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Compass Inn Museum News

Recent News

Opening Day: Sunday, May 7

Tastes of the Town

Little Explorers Preschool Program

Field Trip Information

Open Position: Stagecoach Adventurers Summer Camp Counselor

Call for Volunteers

 Opening Day: Sunday, May 7
Photo related to this news story Join us on Sunday, May 7 10am-4pm for Opening Day and Free Museum Day
in the Ligonier Valley

 Tastes of the Town
Photo related to this news story Ligonier Valley Historical Society is thrilled to host its 26th annual, Tastes of the Town, Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 6:30 -8:30 pm in The Cedars at Antiochian Village and Conference Center. During "Tastes" attendees sample sumptuous treats presented by an array of our fabulous local restaurants and bakeries. This annual event brings together visitors to the Ligonier Valley and our local residents for a fun-filled evening of great food and fellowship. It has become a gastronomic tradition in our community.

Once again, by popular vote, we will award the "Crowd Favorite" Big Fork. The Road Toad receive the honor last year. So come enjoy all the glorious food and vote for your favorite.

Reserve today - limited number of tickets. Please reserve table of 5 to 10 guest in advance by calling 724-238-6818 or lvhistrory@compassinn.com.

$35 for LVHS Members; $40 members.

Tickets can be purchase at the Ligonier Valley Historical Society Office in Laughlintown and at the following locations in Ligonier; Betsy's of Ligonier, The Paper House, and the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce office.

Please make checks payable to Ligonier Valley Historical Society. All major credit and debit cards accepted.

The evening also includes a Basket Auction, a 50/50 Drawing and Mini Stagecoach Races. There will be a cash bar.

Proceeds benefit Ligonier Valley Historical Society and Compass Inn Museums core programs and the "Save our Stagecoach" Fund.

 Little Explorers Preschool Program
Photo related to this news story Looking to give your preschooler an interactive, age appropriate
introduction to local history? The Ligonier Valley Historical
Society brings history alive every Thursday morning from 9:30 - 11
am beginning April 6 through April 27 with Little Explorers.
During Little Explorers, Malori Stevenson, Program Coordinator and
Innkeeper, along with Cathy Cummings, Business Office Coordinator
with over 20 years of teaching preschoolers, lead 3 - 5 year olds
in the exploration of the Compass Inn Museum and everyday life in
the 19th century stagecoach inn.
"This is a great introduction to history for little ones," said
Malori Stevenson. Each session will offer a diversity of learning
opportunities and exciting experiences such as a story time, a
movement activity as well as a creative project. "Preschoolers
sense of wonder comes alive as we explore history looking for what
is the same and different from today. Kids learn best through
play while engaged and having fun and that is what Little
Explorers offers!" says Cathy Cummings. Get your little ones
excited about history by enrolling them in this educational play
opportunity unlike any other.

Advance registration is encouraged as space is limited. $7 per
session, $5 discount if you sign up for all 4 sessions. Sibling
discount: First child $7 per session, each additional sibling $5
per session. Discounts cannot be combined. Contact Malori
Stevenson at 724-238-4983 or mstevenson@compassinn.org for more
information or to register.

 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.

 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


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


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