January 2016 Meeting Minutes


Present: Alicia Miller, Elaine Gladhill, Charlie Strausbaugh, Terry Eisenhauer, John Gorman, Joe Mackley, Steve Patterson, and Lee Royer.
Staff: John Miller, Michael Christopher, and Clint Rock
Membership: none

Alicia Miller called the meeting to order at 6:34 pm

Meeting Minutes
The Minutes of the November meeting were approved on a Steve Patterson/Terry Eisenhauer motion. Vote was unanimous.

Treasurer’s Report
The January treasurer’s report was presented by Charlie Strausbaugh and approved on an Elaine Gladhill/John Gorman motion. Vote was unanimous.
Alicia Miller discussed the Christmas event. She said that it was very successful and estimated in excess of 100 visitors.
She went on to note upcoming events, including docent training and opening day on April 16
She also discussed the GAR presentation with Dan Toomey on April 9. She specifically discussed proposed locations, whether or not to charge a fee, projectors for the presentation, and how to advertise. It was determined that the event will be held at the museum, with a $5.00/person fee charged at the door. Lee Royer said that he would research advertising and the board would also begin pricing projectors.
She also pointed out the 5 year anniversary of the FMPB, Inc. in June of 2016, asking for ideas on how to commemorate with a fundraiser. A list of possible ideas discussed included a golf tournament, a 5K race, and a picnic. A subcommittee of Elaine, John G. and Joe will take charge of this event, with Elaine as the chair of this committee. The committee wil discuss the idea of a 5K with Township Supervisor, Bill Conrad, who is planning a second annual 5K at Pine Hill Recreation Area. Theme of “Run Through the Retreat” was developed, and T-Shirts were discussed. A Picnic will directly follow the 5k.

John Gorman stated that the trails do not require a great deal of clearing.
Michael Christopher stated that the state grant through DCED has not been announced as yet due to the State Budget but that the Township has been awarded a grant through Franklin County that could pay for the signage and some of the other improvements for the trails.

Alicia Miller briefly discussed fundraising and marketing, strongly urging the board to think of ways to market the museum and battlefield and to begin thinking of fundraising ideas.
She also said that she is going to begin mailing out membership forms very soon and John Miller added that a Paypal account was recently set up to allow people to pay for their membership and send donations online by credit card.
The upcoming annual meeting in March was also discussed. The Board members due for reappointment agreed to remain on the board. Alicia Miller agreed to remain the Chairperson, as did Elaine Gladhill for Vice Chair, and Charlie Strausbaugh as Treasurer.
It was agreed that John Gorman would replace current secretary Gary Muller, who will be removed from the board, due to health reasons. Both he and Ted Alexander will be moved to an “honorary” board member capacity with Darwin Seiler taking one of the positions on the board. This will leave a vacancy. Board members were asked to consider candidates for this position.
Joe Mackley will take over John Gorman’s position on the membership committee.
John Gorman discussed the cabins across from Red Run and the possibility of obtaining one for living history purposes. It was mentioned that the large building might be available and John will follow up on that.
Charlie Strausbaugh brought up potential donations and will work on developing those.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:07 pm on a Steve Patterson/John Gorman motion. Vote was unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Clint Rock, recording Secretary
For Gary L. Muller

Winter News

Volunteers Needed!!

We need volunteer docents to help operate the museum on Saturdays and Sundays beginning April 16 to November 19. The hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

We will hold a docent training workshop on March 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Operations Director John A. Miller will discuss Museum Docent 101 and the Chair of the Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield, Inc. will discuss operations.

If you like talking to people with similar interests as you, this is the perfect opportunity.

For more information, please contact our Park Director John A. Miller jamiller@montereypassbattlefield.org

Park Trails Update

The interpretation of the 120 acre track of battlefield land recently purchased by Washington Township, will cost $20,000.00. The interpretive plan for the Monterey Pass Battlefield calls for several kiosks, one wayside exhibit and twenty markers.

Added onto the cost of interpretive panels is another $250.00 for 4×4 posts for the panels to be attached to. $90.00 for several bags of concrete using a half bag for each post.

If you would like to donate to the Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum, download the donation form from our website and make checks out to the Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield, Inc.

April 9 10a.m. to 4p.m. Healing A Wounded Nation

Learn about the role Civil War veteran organizations had during the healing process of our nation. Author and historian Dan Toomey will be on hand to talk about this important story of the post American Civil War years. Displays will feature many artifacts pertaining to the Grand Army of the Republic and Confederate Veterans organizations. He will also share a PowerPoint presentation in which the museum will close to the public for the program. Those who wish to attend Dan Toomey’s talk we are asking that $5.00 donation be given.

Daniel C. Toomey is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the author of several books and lecturer for numerous organizations including the Smithsonian Institution. He will be speaking from 12-1.

From our Park Director, An Important Update Regarding Private Tours:

For those who are seeking tours of the battlefield at Monterey Pass, only our staff are allowed to give tours of the Washington Township owned battlefield property. Our park rules and regulations adopted in 2011, prohibits any other guiding services from giving tours of the Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum.

Over the course of several years, we have had a lot of tour guides for hire leading from Gettysburg to Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and we have had complaints about those paid tours from Gettysburg. Some guides have given false information regarding our battlefield, historically and organizational including our services and have crossed onto private property. Remember, when hiring a private guide from Gettysburg or other guiding company, that money does not come back to Monterey Pass and most times, it’s pocketed by the guide.

We have rules because we want to ensure that those on a tour, get the most accurate information about the history and that the funds from those tours stay at Monterey Pass Battlefield to help cover educational, interpretive and preservation projects.