What has Mike been up to?

Many of you are following along on Mike Hall’s mission to run, bike, and swim 1812 miles this year as a fundraiser and awareness effort for the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions project. You can follow his progress not just on our blog, but also on that of Judy G. Russell, CG, The Legal Genealogist, and supporter of this worthy cause!

Don’t forget to follow along in our July “show and tell” — sharing an image a day from these pension files in our Facebook group so you can exactly what your money is helping to preserve.

Here is Mike’s June update!

1812 Miles report for June 2015

By Michael J. Hall

In my march towards accomplishing my challenge to complete 1812 miles by swimming, biking, or running, I was able to add a few more miles in my best month to date. 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 April May June Total
Swim Miles 1.25 .5 .5 2.5 3.0 7.75
Bike Miles 80 240 168 112 308 908
Run Miles 49 97.3 99.1 62.3 153 460.7
Grand Total Miles 130.25 337.8 267.6 176.8 464.0 1376.45

So with 1376.45 total miles completed as of Saturday, 27 June 2015 that leaves 435.55 miles to completion of the combined challenge, and 904 miles for the completion of the additional stand-alone bike challenge.

On Friday and Saturday, 19-20 2015 I ran as part of a relay team in the Ragnar Wasatch Back Relay race. There were 12 runners on our team (Sneakers), with each of us taking 3 legs of the race. My first leg was about 8 miles straight uphill, my second was a flat 2.1 miles at 0300 hours in the morning, and my last leg was 4.5 miles straight downhill. The total length of the race was 194 miles from Logan to Midway Utah over at least three mountain passes. It was a very enjoyable and fun time with everyone working as a team to accomplish the goal. Again, my thoughts went out to those brave veterans of The War of 1812 who had to work as a team to transverse the various harsh terrain of our fledgling nation. Without that spirit of cooperation, they could not have accomplished what they did.

We have a chance to show that same spirit of cooperation and teamwork by contributing to the Preserve the Pension Project. Let us not give up until we meet the goal of finishing the project.

Mike Hall, Ragnar Wasatch Back Relay

Mike Hall, Ragnar Wasatch Back Relay

In this photo, I am at the start of my first leg (the 8 mile straight uphill) of the Ragnar Wasatch Back Relay.

So what is on the deck for July? July will start with a 10K race at the Freedom Festival in Provo, Utah on July 4th. Later, on the 25th of the month, I will be participating in the Spudman Olympic Triathlon in Burley, Idaho. It will start with a very cold one mile swim down the Snake River, followed by a 25 mile bike, and ending in a 10K run. So like the veterans of The War of 1812, I’ll be training, and honing my skills for the challenges that I will face. So if you see me out and about, give me a big smile, honk of the horn, or just a simple shout- out, and I will return a big smile and a wave. But better yet, visit the Preserve the Pension Project website and contributing to a great cause.

One final note, I have completed painting limited edition War of 1812 Irregular Militia, and Native Americans that fought on the side of the United States. With a one hundred dollar contribution, plus just a little bit more for postage, you can have one. There are four sailors, and 12 Native Americans left. They will be mailed to the first 16 individuals that contribute the required amount to the Preserve the Pensions Project. Until the end of next month – THANK YOU and Semper Fi (Always Faithful)!

Ragnar Team Photo:

Mike Hall and RAGNAR team

Mike Hall and RAGNAR team

Read more about Mike’s challenge – for himself and for all of us – on this blog post.

If you have a fundraising idea for the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions, and would like to be featured on our blog, please contact our Social Media Chair by emailing 1812@fgs.org.



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Celebrating in July!

Welcome to July, 2015!

There is always so much to celebrate during the month of July. We spend time at family gatherings, picnics, and honoring our nation’s heritage. During the coming month, we are excited to celebrate our progress in the effort to digitally preserve the pension files from the War of 1812.

We have found some amazing material within the collection so far, and what better way to share it with our friends than in our Facebook group? We now have just over 1,000 people engaged in conversation, asking interesting questions, and assisting each other in their War of 1812 related research. Whether you are a genealogist, historian, or educator, we would invite you to be a part of that community.

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Page 1 of Joshua Maberry’s Pension file, Virginia

Every day in July, we will be sharing a new image found within the digitized files at Fold3.com. And with every image, we will be asking for your support in raising the final funds to preserve the entire collection of archived records currently held at the National Archives and Records Administration.

We have raised over 50% of the necessary amount, but we continue to need your help in this effort. Set up your monthly donation, talk to your employer about a matching donation, and work with your genealogical society to crowdsource even more! And after you do all that, spread the word about your donation on Twitter!

Remember that your donation goes a long way. The images will be free forever on Fold3.com, and every donation is matched by Ancestry.com, so your $45.00 donation becomes $90.00 and saves 200 pages of these historic, fragile files.

Tell the world today, “I donated to the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions!” [Tweet this!] and enjoy our month of historical documents in the Facebook group. Together, we will celebrate our American heritage, and we will celebrate the continued success of this historic effort.


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Creativity in Matching Campaigns

Is your society having a hard time coming up with new and innovative ideas for a matching campaign to benefit the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions? We’ll be sharing examples as we learn of them, so that other’s may be inspired!

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Today we have the opportunity to learn from the Larimer County Genealogical Society, who has decided to host their first ever annual seminar, and they’ve added a fantastic twist! The leadership has found a way to support not just one – but two – very worthy historical preservation programs. Two-thirds of all ticket sales to “Conference for a Cause” will benefit both the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions program and the Friday’s Council Tree Chapter, NSDAR Historic Marker Project at Grandview Cemetery (Fort Collins, CO). This project is working to preserve and restore the historic markers already in place, as well as to provide headstones for those veternans who are currently unmarked.

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The seminar will be held on November 14, 2015, and features D. Joshua Taylor, President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, co-host of Genealogy Roadshow, and Director of Family History at Findmypast. The day long event is expected to sell out, especially considering that 2/3 of the ticket cost is tax-deductible. Registration begins July 16, 2015 for members only, and August 1, 2015 for the general public.

As a new FGS member organization, and for their first major event, the folks at LCGS are to be applauded for their efforts in continuing their mission in the genealogical community as well as their ability to find a creative way to support these two excellent endeavors. In addition, they have already pledged to contribute $500 or more in 2015 to the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions campaign in the FGS Society Matching Campaign Challenge!

Do you have a unique fund raising or matching funds idea? Leave a comment for a chance to be featured on the blog!


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