SCHUYLKILL (November 7, 2019) – Sandy S. Momyer, outgoing chairwoman of the Schuylkill Township Historical Commission, was recently recognized for her dedication and many years of service by state Senator Andy Dinniman and other township residents and officials.
Dinniman and others recognized Momyer as Schuylkill Township’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year in conjunction with the township’s Founders Day celebration at a special event at Phoenixville Country Club.
“Over its nearly 200-year history, there have been many leaders who helped shape Schuylkill Township and Sandy Momyer is one of them,” Dinniman said. “Through her tireless efforts and advocacy in protecting and preserving our common heritage, Sandy has cemented her place as an integral part of the fabric of our community.”
An active alumna of Cabrini College, Momyer has local roots in our region and is passionate about preserving and defending its history through her talents as an archivist, historian, civic activist, educator, and writer.
In 1986, Momyer became Executive Director of Historic Yellow Springs Inc (HYS). where she helped the young non-profit organization mature and find critical funding through public outreach and the development of a Strategic and Master Site Plan.
From retirement in 2002 until today, she has served as the Moore Archivist of HYS, an essential resource for many antiquarians near and far. Annually, she writes the scripts for the summer walking tours of HYS, part of a summer tradition promoted by the Chester County Historic Preservation Network. She was a founding member of the Schuylkill River Heritage Center, which, with many partners, preserved the Phoenixville Iron and Steel foundry building.
In Schuylkill Township, Sandy helped organize the Historical Commission in 2003. In her role as chairwoman, she has achieved many goals: a historical preservation ordinance (a model for other communities), an invaluable survey of historically notable properties throughout the township, a colorful oral history collection, and the creation of Founder’s Day — started in 2007 with the recognition of the Anderson Family Burial Ground. She helped save the Valley Park Trolley Station and many other buildings from demolition.
One of Sandy’s most persistent efforts has focused on the Moses Coates Jr. Farm (1754), AKA Meadow Brook Farm. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984, it was publicized among the “Most Endangered in PA” by Preservation Pennsylvania in 2017. (see https://whyy.org/articles/pennsylvania-historic-sites-at-risk-in-2017/).