May 21, 2015 Meeting Minutes

Present: Alicia Miller, Charlie Strausbaugh, Steve Patterson, Ken Brown, Elaine Gladhill, Lee Royer, John Gorman, Joe Mackley, Terry Eisenhauer, Darwin Seiler

Staff: John Miller

Alicia Miller called the meeting to order at 6:32pm

Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the April 16 meeting were approved, as presented, on a Joe Mackley/Lee Royer motion. Vote was unanimous.

Amended bylaws were approved on an Elaine Gladhill/Lee Royer motion. Vote was unanimous.

Treasurers Report

$185.39 in checking and $12,237.49 in money market. Treasurer’s report was accepted, as presented, on a Ken Brown/John Gorman motion. Vote was unanimous.

 Events

Brubaker Dedication Follow up – John Gorman provided feedback on the event. Alicia read email from Brubaker relative, commending us on the ceremony.

Night at the Museum Fundraiser – Alicia needs to complete the rest of the registration.

Mason Dixon AT Outdoor Festival, June 20 at Red Run – Darwin will attend on behalf of FMPB. Darwin also announced that they are waiving the registration fee for us.

Battlefield

Is officially part of the Monterey Pass Battlefield property, owned by Washington Township.

Park boundaries need to somehow be established.

Alicia mentioned that the trails have already been established, will be using existing trails. Elaine suggested a walk of property. Alicia will let board know what date/time this will happen.

Interpretive markers will need to be installed. John Miller has an estimate of $5,000 – $8,000 for markers and installation. Charlie suggested approaching businesses to sponsor a sign at a fee of $500/sign.

Museum

Alicia reviewed visitor stats, as maintained by John Miller. For March/April, there were 678 visitors at museum or attending events.

Television has been donated by Pat O’Connor and will be installed.

Franklin County Visitors Bureau will print the brochures that we create at no charge. Alicia and John are working on creating and editing them.

Outside tour groups were discussed. Alicia cited the resolution, as put into effect by Washington Township when the property was originally purchased, that states that no outside entity can sell/make profit, while on property. Alicia also reviewed past issues with other tour groups not knowing property boundaries, and then going onto private land.

Staff shirts were discussed. The docents will receive their first one at no charge, and then will pay for any extra they may want. A sign up sheet was passed around for the Board, if they want to order more. Darwin will check with Olympian to see if they can order the shirts.

Alicia reviewed the process of selling items at the museum. Alicia and John installed a brochure/book rack on the wall. This is where books for sale will be placed, with a label indicating the price of each. The price already includes tax, so the docent will not need to calculate tax on each sale.

152nd Commemoration of the Battle of Monterey Pass Schedule of Events

Looking into the Past and Moving Monterey Pass into the Future

152nd Commemoration of the Battle of Monterey Pass Event Schedule for July 3-5, 2015

Friday, July 3, (6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., An Evening at the Museum – Monterey Pass Battlefield Park

7:30 p.m., An Evening Along The Maria Furnace Road – Monterey Pass Battlefield Park. Learn about the historic significance of the Great Wagon Road from its beginning to the Civil War as the Confederate army withdrew from Pennsylvania. Please bring conformable shoes, bottled water and bug spray. This tour will cover much of the road in distance and has rocky and uneven areas. No strollers! Tour is about one hour to one and a half hours!

Saturday, July 4 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

10:00 a.m., Advancing the Line, Custer’s Wolverines – Starts at the Monterey Pass Battlefield Museum by the Michigan Marker. Learn about Custer’s brigade during the Battle of Monterey Pass. Please bring conformable shoes, bottled water and bug spray. This tour will about one hour.

12:00 p.m., The Day and the Life of a Civil War Soldier – Monterey Pass Battlefield Park. This is a living history program that breaks down the average soldier of 1863 from who he was and what he looked liked during the Pennsylvania Campaign. Program is about 40 minutes!

2:00 p.m., Hiking the Future Park – Monterey Pass Battlefield Park. This tour will cover the plans that are being made for the future Monterey Pass Battlefield Park. Join John Miller, the Park’s Director for this behind the scenes look at what is going into the park and how it is being interpreted. Please bring plenty of water to drink, bug spray and wear comfortable shoes. Tour will be approximately two hours in length.

Sunday, July 5 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

9:00 a.m., The New York State National Guard of 1863. This is a living history program that breaks down the average soldier of the New York State National Guard from who he was, his experiences in Pennsylvania, and what he looked liked during the Pennsylvania Campaign. Program is about 40 minutes!

11:00 p.m., Hiking the Future Park – Monterey Pass Battlefield Park. This tour will cover the plans that are being made for the future Monterey Pass Battlefield Park. Join John Miller, the Park’s Director for this behind the scenes look at what is going into the park and how it is being interpreted. Please bring plenty of water to drink, bug spray and wear comfortable shoes. Tour will be approximately two hours in length.

2:00 p.m., Histories Mysteries – Monterey Pass Battlefield Museum. This 30 minute program is for people of all ages and will feature several artifacts from the Civil War period to turn of the century.