Hoppin' Down the Bunny Trails of History

It’s been a strange week in Harrisburg—if you missed it, there were two water main breaks early this week that wreaked all kinds of havoc. State offices in the Capitol Complex were shut down for the better part of 3 days due to low or no water pressure. The result? For me, yet another reminder never to take indoor plumbing for granted. For you, a really tortured title for this post. (The open house at the Pennsylvania State Archives scheduled for April 18 had to be cancelled due to the water problems; if it gets rescheduled we’ll let you know.)

Many sites on the Trails of History will be closed on April 24 for Easter, so please check ahead before visiting. But there’s still the rest of April…

PHMC is partnering with the African American Museum in Philadelphia to present “Black History in Pennsylvania: A Communities in Common Workshop” on April 29 at Tindley Temple United Methodist Church. Participants will learn about a statewide historic resource survey and context study that documented African American heritage throughout Pennsylvania. For details, go here.

Drake Well Museum
April 30: Program, Oil Valley Blacksmiths Association demo—blacksmithing demos are held the last Saturday of each month through October. For a look at one of last year’s programs, go here.

PHMC/Ephrata Cloister
(one of the clues on the Spring Search)

Ephrata Cloister
April 23: Children’s program, Spring Search—a variation on the seasonal egg hunt, children 11 and under look for historical clues around the site and collect stamps in their Heritage Passport. There's a nice story in the Lancaster newspaper about the program here.
April 29: Children’s program, Community Days—students explore activities that made the community of Ephrata a thriving center of life in colonial days. Registration is strongly recommended, call 717/733-6600 (program will also be offered May 20).

Fort Pitt Museum
April 30: Exhibit opening, The American Frontier Rifleman: Tall Tales & Truth

Graeme Park
April 30: Program, Revolutionary War Reenactment—learn about life during the winter of 1777-78, when Graeme Park was occupied by the Continental Army.

PHMC/Landis Valley Museum

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
April 30: Workshop, Folk Art and Friendship—sponsored by Weathervane Museum Store; according to their Facebook page, there’s still space available but call 717/569-9312 soon.

Pennsylvania Military Museum
April 27: Program, Training the Iraqi Federal Army—speaker is Lt. Col. John Curwen, USArmy; he will talk about his experiences training the 6th Infantry Battalion of the Iraqi Federal Army in eastern Diyala province. Part of the Friends of PMM monthly speaker series.
April 30-May 1: Event, A Revolutionary Affair—two-day living history encampment on the Museum grounds


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