Celebrations and Challenges

2015 has been a big year for the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions campaign. We’re excited about the progress we have made so far, and we hope you are too! In February, while at the FGS & Rootstech 2015 Annual Conference, we announced that we reached the 50% mark in our fundraising efforts to digitally preserve the pension files from the War of 1812.

We wanted to be sure that everyone had a chance to see this incredible moment play out; it’s something that we as a community should be very proud of. Which is why we wanted to share the video with you; so that all of us could take a moment to soak in what this truly means. 50%. Half way there.

What do you say we finish this in 2015?

We have issued a challenge to every genealogical society in the nation. Mike Hall has issued a personal challenge to himself, and to faithful readers of The Legal Genealogist. Take on one — or both! Let’s get this done.

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1812 Miles Report for March 2015

Another month is down, and it has been a very successful one in my quest to complete 1812 miles by swimming, biking, or running. You might call this my own personal triathlon campaign for the War of 1812 Preserve the Pension project! Remember the challenge is out there for one and all to complete the project with funds raised before I complete the 1812 miles combined, and the miles on bike as a stand-alone goal. The table below shows my progress to date:

Disciple/Month February March Total
Swim Miles 1.25 .5 1.75
Bike Miles 80 240 320
Run Miles 49 97.3 146.3
Grand Total Miles 130.25 337.8 468.05

So with 468.05 total miles completed as of Saturday, 28 March 2015 that leaves 1343.95 miles to completion of the combined challenge, and 1492 miles for the completion of the additional stand-alone bike challenge.

On Saturday, 7 March I ran the Rex Lee Run of Cancer Research in behalf of several of my friends, and family battling with it. One of whom is Pat Oxley (Former FGS President) who by the way was one of the driving forces behind the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions Project.

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In this photo, I am pointing to the name of brother in-law “Alfred Krahenbuhl”, however Pat Oxley’s name is also on the wall at the race.  Perhaps another way we can honor our colleagues battling with cancer is to contribute to the War of 1812 Preserve the Pension Project on their behalf. Hey, just a thought!

Bike

In this photo I am at my racking (Staging) area for the Icebreaker Sprint Triathlon on Saturday, 21 March 2015. As you can see, I am very serious about completing this challenge. It was also the day before my 61st birthday. My thoughts were with the valiant Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines that fought in the War of 1812. As I ran the race, I thought about them, swimming rivers, riding their horses over rough roads and pathways, and marching over some of that same terrain while carrying 40 to 50 pounds of gear. Yes, the very veterans we are trying to preserve the pensions for. Let’s not forget about what they have done not only for our Nation, but for us. Help lighten their burdens by contributing to the War of 1812 Preserve the Pension Project.

So what is on the docket for April? With the weather getting better with each passing day, you can rest assured that I will be out there completing the needed miles. On Saturday, 25 April 2015, I will be running in the “South Shore 5K – Helping our Neighbors in Need” which is hosted by the Interfaith Social Services Center in Quincy, Massachusetts. I will also be speaking at the New England Regional Genealogical Conference in Providence, RI from 14 – 18 April. So all of you out there in New England stop by and say hello and please contribute to the War of 1812 Preserve the Pension Project. Until the end of next month – THANK YOU!

 

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10 Ways to Help PTP Today

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The team at Preserve the Pensions (PTP) is always looking for ways to reach our community. We thought we’d make it easy this week, and give you ten very easy things you can do to help us reach our goal to digitally preserve the War of 1812 Pension files.

1. Share our blog posts on social media! Use hashtag #Warof1812 to let your friends know about our efforts. You can tag us on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Pinterest.

2. Set up a monthly donation. It’s super easy! And for the price of a pizza, a latte, or a new pack of Sharpie’s, you can make a big contribution by the end of the year!

3. Add a widget to your blog or website, and link it back to our homepage: www.preservethepensions.org.

4. Research your War of 1812 ancestor using these amazing documents found on Fold3.com for FREE and then write their story! No blog? We’ll publish the story for you right here on Preserve the Pensions blog.

5. Take PTP flyers to your local society meeting, library, museum, corporate donor program, or other venue. You can order them for free and we’ll mail them to you!

6. Ask your company to contribute! Corporate donations make a huge impact when matched by Ancestry.com!

7. Create a way for your society do host a matching campaign or fundraiser. Can your society raise $500 this year toward’s the cause?

8. Volunteer! PTP is in need of folks to help with numerous tasks! We have space for you on our marketing team, major donors committee, publications team, social media, society campaigns and more! If you have an interest, please contact us to learn more.

9. Share one or all of our four videos on the project. Share them on your social media, website, blog, at your society, with your mayor and the local dog walker! Share them with everyone!

10. Donate! Every little bit helps, so donate today!

Remember, every $45 donation can save 200 pages of these records with a matching grant from Ancestry.com. What can you contribute today?

 

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