published: Sunday, December 09, 2012
Historical Society is active all year
The next 100 years, where will it bring us?
This has been an interesting year of learning Sebring history, not only for me as I certainly have with all the research, but there's also been many people that I've had conversations with about quite a few of the articles, and they've lived in Sebring for many moons. If you're one of the people that have found the articles, and the history of Sebring most fascinating as it is, please take a moment and consider becoming a member of the Sebring Historical Society (SHS).
Since the writing of these articles, I have been asked to join the Board of Directors for the SHS and I gladly accepted. I am not the only new board member, Terry "T" Elwood joins me and we all know "T", the great Rotary gal that works at Keiber Law, as well as Jane Hancock. Jane and I served on the Centennial Committee together, had the opportunity to get to know each other rather well, she conceives brilliant ideas and I'm excited about the possibilities that lie ahead.
Also on the board of directors you will find Gary Lamperelli (president), Wanda Whitehouse (vice president), Shirley Kitchings (treasurer), Jacquie Sebring Trevelyan (secretary), Marvin Kahn, Allen Altvater III (Centennial Committee president), Celeste Mabe, Jackie Webster and Norma Stokes. Ruth Davis and Robert Freeland have served for years and will not be on the board next year.
Being that three of the board members served on the Centennial Committee says a lot about this board.
Let's not forget to mention archivist Carole Goad. She is amazing and runs the place in her dreams.
If you already are a member, we thank you, please send your comments and suggestions our way so we can kick off 2013 with a bang. Being a Historical Society member is a worthwhile adventure. All of us are needed, including you, to take us into the next 100 years with vigor and joy. We are on the path of creating a fun and exciting Historical Society, to keep our rich history alive and growing.
As a new board member, I am asking for your feedback, for your ideas. I am asking you to take part in this; this is your Historical Society, it's your city of Sebring, it's your life and your legacy. It doesn't take much; a simple email to me will do it.
With memberships starting at just $15 per year, there's no reason not to join in and help make this a great club for all of Sebring to enjoy.
It all started when participants from a class reunion in 1962 enjoyed reminiscing so much that Floyd Schumacher invited a few friends to a party where conversation for the entire evening was centered on events and the early days of Sebring. As a result of the interest, Schumacher gathered a few friends together and a plan was developed to organize the Sebring Historical Society.
The Society was chartered Aug. 7, 1968, with Ray Graddy as president. Meanwhile, historian Allen Altvater Sr. had been collecting stories on the beginning days of Sebring. This priceless heritage was donated to Society and stored in the basement of the old Sebring Post Office. The collection remained in the basement until the new library was built in 1989.
The generosity of Woodrow Harshman's financial contribution made possible the present location. The archivist is on duty for questions that need answering and state- of-the-art equipment is available for researchers. The Society has archived thousands of documents and photographs, and hundreds of files that are readily accessible to students and researchers. These "Centennial Notebook" articles will also be in the archives come year-end.
All activities of the archives management are intended to shine light on the positive accomplishments of people in our community, to remember and honor individuals who have represent or have represented the best in community spirit, to include every person and group and lead them to realize they are "stakeholders" in this community.
The Historical Society is behind the library by the Jack Stroup Civic Center at 321 W. Center Ave. and is open to the public from 9 a.m. 'til 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The Society also published a commemorative coffee table book for our Centennial year called "The One-Hundred Years of Sebring". They're still available and make terrific holiday gifts, and only $20 with mention of this article, tax included.
A gentle reminder that today at 10:30 a.m. there's a special Sebring Centennial Church Service at First United Methodist Church, 126 Pine St. in downtown Sebring, the 'Home' church of town founder George E. Sebring, and all of the community is invited. As Sebring marks its 100th birthday, five generations of Sebring's have worshipped in and have supported this church. Following the worship service is a 'pot luck' luncheon, and you are welcomed to that as well.
If you have any centennial news, or know of someone that deserves recognition for doing something in honor of our Centennial year, please let me know. I'm available at 655-5554, by email at JenBrown@email.com, or www.facebook.com/sebringcentennial. Thanks for reading this article, and thanks to the News-Sun for the opportunity to keep everyone informed and allowing me this newspaper space. Reference this article the remaining three Sundays of the year for any and all updates.
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