Anthracite Heritage Museum
Oct. 28: Remember Johnny Mitchell Day—this annual event commemorates the United Mine Workers President who led the anthracite strike of 1902. This year’s program includes historic film footage of anthracite mining along with commentary by Atty. F. Charles Petrillo and Dr. Philip Mosley. (More info on Facebook here.) 2 pm.
Nov. 24: Patriot’s Day—British and Continental troops, civilian reenactors, sutlers, and much more at this annual event commemorating the Battle of Brandywine and its significance to the American Revolution. There will be a special Saturday edition of Battlefield Movies, featuring The Patriot. 9 am-4 pm (movie at 1 pm).
Nov. 25: Battlefield Movies—April Morning, a 1988 Hallmark Hall of Fame production about the Battle of Lexington and Concord, based on the 1961 novel by Howard Fast. 1 pm.
Conrad Weiser Homestead
Nov. 4: Open noon-4 pm.
Nov. 17: Candlelight Tours—this annual program features living history, 18th-century music, and a chance to see the site by night. 6-8:30 pm.
Cornwall Iron Furnace
Nov. 13: Friends Lecture Series—“Architecture of the Cornwall Area,” with speaker Bryan Van Sweden of PHMC’s Bureau for Historic Preservation. Van Sweden’s lecture will include a demonstration of “reading” clues in the architecture of old buildings. Lectures are held in the auditorium of Freeman Hall at Cornwall Manor retirement community. 7 pm.
Daniel Boone Homestead
Nov. 3: Daniel Boone Birthday Celebration—“meet” Daniel Boone, in the person of historian and interpreter Scott New from Fort Boonesborough, Kentucky. There will be lots of activities going on (go here for details). The Friends of DBH are holding a fundraising dinner that evening (deadline for reservations is Oct. 27 so call now). 10 am-4 pm; Scott New will present his Boone program at 11 am and 2 pm; dinner is at 7 pm.
Nov. 11: Fall Lecture Series—today’s program is presented by the Daniel Boone Spinner’s Guild; check the website for details. 2 pm.
Nov. 18: Fall Lecture Series—Les Rohrback from the Berks County Association for Graveyard Preservation is the guest speaker. 2 pm.
Eckley Miners’ Village
Ongoing: Fall Foliage Photo Contest—pay a one-time fee of $5 for access to the site and enter your best autumn photo. Deadline is Dec. 3 (go here for info and entry form).
Nov. 1 and 8: Tickets for Christmas at the Cloister—dates for the program are Dec. 10 and 11, but tickets go on sale in November. Members of Ephrata Cloister Associates can purchase tickets in the museum store or postmark their mail order starting Nov. 1. The general public can begin purchasing (in person or by mail) on Nov. 8. Go here for details.
Erie Maritime Museum and Flagship Niagara
Nov. 3: Cover Day—the Niagara crew will begin making the ship ready for the winter. Visit the museum website for more info as the day gets closer.
Nov. 18: Lecture—noted Battle of Lake Erie scholar Gerry Altoff will be the featured speaker in Hirt Auditorium at the Museum. Altoff, who retired as Chief Ranger and Historian at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Monument (NPS) in 2004, has written extensively about the War of 1812 on Lake Erie and speaks before a wide range of groups (the day before this lecture he’ll be speaking at a conference on Shipwrecks and Scuba (additional bio here)—have I mentioned how much I love Google?). 2 pm.
Fort Pitt Museum
Nov. 11, 12, 23: Open 10 am-5 pm.
Nov. 3: Paranormal Investigations—the program will explore various spaces on the site; registration fee ($50) includes snacks and beverage service). Call 215/915-9453 for more info or reservations. 6:30 pm-1 am.
Nov. 24: A Soldier’s Christmas—see how soldiers have celebrated the holidays on the battlefront of different eras. Free admission; food and crafts available for sale (more info here). 3-8 pm.
Nov. 3-4: Whitemarsh Encampment Re-enactment—this long-standing event commemorates the Nov. 2-Dec. 11, 1777, encampment of Gen. George Washington and the Continental Army in the Whitemarsh Hills. Go here for program details and to download a discount coupon. 10 am-4 pm.
Joseph Priestley House
Nov. 4: Heritage Day—costumed interpreters will be stationed in the house as you tour, Dr. Priestley will demonstrate chemical principles, and there will be games for children. 1-4 pm (chemistry demos at 1:30 and 2:30).
Nov. 11: Open 1-4 pm.
Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
Nov. 3-4: Weathervane Holiday Open House—shop for locally handmade art, crafts and heirloom-quality gifts and enjoy holiday decorations in the museum store. 9 am-5 pm.
Nov. 4: The Legacy of the Long Rifle—in conjunction with the museum’s Lancaster Long Rifle exhibit, this program presents several speakers on different aspects of the rifle’s history. “Daniel Boone” (Scott New, see program listings for Daniel Boone Homestead above) will talk about the Lancaster Long Rifle’s spread westward; John Kolar (one of the guest curators of the exhibit) will talk about the accuracy of the Pennsylvania Rifle; and Dr. Scott Stephenson will talk about the Pennsylvania Rifle in the American Revolution. For more info go here. Noon-5 pm.
Nov. 8: Hands-on History Days—experience seasonal chores, a one-room schoolhouse, hands-on crafts, and wagon rides. $10 per person (ages 5 and under are free). 10 am-3 pm.
Old Economy Village
Nov. 10: Trades Workshops—this year, choose between learning to make a lantern like the ones used during evening programs on the grounds or learning to spin and knit. Go here for details. 10 am-4 pm.
Nov. 23: Open 10 am-5 pm.
Nov. 25: Annual Christmas Dinner—enjoy a lantern-lit evening in the historic Feast Hall and help support the educational programs of Old Economy Village. More details are here. Deadline for reservations is Nov. 18.
Nov. 18: Open Hearth Cooking—the cooks will be exploring German food traditions (William Penn invited residents of the Palatinate to settle in Pennsylvania) and comparing them to English traditions of the period. 1-4 pm.
Pennsylvania Military Museum
Nov. 7: Friends Lecture Series, "Operation New Dawn - Civilian/Military Cooperation in Iraq, 2010-2011"—retired Foreign Service Officer Martin Quinn will discuss the changeover from military to civilian management of State Department responsibilities during his service in Iraq. 7:30 pm.
Nov. 10: Kids Day - Dress Up and Discover!!—Kids of all ages get to try on field gear and head gear from the museum education collection. Photo ops abound with three backdrops in the museum theatre. Visit the education stations in the galleries for more fun discoveries throughout the day. Half-price admission for ages 3 to 13; a donation is requested for the Dress-Up station. Parents must remain on-site while their kids participate in the activities. 10 am-3 pm.
Nov. 11: Open noon-4 pm.
Nov. 13: Central PA Civil War Roundtable Lecture, "The Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee"—speaker Matthew Atkinson discusses the bloodiest contest (April 6-7, 1862) in American history up to that time, in which Union Generals Grant and Buell beat back the surprise attack of Confederate forces led by Generals Albert Johnston and P.G.T. Beauregard. 7:30 pm.
Nov. 23: Open 10 am-4 pm.
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Nov. 3-4: Trains & Troops—this annual program salutes our armed forces and explores the role of the military in railroad history (and vice versa). A Swing Dance Saturday night (separate ticket) lets you enjoy big band music, refreshments, and swing, swing, swing. Go here for program details and schedule. Sat., 9 am-5 pm; Sun., noon-5 pm.
Nov. 11: Open noon-5 pm.
Nov. 23: Open 9 am-5 pm.
State Museum of Pennsylvania
Nov. 2-Feb. 13: Pennsylvania Watercolor Society exhibit—The State Museum is hosting PAWCS’s 33rd Annual International Juried Exhibition, with 120 watercolors selected from some 600 entries. Opening reception Nov. 4, 2-4 pm.
Nov. 3: “Contact, Conflict, and Colonization: The Archaeology of Penn’s Woods”—this is a day-long workshop exploring European colonization from 1550-1783. Go here for more details. 8:30 am-6 pm.
Nov. 16: Hidden Treasures Scavenger Hunt—it’s 3rd in the Burg and grown-ups get to explore the museum at this “friend-raiser/fundraiser.” Adult beverages, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and music by Back Alley Blues. For details go here. 6-9 pm.
Washington Crossing Historic Park
Nov. 11: Open 10 am-4 pm.
Nov. 23: Open 10 am-4 pm.