Charleroi Woman Plots Area History

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Some people collect stamps.

Others search for old coins in hopes of striking it rich.

For Mindy Householder, such treasures can be found in area cemeteries. And her quest is far more than just a hobby.

"I have been searching entire cemeteries for about three years," said Householder, a Charleroi resident and member of the Charleroi Area Historical Society. "I absolutely love old cemeteries. It's a great way to help others in their quest for the past."

Nikki Sheppick, chairwoman of the historical society's board of directors, said Householder's enthusiasm for and dedication to seeking history at cemeteries is "invaluable to one of the basic tenets of our organization."

"Mindy epitomizes the true meaning of volunteerism," Sheppick said. "She is a great member of our organization and, more important, her tireless efforts are beneficial to similar groups and people throughout the area."

Householder said her keen interest in old cemeteries such as the Frye Family Cemetery in Fallowfield Township began when she was asked by www.findagrave.com. a popular Internet genealogy service, to take pictures of headstones at cemeteries in the Mon Valley area.

"Then it evolved into entire cemeteries, not just the stones," she recalled. "I have completed the Frye layout as well as Sacred Heart Cemetery in Carroll Township, Calvary Cemetery in Fallowfield Township, United Presbyterian Cemetery at Eighty-Four and several in Elliottsville. We also are working on Round Hill Cemetery in Elizabeth Township and the old Elizabeth Cemetery."

She also has photographed cemeteries in the Gettysburg area and has taken pictures of and posted images from sites in other parts of Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Tennessee. …