Heritage Trust CEO to speak at meeting

Christopher Dornblaser

York County Heritage Trust President and CEO Joan Mummert will speak to the York branch of the American Association of University Women next month.

Mummert will speak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the York Alliance Church, 501 Rathton Road, according to a news release.

She will talk about upcoming changes such as the renovation of the Met-Ed Steam Plant, which will hold extensive York County Heritage Trust museums collections, provide more space for exhibits and store the research library and archives.

The plant: The York County Heritage Trust bought the plant, which is at the corner of North Pershing Avenue and West Philadelphia Street,,on Dec. 15.

The Heritage Trust, which is the result of the mergers of several different organizations, owns 10 buildings and has about 60,000 square feet of exhibit space in the county. That's on par with what much bigger cities such as Pittsburgh or Philadelphia might have, Mummert said the day of the purchase. The trust needed to "right-size," get rid of real estate it could not afford to keep up in the long term, she said.

The functions of the trust's two largest buildings — the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St., and the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St. — will be moved to the steam plant, Mummert said. By cutting those two buildings loose, the organization will save around $12 million in deferred maintenance, she said.

The new facility will also serve as a central hub from which people can be directed to historical sites and museums in smaller communities around the county.

Mummert will also show a PowerPoint presentation that will highlight the history of the trust and how museums have evolved with time, architecture and technology.

Ellie Richardson, right, with Techfire Robotics of York, explains the robot to, counter-clockwise from lower left, Jack Campbell, 2, and Harrison Campbell, 4, both of North Codorus Township, Henry Hand, 6, Charles Hand, 8, and Frederick Hand, 10, all of Spring Garden Township, while Techfire's Adam Wolnikowski and Craig Campbell, of North Codorus Township, look on during York County Heritage Trust Family Day at Agricultural & Industrial Museum in York, Pa. on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com