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Compass Inn Museum News

Recent News

Field Trip Information

Internship Opportunity

Open Position: Stagecoach Adventurers Summer Camp Counselor

Call for Volunteers

"Romance, Rights, and Rebellion: The History of Love and Marriage"


 Field Trip Information
Photo related to this news story 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.


 Internship Opportunity
Photo related to this news story The Ligonier Valley Historical Society and Compass Inn Museum
offers unpaid education internships to undergraduate and graduate
students studying American history, education, museum studies,
public history, and other related fields.

The Ligonier Valley Historical Society is a non-profit that
preserves and protects several of Ligonier Valley's treasures,
including Compass Inn Museum, 7 cemeteries, and an iron furnace.
Compass Inn Museum is a stagecoach stop along the original
Pennsylvania Turnpike. The site includes the original inn, and a
reconstructed and functioning cookhouse and blacksmith shop, in
addition to a barn housing a stagecoach and Conestoga wagon. The
museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places
features guided tours, living history weekends, field trips,
summer camps, and other educational programming.

The intern will be introduced to various aspects of educational
and public programming while working with the LVHS staff.

Responsibilities include

Give guided tours of the museum for public
Assist Program Coordinator with
Development of activities for Stagecoach Adventurers summer camp
Development of children's activities for Living History Weekends
Running school tours by leading activities and tours
Complete other tasks such as cleaning as needed.
Customer Service

Requirements

College or graduate level student
Willingness to dress in period costume (provided)
Comfortable working with children and adults of all ages
Operate cash register
Conduct themselves in a professional manner
Comfortable working with fire
Willingness to obtain required clearances
Proficiency with Microsoft Office

Availability

May-July or August, 3 or more days a week, 10:30am-4:30pm,
Tuesdays, Saturday or Sunday, and at least one additional day
during the week. Hours vary for School Tours and Summer Camp.

Interested students should submit a cover letter and resume to
Malori Stevenson, Program Coordinator, at
mstevenson@compassinn.org.


 Open Position: Stagecoach Adventurers Summer Camp Counselor
Photo related to this news story The Ligonier Valley Historical Society is a non-profit that preserves and protects
several of Ligonier Valley's treasures, including Compass Inn Museum, 7 cemeteries,
and an iron furnace. Compass Inn Museum is a stagecoach stop along the original
Pennsylvania Turnpike. The site includes the original inn, and a reconstructed and
functioning cookhouse and blacksmith shop, in addition to a barn housing a stagecoach
and Conestoga wagon. The museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places
features guided tours, living history weekends, field trips, summer camps, and other
educational programming.

Stagecoach Adventurers is a summer camp geared toward students grades 4-6 and aims to
educate them about local history and life in the 19th century. Each day of the camp
is filled with multiple activities such as crafts, games, and hands-on history
experiences. Compass Inn Museum is seeking an active, energetic, creative, and
responsible camp counselor who is eager to educate children about history in a fun
and engaging manner.

Stagecoach Adventurers runs July 17-21, 9:00am-2:30 pm. Counselors should be
available 8:00am-4:00pm to assist with preparations and clean up. A stipend will be
offered. Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to Malori
Stevenson, Program Coordinator at mstevenson@compassinn.org or PO Box 167,
Laughlintown PA, 15655.

Regular Duties and Responsibilities

Lead campers through activities, transition times and "down times" including lunch
Engage with the campers on a personal level to keep them entertained and educated
Work with Program Coordinator to maintain the safety of the campers, ensure the daily
schedule runs on time, and entertain the campers through a variety of activities
Ensure the safety and welfare of all campers at all times
Follow camp objectives rules, policies and guidelines
Serve as a positive role model for youth
Lead activities independently
Assist in the set-up and break-down of activities, as well as putting supplies away
or creating a prop needed for an upcoming activity
Show a genuine interest in campers
Be punctual and organized
Problem solve through situations and seek assistance when necessary
Attended scheduled meetings

Requirements

Age:18+
Have experience working with groups of children grades 4-6
Attend planning meetings with Program Coordinator
Upbeat and energetic attitude
Leadership skills, including: organizing a group, self-confidence, problem-solving,
working as a team
Be able to stand for 8 hours, and possess the athleticism to participate in active
movement activities and keep up with elementary/middle school aged children

Preferred

Past experience as a camp counselor
Passion for history and education


 Call for Volunteers
Photo related to this news story 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 2017 season.

Volunteer opportunities for the 2017 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



 "Romance, Rights, and Rebellion: The History of Love and Marriage"
Photo related to this news story Did you know that prior to the 18th century, love was seen as a
potential threat to social order? Did you know that in the 18th and
19th centuries, young people attended kissing parties? And what is
this thing called bundling?

Join us for a lively discussion of the history of love, and the
rights, challenges, and expectations of women and marriage throughout
history on March 18th at 10am

Cost is $10 per person. Pre-registration is encouraged as space is
limited. Walk-ins welcome space permitting. Contact Malori at
724.238.4983 or mstevenson@compassinn.org for more information or to
regsister.