There are various committees chaired by individuals and pairs of
the Board of Directors. Let us know if you are interested in
becoming a part of any of these committees by emailing the address
specific to that committee, or see
The committees and brief descriptions about them are as
Home and Structure Tours
The longest running project of P.A.S.T. provides a source of information for local history for both P.A.S.T. and those who take the tours. This project also serves as a fundraiser to support the projects of P.A.S.T. The Home and Structure Tours began as the Historical Home Tours Committee in 1995. Since that time a variety of structures have been opened up to the public for Colorfest weekend in Union County. Homes, churches, businesses, family farms, and a cabin have been toured every year. Each year of the Historical Home Tour brought different privately owned structures to the tour at least 50 years old. Due to the enthusiasm of owners of newer homes to support P.A.S.T. through the tours, the tour has recently included a few newer homes - all of which have a history of the location to be brought out as well as of the histories of the owners and past owners.
This event is held on the weekend of Colorfest (second full
weekend of October)
Historic St. Anne's
This project was our first "hands-on" project. The group at its
outset did not intend to get into preservation but to keep this
quaint former Episcopalian church building, donated to P.A.S.T. by the LaFoon
family, this project had to be done. Through the efforts of
dedicated volunteerism a part of Anna's historic Main Street community
The Building is now a functional part of the community. With
seating for 100 (comfortable) St. Anna's is available for
community or private events such as wedding programs, meetings
plays, recitals and more.
Tours are held through-out the year
contacts if you have an interest in this project or would like more information on renting it for a small event.
Book & Video Projects
One manifestation of the Structure Tours is a wealth of information that P.A.S.T. hopes to preserve in book form. The first book will be of the information gathered during the first five years of the tour is looked for in 2007.
Video taped interviews with several older residents were undertaken in the last few years. The anticipated topic of the first video will be information on three early homesteads in Union County.
This committee was officially begun as a result of setting goals
for a grant proposal. The idea is to have a program so that
teachers and students may be rewarded and recognized for their
efforts in teaching and pursuing local history. One of the first
opportunities to help local schools is a classroom grant brought
about in cooperation with the Kiwanis Club. For more information
on this grant, see the Educational Outreach page.
This school year, grants are being awarded for education projects about Abraham
Lincoln. For more information, please contact Rita Dodd.
State Forest Fire Tower
The State Forest Fire Tower is
a unique structure in the state as well as the county. This tower is a rare
remaining fire tower of its era and construction. P.A.S.T. has been collecting
donations to help restore the tower. This structure was added to the State
Register of Historic Sites.
To accomplish any goal, most organizations must have funds to
allow this. P.A.S.T. is no exception. The fundraising committee is
essential to the accomplishment of all of our goals. This
committee has set a yearly schedule of events to be used as
fundraisers for different aspects of the organization. There are
also additional, unique items that are for sale all year long that
support our projects. Some of the local businesses carry these
items at no charge for the space. Local artists and artisans
sometimes design special items which are only sold by P.A.S.T.
P.A.S.T. is always trying to find energetic, enthusiastic, and interested volunteers to help with the many projects that are in the works. Take a look at the
Committees below to see what
interests you. If you are struck by a particular project, contact P.A.S.T. by
going to Contacts.
If you've looked at the committees, but don't know where you would fit in, let us know what your interests, talents, and time limitations are and we'll try to connect you with the right committee.
If you'd like to help but don't think that your talents would be useful, guess again! We need help in ALL areas.
- Do you like to take photographs of old buildings?
- Do you like to do research?
- Perhaps you have a talent for grant-writing or happen to be an excellent book-keeper?
- Do you like to work on old buildings or talk to people about "the good old days"?
- Do you type well?
- Do you have some craft that could be useful in creating a unique item for fundraising?
- Do you know how to raise funds?
- Do you have old photos that you wouldn't mind having scanned and put into a digital library?
- Some people prefer to donate things or money, those are valuable resources as well. Are you one of those?