Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Ligonier Valley Historical Society

  • Laughlintown, PA
  • www.compassinn.com

Mission Statement

EDUCATIONAL, HISTORY To discover, collect, preserve and disseminate any material which will help to establish or illustrate the exploration, settlement, development, and general history of the Ligonier Valley area.To demonstrate a living history of life during the 18thand 19thcentury through the operation of the Compass Inn Museum for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Main Programs

  1. Living History Weekends
  2. Summer Camp
  3. Festival of Lights
  4. Lecture Series
  5. Museum Free Day
Service Areas

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National

ruling year

1974

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Mr. Sean Murphy

Keywords

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Compass Inn, Museum, Festival of Lights, Guided Tours, Stagecoach Stop, Ligonier History

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EIN

25-6076573

 Number

5519405170

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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Accomplishments: Hired consultants to facilitate a basic strategic/development plan.Hired a program coordinator to oversee the operation of Compass Inn Museum.Developed new educational programs to enhance events at the museum.Received funding to make the necessary capital improvements to two historic sites, which are on the National register for Historic places.Preserved the Laurel Hill Iron Furnace. Goals: Develop a marketing plan to promote Compass Inn Museum.Continue to make necessary renovations, maintenance and conservation needs to the historic site per the Conservation Assessment Report.Strengthen the historical society's fund raisng efforts.Increase the volunteer base at Compass Inn MuseumContinue to refurbish and maintain seven abandoned local cemeteries

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

Living History Weekends

Living History weekends bring history to life for visitors. During the weekends, presenters and volunteers, depict 19th-century life and conduct tours of the museum; guests watch demonstrations that can include blacksmithing, cooking, spinning and weaving; children can try 19th-century hands-on activities such as 19th-century games, hand dipping a candle, or cooking a donut. June is Children's weekend. July and August are themed weekends. Past themes have included the Civil War, Settlers in the Ligonier Valley, and Native Americans. Budget: $750 to $1000 per weekend.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$1,000.00

Program 2

Summer Camp

Compass Inn Kids Summer camp is, sponsored by the Ligonier Valley Historical Society. This four day camp, provides school aged children with a fun and educational way to learn about life and transportation in the early 1800's. Budget: $500.00 per summer.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$500.00

Program 3

Festival of Lights

The Ligonier Valley Historical Society sponsors a Christmas themed Festival of Lights each year in early December. The festival, located in the Community Room of the Ligonier Valley Town Hall, is a display of trees, wreaths and stars designed and decorated by local families and businesses. The unique charm of this exhibit lies in the ingenious detail used to present a theme in each tree, wreath and star. A raffle table, cookie cafe and a holiday boutique with a wide variety of items, many hand crafted and unique, add to the charm of this annual holiday event. The trees, wreaths and boutique items are for sale.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$4,800.00

Program 4

Lecture Series

The Ligonier Valley Historical Society presents lectures covering people, places and events from the past to the present. The programs are free and open to the public.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$150.00

Program 5

Museum Free Day

Museum Free Day Ligonier Valley, is a joint effort with Antiochian Heritage Museum, Compass Inn Museum, Fort Ligonier, Ligonier Valley Rail Road Museum, Lincoln Highway Experience and Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. These six sites join together and invite the public to visit our historical and cultural landsmarks. Special programs and various activities are offered at each site which offers free admission to all visitors on one day.

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Population(s) Served

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Funding Needs

Increase general operating support to sustain current and additional staffObtain archival supplies to secure the safe keeping of records and documents. $2,000Upgrade technology at Ligonier Valley Historical Society and the Country Store at Compass Inn Museum. $3,500Expand programs and events at Compass Inn Museum to include additional re-enactors, demonstrators and professional skilled craftsmen. $3,000Increase LVHS Endowment.

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LIGONIER VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Fiscal year: Apr 01-Mar 31

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Ligonier Valley Historical Society

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Principal Officer

Mr. Sean Murphy

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"What distinguishes the Ligonier Valley Historical Society from other similar organizations is the ownership and operation of the Compass Inn Museum. The site was continuously owned for 152 years by the same family, the Armors, who purchased the original log cabin and 12 acres of ground from Mr. Philip Freeman in 1814 and sold it, seven generations later, to the Ligonier Valley Historical Society with the expressed purpose that it becomes a museum. Not only did the family transfer the property to the historical society, they also donated 152 years of family documents and other local history records, largely collected and maintained by one family member, Mr. Charles Logan Armor who passed away in 1933. Recognizing the importance of his family home and his hometown, the archives and collections that Mr. Armor preserved are used in the interpretation of the museum program. The informative and educational guided tour focuses on social history versus great man or great event history. It tells the story of working family life and how people lived and traveled during the infancy of our nation. The historical society feels that it is important to educate others on the strength and persistence that were a part of our early existence. This is what inspires us to tell the story of Compass Inn and the Armor family."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Sean C. Murphy

Sr. Technical Project Manager

Term: Apr 2012 - Mar 2013

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