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Compass Inn Museum News

Recent News

Junior Stagecoach Adventurers (Grades 1-3)

Hammer In and Children's Living History Weekend

Bobbin Lace at Our Place!

28th Annual Tastes of the Town

Field Trip Information

Call for Volunteers


 Junior Stagecoach Adventurers (Grades 1-3)
Junior Stagecoach Adventurers is for children entering grades 1 through 3. Bring history to life by exploring games of the 19th century. Experience day-to-day life of an 1800s stagecoach stop through engaging in hands-on-activities, crafts and more! Advanced registration is required. Scholarships available.

This five day camp runs from June 24 to June 28, 2019 . Admission is $110 for LVHS members, and $125 for non-members. Camp starts at 9:00 am and ends at 2:30 pm for the entire week.

For more information, please contact Ligonier Valley Historical Society at 724- 238-6818.

 Hammer In and Children's Living History Weekend

It's never too early to start thinking about the perfect Father's Day gift. Why not give dad an experience he will be sure to never forget? The Ligonier Valley Historical Society has the perfect event for the entire family. We are proud to present our annual Hammer In blacksmith event, on June 15th, 2019, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, at the Compass Inn Museum, in conjunction with Children's Living History Weekend.

Hammer In gives Compass Inn Museum's blacksmiths, as well as the Pittsburgh Area Artists Blacksmith Association, the opportunity to get their hands dirty, and put their craft on display. Get a first-hand look at the skill and precision of our 25 blacksmiths, as you delve into this ancient practice. Feel the heat, and watch sparks fly as our aproned craftsman give metal form. Each metal piece will be for sale in the museum shop, and the lucky fathers will be entered into a drawing to win a piece made in our very own blacksmith shop!

While enjoying Hammer In be sure to take the guided family friendly tour of the restored stagecoach stop, and participate in early 19th century games, demonstrations, activities and everyday life. This year's focus is on early 19th century science! Did you know the term "scientist" and "dinosaur" came out of the early 19th century? The automobile, dynamite, and locomotives are some of the countless world-changing inventions to come out of this time period!

Let dad know your love is as strong as steel, and join us June 15th and 16th!

Admission for both Hammer In and Children's Living History is as follows:

Adults - $10 Adults 62 and over - $9 Youth (Ages 6-17) - $6 Children 5 and under, Active Military, and Ligonier Valley Historical Society members - Free

Call 724-238-4983 for more information.

 Bobbin Lace at Our Place!
Are you bursting with creativity? Are you struggling to find a hobby? Perhaps you're just trying to step out of your comfort zone? You're in luck! The Ligonier Valley Historical Society is hosting an introductory bobbin lace class on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019, at 6pm, at the Compass Inn Museum.

Bobbin lace is a skilled craft with a tradition dating back hundreds of years. Originating in early 16th century Italy, bobbin lace quickly caught on in early modern Europe, eventually proving to be a competitive and profitable income for women of the 17th century. Hundreds of years later, bobbin lace has made a resurgence, proving to be an entertaining and fulfilling hobby.

The wonderful Marion Warzel, a lifelong resident of Ligonier Valley, and skilled lacemaker will be leading the class.Marion has been making bobbin lace since she was seven years old, and has studied with some of the best lacemakers in the world, even having her own works included in an international lace exhibit! She is currently teaching a bobbin lace course through Westmoreland County Community College.

Only 8 spots are available for this unique event, and seats will fill up quickly!

The class will be $25, and RSVPs must be in by Monday, May 3rd.

Contact the Historical Society at 724-238-6818 to make your class reservation.

 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.

 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