FestiFall 2019 will be held Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, 2019
In 1979 we had a series of arson fires at our beloved Friendship Hill. We are so grateful to the volunteer firefighters that responded to those calls!
On Sunday July 14, 2019, we welcomed those fire companies back to officially thank them and show them what they worked so hard to save.
We are very grateful to Point Marion, Smithfield, Masontown, Fairchance, Collier, Haydentown, McClellandtown and Edenborn firefighters.
Ranger talks on Albert Gallatin and the Whiskey Rebellion at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm.
Militia programs and historic weapons demonstrations at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm.
For more information contact Friendship Hill NHS at 724-329-2501
SAVE THE DATE
Saturday & Sunday
September 24th & 25th
We are looking for artisans, crafters, re-enactors, and volunteers to participate in our weekend celebration of the life and times of Albert Gallatin.
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We are always in need of volunteers at FestiFall. If you are interested, please click here to learn how to volunteer!
We hope you and your family will attend FestiFall. We encourage you to visit Friendship Hill where you will learn about the history of our region and Mr. Gallatin's many contributions to our nation.
Check our Festifall 2016 page for up to date information.
The Fourth Annual
Albert Gallatin Project presents Mrs. Madison Comes to Visit
Saturday and Sunday July 23 and 24, 2016
Dolley Madison, the wife of our fourth President, James Madison, was an extraordinary hostess and a keen observer of the politics of our fledgling nation. During her life, Mrs. Madison acted as hostess for President Thomas Jefferson, a widow and later for President James Monroe. After her husband’s death, Mrs. Madison continued as hostess extraordinaire in the Federal City.
She will be interpreted by Mrs. Patricia Sowers.
Albert Gallatin is a Swiss immigrant who rose to prominence in American politics. He served in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, as Secretary of U.S. Treasury under Presidents Jefferson and Madison, on the Peace Commission which negotiated the end to the War of 1812 and as Minister to France and Great Britain.
Mr. Ron Duquette returns to interpret Mr. Gallatin.
Fees: The event is FREE.
Reservations are not required, but we do ask that you RSVP to the National Park Service at Friendship Hill National Historic Site by calling 724-329-2501 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maintaining the Gallatin Legacy
The FHA and Stephanie Koller of West Overton Village Museum are in major agreement on the particulars of the
transfer from West Overton to FHA of a 14 March 1823 letter signed by Albert Gallatin, as US Minister to France
to his acting Counsel of the United States concerning trade agreements with France.
This transfer is tentatively scheduled in early March when schedules of FHA, NPS and West Overton personal are clear. A formal transfer of the letter from FHA to NPS is planned to occur at the FHA Sunday Membership meeting on 1 May 2016 at 2 P.M. Koller has had the Senator John Heinz History Museum (HHM) perform a total conservation of the letter and its accompanying envelope, which still bears red French postal markings. HHM used a treatment process which deacidfied both sheets, included a pH deionization, use of appropriate adhesives, the preparation of an acid-free double rag window mat and the preparation of an acid-free shallow e-flute box for storage. The HHM Conservation Services Manager, Barbara J. Antel, in a 11/7/14 letter to Koller referred to the letter as “an interesting piece of history.” Next the Rabb Collection verified the Gallatin Signature. The Rabb Collection has done prior work for West Overton in authenticating original signatures of Abraham Lincoln, James Madison and Benjamin Franklin