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Vending & Support Letters

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Vending Policy

Laurel Highland’s Historical Village




  1.  All products sold must comply with all Federal, Provincial and Municipal laws and   standards regarding the sale of these products. 

  2.  Laurel Highland’s Historical Village, Incorporated  N.P. reserves the right to schedule the rotation of vendors to provide a changing selection for customers. 

  3.  The reservation dates will be allocated in a manner viewed as being in the best interest of LHHV.

  4.  If, in our opinion, a vendor is not making a positive contribution to LHHV or is the recipient of complaints concerning product, attitude or general behavior, then the vendor may lose his/her right to sell within LHHV.  Laurel Highland’s Historical Village, Incorporated  N.P. will not be obliged to refund any rental payments. 

  5.  Vendor’s merchandise must be displayed in a manner approved by LHHV.   Tables and benches are the only equipment pieces provided to a vendor if vendor chooses to use them. 

  6.  The vendor must supply his/her own equipment such as chairs, lamps, electric outlet adapters, extension cords, etc.  LHHV reserves the right to limit the total electrical amperage to the assigned rental space. 

  7.  Display and signage must not be higher than 5 feet above floor level and should not block sight lines. 

  8.  All displays must be deemed safe and aesthetically pleasing. 

  9.  Signage shall contain no misleading information. (No tacking of signs/banners to trees or village buildings)

10.  Common aisles must be kept clear of all equipment and stock at all times.  All additional equipment must be stored out of view within the assigned rental space. 

11.  Vendors are solely responsible for set up, break down and clean up of the assigned rental space.

12.  Everybody must try their best to be environmentally friendly.  This means that all items must be exchanged in a waste free way.  (e.g. If you are selling drinks, include reusable cups in the cost of the drink.)

13.  Throughout the duration of your stay you are responsible for all of your own waste.  Please bring garbage bags, or whatever else you may need to take care of this.  We will provide proper disposal containers for all trash.  We enforce our “Leave No Trace” ethic.  Please pack out everything you bring in. 

14.   Loading and unloading is permitted in the designated loading zones only.  Parking is not permitted in these areas. 

15. Vendors are allowed two Satellite vendors (Persons) to walk about the village, only selling one items per person i.e. Honey sticks, flowers, pickles etc.  



Hours of Operation:

1.  Vendors are to be fully operational no later than 9 a.m. and begin break down no earlier than specified park closing time. 

2.  Vendors are required to vacate the Village premises within one hour after closing. 

LHHV hours are subject to change at the discretion of the Village Board. 





1.  Vendors will complete a Temporary Occupancy License agreement. 

2.  All approved vendors will need to pick up vendor’s pass from the vending coordinator.  This pass will be granted only when the vending fee has been paid on or before the assigned deadline.  Vendors outside of the Johnstown area and those vendors who cannot meet in person can mail payment directly to the address below (insert address) and can pick up their vending pass at the gate.

3.  Proof of liability insurance in the amount no less than 2 million dollars must be provided to LHHV at the time of booking.  A certificate of insurance may not be purchased at LHHV at the time of booking. 




Vendor rates per day are as follows:

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Weekly vendor rates are as follows:

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Vendor rates per day are as follows:

Site rate is set at $_______


Weekly vendor rates are as follows:

Site rate is set at $_______


Monthly vendor rates are as follows:

Site rate is set at $_______



1.  Vendor payments must be made in full prior to occupancy. 

2.  Payments must be made in cash or by check payable to Laurel Highlands Historical Village, Incorporated, N.P.  Receipts will be issued upon payment. 

3.  Cancellations must be received by Laurel Highlands Historical Village, Incorporated, N.P. by noon of the previous day.   No refunds will be given.


Laurel Highlands Historical Village, Incorporated N.P. reserves the right to adjust or alter the policies and regulations as necessary for the operation of the Village. 



Support Letters

Letters Of Support That Substantiate Need For The Project And Collaboration With Other Organizations.



I am writing this letter on behalf of the Laurel Highland's Historical Village.


The Laurel Highlands Historical Village project is an ambitious but fascinating concept that would provide a tribute to the many immigrants that played such a vital role in our area's deep and rich history.  Projects like this not only preserve our past, but also invest in the future by bringing in business that will help stimulate the local economy.


Our office continues to support Laurel Highland’s Historical Village. We encourage the board members to contact Mark Critz, with Congressman Murtha’s office. Mr. Critz can provide the board with any information they request. 

            This project has unlimited merits, mostly its ability to utilize your land in such a positive manner. Comments have been made already indicating the need for such a venture in our trying times.  We encourage the board members Laurel Management to give positive consideration to this community effort.

            Thank You




Oneida Nation

Indian Times


I'm immersed in the Oneida story for awhile. Sorry I'm so unreachable. It's overwhelming me and I'm working around the clock.


Here are a few key federal laws regarding land, and the protection of same.

*the 1996 Executive Order on Indian Sacred Sites

*the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

*the 1989 National Museum of the American Indian Act

*the 1978 American Indian Religious Freedom Act.


I've spoken to the leaders of the Oneida nation and they are willing to show their support. They feel that ethnic preservation is a must, within the Keystone state. In New York the nation has already established a Heritage Center, which enlightens tourists who visit our lands. 


The nation will provide support in the manner of people, monies and educators. They are willing to build and live year round within the village. Many of the tribal leaders talk about your land as....the passage to freedom.


I’ll be in Washington D. C. next week. I have spoken to other leaders from the other four nations and they all want to know more. There are deep concerns when you talk about preserving Indian ways. Sometimes it’s hard to

understand, as most elders feel that white man is nothing more than untrustworthy. But, there are those who want the Native American Indian ethnics to live on for generations to follow. 


We look forward to working in unity, in one goal, to preserve our ethnic history.


My dear friend…….Peace my brother.


Oneida Nation

Fourth Crow

Public Relations Director



Consular Division of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland

2224 Wyoming Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20008-3992


Dear Mr. Shawley;

The following transcript indicates our desire to work closely with the United States. But, most importantly we have strong convictions towards the saving of our ethnic heritage. We look forward to working with you, and yes you have our support.


Why is it in Poland’s interest to develop close cooperation with the United States?

First of all, the United States is the engine of the globalization process and of far-reaching technological progress. Poland's cooperation with the United States creates a basis for the growth of our country's prosperity and increases opportunities for our citizens.

The United States is not only a political, economic and scientific power, but also an example of the creation of this power. For this reason it is worth to transfer, thoughtfully of course, those experiences which promise to put Poland on the fast track of economic growth.


Secondly, the United States is a great exporter of security - a stabilizing factor in the world and in Europe. Close alliance with the United States creates the external conditions enabling further stable transformation of our country.


Third, America is a power built on democratic values, respect for the liberties of the individual, pluralism, respect for the law and the principles of division of power. This creates the foundations for a significant political dialogue between Poland and the United States - despite the disproportion of power between the two states.


An active policy of the Republic of Poland in its relations with America is an exceptionally important factor helping us to realize our interests on the international arena. A significant factor, that will facilitate this dialogue are consistent efforts of the United States to preserve a stable and secure Europe. From the very outset, the foreign policy of the Republic of Poland has been based on the principles of good-neighborly relations and support of transformation processes in the entire Central-Eastern Europe. These principles were largely convergent with the American vision of the future of this region.


Fourthly, the US, as the only superpower in the world today, is conducting an internal dialogue concerning the degree and forms of its involvement on the international arena.


It is in our interest to combat tendencies of disengagement in the United States, to activate the presence of the United States in Europe and to create safer frameworks in which both internal (reforms) and external expansion of the European Union can take place.


And the last argument - the process of globalization cannot be halted. Objectively, the USA is the motor of this process. It lies in our interest to make this dynamic growth as inclusive as possible and overcome destabilization resulting from differences in prosperity between world regions. This process will require a dialogue, which cannot be effective without the participation of the United States.

 Teresa Janiszewska

Counselor Head of Consular Division

 Dear Ronald:

I am very pleased to see such an undertaking, here in the states. I’m enclosing a brief outline of what we consider to be the main topics of interest, as it applies to our country. We will support your effort, and provide unlimited support, in a common goal.


France's cultural action in the United States typically takes the form of high-profile artistic events (fine arts, theater and dance, music, cinema), the promotion of French writers, and various programs in cooperation with American universities and schools.


Visual Arts

The masterpieces of French painting, both classical and modern, are prominently featured in the permanent collections and retrospective exhibitions of major American museums. Some of the principal exhibitions in 2002 include Gauguin (Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York City), French sculptors Xavier Veilhan and Thomas Hirschorn (Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, FL), Bonnard (Philips Collection, Washington D.C.)


There are also several major thematic exhibitions : “ David to Cézanne : Nineteenth-Century French Drawings ” (Morgan Library, New York City), Modigliani and the artists of Montparnasse (Albright Know Museum, Buffalo, N.Y.), France and the portrait (Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University), and a travelling exhibition of consumer items representative of French design (CA, NY, LA, YX, IL).


Works by over 200 contemporary artists are presented in various museums, art centers and galleries in 2002 -–a reflection of the sustained interest of American professionals in the French art scene. Among the artists exhibiting, are Christian Milovanoff (Frick Art and Historical Center, Pittsburgh, PA), Vincent Barré (Studio School of Painting, Drwing and Sculpture in New York. ” At the Mobile Museum, AL “ A century of French Style ” includes works by Gotscho, Matthieu Manche, Marie-Ange Guilleminot, Jean-Michel Othoniel. An exhibition at the Bronx Museum in New York features artists such as Yves Klein, Louise Bourgeois, Claude Closky, Matthieu Lorette.


American interest in French art also extends to architecture. A one-day seminar on the major French architectural undertakings known as the “ Grands Projets ” will be held at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City in collaboration with the Architectural Research Institute and the French Cultural Services.

Classical/Contemporary Theater and Circus


A large number of of classical plays (Molière, Racine, Beaumarchais) receive regular performances in theaters for an American public still attached to the French Classics.


French contemporary theater still proves successful with the productions in New York of Marguerite Duras (Savannah Day) Jean Genet (Elle), Bernard-Marie Koltès (in the solitude of the cotton fields). French playwright Nathalie Sarraute’s “ Just for Nothing ” receives its U.S. premiere at Hollywood’s Tamaring



The new circus has generated increasing interest among American program-planners. French circus troupe “ Compagnie du Hanneton ”, founded by Charlie Chaplin’s grandson James Thiérée, presents the surreal “ Junebug Symphony (New York City and Los Angeles). France’s equestrian troupe Zingaro performs its latest show “ Triptik ” at the Eclectic Orange Festival, Costa Mesa, CA.



French contemporary dance is celebrated by several companies which tour the USA. Ballet Biarritz performs “ Hommage aux Ballets russes ” in NY, FL, TX, PA, Ballet Preljocaj returns to BAM with Helikopter and Rite of Spring. In another genre, the hip-hop dance group Käfig was invited to the 2002 Spoletto Festival.

Eclectic Music  As it is every year, the French repertoire was honored in the United States with the grand operas of Bizet, Messiaen, Poulenc, Gounod and the works of Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Debussy and Berlioz

Performers of the American stage in 2002 includes sopranos Véronique Gens and Sandrine Piau, violonist Laurent Korcia, pianists Pascal Rogé, Pierre-Laurant Aimard, Katia and Marielle Labèque.

In the sphere of contemporary music, French composers regularly appear in the major American concert halls. World known composer-conductor Pierre Boulez leads concerts in several cities of the United States and an homage is paid to him at Carnegie Hall.

The vitality of new works is equally apparent in the “ modern music genre ”. New York premieres composer Michel Legrand’s musical “ Amour ”. The Paris Combo, which plays a retro-cabaret celebration of France, performs in several states.

My department will help in with your continued progression. Once you have your property obtained, please send to our Embassy in Washington DC, a detailed outline of your project, including your requests. We look forward to our joint union, working together in preserving our French History, and it’s culture.   

Bonne visite sur notre site -Gilles Montagnier



To whom it may concern:

The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Washington, DC welcomes and supports the project of Laurel Highlands Village. We consider this important way  of promoting Slovak national culture in the United States. This would be a very positive step in further development of the mutual understanding between our nations.

The Embassy of the Slovak Republic

Washington, DC


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Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2003 4:18 PM

Subject: Laurel Highland's historical Village

Dear Mr. Shawley,


I would like to thank you for your e-mail informing about the planned Laurel Highland's historical Village. I think it's a wonderful idea to build up such a model of ancient living.

It is rare for such an organization to pull together and offer support in such a manner, for the unity of global peace, and ethnic preservation. We will provide on going support, as you continue to grow. In the meantime I will contact individuals who have strong feelings towards the preservation of their ethnic background. I’m sure they will be I touch with you.

What concerns the Swiss participation, I can send you our information brochures, map, poster and booklet. We also loan Swiss flags for special events and for a limited time. If you are interested in purchasing one, please find below some websites where you can do so.

 If you have any further questions, please contact me.


 Irene Portmann, Education/Cultural Section

Consulate General of Switzerland

633 Third Avenue, 30th Floor

New York, NY 10017-6706

Tel. (212) 599-5700 Ext.1057, Fax (212) 599-4266

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