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Compass Inn Museum News

Recent News

From Hearth and Oven to Table

Part-time Marketing Assistant opportunity

The 2018 Season at Compass Inn Museum has Ended


Thank You to the Talented Crafters and Artisans

. . . And, We Thank Our Sponsors

. . . We Also Thank the Merchants and Restaurants

. . . To All The Others

. . And, Finally

Field Trip Information

Call for Volunteers

 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.

 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

 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

The Ligonier Valley Historical Society extends a very heartfelt thank you to the wonderful committee and the entire community for helping make our 36th Annual "Festival of Lights" a resounding success. A winter wonderland backdrop highlighted the magnificent display of artfully decorated trees and dazzling designs, creating an illuminated Christmas forest December 1 through 4 in Ligonier Town Hall's Community Room. The holiday tradition kicked-off with the "Toast to the Trees" Gala and Auction Friday, November 30. The festivities included delicious hors d'oeuvres presented by Carol and Dave's Roadhouse, desserts by Prantle's Bakery in Greensburg, and a special holiday libation served by Ron McDowell and Colleen Alfery of The Road Toad.
 Thank You to the Talented Crafters and Artisans
The Historical Society is grateful to all the talented artisans who created and donated the imaginative trees, wreaths and other holiday treasures.

By popular vote, "Best in Show" honors were awarded to Theresa Schwab for her "Nutcracker Magic: Dance of the Puppets" tree who tied with Linda Brown for her "Here Comes Susie Snowflake" tree.

Other Holiday treasures were created by Jason Ament & Scott Sinemus, A. O. K. Accents, Bethlen Home, Covenant Christian Preschool, Glenda Dickson, Donovan Veterinary Clinic, Emsley Cottage Re-created Homegoods, Fort Ligonier-Erica Nuckles, Frankie Graham, Mary Ann Hegan, Ann Hewat, Holiday Home Store, Idlewild and SoakZone, Kiwanis Club of Ligonier Valley, Ligonier Creamery, Ligonier Gardens, Ligonier Pharmacy, Ligonier Tavern & Table, Ligonier Valley YMCA Before & After School Program at RK Mellon, Beth Luther, Karen O"Connor, Penguin Court, a Preserve of Brandywine Conservancy, Pleasnt Grove United Methodist Church, Rachel's Ligonier Floral, Theresa Gay Rohall, Linda Santry, Paul Schumaker, Southern Allegheny Museum of Art Auxiliary, Gay Wasserman, Weeders & Seeders Garden Club, and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra.

 . . . And, We Thank Our Sponsors
We are most grateful to the following generous Sponsors who made this great event possible.

"Concord Coach" Sponsors: Commercial Bank & Trust of PA, Honkus Zollinger Foundation, William Dickson Industries-Glenda & Bill Dickson, and Fred Steinberg.

"Mudwagon" Sponsors: Phyllis Bertok & Richard Lopretto, Michelle Kent, Mr. & Mr. Richard P. Mellon, Somerset Trust Company, and Bill Van Ingen-Simpson McCrady.

"Mail Coach" Sponsors: Lisa & J. Dustin Barr, Betsy"s of Ligonier, Conte Design, Covington Investment Advisors,Inc.-Patrick Wallace, Mary Jo Culbertson, Jack Fry, Kepple Graft Funeral Home, Inc., LHTC Broadband, Loyalhanna Realty LLC., Allana & Joseph Kondisko, Mary Catherine Motchar, Marcia Orr, Rennie & Associates CPAs, Theresa & Rick Schwab, Donna Tidwell-Vernon Realty, Welty & Welty LLP, Erica Nuckles & Drue Spallholz, and Susan N. Williams, Esquire.

"Mountain Coach" Sponsors: Jacquelyn & Glenn Cavanaugh, G Squared Gallery, Nancy & Tom Donchez, Mrs. Gretchen Elkus, Excela Health, Carol Fenton, Roxana & Richard Flickinger, Janice & Steve Gooder, Jane & George Greer, Barbara & Roger Johnson, Heather & Jay Juliussen, Patsy & Paul Kennedy, Keystone Candy Co, Inc., Skip Knapp, Kim & Don Kramer, Barbara & Gene Kravits, Gladys & Philip Light, Ann Macdonald, Angela & Jim McDonnell, Cheryl & Art McMullen, Sandra Mellon, Dr. & Mrs. Edward Morgan, Joan & Ted Mudge, Marlene & Monty Murty, Ann Nemanic-Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, Karen & Jim O'Connor, Cindy & David Purnell, Rachel & Jim Roehrig, Theresa Gay & Ronald J. Rohall, Jo & Jim Rossi, Mary Weidlein, and Susan Woolridge.

 . . . We Also Thank the Merchants and Restaurants
We also thank all the following bighearted merchants who donated gifts, services and gift certificates for the various raffles and the silent auction:

Abigail's Coffeehouse, Allegory Gallery, Annalynn Boutique, Ed Appleby, Crafty Apple Forge, Beauty Boutique at Salon One, Betsy's of Ligonier, Bigginz Restaurant, Carol & Dave's Roadhouse, Celtic Culture, Champion Lakes Golf Club, Compass Inn Museum-Ligonier Valley Historical Society, Conte Design Lifestyle Gallery, The Country Cupboard, Cozy Inn Pet Resort, Darlington Inn, The Diamond Cafe, Eastwood Inn, First Wok, Fork's Inn, Fort Ligonier, Fox's Pizza Den, The Finishing Touch, Foggy Mountain Lodge & Restaurant, Gateway Clipper Fleet & Pittsburgh Zoo, Get Go, The Gray Goose, Greens Gables Restaurant & Mountain Playhouse, G Squared Gallery, The Karat Shoppe, John M. Clark Designer-Goldsmith, Johnstown Concert Ballet and Johnstown Symphony, Judy Brown, Martha Oliver, and Theresa & Rick Schwab, Kathy's Kreations, Kay & Bee's Restaurant, The Kitchen on Main, LHM Designs, Ligonier Agway Inc., Ligonier Country Club, Inc., Ligonier Country Club Pro Shop, Ligonier Outfitters & Newsstand, Ligonier Subway, Ligonier Tavern & Table, Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce, Ligonier Valley Rail Road Museum, Loyalhanna Veterinary Clinic, Loyalhanna Watershed Association, Main Exhibit Gallery, Martin's Specialty Shop, Mill Creek Furniture, My Honeybee, Myriam's Table at Thistledown, The National Aviary, Oak Lodge, Oglebay Resort, Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh Symphony and Pittsburgh Opera, The Paper House, Post and Rail Men's Shop, Ransome's Pub & Grille, Rep. Mike Reese, The Road Toad, Rep. Mike Reese, Roman's Pizzeria, Rosalie's Jioio's Little Italy, Rolling Rock Club, Ruthie's Diner, Saint Vincent Archabbey, Scamps Toffee, Second Chapter Books, Sheetz, Table 105, The Strawberry Crow, The Stationery Shop, Tiffani Photography Inc., Toy Soldier Gallery, Tree House in Ligonier, The Wicked Googly, and Willow Matting & Framing.

 . . . To All The Others
We extend a very sincere and heartfelt thank you to the following:

- Rick & Theresa Schwab for providing beer for the "Toast of the Trees party".

- Ernie DiMartino of DiMartino Ice Company for the beautiful ice sculpture.

- Stephanie Marshall, Malori Stevenson, and all the students who helped in various capacities during the "Toast to the Trees" Gala.

- Ligonier Giant Eagle for donating the apple cider, Arnold Palmer Ice Tea and mixed nuts for the refreshment table during the 4 days of the "Festival".

- Allana Kondisko for donating cookies from Sweet Melissa's Pastries also for the refreshment table during the "Festival" . . . and to Karen O'Connor and Susan Woolridge for their donations too.

- Professional Business Women (PBW) of Ligonier for loaning us the use of their acrylic display stands.

- Jeff Brugh and George & Olive Conte of Conte Design as well as Jim McConnell, Scott Craig, Jack Fry, Ron Rohall, Ryan Ward, and the men of the Union Mission for helping us create the wonderful wintertime displays.

- Butch Bellas, Phyllis Bertok, Nancy & Hugh Brallier, Rich Lopretto, Arlene Lowrey, Joyce McIntire, Peggy & Dan McDonald, Jim O'Connor, PJ Neid, Joyce & Dick Miller, Pat Slack, Jason Widich, and all who volunteered their time and talents to make the 2018 "Festival of Lights" a great success.

- Conte Design, Mary Jo Culberson of On The Diamond Antiques, Angela & Jim McDonnell, Allana Kondisko, Jack Fry, Jason Probst & Jody of Lowe's Home Improvement in Latrobe and Jim Burica at Sherwin- Williams Paint Store in Latrobe for all the items they provided to make the displays possible.

- BSA Troop 372 for providing the beautiful Christmas Trees that adorn the outside sleigh.

- Hollow Tree Players for bring Ann, Elsa and Olaf from "Frozen"to life for photo opportunities at the sleigh on Saturday and Sunday during the".

- Bob & Sally Ambrose of Ridgeview Acres Farm & Flowers for providing the beautiful floral arrangements.

- PepsiCo for providing the soft drinks & bottled water.

- Tom & Debbie, Ligonier Town Hall custodial staff for their wonderful support and cheerful smiles.

 . . And, Finally
We thank our hardworking and dedicated committee members who made it all possible.

Co-chairs Glenda Dickson, Karen O'Connor and Rick Schwab as well as Candy Bellas, George Conte, Mary Jo Culbertson, Allana Kondisko, Rachel Roehrig, Theresa Gay Rohall, Zlata Ryan, Debbie Sarault, Theresa Schwab, Kathy Wood, and Susan Woolridge.

 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