On the Trails of History, Nov. 15-Dec. 1

This post will take you through the end of November, with just the merest smidgen of December (due to Thanksgiving and its ancillary festivities). The December program page is now available for those that like to plan ahead.

All Trails of History sites will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. Sites open on the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 29) are noted below. Winter weather can sometimes play havoc with schedules, so it’s usually best to check with the site you plan to visit if you think there’s a chance of changes (seasonal schedule changes will be in effect at some sites as well).


Man in white shirt works with hammer on anvil in blacksmith shop
Learn about the art of blacksmithing at Old Economy Village Nov. 16 (details below)
Brandywine Battlefield Park
Nov. 30: Patriot’s Day—living history demonstrations, musket drills, blacksmith, house tours, and 18th-century medical "experts"--lots of activities for all ages. 10 am-4 pm.

Conrad Weiser Homestead
Nov. 23: Candlelight Tours—this annual program features living history, 18th-century music, and a chance to see the site by night. 5:30-8 pm.
Dec. 1: Christmas Open House—enjoy one last chance to visit the homestead in 2019 (site will be open by appointment only until Charter Day in March). The Visitor Center Bookstore will be open and books will be marked down 10% (more details on the Facebook event page). Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted. Noon-4 pm.

Drake Well Museum and Park
Nov. 30: Something More Saturday—today’s event is “Radio Santa,” inviting kids to speak with the big guy at the North Pole via radio. There will also be holiday craft projects and other family-friendly activities (details on Facebook). Included in regular admission. Site open 9 am-5 pm; special programming, Noon-4 pm.

Ephrata Cloister
Nov. 30: Candlelight Open House—spend a lovely evening exploring the Ephrata Cloister, with music, craftspeople, and more (info on website). Cost is $6 per person (ages 3 and older). 5-8:30 pm.
Dec. 1: Museum Store Sunday—the museum store will offer a shop-wide sale and free gifts with your purchase, which supports the site and its activities. 9 am-5 pm.

Fort Pitt Museum
Please visit the Fort Pitt Museum website for information on holiday schedules and programs.

Graeme Park
Nov. 30: Christmas in the Colonies—candlelight tours of the Keith House, where the Tapestry Dancers and costumed interpreters will illustrate Christmas and other winter holidays as the Graemes might have known them. Refreshments will be served. Tours will start approximately every 20 minutes from 4 to 6:20 pm. Craft vendors will be on hand for Small Business Saturday, from 3-6 pm (details on the website). Cost is $5 per person for tours.
Dec. 1: Museum Store Sunday—skip the mall crowds and support a historic site. Free DIY gift wrap station for purchases made in the museum store on Small Business Saturday (11/30) or Museum Store Sunday. Noon-4 pm.

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
Throughout the month: Fall Workshops—check the website for course descriptions and registration info.
Nov. 30-Dec. 1: Museum Store Shop Local Open House and Museum Store Sunday—shop for locally handmade art, crafts and heirloom-quality gifts and enjoy holiday decorations in the museum store. Museum Store events are free; regular rates apply for museum admission. 9 am-5 pm both days (site opens at noon on Sunday).

Old Economy Village
November 16, 23, 30: Saturday Spotlight Programs—something different every week. Nov. 16 - The Art of Blacksmithing; Nov. 23 - Meet the Gardeners; Nov. 30 - 19th-Century Trades and Crafts. Included in regular admission, so please begin at the Visitor Center. 10 am-5 pm..

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
Nov. 16: Walk and Talk—get a sneak preview of the new orientation video for the Webber Cabin and accompany Jim Hyland (from Tioga State Forest) on a short walk from the visitor center to the cabin for a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum’s newest exhibit building (more info on the Facebook event page). Included in regular admission. 1 pm.

Pennsylvania Military Museum
Nov. 17: Lecture—museum educator and former Navy Petty Officer Joe Horvath will present "This was NO Love Boat," based on his experiences aboard the SARATOGA during its 1984 Mediterranean cruise as part of the 6th Fleet (details on the website). 2-3 pm.
Nov. 23: Kids Day - Dress Up and Discover!!—try on field gear and head gear from the museum education collection. Visit the education stations in the galleries for more discoveries throughout the day. Parents must remain on-site while their kids participate in the activities. Included in regular admission. 10:00 am-3:00 pm.
Dec. 1: Hürtgen: A Visual Journey—writer/director Mark A. Frederick of Brush Mountain Media will discuss the history and inspiration behind his short independent film on this little-known battle between Germans and Americans during World War II. Included in regular admission. 2-3 pm.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Nov. 29: Day After Thanksgiving—site open 9 am-5 pm.

Somerset Historical Center
Dec. 1: Ethnic Traditions—each year Somerset Historical Center brings together local families from diverse cultural backgrounds to present an evening of food, music, and other traditions. This year’s menu includes foods from Pennsylvania German, Italian, Thai, and Mexican traditions. Cost is $20 for one ticket, $35 for two. Reservations are a must, and space is limited. Info on reserving your spot is on the website. 5:30 pm at Friedens Lutheran Church, Friedens, PA.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Please visit the Planetarium page for a full schedule of shows.
Nov. 21: Nature Lab—learn about Wild Canines. Included in regular admission. 11:30 am.
Nov. 21-22: Holiday Marketplace and Exhibit Opening—shop the Trails of History with representatives from numerous PHMC sites (details). Takes place in the museum’s Village Square. Hours are Thursday, 10 am to 3 pm, and Friday, 10 am to 7 pm. On Nov. 22, catch the opening of a new exhibit, Picturing a More Perfect Union: Violet Oakley’s Mural Studies for the Pennsylvania Senate Chamber, 1911-1919 from 3 to 7 pm (refreshments starting at 5).
Dec. 1: Museum Store Sunday—the State Museum Store (on the ground floor near the Third Street entrance) will hold a storewide sale today. Noon-4 pm.

Washington Crossing Historic Park
Please visit the Washington Crossing website for details on this month's schedule and programs.

Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation Membership Offer

Last week’s post covers Trails of History events through November 14, including schedules for Veterans Day on Nov. 11. The November program page takes you to the end of the month.

This week’s post comes from Mary Hull, manager of the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation
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The Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation and The State Museum of Pennsylvania are excited to offer a Buy One Get One Free membership offer starting November 1, 2019 and going through Monday, December 31, 2019! This is your opportunity to visit all the great Pennsylvania Trails of History sites you read about in “Trailheads.” Renew, rejoin, or join and gift a free membership (of equal or lesser value) to a friend, family member, or co-worker. Memberships included in this offer are Heritage, Individual, and Family. Please note, free membership valid only for individuals or families who have never held a membership with PHF or The State Museum previously.

Membership grants you the following benefits:

A Heritage-level membership ($35) brings the Pennsylvania Heritage magazine to your door four (4) times a year! This popularly styled, liberally illustrated, award-winning magazine covers Pennsylvania history, while also highlighting the collections of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission written by curators and archivists of PHMC. (There’s also a monthly Trailheads column.)

An Individual-level membership ($55) includes the following benefits:
  • General admission to all 24 Trails of History sites and museums for a full year, so you can take advantage of the exciting activities in all seasons
  • A full-year subscription to the award-winning Pennsylvania Heritage magazine (4 issues)
  • Membership in Time Travelers, a reciprocal membership program of over 300 nationally participating museums with a variety of benefits, including free or discounted museum admission and gift shop discounts
  • State Museum Affiliate members (only) also receive reciprocal membership benefits from the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC)
  • A personalized membership card
  • Special member events throughout the year.
A Family-level membership ($75) includes the same benefits as an Individual-level membership, but it applies to two (2) adults and all children and grandchildren under the age of 18.

You can take advantage of this limited-time offer
  • Online – click the link www.paheritage.org
  • By phone – call 866/823-6539 (toll free)
  • In person – visit The State Museum Store (300 North Street, Harrisburg).
More information is available on the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation website or by calling the office at 866/823-6539. Join over 2,500 members who know how exciting history is on the Pennsylvania Trails of History!

On the Trails of History, November 1-14

The November program page is up and running if you're planning ahead. Sites scheduled to be open on Nov. 11 for Veterans Day are noted below.

Don't forget to turn your clocks (the ones that still have to be changed by hand) back one hour no later than 2 am on Nov. 3, as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end for this year.


Tree with red and orange leaves
Conrad Weiser Homestead's Fall Lecture takes place Sunday, Nov. 3 - details below (photo via Facebook)
Bushy Run Battlefield
Nov. 14: Historic Sewing Workshop Series—class will focus on basics of hand sewing from a historical perspective. A one-hour formal presentation will be followed by an “open studio” session where participants can work on their own projects at their own pace (more info on the Facebook event page). Last class in the series will be Dec. 12. Contact Bushy Run for registration details and other info. 6-8 pm.

Conrad Weiser Homestead
Nov. 3: Fall Lecture—Michael Showalter, museum educator at Ephrata Cloister, will present C"We have submitted without reluctance: Ephrata Cloister and the Revolutionary War," exploring the winter of 1777-78 and Ephrata’s role as a hospital for sick and wounded soldiers. 2 pm.

Cornwall Iron Furnace
Nov. 12: Friends Lecture Series—this is the last lecture for 2019. Chris Witmer, secretary of the Historic Barn and Farm Foundation of Pennsylvania, will present "Pennsylvania Dutch Barns" (more info on the website). Lectures are held in the auditorium of Freeman Hall Community Center at Cornwall Manor, across the road from the furnace site (map and directions). Lecture is free, donations are accepted. 7 pm.

Daniel Boone Homestead
Nov. 2: Boone Birthday Program—celebrate Daniel Boone's birthday and learn about his family. First-person interpreters will be on hand from 1 to 3 pm, with cake and ice cream at 2 pm. Included in regular admission.

Ephrata Cloister
Nov. 8: Tickets for Christmas at the Cloister—as of today, the general public can purchase tickets ($7 per person) for this limited-seating event (scheduled for Dec. 9 and 10). Details are on the website.
Nov. 11: Veterans Day—site will be open noon-5 pm.

Erie Maritime Museum & U.S. Brig Niagara
Nov. 14: Lecture—author Jim Kennard will present “Shipwrecks of Lake Ontario,” based on his 30-year career investigating shipwrecks (he’ll highlight the story of the sloop Washington, an Erie-built commercial vessel that sank in a storm in 1803). The program is free, but reservations are requested (see Facebook event page for details on how to sign up). 5:30-6:30 pm.

Fort Pitt Museum
Please visit the Fort Pitt Museum website for information on holiday schedules and programs.

Hope Lodge
Nov. 2: Whitemarsh Encampment Reenactment—this long-standing event commemorates the Nov. 2-Dec. 11, 1777, encampment of Gen. George Washington and the Continental Army in the Whitemarsh Hills. Check the Facebook event page for details. Admission charged. 10 am-4 pm.

Joseph Priestley House
Nov. 3: Heritage Day—costumed docents will be stationed in the house as you tour, Dr. Priestley will demonstrate chemical principles, and there will be games for children. Admission is free; pick up tickets for the chemistry demos at the visitor center when you arrive or reserve ahead by calling 570/473-9474. 1-4 pm (chemistry demos at 1:30 and 2:30).

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
Throughout the month: Fall Workshops—check the website for course descriptions and registration info.

Old Economy Village
Saturdays in November: Saturday Spotlight Programs—something different every week. Nov. 2 – 19th-Century Foodways: Bread Baking and Cooking; Nov. 9 – The Fabric of Their Lives: Textiles; Nov. 16 - The Art of Blacksmithing. Included in regular admission, so please begin at the Visitor Center. 10 am-5 pm..

Pennsbury Manor
Nov. 2: Monthly Book Club—this month’s book is America’s First Daughter, by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie, which explores the life of Martha Patsy Jefferson Randolph (more info on the website). 10 – 11 am.
Nov. 10: Cooking Demonstration—join the cooks as they revel in the extravagant use of sugar and spices, using 17th-century confectionary recipes. Included in regular admission. 1-4 pm.

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
Nov. 1: Stream Stewardship Workshop—held in conjunction with the Potter County Conservation District. Learn about current and upcoming projects (more info on Facebook event page. 10 am-1:30 pm.
Nov. 16: Walk and Talk—get a sneak preview of the new orientation video for the Webber Cabin and accompany Jim Hyland (from Tioga State Forest) on a short walk from the visitor center to the cabin for a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum’s newest exhibit building (more info on the Facebook event page). Included in regular admission. 1 pm.

Pennsylvania Military Museum
Nov. 3: Lecture program—Sgt. 1st Class (US Army, ret.) Gerry Mansell will present "The Tomb of the Unknown and the Sentinels Who Stand Guard." 2-3 pm.
Nov. 9: Pictures with Santa—kids of all ages get to pose with Santa. Regular admission rates apply for youth; parents and guardians are free. 10 am-3 pm.
Nov. 11: Veterans Day—the museum is open noon-5 pm. Admission is free for veterans and their families.
Nov. 17: Lecture—museum educator and former Navy Petty Officer Joe Horvath will present "This was NO Love Boat," based on his experiences aboard the SARATOGA during its 1984 Mediterranean cruise as part of the 6th Fleet (details on the website). 2-3 pm.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Nov. 2-3: 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 or combo ticket) lets you enjoy big band music, refreshments, and swing, swing, swing. Program details. Sat., 9 am-5 pm; Sun., noon-5 pm.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Please visit the Planetarium page for a full schedule of shows.
Nov. 1: StoryTime—this month's program (for kids ages 3-5) takes place in the Archaeology Gallery, featuring Nancy Van Laan’s Rainbow Crow, a retelling of a traditional Lenape legend. Included in regular admission. 10:30-11:30 am.
Nov. 7: Build It!—this "Curiosity Kids" program will explore building with everyday objects (details on the museum website). Included in regular admission, but space is limited so be sure to sign up when you purchase your tickets. 11:30 am.
Nov. 8: Learn at Lunchtime—join Bob Hill, curator of military and industrial history, to learn about the World War II experiences of Major Robert Gaynor, whose uniform is currently on exhibit. Included in regular admission. 12:15-12:45 pm..
Nov. 9: Workshops in Archaeology—this year’s program is an examination of western Pennsylvania’s Monongahela Indians. Early bird registration ends Nov. 1. Registration details and parking information are on the museum website. 9 am-6 pm.

Washington Crossing Historic Park
Please visit the Washington Crossing website for details on this month's schedule and programs.