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Compass Inn Museum News

Recent News

28th Annual Tastes of the Town

Program Coordinator opportunity

Part-time Marketing Assistant opportunity

From Hearth and Oven to Table

The 2018 Season at Compass Inn Museum has Ended

Field Trip Information

Call for Volunteers

 28th Annual Tastes of the Town
Spring is around the corner and so is the Ligonier Valley Historical Society's 28th annual "Tastes of the Town". Enjoy tasting mouth- watering appetizers, entrees, desserts, and pastries from some of the area's finest restaurants, bakeries, and delis. This very popular epicurean event usually sells out. So get your tickets today and be part of the fun.

Tickets are $40 for Historical Society members and $45 for non- members.

They are available for purchase at:

Betsy's of Ligonier

Post and Rail Men's Shop

Ligonier Valley Historical Society in Laughlintown.

The goal of "Tastes" is not only to throw a great party, but also to raise money that supports ongoing educational programs at Compass Inn Museum as well as core support for the Society's mission of "Keeping Our History Alive". Giving back has never tasted so good.

To add to the excitement and fun, there will be a basket raffle, a jewelry box (with jewelry) raffle, Mystery Money Envelops and a special raffle where you can win one of three exciting prizes.

You will not want to miss the chance to vote for your favorite restaurant to win the "Crowd Favorite" (AKA Big Fork) Award. Last year's winner was The Eastwood Inn. This year, all participating vendors will receive a framed Certificate of Participation to hang in their facility to let their patrons know they support the Ligonier Valley Historical Society and Compass Inn Museum.

Contact the Historical Society at 724-238-6818 for more information on table reservations and sponsorship packages.

 Program Coordinator opportunity
Full-Time Salary Non-exempt, Reports directly to LVHS Executive Director.

LVHS is looking for someone who is creative, ambitious, detail oriented, outgoing, and energetic to fill its Program Coordinator position. The successful candidate must have an excellent work ethic and a positive attitude. The Program Coordinator creates and executes the annual and special program offerings for the Ligonier Valley Historical Society and Compass Inn Museum.

The successful candidate must receive satisfactory results from child abuse and criminal background checks.


Excellent organizational skills with a strong ability to manage time efficiently and multi-task.

Experience in program development and presentation.

Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite - including Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint.

Excellent interpersonal as well as verbal and written communication skills.

Ability to:

Work a flexible schedule that includes weekends and evenings.

Work with other staff and volunteers.

Give tours in period clothing.


-Acts as head docent for Compass Inn Museum by providing tours of the Historic House Museum and outbuildings.

-Researches, develops, implements, and evaluates factual, dynamic and engaging education programs for both youth and adults for the Society and Compass Inn Museum.

-Researches and develops dynamic training opportunities for volunteer docents so that all presentations are factual and engaging.

-Recruits and maintains a calendar of scheduled school, youth, adult, and motor coach tours.

-Recruits, trains, schedules, and works with volunteer docents and other volunteers need for the operations of Compass Inn Museum.

-Organizes and maintains databases and related correspondences for Compass Inn Museum tours and events.

-Responsible for cleanliness of all Compass Inn Museum buildings, artifacts, and equipment.

-Responsible for condition and cleanliness of restrooms and Barnhart Room.

-Maintains gardens and exterior appearance of Compass Inn Museum.

-Works in conjunction with Office Coordinator to maintain appearance of Museum Shop.

-Supports and assists Executive Director and Part-time Marketing Coordinator with marketing strategies and membership recruitment.

-Assists Executive Director with:

researching, developing and implementing programs and special events at the Compass Inn Museum.

developing and installing changing exhibits.

preparing documents for BOD and other meetings.

researching and writing grants for the operation of and programs at Compass Inn Museum.

developing the annual operating and grant budgets and report formation.

all aspects of fundraising and special events.

Email cover letter and resume to: resumes@compassinn.org, list Program in the subject line.

 Part-time Marketing Assistant opportunity
Please send cover letter, resume and any other relevant links (social media channels, blogs, etc.). Email cover letter and resume to: resumes@compassinn.org, please list Marketing in the subject line.

Only qualified candidates will be contacted via email. The successful candidate must receive satisfactory results from criminal background checks.

LVHS is looking for someone who is creative, ambitious, detail oriented, outgoing, and energetic to fill its new Marketing Assistant position. The successful candidate must have an excellent work ethic and a positive attitude. The Marketing Assistant will work closely with the Executive Director to create and execute an annual Marketing Plan for LVHS using both traditional and social media strategies. This part-time position requires working both onsite and remote hours as well as working a flexible schedule that includes some weekends and evenings. It also requires excellent organizational skills with a strong ability to manage time efficiently.


- Create and implement LVHS' Annual Marketing Plan.

- Create effective graphic designs for a variety of applications including but not limited digital marketing, social media platform engagements, printed materials such as program brochures and flyers, biannual printed newsletter, website updates, and email communications.

- Manage individual aspects of each design project, including obtaining the necessary approvals and making additions and changes as required by the deadline.

- Develop content for social media (write/edit copy, tag, hashtag, shoot/edit photos/video, graphics etc.).

- Monitor and manage social media engagements.

- Write engaging press releases.

- Maintain lists including: media contact list and email blast lists.,/p> - Attend and cover LVHS and Compass Inn Museum events as needed.

- Update and maintain LVHS website.

- Perform project-based research identifying social media trends, news and updates while scanning the competitive landscape.


- Comprehensive understanding and passion for marketing, design, and social media platforms including (but not limited to) Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

- Experience in graphic design or enrolled in classes.

- High proficiency with Photoshop, Acrobat, Illustrator and/or other relevant programs.

- Excellent copy writing, editing, and proof-reading skills.

- Must have solid interpersonal communication skills.

- Proficiency in creating presentation decks using Keynote/PowerPoint/Canva etc.

- Strong understanding of editing tools.

- Minimum of one year working in social media company/agency or internship equivalent.

- Familiarity with scheduling tools such as HootSuite, Sprout Social etc. a plus.

- Familiarity with Vertical Response, MailChimp, Constant Contact or any other newsletter platforms.

Ability to:

- Work with other staff and volunteers

- Organize, prioritize, and multi-task

- Receive and understand direction

- Critical thinker with a proactive attitude

- Manage multiple high priority projects and appropriately prioritize work

 From Hearth and Oven to Table
SOLD OUT! IF you would like to be put on a waiting list, please call. Saturday March 23, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 5:30ish

Do you want to learn how to cook in a fireplace? What about a historic beehive oven . . . ever wondered how to bake in one? Please join us to prepare, cook and enjoy savory and sweet dishes under the guidance of our experienced open hearth and beehive oven cooks.

The class will be held in the historic cookhouse of the Compass Inn Museum where you will participate in the process and assist our cooks in the tasks at hand. You will experience a variety of cookery techniques and enjoy discussions about 18th and early 19th century food preparation, preservation technology, seasonality, diet, and the availability of local and imported foodstuffs all while cooking scrumptious food that features receipt (recipes) and ingredients inspired by the cuisine of the 18th and 19th century. Once the meal is ready, you will sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor in the Museum's candlelit warming kitchen.

Please wear comfortable closed-toe shoes, as we'll be standing and doing a little bit of heavy lifting. You may also want to bring along an apron, your own knife, and paper and pencil for taking notes.

Registration fee - $55 per person ($50 for members) Class size - limited to 10 participants ages 16 and up Register early so you do not miss this unique experience.

For more information, please contact the Historical Society at 724-238-6818 or by emailing tgrohall@compassinn.org. To register, please send check payable to Ligonier Valley Historical Society or you may pay by credit card by calling Kathy at 724-238-6818.

If mailing in your payment, please include a sheet of paper with you name, address, email and phone number and send it to:

Ligonier Valley Historical Society

Cooking Class

PO Box 167

Laughlintown, PA 15655

Registration fees will be refunded if cancellation is made by 12 noon on the Tuesday preceding the class. Participants will receive a confirmation letter upon receipt of payment.

 The 2018 Season at Compass Inn Museum has Ended
Ligonier Valley Historical Society's Compass Inn Museum had a very successful 2018 season. We are grateful for all our dedicated volunteers and patrons.

We look forward to the 2019 Season which begins with Free Museum Day Sunday, May 5, 2019. Enjoy the Holidays and see you May 2019

 Field Trip Information

We have worked to develop an engaging field trip for students that is not only aligned to the Pennsylvania State Standards, but also provides an opportunity for students to practice their critical thinking skills in a fun and welcoming environment.

Our field trips engage students with history through interaction with primary sources such as artifacts and buildings while providing real life connections to the past. Costumed docents lead age-appropriate guided tours of our 19th century Inn, blacksmith forge, cookhouse, and barn including a restored stagecoach and Contestoga Wagon. Through tours, students strengthen their visual literacy and critical thinking skills by careful observation of the historic environment. Students' experiences are enriched through multi sensory activities: cooking over an open fire, dipping candles creating a tin punch lantern, or smelling burning coal from our 19th century blacksmith forge. Several activity options include crafts students may take home with them.

For more information or to schedule your field trip today, contact Malori Stevenson at 724-238-4983 or mstevenson@compassinn.org.

 Call for Volunteers

Do you love history and like talking to people? Do you enjoy working with kids? Become a volunteer at Ligonier Valley Historical Society's Compass Inn Museum. Compass Inn Museum is currently recruiting volunteers to help out with the 2018 season. Volunteer opportunities for the 2018 season include school tours, regular tours, and working in the gift shop. Contact Malori Stevenson at 724-238-4983 or mstevenson@compassinn.org for more information