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Dear Friends in History,

As members of the Historical Society of Somerset County, we are all aware of the importance of preserving the history of our region.  I can assure you that our Board and Staff are committed to offering the very best programming and events that will assist in this preservation.  I hope that you had the opportunity to join us for a workshop, class, program or event in 2023.   I am proud to share that this year the Somerset Historical Center was listed by the Pittsburgh Business Times as being one of the Top 25 Museums and Cultural Attractions in Western Pennsylvania, based on our admissions.  

Our members, our volunteers, the staff and the Board of Directors all recognize that history provides us with not only a way to remember the past but to also learn from both the accomplishments, and struggles, of our predecessors.  History helps us to understand the importance of change and yet reminds us to value the invention and dedication of those that were here long before us.  

At a recent meeting I attended about the United States Semiquincentennial, I was also reminded that while it is important that we look back to celebrate anniversaries, we also should be mindful of the history in the making that we all are participating in.  Each of us has the ability to make a difference.   I have been privileged to work with and meet several local individuals that have been so generous in contributing to both the perseveration of the past and the making of current history.  A common denominator I have found in these individuals is that they both care and appreciate Somerset County as a unique and wonderful place to have grown up in, own a business in, work in, or to raise a family in.  As the holidays approach us, I am again compelled to ask that you consider donating to our mission to preserve history through expanding our collections, educational programs and our genealogical archives.  By doing so, you too are helping to both make and preserve the history of Somerset County.  Even the smallest donation is appreciated and makes a difference.

Please also remember that the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County is a designated 501(c)(3) organization and your gift is eligible as a tax-deductible donation.  On behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank you in advance for your sustaining gift and I wish you and yours a very happy and healthy holiday season.


Lisa M. Bittner, President


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The Historical & Genealogical Society of Somerset County has been designated a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization by the Internal Revenue Service and is eligible for tax deductible donations. A copy of the official registration and financial information for the Society may be obtained from the PA Department of Revenue by calling toll free within Pennsylvania 1(800)732-0999.