Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
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February 21, 2020
The Lofts Conference Room

Present: - Romayne Naylor, President, Joseph Griffin, Vice-President, Jim Dunne, Secretary, Dave Kurtz, Melady Kehm, Julia Kasdorf, Phil Ruth, Joanne Tosti-Vasey, True Fisher

Minutes 2019-11-15 - Approved (True, Melady)

Treasurer’s Report (Dave Eggler) – No report

Committee Reports
Summer Sounds - Summer schedule completed by committee. John Mills concert was not able to be funded.

Bellefonte Sunday Afternoon Chamber Music Series at Trinity UMC, 2:30 PM - Feb. 16 - Revamped Duo - Mark and Sally Minnich, violinists - The concert was excellent and very well attended March 29 - Zephyr Trio-Diane Toulson and Cathy Herrera, flutes, Anne Sullivan, harp

Poetry (Julia, Patrick) - 7:30 p.m. Bellefonte Art Museum
Friday, March 20, Poet Robin Becker
Making the Most of Local - What does it mean for a community to know and grow out of the genius of its place? Beyond its latitude and longitude, is there anything unique about Centre County? If so, how can we use it to nurture our communities? How can we employ our regional identity to improve our lives and the lives of those around us? Samuel Dodd (architectural history) and Angela Sprunger (art and community) from Athens, Ohio , will discuss creative placemaking and employ storytelling and offer concrete examples of development of local commerce, local decision making, and relationship with a local academic institution. Participants will learn from the experience of another small, Appalachian town, and consider ways that embracing our geographic and cultural identity can benefit almost every facet of our lives. Following the presentation, a panel of local community leaders will respond and help to facilitate further conversation.

Old House Fair (Joseph) - Making the Most of Local (see above)

Historic Preservation (Jeanne Newlin) - Preseration Foundtion Fund Raiser and Awards May 7, 5-9 PM at APS. Joanne & Joe will receive an award for their porch restoration. Freight House - strip lights were purchased for the display cabinet.

 Talleyrand Park (True) - Joanne reported cantilevered bridge planned for railroad bridge which will provide handicapped access from the Train Station to the new section of the park.
Dave Kurtz described an old chest that you can sit on and a mold and the original boat made from it that will be on display.

Bellefonte Victorian Christmas (Sally) - No Report

Old Business - has finished the last article for BHCA. It was a very interesting article on the history of the two fire departments in Bellefonte.

New Business - (1) Bellefonte Arts & Crafts Fair - The fair held in August has requested a donation. After discussion we approved a donation of $200 (Joanne, Joseph). (2)Volunteer Fair at APS Saturday, March 7, 10-2. We will have a table at the Fair.

Adjourned -Gay, True
Next BHCA Meeting - March 13, 2020, 7 PM at The Lofts Conference Room.

Jim Dunne, Secretary