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The Vidette, January 2009

Newsletter of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund

Vol 1, No. 1

Welcome to the inaugural issue of this newsletter. The Vidette will be published occasionally in order to provide friends and supporters of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund with ongoing information about activities, news and other matters relating to the site.

EVENTS FOR 2009

National History Day

Saturday March 14, 2009 8 AM-2 PM

The Southeast Regional component of the National History Day competition which is held annually at Immaculata University is an academic competition for students in grades six through twelve. It is modeled after science fairs, and invites students to undertake original research and interpretation of historical events. Students are given a broad topic from which to select the theme of their presentation. This year's topic is "Individual in History: Actions and Legacies". Students may write papers, develop dramatic performances, design freestanding exhibits, create media presentations, or develop websites. The competition is composed of two levels — the middle level (grades six through eight) and the senior level (grades nine through twelve). This competition is sponsored by the Chester County Historical Society and Immaculata University and supported by various area historic sites and societies.

Let Freedom Ring

Saturday July 4, 2009 1 to 2:30 PM

Is a nationwide celebration honoring those who helped achieve our country's independence during the American Revolution. The Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution sponsors this national bell ringing event.

Although this celebration is initiated in Philadelphia, birthplace of our nation's freedom, it is truly a nationwide event. In accordance with the U.S. Congressional Resolution Number 25, bells across the country are rung thirteen times at exactly 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.), in honor of the thirteen original states that the signers of the Declaration of Independence represented.

Anniversary Event

Sunday September 20, 2009

TBD

Battlefield Illumination, Saturday October 10, 2009 7 PM

Three hundred luminaries will be set up at the battlefield representing the number of American soldiers killed, missing and wounded during the Battle of Paoli. Along the lighted pathway visitors will be able to observe seven vignettes telling the story of the battle from the military and civilian points of view. These accounts are based on Tom McGuire's book "The Battle of Paoli." Tour guides dressed in period garb will lead visitors on a 45 minute tour of the battlefield.

MEETINGS & VOLUNTEER EFFORTS

Monthly Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 5:30 PM in the 2nd floor front meeting room at Malvern Borough Hall (for 2009: 1/14, 2/11, 3/11, 4/8, 5/13, 6/10, 7/8, 8/12, 9/9, 10/14, 11/11, & 12/9). The two sub-committees, Events and Preservation, will hold separate meetings. If you are interested in filling a board position or volunteering to help with upcoming events, please contact us! Volunteers for events as well as board positions are open.

PROPOSED PROJECTS

Patriots Path

A joint project of Chester County, Tredyffrin and East Whiteland Townships, Malvern Borough, Valley Forge National Historic Park and Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund to establish a walking and bicycle path between Valley Forge NHP, the Paoli Battlefield and the Battle of the Clouds Park.

National Historic Landmark Status

The next step in preserving the Paoli Battlefield and securing its proper place in our nation's history. It is a long and detailed process of nomination, requiring professional historical research and public support to determine appropriate boundaries.

Archeological Survey of the Paoli Battlefield

The noted archeological and preservation planning experts, John Milner Associates has agreed to assist in planning and securing funds for this long term survey plan along with such experts as Dr. David Orr (former VFNHP archeologist and professor at Temple University) and Tom McGuire. In the preliminary planning stages, this multi-year effort will have to be a joint project of PBPF, Malvern Borough, the Paoli Memorial Association and other interested government and educational organizations.

Protecting and Improving the Battlefield Site

Invasive weeds have overtaken the traditional crops of the farm field. The original viewscape of the 1777 battlefield is hindered by the First Ave homes. A comprehensive plan must be devised to rid the battlefield of invasive plants and devise a tree and shrub buffer that will obscure the bulk of the modern housing while not detracting from those homes' backyard view. It can be done!

OTHER NEWS

The Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund is trying to obtain a display case for our History Center in the Malvern Borough Hall. We are pursuing a loan of 18th century military artifacts to put on display. If you know where we can obtain one please contact us at generals@paoilbattlefield.org

Please visit our web site: www.ushistory.org/paoli