Most Trails of History sites will be closed on April 16 for Easter. The Railroad Museum of PA and The State Museum of Pennsylvania will be open from noon to 5 pm.
Anthracite Heritage Museum
April 29: Garden Tea Party—enjoy tea, sandwiches, and sweets and test your knowledge of artifacts in the "curiosity corner" (feel free to bring a "stumper" of your own to challenge the other guests). Event is open to ages 12 and older. Donation of $20 requested. Space is limited and reservations are required by April 21 by calling 570/963-4804 (more details). 1:30 pm.
Conrad Weiser Homestead
April 2: Spring Lecture—Scott Wert, a teacher in the Conrad Weiser School District, will present a talk entitled "'The Calamett, a Sure Bond and Seal of Peace': Native-Pennsylvania Treaties as Religious Discourse." Site is open noon-4 pm, the lecture is at 2.
April 23: Living History Sunday—enjoy an afternoon of living history; guided tours offered. Noon-4 pm.
Cornwall Iron Furnace
April 11: Friends Lecture Series—historical researcher and lecturer Dick Martin will present "Iron Stoves and Stove Plates," exploring southeastern PA ironmasters and the the artistic designs used by their patternmakers. The program is free; donations welcome. Lectures are held in Freeman Hall auditorium at Cornwall Manor. 7 pm.
Daniel Boone Homestead
April 8: Pennsylvania German Easter—egg hunt, historical interpretation, and demos (info). Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for youth ages 5-15. 10 am-4 pm.
April 15: French and Indian War, Part I—a French and Indian War reenactor will talk about how the war affected residents of the Oley Valley, including Daniel Boone and his family. 2 pm.
Drake Well Museum
April 6: Petroleum Program Series—Dr. William Brice, professor emeritus, Univ. of Pittsburgh - Johnstown, will present "Abraham Gesner: A Pioneer of the Modern Oil Industry." Admission charged. Doors open at 6 pm, program starts at 6:30.
April 29: Something More Saturday—it's Engine Start Up Day, as the Olin engine that runs the Central Powers exhibit gets restarted for the 2017 visitation season. Included in museum admission (special rate: purchase 2 adult tickets, get 3 youth tickets). 10 am-3 pm.
April 21: Community Days School Program—students and their parents/teachers move among learning stations set-up throughout the site. Call 717/733-6600 for pricing info and reservations.
Erie Maritime Museum and Flagship Niagara
April 2: Erie Maritime Museum Lecture Series—Richard E. Buys (Lt. Col, US Air Force, Ret.) will present "The Naval History of World War One and Erie's Contribution." Takes place in the H.O. Hirt Auditorium. Lecture is free. 2 pm.
April 24: Storytime at the Maritime—children ages 3-7 and their adults enjoy a maritime-themed story and activity. Program is free. 10 am.
April 28: Mystery at the Maritime—this year's theme for the mystery (think live-action version of the game, Clue) is the Psychedelic Sixties. Tickets may be purchased online (info and link). 7-10 pm.
April 12: Lunch and Learn—"Health Care 18th-Century Style" is the topic, and the speaker is Jim Miller, who holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology and taught at Delaware Valley College prior to his retirement. Registration fee ($25, $20 for members) includes the program, continental breakfast, and hot lunch. Pre-registration is required (Details on program and link to registration form). 10:15 am-1:30 pm.
April 23: Site open—guided tours are at 1:00 and 2:30 pm. Admission charged. 1-4 pm.
Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
April 1 and 29: Museum Store Classes—April 1 is "Tin Punching" and April 29 is "Star Embroidery de Schtaan." Times and fees vary. Check the brochure for details and registration info.
April 8: Victorian Tea and Tour—start with a visit to the new exhibit, Signed, Stamped, or Engraved: A Treasury of Artifacts Bearing Names, then enjoy a guided walk through the village and a three-course tea at the Landis Valley House Hotel. Reservation deadline is March 31 (today!), so call Jamie @ 717/581-0590 before it's too late. $34 per person. Starts at 10 am.
April 22: Spring Benefit Auction—save the date and check the website closer to the date for details.
Old Economy Village
April 1: Village reopens for the season—special activities planned for April 1-2.
Saturdays in April: Craft and Trade Demonstrations—April 1-2, Blacksmithing (special Sunday program as well, in honor of the newly renovated blacksmith shop); April 8, Bread baking and cooking; April 15, "niceties and necessities"; April 22, woodworking and children's games; April 29, gardens. Included in regular admission.
April 5: Lecture—David Aitken will present "Little Saw Mill Railroad," exploring one of the Harmony Society's business ventures (more details). Program is free, but please reserve your spot by calling David Miller at 724/266-4500 x110. 7-8:30 pm.
April 8: Annual Garden Workshop—cost is $50, $40 for members, and includes lunch and an after party with Doug Oster, Home and Garden editor for Trib Total Media. Full program and registration form is on the website. 9 am-4 pm.
April 9: Easter Egg Hunt—for children age 10 and under. (More info and guidelines.) 1:30-3:30 pm.
April 28: Home School Day—home school families are invited to explore Old Economy Village and take part in hands-on activities. Cost is $5 per person (students and parents/guardians). Registration is required; call 724/266-4500 x110 or email email@example.com. 1-3 pm.
Sundays in April—April 2, historic trades and cooking demos; April 9, living history theater presents "The Funeral of Phineas Pemberton"; April 17, the cooks welcome spring and the produce it brings; April 23, the beer brewing and garden highlights; April 30, meet the animals. Included in regular admission. 1-4 pm.
April 6: Homeschool Day—homeschoolers and their families are invited to celebrate the return of spring with living history demos and hands-on activities (more details). 12:30-3:30 pm.
Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
April 22-23: Spring Antique and Collectible Show—vendors from all over the U.S. will be selling a variety of wares both days. The museum's sawmill and birch still will be in operation on Saturday. Admission charged. 10 am-4 pm.
Pennsylvania Military Museum
April 1: Kids Day I: Dress Up and Discover!!—kids of all ages can try on field gear and head gear from the museum education collection. Photo backdrops will be set up in the museum theater and there will be learning stations throughout the galleries. Included in regular admission. 10 am-3 pm.
April 5: Friends Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series—"A Military Nurse Looks Back to Southeast Asia circa 1970" features Doris M. Wurster (Lt. Col., U.S. Air Force, Retired) discussing her experiences as a nurse in the U.S. Army and the Air Force. Donations accepted. 7-8 pm.
April 8, 9, 15, 22, 23, 29: World War I Anniversary Programming—in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of U.S. entry into World War I, the museum will offer a wide array of lectures and programs throughout the month of April. Program details are on the website and this brochure.
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
April 8: Rails & Ales—this event brings together brewers and food vendors to support the museum's programs. Tickets are available online (VIP tickets are sold out). 7:30-10:30 pm.
State Museum of Pennsylvania
April 2: Exhibit opening—"Pennsylvania at War: World War I Posters from the Pennsylvania State Archives" features a sampling of the nearly 500 WWI posters in the State Archives. Archivist Richard Saylor will provide a walkthrough of the exhibit (which will be on view through Nov. 12). Included in regular admission. Exhibit opening is 2-3 pm.
April 7: StoryTime—this month's story is Tools, by Taro Miura. The program, geared to children age 3-5 with an adult, will include an exploration of the museum's Village Square. Included in regular admission. 10-11 am.
April 7, 14, 21, 28: Special Friday Planetarium Shows—visit the website for schedule details. General admission and planetarium fees apply.
April 23: Museum Closed—due to electrical upgrades, the museum will be closed on Sunday, April 23.
Washington Crossing Historic Park
April 9: Lecture—Andrea Wulf will discuss her book, Founding Gardeners. Tickets available online. 2 pm.
April 20: Lecture—Rand Scholet, president and founder of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, will present a free lecture, "Alexander Hamilton: Washington's Indispensable Partner." 7 pm.
April 23: Lecture—rescheduled from March, canal tender and photographer Carole Mebus will share her favorite images and stories of the Delaware Canal. Lecture is free. 2 pm.