Eureka Coal Heritage Foundation


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ECHF President Inducted to Windber Hall of Fame


On October 13, 2012, Eureka Coal Heritage Foundation president Sandra Pritt (1st row, 3rd from left) was inducted into the Windber Hall of Fame for her volunteer work on projects  the ECHF has completed, as well as the successful expansion of Windber Miners’ Memorial Day Weekend, which is held each year over Father’s Day Weekend.


I was incredibly humbled by this nomination and selection.  However, as I expressed to the other inductees and guests….I am only one of a group that made the many projects successful in Windber. 

As I was trying to compose my acceptance speech, a single thought kept creeping into my mind….THE ACADEMY AWARDS, and I was just selected best director.   You may think ‘oh boy, now she has lost it!’, but  realizing the grand scope of our projects,  this analogy is actually on track.

I used the following comparisons and/or scenarios:   First, no successful director can earn such an award without  1.) A wonderful story;  2.) A talented crew to guide and interpret the story and finally;  3.)  An incredible cast of volunteers and citizens to bring the story to life.

Thankfully, we have been blessed to have all three of the above elements come together for a common cause…protect and preserve our history and heritage.   But it all began with the determination and hard work of the Eureka Coal Heritage Foundation board of directors.    The dedication and hard work of the Miners’ Memorial Day committee was and continues to be incredible.  This ongoing event encompasses almost 10 months of planning, organizing and marketing.  The fruits of this hard work is clearly obvious whenever we entertain 10-12 thousand people per downtown Windber.

To all my fellow ECHF board members, and fellow committee members of the Miners’ Day celebration, I THANK YOU from the bottom of heart…  I accepted   this award   on behalf of   ALL OF US !!!