Maytown to publish new History Book -- ORDERS NEEDED!
The Maytown 250 Event organization will publish a special hard-bound pictorial history of Maytown for distribution on May 1, 2010 IF 300 PRE-PAID ORDERS ARE RECEIVED BY JUNE 30, 2009. The cost of the book is $39.75 (and that includes the tax). (If you want your name embossed on the cover, add $6.00 and if you want the book mailed directly to your home, add another $6.50.
Otherwise, you can pick it up at the museum in town, the event headquarters, or the Lutheran parsonage and save shipping costs.) Checks should be made out to "Maytown 250 Event" and sent to "Maytown 250 Event, PO Box 96, Maytown, PA 17550.
Questions may be addressed to Pastor Bob Lescallette, chair of the book committee, at 426-1643 or via mail at PO Box 473, Maytown, PA 17550.
The book will contain well over a hundred photographs and at least 96 pages of text. The exact length of the volume is not yet known because if enough patrons purchase pages in the book and orders in excess of 300 are received, then that will add to the length. Individuals, families, churches, clubs, businesses and other groups in the community who wish to purchase half or whole page "patron pages" in color or black and white should also inquire about the costs and parameters of the opportunity to share your story with posterity.
PLEASE DON'T LET THIS OPPORTUNITY PASS YOU AND OUR TOWN BY! SEND YOUR ORDER AND MONEY IN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BUT BEFORE JUNE 30, 2009.
Order forms were placed in the May 20, 2009 issue of the Merchandizer and distributed to all the households in the 17550 and 17547 zip codes. Additional order forms are available at the Maytown Office of the Union National Community Bank, the Maytown post office, and the Lutheran parsonage at 8 West High Street in Maytown. (You need not, however, use an official order form provided you give us the requisite information of your name, address, phone number, and---if you desire the embossing of your name---the exact wording of the embossing.
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
- Bob Lescallette
On May 1, 2010 - Maytown will be 250 years old
Question: Will there be a big party that brings our community together the way the parties in 1910, 1960, and 1985 did?
How about you Neighbor? If so, Read on…..
Question: What would such a party look like?
Question: How can I help?
Question: What committees are there to choose from?
Question: How do I learn more about what these committees are to do?
Question: How much time do I have to think about this?
Question: How do I volunteer?
Question: Who may volunteer?
Question: If the Executive Board determines that there is enough support to go ahead with the celebration in 2010, what's next?
Question: Why begin so early?
Thanks for reading this, Neighbor!
Now, all you have to do is pick up the phone and volunteer to lend a hand
We're hoping you do so…and speak up soon, so that we can all celebrate the special town that we call "HOME", Maytown U.S.A.
In case you haven't looked at the calendar much, and haven't done the arithmetic, we are fast approaching the centennial of Maytown's biggest party, 1910's Old Home Week, the celebration of our village's founding in 1760.
You may recall that another town birthday, the 225th, proved to be the motivating force behind the creation of the Maytown Historical Society. In 1985, our one-year-old society "pulled out all the stops" with a big parade, a large stage on the town square, visiting dignitaries, like the descendents of Simon Cameron and the assistant to the British ambassador, a German band, and orations by lots of local politicians.
It was a great event, back in 1985, but having studied and put together a museum exhibit on Old Home Week of 1910, it is clear to me that it paled in comparison to all the hoopla of the past.
In 1910, nearly EVERYONE in town (all 800 of us) played a part in organizing, carrying out, and attending the party---as if it were their own---because it was!!! Wouldn't that be great (and a real challenge) to us, the Maytown of 2010, to be similarly involved---and to defy the common wisdom (and , sad to say, all too frequent experience) that people today don't care about community anymore---or that all today's people care about is making money (in places usually far distant from Maytown), getting their kids involved in organized sports, and having their "off " time completely to themselves.
Maybe having an Old Home Week again might be just the thing to help Maytonians get to know their neighbors, get to know (and prize) their history, and cause us to work together for the common good and enrichment of our community.
What do you think?
Towards the end of 2007, or start of 2008, some of us, at the MHS, will try and get the "ball" rolling, by approaching many other groups and individuals in Maytown, to see if they are interested in helping to make the big "family reunion" possible. (Of course, you can express your own support and willingess to help, dear reader, at any time.)
Concrete plans can, of course, not be finalized until a steering committee is in place to represent the wide variety of persons and groups that make up our town, but I suspect there will be an abundance of jobs that will need to be done. A short list of them might be:
I know that's a heap of work---but it should also be a heap of fun---and a powerful tool in community-building that attendees will remember all their lives. So if you're willing to help , talk to me sooner rather than later, and we'll see if we can't move that mountain of apathy that always delights in trying to frustrate dreams.
Are you ready for 2010?Bob Lescallette,
March 12, 2007 A.D.
PO Box 293
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