Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site is having a Friends-Raising meeting on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the park Visitor Center, located at 110 Federal Park Road, Gallitzin, PA 16641. During this meeting Park Superintendent Stephen M. Clark and other staff will be on hand to share what’s going on this year at the historic site and to explore with those in attendance the formation of a Friends group. The meeting is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.
A National Park Friends Group is established primarily to assist or benefit a specific park. A Friends Group can be the vehicle to provide an outlet for citizens' passion about a park's mission. Friends Groups are a partnership between the community and the park. They may provide an avenue for public stewardship of park resources. Ultimately, they are a way to deepen public support for the park and the value of the park to the community. Traditionally, Friends Groups function in support of a park as volunteers and advocates, and provide additional financial resources through fundraising activities.
Superintendent Clark invites all those who are interested in the future of the historic site and want to learn more about forming a Friends Group to attend this informational planning meeting. “I hope to hear ideas and thoughts on what the residents of the area would like to see happen at the historic site and meet those interested in volunteering to make our shared goals for Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site a reality.”
At the meeting, staff will also be seeking input on future projects and special events. Throughout the National Parks, Friends groups partner with over 200 National Parks and do a little bit of everything; including providing guided tours, staffing historic buildings, hosting events, supporting critical research and restoration projects, enhancing educational opportunities, and raising funds to rehabilitate centuries old structures.