Recent donation of dug artifacts from the area.
The Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield, Incorporated
October 17, 2013
Present: Alicia Miller, Terry Eisenhauer, Ken Brown, John Gorman, Joe Mackley, Dick McCracken, Lee Royer, and Steve Patterson
Staff: John Miller, Michael Christopher, and Clint Rock
Membership: Paul Coussan, CWT
Alicia Miller called the meeting to order at 6:31 pm
Introduction of Paul Coussan, CWT
• Alicia Miller introduced Paul Coussan, the new Policy Associate with CWT
• Paul Coussan gave a brief overview of CWT and stated, on behalf of CWT, that they are interested in partnering with the FMPB, Inc. and working together to help preserve and interpret the Battlefield and help develop the Battlefield Park.
• He stated that they are not able to provide financial assistance, for the time being, but would be able to offer technical support by helping to create awareness by reaching a larger audience and to offer guidance on setting up and operating fundraising programs.
• How threatened properties were acknowledged and ranked was discussed. Paul Coussan explained that the significance of threatened properties are typical ranked by how closely they are linked to a specific historic person or event, or their connection to a recognized Battlefield site. He assured the Board that Monterey Pass is “on their radar”.
• Recognition of the Monterey Pass Battlefield site was also discussed. Paul Coussan said that the CWT may be able to provide assistance with having the Monterey Pass site included on the Civil War Trails map through the Journey Through Hallowed Ground.
• Paul Coussan asked if there was a working relationship between the FMPB, Inc. and other battlefields. John Miller said that there is some interaction between the FMPB, Inc. and the Gettysburg National Battlefield Park but there is a closer working relationship with the Antietam National Battlefield Park through Historian and FMPB, Inc. Board member, Ted Alexander.
• The minutes from the August meeting were approved on a Steve Patterson/John Gorman motion. Vote was unanimous.
• The minutes from the September meeting were approved on a Steve Patterson/John Gorman motion. Vote was unanimous.
Treasurers Report/Annual Report
• Michael Christopher presented the October Treasurers Report, which was approved on a Dick McCracken/John Gorman motion. Vote was unanimous.
• Lee Royer discussed the fundraising program through Hoss’ restaurants. He stated that the restaurant will issue coupons that, if used by people visiting the restaurant, will donate a portion of the sale to the FMPB, Inc. Coupons from Hoss’ were distributed at the meeting to board members to be handed out to people planning to visit the restaurant, starting at 4pm on Saturday, November 9th for the fundraising event.
• John Miller stated that he has been working on applications to have the Monterey Pass Battlefield Property/Properties included on the Pennsylvania “At Risk” Battlefields list. The application was mailed by the deadline of October 18th.
• Alicia Miller gave a recap of the attendance that John Miller received on his Monterey talk at the Chambersburg Civil War Seminar in September.
• John and Alicia Miller will be at Green Grove Gardens on behalf of the Allison Antrim Museum and the Shockey’s on November 2nd. John will be giving a talk there on Monterey.
• John Gorman volunteered to attend the Mountaintop Community Fair on November 2nd.
• Lee Royer suggested providing gift cards to the Hess Brothers for their volunteer work on the museum. This motion was approved on a Dick McCracken/John Gorman motion, vote was unanimous.
• Lee said the first layer of plywood is on the building, scaffolding will be coming soon and once that happens the roof can be put on, as well as the housewrap.
• Mike Christopher is looking into insurance policy.
• Lee Royer will present the access agreement to Mr. Hatfield.
• There are currently no updates regarding this phase.
• Clint Rock mentioned an Eagle Scout had contacted him regarding upcoming projects.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:04 pm.
Clint Rock, recording Secretary
For Gary L. Muller