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September 12, 2013

Historical society to honor volunteer chief

NEW CASTLE — Anna Mary Mooney, Lawrence County Historical Society administrator, will be honored at the organization’s seventh annual membership and friends dinner.

The event — Sept. 21 at the Cascade Park Dance Pavilion — is open to the public and will begin with a social gathering at 6 p.m. A buffet dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. They are available at the Historical Society, 408 N. Jefferson St., which is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Tickets also are available from board members.

Mooney is retiring after five years of overseeing the organization and volunteering her time and talents to run the local history museum. Working with board members and volunteers Mooney oversaw:

•The return of monthly educational meetings

•The archiving of 20 years of accumulated artifacts as well as family, church and school records

•Restoring more than half the third floor to safely store and organize the society’s collections

•Digitizing 10,000 photographs and postcards

•Conducting three major fundraisers each year

•Adding a handicapped ramp to the center, funded by grants

•Adding new outside signs, new tables and chairs for events and recovering furnishings in the mansion

•Upgrading kitchen appliances and refreshing cabinets

The society has retired its debt through membership dues, fundraisers, an annual grant from the county, an anonymous contributor and Mooney’s efforts as a non-paid administrator.

Mooney is training her replacement, Susan Urbanek Linville, to take over as administrator. She will retain her slot as a board member and plans to stay active in the organization.

More information about the society or its annual dinner is available by calling (724) 658-4022.

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