Over many hours beginning
last September, they have created digital copies of
approximately 30 yearbooks and some school newspapers as
the pair were senior classmates Hollie Shaffer and Jodi
women have done an outstanding job,” said advisor Jay
doubt that few if any other seniors have put in so many
hours as part of their senior projects”.
CD-ROM’s, which can be used on any modem computer,
are available for the following years:
senior portraits on one disk
All 1940’s except 1945 and 1948
All 1940’s except 1946 and 1948
school newspapers from 1990-2000
senior editions of the newspaper from the 1980’s (except
cost of a disk is $3 per year.
They can be ordered by contacting the high school
library at 814-736-9636 ext. 154 during school hours.
the summer and during the next school year, the library will
be transferring yearbooks from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s
onto CD-ROM. The
school will announce when each decade is completed.
school is seeking loans of the following yearbooks (or
year-end edition of the school newspaper) to complete the
1940s: 1945 and 1948 borough; and 1946 township.
Also, the library would like to borrow any yearbooks
before the 1940s.
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Portage Area Historical Society
Box 45 Portage, PA 15946
The Portage Station Museum
400 Lee Street Portage, PA 15946
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