At the Nov. 16 meeting of the Chestnuthill Township Historical Society the election of officers for 2012 was held.
Newly elected officers are: Harvey Burger, president; Stuart Thody, vice president; Nancy Gehr, treasurer; Janet Johnson, secretary.
H. Burger said he wanted the minutes to record appreciation of Norman Burger for the work he has done since the Society began, for his wise council and chairmanship of CTHS.
N. Burger said when he moved back to the area in 2004 following 42 years in the military, he asked why there was no historical society. There were never enough people to form a self-sustaining group, he found out. He approached the supervisors to get support. They said "yes" they'd like to but it was not the right time. They bought the Merwinsburg Hotel.
"I asked when are we getting a historical society? I got a call asking if I'd help get it going. There is so much history out here, so many stories to be told." Since the Society was in an organizational mode he said it was time to set up committees and volunteered to work on that.
He has computer skills and volunteered to help organize membership. "I'll do whatever makes sense to you. We'll push and prod if that's what it takes."
Work has been done on the roof and heating system at the Merwinsburg Hotel, which is owned by the township and will be a museum when it is restored. Chestnuthill supervisors budgeted for upkeep, maintenance and security in the 2012 budget.
In 2013 Chestnuthill Township will be 250 years old. The Society is working on plans to celebrate.
Over the years, after 1763 Chestnuthill was divided into four townships: Ross, Eldred, Polk and the present Chestnuthill. President N. Burger said Penn Forest and Kidder townships in Carbon County were also once part of it.
A line drawn north from Eldred passed Polk and went on to the Lehigh River which would include the two Carbon townships.
The Polk Township Historical Society has agreed to help with the anniversary celebration and the township supervisors want to know when there will be a meeting. The Chestnuthill supervisors approve of the project.
Sharon Solt in Eldred Township has been given the information and will bring it up at the next supervisors' meeting. No reply has been received from Eldred Historical Society.
Chestnuthill supervisor and Society member Dave Fleetwood and N. Burger will see the supervisors in Ross Township.
Other contacts will be through hunting clubs, fire companies, churches, the library, West End Fair museum, senior centers and civic organizations.
Joint meetings will begin in January or February with the probable location being at the community center.
Possible events are music in the park, a parade and/or a carnival.
N. Burger said he could chair the anniversary committee but needs someone to work with him. Barbara Wogan and H. Burger volunteered. Julie Kresge will be asked to talk to the school. She is a teacher.
H. Burger and Nancy Christman looked into locations for a Christmas banquet. Considered were Luna Rosa, Chestnuthill, Saylors Inn and Hamilton Inn. Members agreed upon the Hamilton, which will be decorated for Christmas by then, with the banquet to be held Dec. 15, 6 p.m., at a cost of $25. Payment can be mailed to H. Burger, HC1, Box 314, Gilbert, Pa. 18331.
H. Burger asked about a veterans' memorial. There is one outside the community building but that is specifically for POW and MIA veterans. It could be expanded or a new one created.
Only those veterans who were raised in the township will be eligible.
The next regular meeting will be the third Wednesday of February.