Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Bushy Run Battlefield Heritage Society

  • Harrison City, PA
  • WWW.BUSHYRUNBATTLEFIELD.COM

Mission Statement

The Bushy Run Battlefield Heritage Society (BRBHS) is a non-profit, volunteer organization committed to preserving and restoring Bushy Run Battlefield as a historical, educational and recreational resource for the community.

Main Programs

  1. Ohio Country Conference
  2. Anniv. of the Battle of Bushy Run
  3. Haunted History Hayride
  4. Bushy Run Rides the Trails of History
  5. Car Cruise

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Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

ruling year

1985

Keywords

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BRBHS

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EIN

25-1436160

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The theater exhibit "The Road to Bushy Run" was completed in the spring of 2011 in the Visitor Center.  The theater features a video of the history of Bushy Run, a larger seating capacity, surround sound and special effects.  In January 2012, we received approval to place a monument at the park in honor of the 250th Anniversary.  To raise funds for that our "Tools of the Trade" commemorative raffle kicked off in January and our Buy-a-Brick campaign kicked off in May.  These two fundraisers will help raise additional funds for the monument which will be dedicated during the 250th Anniversary in August 2013.  BRBHS received two grants in the spring of 2012.  Peoples Natural Gas granted $20,000 towards the monument project and a $5,000 marketing grant was received from the Westmoreland Tourism Grant Program.  In June 2012, the new website was launched and a commemorative edition poster of the famous painting "One Mile to Bushy Run Station" went on sale.  Goals for this year are to continue with preparation for next year's big anniversary and to continue raising enough funding to complete the monument project.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Ohio Country Conference

Award winning history conference held every spring in cooperation with the Westmoreland County Historical Society and Westmoreland County Community College.  A field of scholars, authors & historians are brought together to make this event a premiere French & Indian War Conference.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$6,000.00

Program 2

Anniv. of the Battle of Bushy Run

Re-enactment of the historic battle in August 1763 between British forces and Native Americans.  The annual event is held the first weekend of August and features two reenactments, vendors, sutlers, museum tours and special programs.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Adults

Budget

$7,000.00

Program 3

Haunted History Hayride

Annual event that takes visitors on a guided hay ride through the battlefield.  Visitors learn the history of the site through interpretive stops on the trail staffed by period re-enactors.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$1,000.00

Program 4

Bushy Run Rides the Trails of History

New event featuring a motorcycle run beginning at Bushy Run Battlefield and traveling throughout the Western Pennsylvania countryside to visit other historic sites in the region.  Bikers enjoy their ride and learn history at the same time.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$100.00

Program 5

Car Cruise

The battlefield converts to a showcase of Classic and Antique cars for an afternoon.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$300.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Funding Needs

BRBHS is responsible for operating the Visitor Center during the summer season.  Volunteers are always needed to staff the gift shop and to act as tour guides.  The Museum Facilitator is the only paid employee of the BRBHS and funding is needed to pay their seasonal salary which is $20,000/yr.  The 250th Anniversary celebration is in 2013 and $100,000 in funding will be needed for the construction of a monument and for other costs that will be incurred to commemorate the milestone.

Accreditations

National Register of Historic Places - Listed Property

Affiliations + Memberships

Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations

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Bushy Run Battlefield Heritage Society

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Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Bonnie Ramus

Community Volunteer

Term: June 2008 - June 2014

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