Local History Neglected

Thanks in part to new commissioner Jason Renshaw, I was able to have a sit-down with all three commissioners and talk about economic development ideas which would include tourism and storytelling.  I was amazed when none of the three could answer a question I asked them about local history.

For this one-question quiz, let’s describe local as “within 20 miles” of Kittanning.

Question:  What was the FIRST EVER military medal awarded in what would become the United States of America?

If you know, leave a comment below but DON’T give the answer, ok?

Clue #1:    The awarding of this medal occurred 20 years before the Declaration of Independence was signed.

Clue #2:  Benjamin Franklin was involved.

The internet is the happy hunting ground of the future.  Yes, you can find the answer there with a good.  For fun and maybe getting the answer, NOTHING beats asking your friends.  See how many of them are stumped, too.  Compare stories.  HAPPY HUNTING!

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Crowd-FUNDING, an option to empower our community’s entrepreneurs

I posted last year about crowd-sourcing and it either didn’t grab too many listeners or everyone went their own way and QUIETLY thought about it.  Here is something new and I’m absolutely certain we need it in Armstrong County and all the surrounding counties, too…  crowd-funding expertise which might make or break a small company starting out on a shoestring budget.

A little bit of what I know:

  1. A lady in Erie County, PA, launched a Kickstarter campaign and it reached its targeted dollar amount in only TWO HOURS!  She was assisted by a professor and several students from Mercyhurst College.
  2. IUP’s Tony Palamone said not long ago their SBDC has more demand than they can handle.
  3. An innovative shower fixture targeted $100,000 and used the headline “70% less water, better shower experience.  It raised over $3.1 MILLION!
  4. A local elementary school wanted a “maker space” where students could make things and learn job skills.  With the help of mostly sixth graders, they targeted $15,000 and raised more than $19,000 to buy the equipment they needed.

Links to my Kickstarter research:

I’d like to hold some brainstorming sessions here at the office to see if ‘collectively’ we might be able to help local entrepreneurs build local jobs.  I have quite a few ideas of my own, too!

Carl  724-822-4249
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Crowd-sourcing

Help Wanted!  Please help me convince the Kittanning Borough Council that it makes ZERO sense to pay $10,000 to do what can be done with volunteers at zero cost to the taxpayers.

The answer?  Crowd-sourcing.  The issue?  How to get all of Kittanning’s ordinances online efficiently and accurately.

This website has a limitation of ____ characters per page (i.e., any Kittanning ordinance).  It has no limit on how many users create how many documents so, if enough volunteers can be found to key in the information, what is the cost?  Zero.  If other volunteers can be recruited to proofread what the others typed, what is the cost of proofreading?  Zero.  Etc, etc.

Make sense?  If yes, leave a comment.

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Kittanning Panoramic Photo

Kittanning as seen from Applewald

This photo was taken in 1997 when I was brand-new in Kittanning.  I had a decent digital camera for its time, an Epson PC-10, now a relic up on a shelf somewhere.  Don Toy of Toy Bros Photography printed me two, maybe three copies, then asked me how I shot this picture 7 1/4″ tall x 20″ wide.  Panorama photography had not yet been invented!

I remember smiling just a little bit as I reenacted my photo shoot.  Holding my Epson camera up nearly at eye level, I said “click” while my right index finger pretended it was taking a picture, rotated about 10 degrees left, “click”, rotated again, “click”, and my last 10 degrees of rotation and click included the bridge.  There’s a bit more to it that that, you can ask me in person.

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Ford City Heritage Days

Title: Ford City Heritage Days
Location: Ford City PA
Link out: Click here
Description: The Ford City Area Heritage Days celebration provides the region with ethnic food, crafts, 5K Run/Walk, parade, fireworks, children’s rides and activities along with free entertainment coinciding with the July 4th weekend. It has become the perfect time for former residents to return home to renew old friendships as well as plan class and family reunions.
Start Date: 2011-06-30
Start Time: 18:00
End Date: 2011-07-04
End Time: 22:00

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Genealogy Committee Meeting

Title: Genealogy Committee Meeting
Location: Mildred Lankerd Thomas Genealogy Library – 300 North McKean Street, Kittanning, PA
Link out: Click here
Description: The Genealogy Committee of the Armstrong County Historical Museum and Genealogy Society will have their monthly meeting on Sunday, July 10, 2011 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM in the Mildred Lankerd Thomas Genealogy Library – 300 North McKean Street, Kittanning, PA. The Apollo Historical Society will do a Power Point Program on the Drake Log Cabin. It is believed to have been built in 1816 and the only remnant of the original permanent settlement which eventually grew into the Borough of Apollo. It is the oldest building in Apollo and one of the oldest in Armstrong County.
Start Time: 14:00
Date: 2011-07-10
End Time: 16:00

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May 21 Civil War Event

Saturday May 21, 2011, at the McCain House, 300 North McKean Street, 10 am to 4 pm.

The Armstrong County Historical Museum & Genealogy Society present:

General Ulysses S. Grant

Drawing of Union General Ulysses S. Grant
Remembering the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Ladies Tea 12:00 noon until 1 pm.

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Civil War 150th Anniversary Event

From Larry Smail via Facebook:

Greetings all those interested in the Civil War:…. please plan to attend, this Saturday, April 23rd from 10:00 to 4:00 to honor the 150th anniversary of that great war known as the CIVIL WAR. Civil War historians and reenactors will be present at the ARMSTRONG COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY. The museum is located at 300 North McKean Street in Kittanning!

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Nostalgia

Every community website should have a nostalgia discussion area and Kittanning.com is no exception.

Enjoy some of the best memories shared with Carl through email and the KDC discussion board from 1997-2011.  Feel free to add your own.

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The History of Kittanning is at KittanningOnline.com, a new website

Just in case you haven’t heard of it yet, several individuals have created KittanningOnline.com to celebrate the history of Kittanning and act as a community magnet site.  One of the new groups on the site is Market Street Nostalgia.

Co-creators Pete Harmon, Kathy Graff, and Christopher Anthony have included photos and enabled comments through a WordPress blog.  Like Kittanning.com, its value lies in attracting new content from the community.

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