by Lisa Tome
Rising Sun's Historical Preservation Commission has big plans for 2016.
What they'd like is more people to join them.
Jimmy Gibney, who is filling in leading the group while President Tom Mumey is recovering from illness, said membership in the all volunteer organization is down. "We've lost some people. And it's harder to get the younger generation to join. But I'm not saying they aren't interested in history," said Gibney. "You don't have to live locally to become a member. You just have to have an interest in local history." Gibney said there is a group member who lives in Florida.
The group has its longtime anchor events - the Sunfest Parade and booth and Civil War Reenactment every October. Gibney said that the focus of the monthly business meetings is shifting to include more fun and guest speakers.
On April 13, at 7 p.m. at town hall, the HPC will host guest speakers Sally McKee, Dot Miller, and Dorothy Ryan. All three women are longtime area residents. The trio will provide living history lessons and will also answer questions.
On May 11, active group member Shannon Farrington will serve as the guest speaker. Farrington is a writer who is about to publish her fourth book. She will speak in town hall at 7 p.m.
On May 15, there will be a trip to Turkey Point Light Station.
The Sunfest Parade and booth will be the June 4 group event.
After taking the summer off, the group will resume meeting on September 14. The Civil War Reenactment will be held September 30-October 2. There may be a special guest portraying an historic figure.
Regular business meetings are set for October 12 and November 9. There will be a visit to Mount Harmon's Revolutionary War Reenactment in late October. In early December, there will be another visit to Mount Harmon for the Yuletide Festival. The Rising Sun Carol Sing will be held December 6.
One of the primary functions of the HPC is to maintain and operate the town's museum. The museum is open by appointment and in cooperation with the Rising Sun Arts Alliance events.
To join the Historical Preservation Commission, there is a small annual fee for individual and family memberships. See any HPC member for an application.