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Compass Inn Museum News

Recent News

STAGECOACH ADVENTURERS - Summer Day Camp

CIVIL WAR LIVING HISTORY WEEKEND

JUNIOR STAGECOACH ADVENTURERS - Summer Day Camp

18TH CENTURY MILITIA LIVING HISTORY

2018 Admission Fees

Field Trip Information

Call for Volunteers


 STAGECOACH ADVENTURERS - Summer Day Camp
JULY 16-20 - 9am-2:30pm. Campers entering grades 4-6 A Fun-filled Adventure to the Past Connect with history through this engaging fun-filled week. Meet Civil War soldiers and send messages like they did during the War. Explore and discover how we learn from the past through hands-on activities and games. A limited number of participant spots are available for each session. Spots are filled on a first come first served basis. Don't wait, register today! COST $110/child - Members $125/child - Non-members $10 discount for each individual sibling attending same week of camp Also, there are a limited number of camperships available for both camps. To receive a campership application, please call the office at 724-238-6818 or email: tgrohall@compassinn.org. Call 724-238-4983 or e-mail mstevenson@compassinn.org for more information or to register.
 CIVIL WAR LIVING HISTORY WEEKEND
Saturday, July 21 11am-4pm. Sunday, July 22 1pm-4pm. Join the men and women of various American Civil War reenacting units from 11 am to 4 pm Saturday, July 21 and 1 pm to 5 pm Sunday, July 22 for a spectacular journey through time. The American Civil War was a pivotal event in our Nation's History. Today, many reenacting units authentically represent historic military companies and regiments. Through their engaging encampments, these Living Historians give us a unique emersion into the past. They allow us the opportunity to witness first-hand how soldiers and their civilian followers experienced day to day life in the camps and on the battlefields. "An exciting weekend is planned for everyone, so bring family and friends," said Malori, Stevenson, Ligonier Valley Historical Society's, Program Coordinator and Innkeeper. "There is so much to do; you can easily spend the whole day." Participating in nearly twenty-five battles and countless skirmishes during the War, Carpenter's Battery was originally mustered in 1861 out of Allegheny County Virginia. Today, Ligoner's very own Carpenter's Battery reenactors highlight the brave soul, who fought in the War Between the States. They will offer a special artillery demonstration at 12:45 pm and 2:30 pm, Saturday, July 21, and 2 pm and 4 pm, Sunday, July 22. Though no battles were fought near Ligonier and Laughlintown, the Civil War was very much on the minds of the Armor family who were innkeepers of the old Compass Inn. Four of Rachel and Robert's grandchildren participated in various capacities during the war. Both A. Judson Armor and Robert Russel Armor were infantrymen. While William Armor rose through the ranks to become a Major and an aide to General William T. Sherman and George Edgar Armor was a member of the Union Signal Corp. For those curious about how signals were sent, members of the former Department of the Susquehanna of the Federal Signal Corps reenacting unit will demonstrate how 8-foot flags were used to communicate during the war. "Being a member of the Signal Corps was a very dangerous job," said Jim McConnell a signal corps reenactor. "The giant flags made them a very clear target to their enemies. George Edgar was wounded in his service to the Corps." The Signal Corpsmen will also have a display of the equipment and guns they used to defend themselves. Sunday, July 22 Compass Inn Museum welcomes Mr. Ralph C. Lincoln as he portrays the 16th President of the United States of American, Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Lincoln is Ralph"s was a third cousin of the President. Ralph brings Mr. Lincoln to life, to educate, to entertain, to inspire and to honor his words and works. He has presented Mr. Lincoln at a wide variety of sites, including Ford's Theater in Washington D.C.. Mr. Lincoln will be on the grounds from 1 pm to 5 pm and there will be a special Question and Answer session at 3 pm. In addition to the scheduled activities, visitors can participate in tours of the Inn and all the outbuildings. Tours of the inn include two special exhibits that feature artifacts for the Ligonier Valley Historical Society's permanent collection. One features the history of the sidesaddle titled, "Riding Astride: A Delightful Habit" and the other features Civil War related items. "There will be kid's activities, blacksmithing and cooking demonstrations. The cooks will be making one of Abraham Lincoln's favorite foods. So come see what cooking and please feel free to dress in your own period clothing for you will be among friends." said Executive Director Theresa Gay Rohall. Compass Inn Museum is an early 1800s stagecoach inn on the original Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Turnpike. Offering guided tours of the Inn, outbuildings, and stagecoach by costumed docents, the museum gives visitors a look into the functioning of the Inn and the stagecoach experience. Living History Weekend activities are free with paid admission. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, $6 for children 6-17, and free for children 5 and under. Living History will run from 11 am to 4 pm Saturday and 1 pm to 5 pm Sunday. Compass Inn Museum is located along Route 30 in Laughlintown, PA, three miles east of Ligonier. Phone: (724) 238-4983. You may also visit our website at www.compassinn.org.
 JUNIOR STAGECOACH ADVENTURERS - Summer Day Camp
July 23-27, 9am-2:30pm. Campers entering grades 1-3 A week long, action-packed adventure set in 19th century America, Stagecoach Adventurers and Junior Stagecoach Adventurers brings the excitement and fun of the stagecoach stop to life. Bring history to life by exploring the games of the 19th century. Experience day-to-day life of a 1800 stagecoach stop through engaging hands-on activities, crafts, and more! COST $110/child - Members $125/child - Non-members $10 discount for each individual sibling attending same week of camp. A limited number of participant spots are available for each session. Spots are filled on a first come first served basis. Don't wait, register today! Also, there are a limited number of camperships available for both camps. To receive a campership application, please call the office at 724-238-6818 or email: tgrohall@compassinn.org. Call 724-238-4983 or e-mail mstevenson@compassinn.org for more information or to register.
 18TH CENTURY MILITIA LIVING HISTORY
PROCTOR'S MILITIA ENCAMPMENT. Saturday, August 18 11am-4pm. Sunday, August 19 1pm-5pm. Journey back in time and visit with the soldiers and camp followers of the present day Proctor's Militia who portray the riflemen of the very first American Troops west of the Allegheny Mountains. Tours of the inn also available. Admission $10 - Adults $9 - Adults 62+ $6 - Youth 6-17 FREE - Children 5 & under, Active Military & Ligonier Valley Historical Society Members
 2018 Admission Fees

Adults - $10
Seniors - $9
Children 6-17 $6
Children 5 & under - Free
Members - Free
Active Military - Free

Call 724.238.4983 or email to mstevenson@compassinn.org for special pricing for groups of 20 or more.

 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