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

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.

November 2015 Meeting Minutes

Present: Alicia Miller, Elaine Gladhill, Ken Brown, John Gorman, Steve Patterson, and Lee Royer.

Staff: John Miller, Jeffrey Geesaman, and Clint Rock

Membership: none

Alicia Miller called the meeting to order at 6:41 pm

Meeting Minutes
The Minutes of the October meeting were approved on a Ken Brown/Lee Royer motion. Vote was unanimous.

Treasurers Report
The October treasurer’s report was approved on a John Gorman/Ken Brown motion. Vote was unanimous.

Clint Rock and Ken Brown recapped the South Mountain Partnership meeting on October 16th saying that there was a good turnout and a lot of interest generated. Ken Brown added that approximately 20 of the meeting attendees visited the museum, afterward.

Alicia Miller discussed upcoming events, noting specifically the December 19th Christmas at the Museum event. She added that a docent appreciation event would be held, afterward, as a “thank you” to museum volunteers. Ken Brown suggested a Volunteer of the Year award with a $25 gift card price, and also nominated Ralph Dice as the volunteer of the year for 2015. The suggestion and the nomination were both approved on a Ken Brown/Elaine Gladhill motion.

Alicia Miller went on to discuss the GAR presentation with Dan Toomey, suggesting that the Board discuss providing an overnight stay at the Martin House B&B with Duke and Lynn Martin. It was agreed to provide the overnight stay on a Ken Brown/Elaine Gladhill motion. Vote was unanimous.

She noted other upcoming events, including the 2016 opening day event of the museum, the upcoming 5th anniversary of the FMPB, Inc., and the July 2017 Preservation March.

The proposed trails were discussed. Alicia Miller noted that Michael Christopher has said that the grant through DCED is currently on hold until the Pennsylvania State budget is complete. John Gorman and John Miller stated that, in the meantime, some clearing of brush and the removal a few trees would make the trails usable. It was agreed to begin this work in early spring of 2016.

Alicia Miller reminded the Board of items to be considering including fundraising, marketing, and membership.

The Secretary position was also discussed. Joe Mackley was mentioned as a candidate, however John Gorman offered to take the position if Joe would decline the nomination.

New Business
John Miller discussed the renewal of the website. It was agreed to pay the renewal fee on a Ken Brown/John Gorman motion. Vote was unanimous.

Ken Brown discussed holding Board meetings at the museum, starting in January. It was agreed to host the meetings at the museum on an Elaine Gladhill motion. Vote was unanimous.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:29 pm on a Ken Brown/Elaine Gladhill motion. Vote was unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Clint Rock, recording Secretary
For Gary L. Muller