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Compass Inn Museum News

Recent News

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Halloween Hauntings Storytelling Tours

Little Explorers Preschool Program

2018 Admission Fees

Field Trip Information

Call for Volunteers


 Pumpkin Carving Contest
IT'S PUMKIN CARVING TIME AT COMPASS INN MUSEUM Help Ligonier Valley Historical Society light the walk during Compass Inn Museum's annual Halloween Hauntings Storytelling Tours. The Third Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest will take place Saturday, October 20th at Compass Inn Museum. Families and individuals are encouraged to participate! Design it, carve it, and display it. There is no fee to enter. It is your chance to show off your most artistic, inspired, piece de resistance. Carve your pumpkin free hand, use a pattern or kit, paint it, or decorate it. Winners in each category will be chosen by the attendees during the Halloween Hauntings Storytelling tours that evening. Then all entries will be on display during the tours the following weekend, Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29. First, Second, and Third Place winners will be voted on in each of three categories. Categories include Juniors (ages 12 & under), Adults (ages 13 & up) and Families (mixed ages). First Place winners will receive $75, Second Place winners will receive $50, and Third Place winners will receive $25. In addition, each winner will receive 2 free admissions to the October 27th or 28th "Halloween Hauntings" Storytelling Tours. Drop off your masterpiece between 11 am and 2:30 pm Saturday, October 20 at Compass Inn Museum. Pre-registration is encouraged or you may register onsite when delivering your carving. Visit www.compassinn.org to download the registration form and contest rules. Everyone who drops off at carved pumpkin will receive a pumpkin cookie and a cup of hot chocolate. "Enter today to show off your great carving skills. We know you are looking forward to getting up to your elbows in a pumpkin", said Theresa Gay Rohall, Ligonier Valley Historical Society's Executive Director. "It is going to be so much fun to see everyone's creativity and all of the carvings will help light our way during Halloween Hauntings", added Program Coordinator and Innkeeper, Malori Stevenson. Halloween Hauntings Storytelling Tours are "hauntingly good" fun! Enjoy the fascinating stories of the various inhabitants and travelers who stayed at the inn and hear the fabled ghost stories that surround them and others. This unforgettable and ethereal entertaining excursion includes a candlelight tour of the inn, cookhouse and blacksmith shop. So while you are visiting the past, you might just feel a presence as you explore the buildings and grounds of Compass Inn Museum. Family friendly Halloween stories will be told during the 6 to 7:30 pm tours and haunted stories for more mature audiences will be told during the 7:30 - 9 pm tours each night. Special Halloween Pricing: $8 per person ages 13 - 61, $7 per person ages 62+, $5 children 5 -12, Free children 5 and younger. Come in costume if you like. Tours are conducted between 6 - 9 pm October 20, 27 & 28. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. Contact: Compass Inn Museum 724-238-4983. See the contest rules.
 Halloween Hauntings Storytelling Tours
"Halloween Hauntings" Storytelling Tours are "hauntingly good" fun! October 20, 27 & 28 from 6-9 pm Enjoy the fascinating stories of the various inhabitants and travelers who stayed at the inn and hear the fabled ghost stories that surround them and others. This unforgettable and ethereal entertaining excursion includes a candlelight tour of the inn, cookhouse and blacksmith shop. So while you are visiting the past, you might just feel a presence as you explore the buildings and grounds of Compass Inn Museum. Family friendly Halloween stories will be told during the 6 to 7:30 pm tours and haunted stories for more mature audiences will be told during the 7:30 - 9 pm tours each night. Special Halloween Pricing: $8 per person ages 13 - 61, $7 per person ages 62+, $5 children 5 -12, Free children 5 and younger. Come in costume if you like. Tours are conducted between 6 - 9 pm October 20, 27 & 28. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. Contact: Compass Inn Museum 724-238-4983.
 Little Explorers Preschool Program
The Ligonier Valley Historical Society brings history alive every Friday morning from 10 - 11 am beginning September 14 through October 5 with Little Explorers. During Little Explorers, Malori Stevenson, Program Coordinator and Innkeeper leads children 3 - 5 year of age in the exploration of the Compass Inn Museum and everyday life in the 19th century stagecoach inn. History has always been full of problem solving and stories, a perfect opportunity for little ones to learn about themselves and their surroundings through play. Children are never too young to enjoy history. During Little Explorers, they will travel back in time and experience what life was like long ago. "This is a great introduction to history for little ones. Through activities that involve art, music, cooperative games, movement and other age-appropriate experiences to fascinate and stimulate learning while having tons of fun!" said Malori Stevenson. Get your little ones excited about history by enrolling them in this educational play opportunity unlike any other. Immerse your preschooler in stories, games, and history as they explore Compass Inn through play and experience what is the same and different from today. 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.
 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