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Update to the HCH 15th Annual Meeting. Fort Roberdeau County Park.

February 2, 2011 by  
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The Honourable Company of Horners
Proudly Announces Its 15th Annual Meeting
March 11-12, 2011

Fort Roberdeau County Park, near Altoona, Pennsylvania

The Honourable Company of Horners will host its 2011 Annual Meeting at Fort Roberdeau, near Altoona, Pennsylvania, March 11th through the 12th and promises to be an event you don’t want to miss.

The fort played an important role in the Revolutionary War.  In the spring of 1778, the struggle for independence appeared to be over. The British occupied the rebel’s capital city, Philadelphia and Washington’s army was destitute at Valley Forge.  Supplies for the army were in short supply and there was little lead for bullets and musket balls.  Daniel Roberdeau, a member of the Continental Congress meeting in York since the capture of Philadelphia, became aware of lead mines in central Pennsylvania. He volunteered to organize an expedition to the mines to see if it was possible to obtain a supply of lead.  At his own expense, Roberdeau built a stockade to protect the lead mining and smelting. The fort became a storage depot for ordnance, ammunition, and other supplies until 1780, and was garrisoned by militia of Cumberland and Bedford Counties and the Bedford County Ranging Companies. Settlers often found safety at Fort Roberdeau during times of raids by parties of British rangers and their Indian allies.

One attribute our Guild has always espoused is that we have never sought out the norm, never been reluctant to do things differently, but instead have always done what was in the best interest of our organization and never hesitated to be different.  This year’s meeting clearly reflects that practice, as it will indeed be completely different from any organizational meeting that you will ever attend.  All Guild members are highly encouraged to attend, for it will indeed be different, be new, be innovative, and promises to be one of the most complete learning experiences you’ll ever enjoy!  Spouses are welcome as well (no extra charge), so come join us for our annual meeting that you will surely find different, rewarding and one of the best educational experiences you’ve ever had!  Hats off to our Guildmaster, Ed Long, for the establishment a new format and to Art DeCamp and Roland Cadle for making sure the guidance becomes a reality!

Just a few examples to back up that statement: All Guild members are encouraged to dress in the 18th and early 19th Century attire both days, when you register you are automatically eligible to win a commemorative engraved powder horn, there are no seminars scheduled, and the focus of the meeting is the Masters’ Benches.  There will be eight interactive stations manned by Master Horners demonstrating varied aspects of horn working to include horn selection and preparation, heating and pressing, engraving, techniques of spout design, engrailing and carving, combining metal and horn, making applied and screw tips, staining, turning and proper procedures for sharpening tools.  So whether you’re a collector, history buff, beginner or advanced horn worker, there will be plenty to learn and at your own pace!  This schedule has been designed to allow everyone to interact directly with the Masters and discuss issues of specific interest to you.  Bring your cameras, notebooks and plenty of questions.  If you think you know it all, the challenge is to come and find out.

Other activities include the Hartley Book signing, the annual business meeting which will take place Friday morning, horn judging, Saturday night banquet, fund raising raffle, and of course, a wide array of display tables for all to peruse.  Of particular interest to all Guild members will be a large collection of original screw tip horns.

From Bedford, PA head north on I-99 for 33.2 miles, take Exit 33 for .6 miles and turn right on 17th Street.  Go .6 miles and turn right on Valley View Blvd/US 220-BR N for 1.6 miles.  Turn right onto S. Kettle St. which will become Kettle Rd. following it for 8.4 miles.  Turn left onto Ft. Roberdeau Rd. and go .4 miles and you will be at the Fort Roberdeau Historic Site. Their address is 383 Fort Roberdeau Rd, Altoona, PA 16601-8321.

Conference Registration & Schedule Information

Day/Date Time Activity
(Mar 10)
3:00-5:00 Display Table, Masters’ Bench Stations Set-up
(Mar 11)
8:00 – 9:00 Members’ Registration, Display and Table Set-up
  9:00 – 10:30 Registration / Socialize
  10:30 – 12:00 Welcome by Guildmaster / Business Meeting
  12:00-  1:00 Open to Visitors and Public / (Paid Attendees-Lunch)
  1:00 – 4:30 Interactive Masters’ Demonstrations at Farm House / Open to Visitors and Public
  5:30 – Until Wine & Cheese Reception at Village RestorationsOffice & Training Center in Frankstown, PA
    Free Time / Dinner on own
(Mar 12)
8:00 – 9:00 Registration / Socialize
  9:00 – 12:00 Demonstrations, Open to Visitors and Public till 4:30 PM
  1:00 -  2:00 Lunch
  1:00 – 3:30 Interactive Masters’ Demonstrations at Farm House / Display tables open
  3:30 – 4:30 Horn Competition / Judging / Display Area Closes
  4:30 – 5:30 Breakdown & Final Clean-up
  6:00 – Until
**Banquet at Liberty Hall, U.S. Hotel, 401 S. Juniata St., Hollidaysburg, PA / Awards and Raffle
(Mar 13)
Check Out Check out of hotels unless you have scheduled an extended stay / Travel Home

For your convenience, coffee will be provided on site in the mornings with sandwiches and drinks at lunch time for both days.  This will help you to fully maximize and better schedule your time.

** Beginning a 6 o’clock Saturday evening, the Guild’s banquet will take place at Liberty Hall, U.S. Hotel in Hollidaysburg, PA and promises to be an exciting event with the presentation of the Lanthorn Award, raffle drawing and other activities.

It is requested that you forward your registration form, along with payment, to Art DeCamp no later than March 4th, 2011.  This will greatly assist our organizers and expedite registration. If you have already registered for the annual meeting for the other location, you do not have to register again.
Click here to print out the itinerary.

If you have any questions concerning our annual meeting or would like more historical information on the site, please contact Art DeCamp at (814) 643-6343 / e-mail at: ajdecamp@verizon.net, or Roland Cadle at (814) 695-7951 / e-mail at: villagerestoration@yahoo.com.

For those wanting to make early reservations, there are several options available.  Primary lodging is with Comfort Suites Altoona, 140 Stroehman Rd, Altoona, PA, phone number (814) 942-2600.  Cost is $89 + tax per night.  There are a limited number of rooms in this block, so reserve early and be sure to mention you’re with the Horners’ Guild to get the special rate.  Other lodging in the area includes:  Super 8 Altoona, (814) 942-5350, www.super8.com, approx rate $49 per night / Econo Lodge Altoona, (814) 944-3555, www.econolodge.com, approx rate $54 per night / Holiday Inn Express Altoona, (814) 944-9661, www.altoonaexpress.com, rates from about $118 per night / Arch Spring Farm B&B, (800) 262-2655, www.restandrepast.com.

For additional B&B’s you may also Google Bed & Breakfasts in Altoona, Tryone, and Spruce Creek, PA areas.

Please continue to monitor our website for up to date information on the annual meeting, banquet and lodging facilities.

Bill Carter

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