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SPRING 2014 PARTNERSHIP MEETING

Friday, April 25th

9:30 am - noon

Franklin County

More Details and Agenda coming soon!

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UPCOMING PARTNERSHIP EVENTS:

SOUTH MOUNTAIN SPEAKERS SERIES EVENT

THE ROTHROCK LEGACY: THE PAST AND CURRENT CONDITION OF PENN'S WOODS

Thursday, March 27th

Penn State - Mont Alto

More details available at the Speakers Series website. 

 

SOUTH MOUNTAIN SPEAKERS SERIES EVENT

HALLOWED GROUNDS, ENDANGERED HISTORY: PRESERVING THE HISTORIC AFRICAN-AMERICAN BURIAL GROUNDS OF THE SOUTH MOUNTAIN REGION

Thursday, April 17th

Shippensburg University

More details available at the Speakers Series website. 

 

2014 SPRING PARTNERSHIP MEETING

Friday, April 25th

Franklin County

Registration information coming.

 

 

RothrockThe Rothrock Legacy: A Forum on the Past and Current Condition of Penn's Woods


Thursday, March 27th

Penn State-Mont Alto Campus, General Studies Auditorium
7:00 p.m

 

Over the last 130 years the South Mountain Region's cutover and burned over forest landscape has been transformed into a patchwork mosaic of fertile agricultural valleys and shady wooded ridges. Please join us for a Forum discussion about the history, diversity, and current management of South Central Pennsylvania's hardwood forest resource.

            Joe Barnard (retired, USDA-Forest Service) will provide an interesting and colloquial summary of how Joseph T. Rothrock's  passion led to the protection of thousands of acres of  Pennsylvania's now productive hardwood forest, as well as the establishment of Pennsylvania's Forestry School at Mont Alto.

            Matt Keefer (assistant state forester, DCNR Bureau of Forestry)  will detail today's current condition of South Central Pennsylvania's forests and will also outline the opportunities and threats to the current day-to-day management of our Region's private and public forests.

            Finally Nancy Baker, a private landowner, will provide a case study of opportunities available to private landowners interested in sustainably managing their forest lands..

 

A discussion and audience comment period will follow the three Forum presentations.

 

More information can be found at:

http://southmountainspeakers.blogspot.com/

 

SpringMeetingMark your Calendars:

Spring 2014 Partnership Meeting

April 25, 2014

 

Calling all partners - the Spring Partnership-wide meeting has been scheduled for Friday April 25, 2014. This half-day meeting will bring the entire Partnership network together - it will be a great chance:

  • to stay connected to the projects of the Partnership;
  • provide input, feedback, and participate in shaping the direction of the Partnership;
  • Learn about partner projects and efforts;
  • and strengthen existing collaborations and explore new opportunities for collaboration to support the work you and other  organizations and individuals are pursuing to help shape a positive future for the South Mountain landscape.

So, Mark your Calendars - we hope you can join us!

HallowedGroundCemetery Conservation and Lecture to be Offered in April

 

 

The second lecture of 2014 Season of the  South Mountain Speakers Series  is scheduled for April 17th and will focus on African-American cemeteries throughout the South Mountain landscape:

 

Over the last two hundred and fifty years, African American churches and organizations have established dozens of burial grounds in communities throughout the South Mountain region. These historic cemeteries provide remarkable sites for documenting the rich African American history of the region, including such issues as the history of slavery, emancipation, segregation, and African-American military service in the United States Civil War. Today, many of these historic burial grounds have vanished, or they are threatened by a combination of weathering, neglect, vandalism, and development.  The public talk by Dr. Steven Burg, Professor of History at Shippensburg University, will discuss the ways that the historic burial grounds of the South Mountain can be used to discover the region's rich African-American history.  It will then consider the threats posed to these sites, and a variety of efforts that are currently underway to preserve, protect, and share the stories of these hallowed grounds.

 

Prior to the evening lecture, the Pennsylvania Hallowed Ground Project will host an afternoon workshop for cemetery caretakers - learn how to develop a conservation plan, build organizational capacity, and find the financial support to care for your sacred site. This is an opportunity for sharing ideas and fellowship with other caretakers from central Pennsylvania. The mission of the Hallowed Ground Project is to conserve and commemorate the graves of United States Colored Troops (USCT) and the cemeteries in which they are interred.

 

Registration is required for this workshop: learn more and register here! 

Partner Spotlight:

 

IronmasterThe Central PA Conservancy offers an open house at the Ironmaster's Mansion!

 

Wednesday, April 2nd 

Noon - 4 p.m.  

 

Ever visited Pine Grove Furnace State Park and walked by the Ironmaster's Mansion and wondered what its like on the inside? Now's your chance: CPC is hosting an open house at the Mansion on Wednesday, April 2nd. Complimentary refreshments will be offered and Innkeepers will be providing tours of the 1829 English Tudor home.


Come see what the Ironmaster's Mansion has to offer as an group event destination!

 

Click here for more information and free registration! 

 

 

Partner Spotlight:

 

ConococheagueThe Conococheague Institute offers its annual "End of Starvation" Feast!

 

Saturday, April 5th 

4 - 6 p.m.  

 

The year is 1753...the settlers of the Conococheague Settlement have endured a harsh winter of isolation and near-starvation. Now that the winter snows have gone, word has spread of a celebration...an End of Starvation Feast!

 

A colonial frontier dinner and period music will be offered at Rock Hill Farm in Franklin County, where the Conococheague Institute operates as a regional center for developing and fostering awareness, understanding and stewardship of the cultural and natural history of the Appalachian frontier of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.

 

Seating is limited for this unique event, and reservations are required by April 1, 2014.

 

R.S.V.P at 717-328-3467 or at events@cimlg.org