Sunday, November 13, 2016
An Interview with the President of the Dunbar Historical Society
Fayette/Westmoreland Forgotten History is proud to present an entertaining and informative question and answer session with the President of the Dunbar Historical Society, GUY ROSE. By all accounts this man is quite a popular gentleman and deeply interested in their regional history.
Representing the Fayette County town named after Colonel Dunbar of French and Indian War fame once known as Frogtown and Dunbar City. The Society was founded in the year 1995. It's mission statement is to provide "an avenue to discuss, discover, collect and preserve any material that will establish and illustrate the history of Dunbar", and goes on to say, "to ensure that present and future generations can share in and understand their rich heritage." A quality outlook from the start.
Mr. Rose has been the President of the Society for approximately three years. I had a few problems with different versions of Word, sorry for that. On that issue, Guy and his wife Pat, were seemed very understanding. Surprisingly, my brother Scott knew him from their days working at the Anchor Cap factory in South Connellsville, (something I had no awareness of when contemplating this written interview).
Now remember, the History Contest from the last posting will end on this Friday, so hurry up and get those important submissions in soon!
The Winner along with the Answers will be provided in the next post. Good Luck!
Interview with the Dunbar Historical Society President:
First, I was pleased to receive a phone call from Mr. Rose. I had the opportunity to converse with him and the chance in getting to know him personally while discussing various integral concerns.
I really appreciate you personally taking the time to help us learn the underpinnings of your opinions, ideas and experiences with the Society you head in a region that contains so much fascinating history! WELCOME!
What primary impetus originally drove you to this deep interest in Dunbar?
I was born in Dunbar, lived there in my youth and wanted to return to my roots.
How do you and your fellow officers find time for your every day pursuits while investing so much time and energy into the various duties of the Dunbar Historical Society which include the Community Fest?
We make time when there is a need.
Here's a two parter: First, Any thoughts about how the Society keeps the price of membership so reasonable? Second, what is the most meaningful aspect of the reconstructed coke oven?
We use our members to promote and grow the Society and the oven is the center of Dunbar...a part of Dunbar.
Are there any associations with surrounding historical societies, and do you feel your Society is particularly close knit?
Connellsville, we share information.
Would you name a few of the Dunbar sites or items that uniquely interest or intrigue you the most; perhaps the largest seated torso glass sculpture in the world, donated and returned to Dunbar by Donald Trump, the Sheepskin Trail, the clean up of the local Dunbar Creek, or maybe the unique collection of many photo albums and museum quality artifacts, or something else completely?
Seated torso starting in Dunbar and its long journey back home.
What all is involved in the approach and research aspects to the Society's Newsletter?
Using Facebook to keep every(body) posted as to what events the historical society has scheduled and posting new historical information.
Are you and your fellow officers' families also interest and excited by local history, and if so, how much?
We cherish our Dunbar history and future involvement of new members.
What do you enjoy most about the monthly meetings?
Discussion about society involvement in all the activities we plan.
Is there any other information you would care to pass on to visitors to the blog?
Please visit our website and give us your input.
Lastly, how long have you been President of the Dunbar Historical Society?
Again, I want to give a big Thank You for allowing us to get a close up examination on Dunbar and its in-depth history along with your important personal observations. (The involvement of Secretary, Donna Myers and Guy Roses' wife, Pat are, of course, much appreciated).
On a personal note, I hope Mr. Rose remains active as President with capable officers for many years to come.
Here, I would like to include the address and phone number so visitors can make contact with them freely. Please seriously consider JOINING up with the wonderful Dunbar Historical Society and doing your own small part in helping to preserving their amazing history
Located at 42 Bridge Street, Dunbar, Pa. 15431; phone, 724-227-8800. Fri. - Sat. 10:00 A. M. to 2:00 P. M.
The Monthly Meetings are at the Center on the second Wednesday of each month at precisely 6 o'clock.
There is also the Facebook Page Guy refers to- "Friends of the Dunbar Historical Society."
Let's give a big *Thank You* to Guy Rose for undertaking this interview!