Grand Opening of the Museum at Monterey Pass Battlefield Park

P1040658Join us on October 18, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the grand opening of the museum at Monterey Pass Battlefield Park. Please park at Rolando Woods Lions Club Park as the battlefield park parking is reserved for handicap parking only for this event. 

Special Membership Only Event!!!!Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield, Inc. members are invited to attend a special first hand look from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. before the grand opening. 

August 21, 2014 Meeting Minutes

Present: Alicia Miller, Terry Eisenhauer, Gary Muller, Ken Brown, John Gorman, Joe Mackley, Dick McCracken, Steve Patterson, and Lee Royer

Staff: Michael Christopher, John Miller and Clint Rock

Alicia Miller called the meeting to order at 6:35 pm

Special Presenation
Marshall Miller and Timothy Morrow presented their senior project to the board. Marshall Miller outlined the proposed events for October 4th, which will include a living history at the Monterey Pass Battlefield Park as well as a walking tour of the Maria Furnace Road and a campfire. Timothy Morrow added that part of the project will also be conducting a chicken bbq fundraiser to benefit Monterey Pass. The bbq will be held at the Zulllinger community center on September 20 from 9:00am until 1:00 pm.

Meeting Minutes

 The Minutes of the July meeting were approved on a Dick McCracken/Ken Brown motion. Vote was unanimous.
Treasurers Report/Annual Report

 Alicia Miller presented the August Treasurers report, which was approved on a Dick MCCracken/Joe Mackley motion. Vote was unanimous.


 Alicia Miller noted the upcoming Mountaintop Fall Fair. John Gorman and Ken Brown volunteered to represent the FMPB, Inc. at this event.


 Lee Royer stated that there is remaining site work that will need to be done. He noted, specifically that brush and construction debris will need to be cleared and that he will be contacting John Gehr to have the site graded and seeded. Other site work discussed includes the installation of a flag pole, mulch, and reinstalling the battlefield sign.

 He also said that trashcans will be needed for the restrooms and some repairs will need to be made to the roof.

 Alicia Miller said that C-Ely Designs is working on the interpretive wall panels and they are expected to be done within the next several weeks.

 She also suggested that the FMPB, Inc. host an unveiling event in November for all contributors to the project. This list would include donors, volunteers, and workers who have contributed to the construction of the building.

 Lee Royer also suggested dedications ceremonies for the bench donation and the restored Brubaker Memorial.

 Alicia Miller revisited the question of purchasing artifacts for the interpretive center, citing a list of items that may be available. Following a brief discussion of the budget, it was agreed to allot $10,000 to Alicia Miller and John Miller for the purchase of artifacts on a Ken Brown/Lee Royer motion. Vote was unanimous.

 Alicia Miller and Lee Royer also discussed other items that will be needed for the interior of the building. This list of items includes a television to show documentaries, a table for the use of a docent and/or museum visitors, and appliances for the kitchenette.

WTMA Property

 Michael Christopher stated that the first $100,000 from Franklin County has been received and that Washington Township will be applying for the second $100,000, very soon. He added that a sales agreement is being work on and the expected closing date on the property will be in March of next year.

 He also noted that he will be negotiating with the Blue Ridge Summit Lions Club in September for a piece of the Rolando Woods park, to access the WTMA property.

New Business

 Ken Brown suggested that FMPB, Inc. board members assist Marshall Miller and Timothy Morrow with the chicken bbq on September 20th.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:02 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Clint Rock, recording Secretary
For Gary L. Muller