Meet the Fort Pitt Society

Fort Pitt Society Board

The 2015-2016 Fort Pitt Society Board of Directors, from left to right, Kelley Gresh, Nancy Roderick, Elizabeth Rosemeyer, Peg Derfler, Dru Simeone, Thelma J. (TJ) Galbraith, Susan Matlack and Elizabeth Wheatley. Missing from photo: Mary Sweeny, Katie Imler and Carolyn Taylor.

    • President, Elizabeth Wheatley
      DAR member since 2009, FPS Board member since 2010
    • Vice President, Thelma J. (TJ) Galbraith
      DAR member since 2009, FPS Board member since 2013
    • Treasurer, Susan Matlack
    • Secretary, Elizabeth Rosemeyer
    • Director of Souvenirs, Mary Sweeney
    • Assistant Director of Souvenirs, Carolyn Taylor
    • Director of Personnel, Nancy Roderick
    • Director of Hostesses/Docents, Peg Derfler
    • Director of History, Kelley Gresh
    • Director of Publicity, Kathryn J. Imler
    • Regent of the Pittsburgh Chapter NSDAR, Dru Simeone
      DAR member since 2005, Regent of Pittsburgh Chapter NSDAR since 2013

 

Fort Pitt Society President Elizabeth Wheatley

Elizabeth Wheatley of North Fayette Township was elected President of the Fort Pitt Society in May 2013.  Liz has served as the organization’s Director of Publicity since 2010 and had been active in the Pittsburgh Chapter NSDAR since 2009.  Liz was born into a family active in the Daughters of the American Revolution for generations. Seventeen of her ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War, and she is eligible to belong to the Colonial Dames (descendants resided in an American Colony before 1750).

Liz graduated cum laude (with honors) from Point Park University with a degree in Journalism and Communication and a minor in Foreign Language.  After graduation, love of travel, foreign culture and history led her to a job as a Flight Attendant at Delta Airlines.  She continues to work for Delta while also serving as Director of Marketing for WebSAP.net, a Pittsburgh-based web design and development company founded in 1998 by her husband Michael Wheatley.  Liz and Michael reside in North Fayette Township with their three children, Catherine (14), Amelia (9) and Andrew (5).

Joanne Ostergaard, Block House 250 Coordinator, Bobbit McMullen, PSSDAR State Regent and Elizabeth Wheatley, Fort Pitt Society Board President at the Block House 250 Gala. Photo credit - Gary Rihn.

Joanne Ostergaard, Block House 250 Coordinator, Bobbit McMullen, PSSDAR State Regent and Elizabeth Wheatley, Fort Pitt Society Board President at the Block House 250 Gala. Photo credit – Gary Rihn.

“This is a very exciting time to be involved with the Fort Pitt Society as we prepare
to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Fort Pitt Block House in 2014,” explained Wheatley.  “Plans are underway to create a city-wide and year-long celebration to recognize this significant milestone.  We look forward to partnering with the community to ensure that the Block House continues to serve as a visual reminder of the critical role our region played in early American history.”

The 2013 Jefferson Awards

The Jefferson Award for Volunteerism.

The Jefferson Award for Volunteerism.

The Fort Pitt Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, an all-female volunteer organization that owns and operates the Fort Pitt Block House, was honored as one of 47 local recipients of the Jefferson Awards at a reception held on May 6, 2014, at Heinz Field.  Each recipient received a two-inch bronze Jefferson Award medallion, commissioned by the Franklin Mint.

Sponsored locally by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Highmark, and BNY Mellon,  The Jefferson Awards were originally started by former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard in 1972 as a “Nobel Prize” for public and community service, honoring those Americans who perform outstanding public service and inspire others to follow their example.

The members of the Fort Pitt Society have protected, preserved, and promoted the Fort Pitt Block House since 1894.  It is through their efforts that an important piece of Pittsburgh history still stands today, enabling future generations to know and appreciate our region’s role in American history.  Congratulations to the Fort Pitt Society, 2013 winner of the Jefferson Awards!