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Fort Mifflin is looking for a few good men & women again

Date: Sunday, June 6, 2010

Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm

Location: Fort Mifflin & Hog Island Roads Philadelphia, PA 19153

If you missed the Day of Service at Fort Mifflin this is a re-post From Olde Fort Mifflin Historical Society, Inc: Our Friends from the "Kingdom of Lucerne" (they brought us the School of the Musketeer in April) are planing a cleanup/work day at Fort Mifflin on June 6th. As we asked in the past please bring your tools, brushes, scrapers etc. But also bring something for a communal pot luck lunch. These folks not only bring a knowledge of Pre-Revolutionary history but they also bring a strong work ethic mixed with a lot of fun.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/event.php?eid=128818163795924&index=1

For questions pertaining to this project, please contact the Kingdom of Lucerne, Inc. you can find them on Face Book and at http://www.kingdomoflucerne.com/

An Important Message from Edward G. Kane, President Olde Fort Mifflin Historical Society, Inc.

Fort Mifflin is looking for a few good men & women

Fort Mifflin is looking for anyone that can use a hammer, man a saw or handle a paint brush. There are many projects that an army of volunteers can complete in a day or two. The Olde Fort Mifflin Historical Society will be reviewing projects and schedules. Once we have a date we will post it here. Even if you cannot do strenuous work, you can still do small tasks or come and help support the others. Work the courtesy table and provide snacks or beverage for the others, make sure everyone is signed in (because volunteer hours help with future grants). If tourist come in during our workday, be a friendly face and explain what we are doing and provide a tour that keeps them out of the way of the other volunteers.

It is becoming very apparent that we need to stand together, regardless of our interest. We all have one main interest and that is to save Fort Mifflin. We need to make a strong stand that we cannot let this National Historic Monument and Landmark fall by the wayside. As other sites are being closed due to budget cuts, we need to let them know that we have struggled too long to keep the gates open and we will continue to do so.

So please WATCH THIS SPACE http://www.fortmifflin.com/node/337 for a date that we can join together and help save the Fort that helped save America.

For questions pertaining to upcoming projects, please contact us at ofmhs@comcast.net.

Historic Fort Mifflin one of the 11 most endangered historical sites for 2010

By Anthony L Selletti, SFO

http://www.examiner.com/x-2272-Philadelphia-Landmarks-Examiner

I received a letter written by Edward G. Kane, President of the Olde Fort Mifflin Historical Society, Inc. When I contacted Mr. Kane about the letter he told me that he did feel that Historic Fort Mifflin is one of the 11 most endangered historical sites for 2010. Mr. Kane wrote. "The outer walls of the fort itself being a double walled system of outer and inner walls with packed earth in between are starting to show signs of deterioration. Having 200 plus years of the packed earth expanding & contracting, the mortar has become brittle and cracks are forming as the soil shifts. Structures that have cedar shakes, many of which are original no longer hold the rain from coming in. “

As I reported on January 7th, 2009, Fort Mifflin could close gates forever; Fort Mifflin needed funds to meet its operating expenses. By February 6, 2009, Fort Mifflin could be saved by modern patriots; a grass root organization the Fort Mifflin Historic Preservation group was formed to do fund raisers and needed volunteer work.

On August 28, 2009 I reported Fort Mifflin is again in danger of closing its gates. Two teams of volunteers “Olde Fort Mifflin Historical Society”, made up of living history groups and “The Fort Mifflin Historic Preservation Group”, primarily made up of paranormal groups, but including Masons and others stepped forward to save Fort Mifflin. They offered to the board of directors of Fort Mifflin on the Delaware to assist with grant writing opportunities. F. Traynor Beck, member of the board, responded “your willingness to help will be discussed at our next Board meeting.” In an article written by Laura Wiseley, a Daily Times correspondent the Fort’s executive director pleaded “We need millions of dollars to keep up with the needs of a 230 year old fort.” Lee Patrick Anderson posted September 30, 2009 on his Face Book page “Writing grants...writing grants...” and “HELP!”

Mr. Kane and I both ask you to do the same thing “HELP!” If you live in the Philadelphia area please read the letter below and then contact these people that can help keep restore Fort Mifflin and keep her gates of open forever.

The Letter

Please pass the following information to Society members and friends of Fort Mifflin. It is a list of contacts in city, state and national that could provide some help towards the preservation of Fort Mifflin. I have also drafted a letter to Governor Rendell and one for the other lawmakers. Also pass the word to anyone familiar with Fort Mifflin that may or may not have email capabilities
Governor Edward G. Rendell's Office
225 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120
http://www.governor.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/contact/2998
Then click on E-mail the Governor's Office
Cut and paste the letter below and submit it after you have signed it.

Governor Edward G.Rendell
225 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120
Dear Governor Rendell,
I am a volunteer at an historical site that you are very familiar with. The site is Fort Mifflin on the Delaware. It has come to our attention that Fort Mifflin is in great need of preservation for the many structures that help tell the story of the battle of 1777 and the evolution of fortifications through three Coastal Defense systems into the mid 20th century. You are well aware of the history of Fort Mifflin and the contribution it provides to the surrounding environment. However, its placement next to the Philadelphia International Airport, nature, time and the economic climate are taking its toll. The Commandant’s House which was destroyed by fire in the 1980’s has recently had its outer walls stabilized and a new roof and cupola installed, yet there is still more needed.
The outer walls of the fort itself being a double walled system of outer and inner walls with packed earth in between are starting to show signs of deterioration. Having 200 plus years of the packed earth expanding & contracting, the mortar has become brittle and cracks are forming as the soil shifts. Structures that have cedar shakes, many of which are original no longer hold the rain from coming in.
At this time, I and fellow volunteers are asking for your support for nomination to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “11 most endangered historical sites list for 2010”. We ask that you provide a letter of support for the preservation of Fort Mifflin.
All of the volunteers stand firm regardless of affiliation to Fort Mifflin and are willing to work together to show what can be done in these trying times. I thank you in advance for your time and consideration on this matter and your support of Fort Mifflin.
Thank you
Philadelphia

Mayor Michael Nutter
Room 216 - City Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107
www.phila.gov
Use the body of the letter below for City Representative, Senator Specter and Congressman Robert Brady. I have included e-mails or contact form addresses along with U.S. Mail addresses.

Mayor Michael Nutter
Room 216 - City Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Dear Mayor Nutter,
I am a volunteer at an historical site that lies in the City of Philadelphia limits. The site is Fort Mifflin on the Delaware. It has come to our attention that Fort Mifflin is in great need of preservation for the many structures that help tell the story of the battle of 1777 and the evolution of fortifications through three Coastal Defense systems into the mid 20th century. The history of Fort Mifflin and the contribution it provides to the surrounding environment are vast. However, its placement next to the Philadelphia International Airport, nature, time and the economic climate are taking its toll. The Commandant’s House which was destroyed by fire in the 1980’s has recently had its outer walls stabilized and a new roof and cupola installed, yet there is still more needed.
The outer walls of the fort itself being a double walled system of outer and inner walls with packed earth in between are starting to show signs of deterioration. Having 200 plus years of the packed earth expanding & contracting, the mortar has become brittle and cracks are forming as the soil shifts. Structures that have cedar shakes, many of which are original no longer hold the rain from coming in.
At this time, I and fellow volunteers are asking for your support for nomination to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “11 most endangered historical sites list for 2010”. We ask that you provide a letter of support for the preservation of Fort Mifflin.
All of the volunteers stand firm regardless of affiliation to Fort Mifflin and are willing to work together to show what can be done in these trying times. I thank you in advance for your time and consideration on this matter and your support of Fort Mifflin.

Thank you

The body of the letter to Mayor Nutter can also be used to the various City Council representatives, Senator Specter and Congressman Brady.

District 2 - Council President Anna Verna »
City Hall, Room 405
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290
(215) 686-3412, (215) 686-3413
FAX: (215) 686-1932
anna.verna@phila.gov

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs
Chair
Blondell Reynolds Brown
City Hall, Room 581
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 686-3438, (215) 686-3439
FAX: (215) 686-1926
blondell.reynolds.brown@phila.gov

Vice Chair
Curtis Jones
City Hall, Room 404
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290
curtis.jones.jr@phila.gov
Members
Darrell L. Clarke
City Hall, Room 484
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290
darrell.clarke@phila.gov

FRANK DICICCO
City Hall, Room 332
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290
frank.dicicco@phila.gov

Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez
City Hall, Room 592
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290....
maria.guinones.sanchez@phila.gov

Senator Arlen Specter
Washington DC
711 Hart Building
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: 202-224-4254
Email: Contact Form
http://specter.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm

Congressman Robert Brady
District Office
1907-09 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148....
http://www.brady.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=112
&sectiontree=112

Thank you,

Edward G. Kane, President

Olde Fort Mifflin Historical Society, Inc.

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