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Ligonier museums open community day to all visitors

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

Six Ligonier Valley museums will offer free admission to all visitors on May 5.

“This event started in 2008 for Ligonier's 250th commemoration with Fort Ligonier and Compass Inn providing free admission to their sites for Ligonier residents as a “thank you” for supporting our sites over the years,” said Annie Urban who was recently named executive director of Fort Ligonier. “It has since grown to include six museums featuring a special program at each site.”

Special programs and a variety of activities will be provided at the local historical and cultural landmarks.

“Last year, we extended the free admission to all residents of Westmoreland County, and this year, it will be free admission for all visitors,” said Urban

Participants include Fort Ligonier, Compass Inn Museum, Ligonier Valley Rail Road Museum, Lincoln Highway Experience, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art and the Antiochian Heritage Museum.

The fort will present “Colonial Culture, Customs & Craftsmen,” featuring blacksmithing demonstrations and bread baking in the field ovens.

Compass Inn will feature costumed docents and demonstrations of life in the 1800s at the inn.

Ligonier Valley Rail Road Museum will feature artifacts of the railroad at the restored Darlington Station and a trackless train ride for children.

Nine artisans will be demonstrating crafts at the Lincoln Highway Experience museum.

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art will feature 65 pieces from the museum's permanent collection and educational programs for families.

The Antiochian Heritage Museum's new exhibit “Sacred Illuminations” and “Titanic Connections” will be featured.

“It is a terrific opportunity for all of us to kick off the 2013 season, showcase our history and share our events calendars and programming for the remainder of the year.”

Deborah A. Brehun is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-238-2111 or