Dec 102015
 

On Wednesday, December 9th, our Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund, Jim Christ, was a guest on Gene Pisasale’s program Living History on WCHE 1520 AM.  Jim discussed aspects of Battle of Paoli, the grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program, and protection and education efforts of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund.  We’d sincerely like to thank Gene Pisasale for his the invitation to come on his show and help better explain our organization and what it is important to Remember Paoli!!

 

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 Posted by at 11:49 am
Dec 022015
 

We have made progress since announcing that we had received a grant from the ABPP (American Battlefield Protection Program) in 2014 with the goal of become one of only 2500 sites nationally that bear the destination of National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service.   Please check our site regularly as we will keep this page updated on our latest status.

Update 4 – December 2015

We are moving forward with both our American Battlefields Protection Program Grant and our submission to be designated as a National Historic Landmark.  We invited National Park Service managers and historians to a field visit in late October which was successful.  We are moving forward on the NHL and are refining our specific statement of national significance.  Our in-depth research and documentation, covering over 200 years from sources all across the nation, demonstrated that whenever “Paoli” was mentioned in public discourse, American’s instantly recognized that it stood for a national ideal – Americans fight ferociously and aggressively and, when victorious, would treat the defeated with mercy and decency.  This was in start contrast to the atrocities inflicted on Continental soldiers at Paoli.  “Mad Anthony” Wayne’s payback, two years later at the successful midnight, bayonets-only, raid on Stony Point, resulted in over 600 British prisoners and their humane treatment after surrendering.  This, combined with America’s first battle cry, Remember Paoli, created a national value that is a proud part of our legacy to this very day.  In recent years the origin of this American standard has been temporarily forgotten, but our efforts will help bring it back to mind.
In addition, we are updating the official record of the Paoli Battlefield site on the National Register of Historic Places to reflect many of the unique properties and impact of the battle on both the Revolutionary War and upon American national culture.  The National Park Service is working with us to implement additional actions and techniques to protect related historic sites, preserving our heritage and educating the public.  Look for more information on this in future issues and on our website.”

Donations and Sponsorships for Matching Funds ARE NEEDED!

Help us in this once in a lifetime opportunity!!

We are a registered 501C(3) and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. To make a donation, click on the link on the top right part of the screen under Please Donate.

PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit are being set up to develop extra-curriculum programs in K-12 schools to participate in living history, field visits and participation in preservation and research activities related to the Battle of Paoli, the Revolutionary War, Veterans and our national heritage.

Businesses are encouraged to contact PBPF – Contributions to this program can be used as tax credits rather than just charitable donations.

 

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We have made progress since announcing that we had received a grant from the ABPP (American Battlefield Protection Program) in 2014 with the goal of become one of only 2500 sites nationally that bear the destination of National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service.   Please check our site regularly as we will keep this page updated on our latest status.

Update 3 – August 2015

The National Historic Landmark department responded to our Letter of Inquiry in July.  The reply was positive and very helpful.  A NHL Historian has been assigned to us as our reviewer and, through our discussions with her we are able to narrow the focus of our application to primarily one of NHL criterion (you only need to establish unique national significance in one of the six criterion’s that are used to select an NHL).  In addition, NHL provided some very interesting suggestions on how to enrich our application utilizing aspects of American folklore and national memory.  This works well with our current research which has uncovered references to the Battle of Paoli and the battle cry “Remember Paoli” throughout the next 150 years, especially during times of conflict such as the War of 1812, the Mexican American War, the Civil War, WWI & II.

We also found out that the NHL must necessarily start with information that is currently in the official Department of the Interior records on the Battle of Paoli which is from the Battle of Paoli application to the National Register of Historic Places (NHR) approved in 1996.  This application was submitted when 43 acres of land was threatened by development and securing federal recognition was extremely important to try to preserve the site.  The application took the path of least resistance and fastest approval from both the Pennsylvania Historic & Museum Commission (PHMC) review staff as well as the National Park Service.  It established the site as a Revolutionary War battlefield and did not pursue the documentation to raise the level of importance from local significance to either state-wide or national significance.  Over the years, the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund and the County of Chester have developed documentation through historical research and archaeological studies that support the higher level of significance.  However despite the research, some of it published in recognized historical texts, nothing was submitted to the NHR through its process.Paoli Battlefield Photos

Therefore, PBPF plans to utilize the documentation (developed and being researched) to update both the NHL submission and to amend the current NHR official information.  While we have given NHL verbal and written summaries of our findings, in order to adhere to the timeline under our American Battlefields Protection Program grant, we will be providing an in-depth report to them in September.  This report will include a clearer thematic context in which the Battle has uniquely impacted the American consciousness as well as its strategic significance in the Revolutionary War.  It will also provide the historical and archaeological references that support that context.  This information will also be provided to PHMC reviewers in a format to amend to the current NHR listing.

NHL will review our submission starting in October.  At the same time, we will be identifying further historical and perhaps archaeological evidence to strengthen our submission as it continues through this rigorous review process.  PBPF would like to thank the National Park Service for their assistance and guidance so we can present the strongest case possible in our application.

We will be providing our supporters with more specific details, historic references and information on the contexts and themes we are developing through this website and our social media.

 

Donations and Sponsorships for Matching Funds ARE NEEDED!

Help us in this once in a lifetime opportunity!!

We are a registered 501C(3) and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. To make a donation, click on the link on the top right part of the screen under Please Donate.

PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit are being set up to develop extra-curriculum programs in K-12 schools to participate in living history, field visits and participation in preservation and research activities related to the Battle of Paoli, the Revolutionary War, Veterans and our national heritage.

Businesses are encouraged to contact PBPF – Contributions to this program can be used as tax credits rather than just charitable donations.

 

 

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 Posted by at 1:52 pm
Apr 032015
 
This summer Matt Kalos from Temple University will be performing a public archaeology program at Paoli Battlefield (Monument Ave & Wayne Ave, Malvern, PA 19355) to support his dissertation research.  The Battle of Paoli took place on the night of September 20,1777.  The battle consisted of a night time bayonet raid by British forces into American General Anthony Wayne’s encampment. His research aims to better understand the Battle itself as well as provide insights regarding how military conflicts influence the greater community, not just at the time of battle, but also in the subsequent decades or centuries.
He has scheduled the field season to run from Wednesday June 10 through Saturday August 1. Excavations will take place during this period Wednesdays through Saturdays (with the exceptions of Saturday June 20, Friday July 3, and Saturday July 4) from 9 AM-4:30 PM.  Excavations will take place both in the open field associated with the battle as well as a wooded area where the Bowen Farm house once stood (and the site of the British entry into the American Encampment).  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us with any dates and times that would be suitable for you.  Once we receive a note of interest, Matt will contact you directly with details regarding where to meet, what to wear, what to bring, and other pertinent information.  Also, do not hesitate to contact him with any questions. (see contact information below)
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Hope to see you there!
Matt Kalos
PhD Candidate
Department of Anthropology
Temple University
 Posted by at 6:11 pm
Mar 052015
 

Cecily Tynan from Channel 6 Action News, will be our MC for the night!!

Help Us Preserve our Future!!!

2nd Annual Fund Raising Dinner & Silent Auction

Thursday, October 8th, 2015 ♦ The Desmond Hotel ♦ 1 Liberty Blvd ♦ Malvern, PA 19355 ♦ 6 to 9 pm

Come show your support for these two local all-volunteer non-profit organizations at our 2nd annual fundraising dinner.  It’s a great way for the community to help us raise much needed funds for National Historic Landmark status project, Education and Preservation programs, and the Maintenance of the monuments and the “ring road”. The evening program includes our keynote speaker the noted journalist and author Bruce Mowday. There will be multimedia displays and an update on our organizations efforts to become one of the few National Historic Landmarks in the nation.  New this year is a Silent Auction. The Donated items auctioned off will benefit both of these nonprofit organizations so bring your checkbook or credit card to help our fund raising efforts.  Attire is Business Casual and the cost has been discounted this year to $85 per person.

PMA original logoThe Paoli Memorial Grounds and Paoli Battlefield in Malvern is ours to enjoy, we can walk our dogs, take a hike, jog, play with our kids, and enjoy the great outdoors. We come to The Malvern Fire Company Fair, use the tennis courts and watch the Chester Valley Little League play ball. There is the Malvern Memorial Day Parade and Spaghetti Dinners and Cake Walks a fun fascinating slice of small town USA!  All of this is done by the volunteers of the Paoli Memorial Associationnon-profit organization without tax dollars.  We need you help in upkeep with the grounds, preserving the monuments, and making this place safe and accessible to the public.

The Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund is also a volunteer non-profit sister organization.  The PBPF is currently engaged in a major project to attain National Historic Landmark status for both the Paoli Memorial Grounds and the Paoli Battlefield.  This non-profit also needs your help in making this area a National Historic Landmark and a destination for historic tourism.  Please come and enjoy this great dinner event.

While we continue to provide services to the community, and help cushion the blow to taxpayers of the Borough, the costs and needs continue to increase and therefore the need to expand our fundraising efforts and volunteer support has become critical.

Please help us Remember Paoli by making your payments online or by mail!!

Join our MC for the Silent Auction, Cecily Tynan of Channel 6 Action News!!

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To Pay by Mail, Click on the Registration Icon, download the form, print it, fill it out, and mail it back to us with your check.  The price is $85 per person.

Make your checks payable to “PBPF-PMA Dinner” and please include your email address so we can send a receipt to you.  PBPF-PMA Dinner, PO Box 173, Malvern, PA 19355

 

 

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 Posted by at 3:21 pm
Mar 022015
 

We have made progress since announcing that we had received a grant from the ABPP (American Battlefield Protection Program) in 2014.  We have been busy with filling out a lot of government forms and RFP’s to line up our consultants for the goal of becoming a National Historic Landmark in 2017.  Below you will find our timeline for each of the 10 steps listed below.  Please check our site regularly as we will keep this page updated on our latest status.

 

Status of NHL Progress as if March 2015

Phase I           Grant Application to National Park Service- Target Date: Jan 2014 (Completed)

Phase II         Grant Approved by American Battlefields Protection Program- Target Date: July 2014 (Completed)

Phase III         Training, Work Plan, Consultant RFP’s & Selection – Target Date:  Feb 2015 (Completed)

Phase IV         Our Letter of Inquiry approved to proceed by NHL – Target Date:  July 2015

Phase V          Research and Documentation for NHL  – Target Date: Nov 2015

  1. Complete Documentation & Verification of 2010 ABPP Grant
  2. Complete Documentation, Archeological Assessment of Related Sites
  3. Complete Documentation of Post Rev War Significance
  4. Submit NHL Nomination for Review

Phase VI         NHL Review Process – Target Date:  Winter 2015

Phase VII        NHL Staff Review & Possible Modifications – Target Date:  Jan 2016

Phase VIII     Presentation to Landmark Committee in Washington DC – Target Date: Spring 2016

Phase IX        Final Version of NHL Nomination sent to Dept. of Interior – Target Date: Fall 2016

Phase X         Final Decision by Secretary of the Interior – Target Date: Jan 2017

 

Please remember that we still need your help to fund supporting activities that will make are nomination more successful to the Interior Department.

Help us in this once in a lifetime opportunity!!

We are a registered 501C(3) and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. To make a donation, click on the link on the top left part of the screen under Please Donate.

Related & Supporting Efforts for NHL Recognition

  1. Battlefield Preservation Fund grant application to the National Trust for Historic Preservation for archaeological field surveys at Battle of Paoli & related sites. These studies will enhance the knowledge of the Battle and consideration as part of the National Historic Landmark nomination.

Donations and sponsorships for matching funds ARE NEEDED!

  1. PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit are being set up to develop extra-curriculum programs in K-12 schools to participate in living history, field visits and participation in preservation and research activities related to the Battle of Paoli, the Revolutionary War, Veterans and our national heritage.

Businesses are encouraged to contact PBPF – Contributions to this program can be used as tax credits rather than just charitable donations.

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