August 2017 on the Trails of History

Anthracite Heritage Museum
Aug. 5: Labor Heritage Day—commemorating the coal miners' and laborers' strike of Aug. 1, 1877. At 2pm, an original play, After the Shots were Fired, by Margo L. Azzarelli, Marnie Azzarelli and Alex Lotorto, will be presented in the auditorium. The one-act play commemorates the 140th anniversary of the 1877 riot on Lackawanna Avenue where four men lost their lives during a time of labor unrest in the country. (After the Shots were Fired is funded by a Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Community Project Grant.) The day will conclude with various labor related literary submissions being read from members of our local community. Light refreshments will be served. The heritage day events are free; museum admission is charged to view the core exhibits. Noon-4 pm.

Bushy Run Battlefield
Aug. 5-6: 254th Anniversary of the Battle of Bushy Run—there are two battle reenactments (morning and afternoon), so you can learn about the events of August 5 and 6, 1763, all in one day. You'll also find military camps, period craftspeople, and food vendors at this annual event. Admission is $8 for ages 13+, $5 for ages 4-12. 10 am-4 pm both days.

Conrad Weiser Homestead
Aug. 6: Living History Sunday—learn about life in Berks County in the mid-18th century. Guided tours offered. Noon-4 pm.

Cornwall Iron Furnace
Aug. 8: Lecture—Jim Polcynski will present "Transition from Grubbs to Colemans." Learn about the transition of ownership of the Cornwall Furnace, Ore Banks, and related properties from the Grubb family to Robert Coleman in the late 18th century. Part of the Friends of Cornwall Iron Furnace lecture series, the program takes place in the auditorium of Freeman Community Center at Cornwall Manor. 7 pm.
Aug. 18: Blast!—this event features local breweries and wineries (more info on website), music by jazz keyboardist Wayne Fox, and catering by Hess Barbecue (pulled pork sandwiches, marinated chicken, sides, and dessert). There will be “soft” refreshments (including root beer) suitable for designated drivers and folks younger than 21 (you must be at least 18 to attend this event). Advance tickets are $40; designated driver and under 21, $25. On the day of the event, tickets are $45 ($30 for DDs and under 21). Advance tickets may be purchased at the furnace or by calling 717/272-9711 to charge by phone. 6-9 pm.

Daniel Boone Homestead
Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Sawmill Operation Days—subject to staff availability, there will be demonstrations of the site’s water-powered sawmill at 11 am and 2 pm. Free of charge (admission rates apply to tour the historic area.)
Aug. 5: Colonial Games and Gambling—learn about and try your hand at a variety of early American games, such as cards, hazard, draughts, dice, and backgammon. Peanuts will be used for wagering. 2 pm.

Drake Well Museum
Saturdays and Sundays in August: Historic Pithole Open—the visitor center will be open, so enjoy the orientation film and the excellent diorama that shows the town in its heyday. Admission charged. 10 am-4 pm. PLEASE NOTE: Historic Pithole will be closed on Sat., Aug. 26, so that volunteers can be at Drake Well for Drake Day; Pithole will be open on Sunday, Aug. 27.
Aug. 6: Drake Well Marathon and 1/2—this is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon. Both races (full marathon and half marathon) begin and end at the Museum and make use of Titusville streets and the bike path in Oil Creek State Park. Proceeds benefit Drake Well Museum and Park. You must register to participate.
Aug. 26: Something More Saturday—Today's event is "Drake Day - Let's Rock," commemorating the birth of the modern oil industry. Learn about fossils and rocks from paleontologists and geologists; you can even try the climbing wall. Admission charged. Noon-4 pm.

Eckley Miners’ Village
Aug. 5-6: 1940s Weekend—learn about life during World War II through home front and military displays, music, food, and more throughout the site. Off-site at 6 pm on the 5th, there will be a Swing Dance at Freeland Public Park Pavilion. Admission charged (separate fee for dance). 10 am-5 pm.
Aug. 18: Free Day—thanks to a grant from the Jack Buncher Foundation, admission will be free and free shuttle transportation will be provided between the site and the Hazleton Integration Center. Those wanting to use the shuttle must sign up ahead of time by calling the site at 570/636-2070 (more details on the event page on Facebook). 9 am-5 pm.

Ephrata Cloister
Aug. 6: Ice Cream Social—ice cream (courtesy of Turkey Hill and dipped by PA State Representatives Mindy Fee and David Zimmerman) and an old-fashioned sing-along in a beautiful setting. K-Pets therapy dogs will be visiting, and the winning ticket for quilt raffle will be drawn. Admission is $5 per person for ages 6 and up (younger than 6 get in free). 1-4 pm.

Erie Maritime Museum and U.S. Brig Niagara
Aug. 8: Erie Gives—you can support the museum and ship and stretch your donation by participating in Erie Gives Day. UPDATE: A generous donor will match donations to FNL dollar for dollar, up to $10,000! Online giving only, 8 am-8 pm, on the Flagship Niagara League's Erie Gives page.

Fort Pitt Museum
Saturdays and Sundays: Guided Tours—docents will lead one-hour tours of the museum exhibits twice daily on weekends this summer. Exact times vary, so be sure to visit Fort Pitt's Facebook page for updates.
Aug. 5 and 6: Living History Programs—this "Artillery and Artificers" explores the fort's artillery, the people who fired it (with demos during the day, weather permitting), and the people who made it; 11 am-4 pm both days. The Fort Pitt Fife and Drum Corps will be on hand Sat., Aug. 5, from noon to 4 pm.
Aug. 19: Living History Program—the Fort Pitt Garrison will demonstrate 18th-century military drill and fire the reproduction cannon (weather permitting). 1-3 pm.
Aug. 20: Pittsburgh History Paddle—start with a brief tour of the museum's indoor exhibits, then set off on a kayak tour of landmarks related to Fort Pitt and the Point. Previous paddling experience is required, and you must register through Venture Outdoors.
Aug. 26: Speakers Series—Dr. Daniel Krebs will present "Captives in a Foreign Land," exploring the experiences of German prisoners of war during the American Revolution (also the subject of his book, A Generous and Merciful Enemy: Life for German Prisoners of War during the American Revolution). Online registration closes Aug. 25; any remaining tickets will be available at the door on a first come, first served basis. 11 am-1 pm.

Graeme Park
UPDATE (Aug. 13 class added): Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27: Hearth Cooking Classes—topics are "Let Food Be Thy Medicine" (8/6), "Enjoying the Abundance of Summer" (8/13), "Highland Heritage" (8/20), and "Storing the Fruits of the Season" (8/27). Classes are $45 each (per person), $35 each for members, students, or if an individual signs up for 2 or more classes (click on each class for more info and a link to register).
Aug. 17: Happy Hour with the Historian—Jim Miller, retired professor of microbiology, will present a program on 18th-century medicine, with a particular focus on the 1793 yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia and the development of smallpox vaccine in England. Admission is $5, free for members. Cash bar opens at 6 pm, lecture starts at 7.
Aug. 20: Living History Sunday—learn about the impact of the American Revolution on the folks living at Graeme Park and environs from one of Anthony Wayne's soldiers. Noon-3 pm.

Hope Lodge
Aug. 9: Movie Night—bring a blanket or lawn chair and settle in to watch Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Presented by Whitemarsh Township Parks and Recreation. Admission is free, snacks available for purchase. Starts at dusk. (Raindate is Aug. 10.)
Aug. 20: Site open—enjoy the grounds and take a guided tour of the mansion. Admission charged. 1-4 pm (tours at 1:00 and 2:30 pm).

Joseph Priestley House
Aug. 6: Oxygen Day—in honor of Dr. Priestley’s best known scientific contribution, this program features costumed docents throughout the house and chemistry demonstrations (more info on the website). Admission is free. 1-4 pm; chemistry demos at 1:30 and 2:30 pm.

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
Aug. 8: Hands-On History Day—experience chores, games, and crafts from the past, take a wagon ride, and learn your lessons in the one-room schoolhouse (more info and online ticketing on website). Cost is $11 per person (FREE for Landis Valley Associate members and kids age 5 and under). 10 am-3 pm.

Old Economy Village
Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26: Spotlight Saturdays—glimpse life and work in the 19th century through demonstrations and tours - blacksmithing (8/5); breadbaking and cooking (8/12); niceties and necessities (8/19); woodworking and children's games (8/26). Included in regular admission, so please start at the Visitor Center. 11 am-4 pm (site open 10 am-5 pm).
Aug. 20: Concert by River City Brass—enjoy a summer evening concert by this popular Pittsburgh-based band (bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic supper). Event is scheduled to take place outdoors; in the event of bad weather it will move into the Feast Hall, so tickets are limited (info on purchasing tickets). Gates open at 4 pm, concert starts at 5.

Pennsbury Manor
UPDATE JUST ADDED: Aug. 27: Meet Our Lambs—Pennsbury adopted two lambs earlier this month and they are now ready for their debut. You can admire their adorableness and vote on names for them (more info on Facebook). Plus lots of other stuff to see and do, as always. Included in regular admission. 12:30-5 pm.
Aug. 27: Bitters, Blubs & Brewing—visit with the gardeners and stop by the brew house to see what's up. Visitors age 21 and older who pre-register and pay the $20 fee can learn to make their own bitters Call 215/946-0400 to register. 2-4 pm.

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
Follow the Lumber Museum on Facebook for updates on all kinds of activities in the area.
Aug. 20: Third Sunday Series—this month's program starts with a showing of the 2004 documentary, The Last Raft: A Story of Courage & Tragedy on the Susquehanna, thanks to the Muncy Historical Society and Museum of History. Then (weather permitting) build a small-scale raft and race it against others on Commissioner Run to learn about raft design and construction (more info on Facebook). 1 pm.

Pennsylvania Military Museum
Saturdays and Sundays: On weekends in August, the 1 pm guided tour is included in museum admission.
Aug. 1: Central PA Civil War Round Table Series—Dr. Bruce Venter, President of America's History, LLC, will present "Kill Jeff Davis," an exploration of the 1864 Kilpatrick-Ulric Dahlgren raid on Richmond. Donation requested. 7 pm.
Aug. 2: Friends' Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series—Dr. Manfred Keune, emeritus professor of German Studies at Penn State, will present "Reflections on My Experiences During WWII in Germany." Donation requested. 7:00 pm.
Aug. 12: Kids Day, Dress Up & Discover—kids and their families can try on military items from the education collection and sit in an authentic military Jeep. Photo ops galore. Included in regular admission. 10 am-3 pm.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
UPDATED INFO Aug. 1: Garden Railway AND SWING DANCE Tickets on sale—Garden Railway Tour: this year's (self-guided) tour is on Sunday, Oct. 1 (rain or shine). Tickets may be purchased at the museum starting today and will be available at Stauffer's locations in central PA starting Sept. 1. Swing Dance: Saturday night, Nov. 4, will find 40s dance music and dancers among the trains in Rolling Stock Hall (more info on Facebook). 7-10 pm.
Aug. 19-20: Model Railroading Days—model train layouts from numerous railroading clubs will join the museum's layouts for a weekend of family fun and learning. Included in regular admission. 9 am-5 pm.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Wednesdays and Thursdays thru Aug. 24 (plus Fri., 8/18): Nature Laba variety of presenters will share their expertise as visitors explore the museum's Nature Lab. Included in regular admission. 11:30 am.
Fridays: Free Summer Fridays and Learn at Lunchtime—general admission is free on Fridays, 9 am to 5 pm. Curiosity Connection will have free timed tickets available. Regular fees apply for planetarium shows. From 12:15 to 12:45 pm, a variety of Learn at Lunchtime programs will be offered (check website for specifics).
Aug. 4: StoryTime—this month's program will include a tour of selected works in the "Art of the State" exhibit and a reading of Perfect Square by Michael Hall. Geared for children ages 3-5 with an adult, the program will also include a take-home art activity. Included in general admission. 10-11 am.
Aug. 6: Artist's Conversations—take an informal tour of this year's "Art of the State" exhibit with artist Michael Brolly, first prize winner in the Craft category, and Collections Advancement Project curator Carol Buck. Included in general admission. 2-3 pm.
Aug. 9-13 and 16-20: Eclipse Across America—enjoy a special planetarium show in advance of the Aug. 21 total eclipse that will be visible in parts of the U.S. (although we only get a partial eclipse in Pennsylvania). Check the events page for specific showtimes.
Aug. 18: 3rd in the Burg—enjoy light refreshments and meet members of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. Admission is free. 5:30-7:30 pm.

Washington Crossing Historic Park
Please visit the website for more info on programs: Canal Camp (8/2-4); Kayaking (8/6 and 8/26); Monarch Butterflies (8/12); and Family Fishing Program (8/13).
Aug. 12: Historical Interpreter Conference—Mrs. Boice's Historie Acadamie will present "Women's Lives in Early America." Keynote by Azie Mira Dungey, creator of the web series Ask A Slave. Full list of topics and presenters and info on registration are on the website.