May 2017 on the Trails of History

Many, but not all, Trails of History sites will be open May 29 for Memorial Day. Please check ahead with the site you want to visit to make sure they will be open when you want to be there.

Anthracite Heritage Museum
May 13: Anthracite Heritage Conference—the museum will host a day of presentations on the history of anthracite mining as well as the history of the museum (details on speakers). Cost is $25 (discounts for students and museum members) and includes refreshments and lunch. Reservations are requested by May 9. 8:30 am-4 pm.
May 29: Memorial Day—open 9 am-5 pm.

Brandywine Battlefield
May 13: Encampment Day—please check the website or Brandywine's Facebook page for updates. 10 am-4 pm.
UPDATE 5/22/17 - May 29: Memorial Day—open 9 am-4 pm.

Bushy Run Battlefield
May 3: Visitor Center reopens for the season—hours are Wed.-Sat., 9 am-5 pm, and Sun., noon-5 pm (through Oct. 29). Park is open daily 8 am to dusk all year.
May 13: Spring Nature Walk—this annual event takes participants on an exploration of the woods and fields around the site; cost is $5, free for members of Bushy Run Battlefield Heritage Society. No registration required; wear sturdy, water-resistant walking or hiking shoes and dress for the weather. 10 am.
May 20: Spring Tea is sold out—there will be another event in the fall.
May 25: Children's Craft Program—kids age 6 and up are invited to come learn about Native American finger weaving techniques to make sashes and belts. Cost is $3.50 per child and includes museum admission and craft supplies. 1-2 pm.

Conrad Weiser Homestead
May 6: Artisans in the Park—a wide variety of artists (including food artisans!) will be on site (detailed lists on the event website). Admission is free, and the event is rain or shine. 9 am-4 pm.
May 7: Military History Timeline—this living history event will reflect Pennsylvania German units that served in conflicts from the French and Indian War up through World War I. Darius Puff will discuss Native Culture as well. And it's a chance to see the Tulpehocken Valley "doughboy" statue, now that it has been conserved. (More details.) Admission is free, guided tours are offered. Site open noon-4 pm, program begins at 2.

Cornwall Iron Furnace
May 9: Friends Lecture Series—Lynn Otto will present "Busse's Company of the Weiser Battalion". Mr. Otto is an active volunteer and board member at Conrad Weiser Homestead and also volunteers at Joseph Priestley House, Pottsgrove Manor, and Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum. He is commander of the recreated French and Indian War era 1st Battalion, the Pennsylvania Regiment. Friends Lectures are held in Freeman Auditorium at Cornwall Manor, across the road from the furnace site. Admission is free (donations are welcome). 7 pm.
May 29: Memorial Day—open 9 am-5 pm.

Daniel Boone Homestead
May 6: Children’s Day—children and their families are invited to spend the afternoon learning how wool becomes cloth. Hands-on activities are on the schedule as well as a chance to see a local shearer get the sheep ready for summer (more details). Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children. 10 am-4 pm.
May 27: History presentation—"French and Indian War, Part II" will feature a reenactor from the French La Reine Regiment with a presentation on the French Army in America; period uniforms and equipment will be displayed and demonstrated. 2 pm.

Drake Well Museum and Park
May 20: MEET-U in 5 & 1/2—enjoy a 5-mile or 13-mile (half marathon) run through the grounds of Drake Well Museum and Oil Creek State Park and help the museum’s MEET-U educational outreach program. Registration is required; visit the to register.
May 19: Petroleum Program Series—retired General Electric design engineer Rich Hall will present a program on coal-fired generators. Rich has been instrumental in the restoration of two steam-turbine generators (read about it in a past Trailheads post) left in place when Erie's Front Street Generating Station (Penelec) became the Erie Maritime Museum. Admission charged. Doors open at 6 pm, program starts at 6:30.
May 27: Something More Saturday—special activities in addition to the museum's core and changing exhibits (indoor and outdoor). Check Drake Well's Facebook page for details. Included in regular admission; special rate - buy 2 adult admissions, get 3 youth tickets free. 10 am-3 pm.
May 29: Memorial Day—open 9 am-5 pm.

Eckley Miners' Village
May 29: Memorial Day—open 9 am-5 pm.

Ephrata Cloister
May 7: Ephrata Cloister Chorus—the Chorus will perform in the Saal (meetinghouse). Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $7 for youth age 6-17, $5 for ages 3-5 (free for children under 3 and members of Ephrata Cloister Associates or Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation); admission includes the 2:30 pm guided tour. Site open noon-5 pm, concert is at 4.
May 14: Mother's Day—admission is free for mothers. Noon-5 pm (check website for tour schedule).
May 29: Memorial Day—open 9 am-5 pm.

Erie Maritime Museum and Flagship Niagara
May 6: Discovery Day—family-friendly activities include knot-tying, nautical face painting, and maritime music. Check the U.S. Brig Niagara Facebook page for details or contact Cristy at Event is free. 10 am-2 pm.
May 29: Memorial Day—open 9 am-5 pm.

Fort Pitt Museum
May 27: Massy Harbison - 225 Years After Her Capture—this program features presentations on Indian captivity on the early American frontier. The program is included in Fort Pitt admission, but you must register in advance; online registration closes May 26. Please note that there is a readers theater presentation in the afternoon based on captivity narratives, and the descriptions may not be appropriate for visitors 10 and younger. 11 am-3 pm.
May 28: Living History: Free Family Fishing Day—historical reenactors from the Museum will demonstrate how people fished 250 years ago and staff from Point State Park will have modern equipment for folks to try. This program will be held in the amphitheater along Monongahela wharf. 11 am-3 pm.
May 29: Memorial Day—open 10 am-5 pm.

Graeme Park
May 13: 300 Dance Party—celebrate Horsham Township's tricentennial at this gala family-friendly event featuring music, dancing, reenactors, tours of the Keith House, and more. UPDATE 5/12: Due to impending weather the event has been moved to the Horsham Community Center on Horsham Rd. Cost is $5, and tickets are limited (details and info on how to register). 3-7 pm.
May 14: Mother's Day Breakfast—enjoy a delicious meal and tour the Keith House. Prepaid reservations are required and can be made online (link to Eventbrite). Seatings at 10, 10:30, 11, and 11:30 am.
May 20: Garden Party and Seed Planting—join in to help plant a border of wildflowers along the edge of the woods behind the Keith House. Bring your own garden tools (the site will have a few to lend) and packets of seeds if you'd like to donate to the effort. Site will supply lunch. Please call 215/915-9453 or email to let them know you're coming. Starts at 10:30 am.
May 21: Living History Sunday—see a demonstration of colonial-era open hearth cooking throughout the afternoon. Noon-3 pm (brief presentation at 2).

Hope Lodge
May 21: Site open—Hope Lodge is open the 3rd Sunday of each month through October. Tours of the mansion are offered at 1 and 2:30 pm. Admission is charged. 1-4 pm.

Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
May 6: Museum Store Class—learn the basic techniques and history of traditional rug hooking in this one-day workshop. Cost is $55; advance registration is required (register online with Brown Paper Tickets). 10 am-4 pm.
May 12-13: 30th Annual Herb & Garden Faire—so many plants, plus lectures by gardening experts, garden furniture, herbal products and baked goods, and lots of great food by local groups and caterers (details here). Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 ages 6-11 (free for ages 0-5 and Landis Valley Associates members). (Purchase tickets online by May 5 and save $1 per ticket.) 9 am-5 pm.
May 29: Memorial Day—open 9 am-5 pm.

Old Economy Village
May 6: Garden Mart—the Garden Mart offers free admission to OEV’s gardens, where you can purchase heirloom varieties from the greenhouses and browse among vendors and local garden-related organizations (more info on website). 9 am-2 pm.
May 6-7: Hands-On History Days—learn about life in the 19th century through a variety of hands-on activities throughout the site. Included in regular admission. Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm.
May 13, 20, 27: Saturday Interpretation—interpreters will provide extra info on a range of topics as you explore the village--The Fabric of Their Lives: Textiles (5/13); Focus on Decorative Arts (5/20); Spotlight on Natural History (5/27). Included in regular admission, so please start at the Visitor Center. Site is open 10 am to 5 pm; special focus programs available 11 am-4 pm.

Pennsbury Manor
Sundays in May—May 7, "Historic Trades and Sheep Shearing"; May 14, "Living History Theater: Orphans Court"; May 21, "Foodways of 17th-Century Pennsylvania"; May 28, "Beer Brewing and Garden Highlights". Included in regular admission. 1-4 pm.
May 29: Memorial Day—open 9 am-5 pm.

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
May 6: Community Day—explore all the museum and grounds have to offer with exhibits, historic trade demonstrations, guided forestry walks, community organization displays, and more (details and schedule). Plus, there will be food and drink available for purchase. Event is free. 9 am-5 pm.
May 21: 3rd Sunday Series—this month's program is a Spring Wildflower Trail Walk led by retired forester Stan Hess of Susquehannock State Forest (DCNR). Starts at the visitor center and included in regular admission (free for members). Museum is open 9 am-5 pm, program starts at 1.
May 29: Memorial Day—open 9 am-5 pm.

Pennsylvania Military Museum
May 2: Central PA Civil War Roundtable Series—Sue Kellerman will present "150th Anniversary of President Lincoln's Funeral Procession." 7 pm.
May 3: Friends’ Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series—Jim Bloom will present "Uncivilized Barbarity: Maritime Events Leading the United States into WWI," exploring maritime events 1915-1917. 7:00 pm.
UPDATE 5/5/17: this event has been cancelled. May 6: Battery B Drill Exercise—Civil War-era reenactors from the 3rd Pennsylvania Volunteers will demonstrate loading and firing artillery pieces as they conduct their annual safety training and recruitment event. 10 am-4 pm.
May 21: A Celebration of Service—US Army reunion and memorial service sponsored by the PA National Guard and held on the museum grounds (photos of previous programs here). 9 am-4 pm (ceremony begins at 12:30 pm, but military vehicles, helicopters, and equipment begin arriving earlier in the day).
May 27-28: World War II Revisited—American and German WWII reenactors will be bivouacked on the museum grounds portraying field life in the European Theater of Operations, 1944-45 (photos from previous programs). Grounds will be open 10 am-4 pm each day; there will be musical entertainment at 2:30 each day.
May 29: Memorial Day—the museum will be open 10 am-4 pm.
May 29: Allegheny Mountain Region AACA Car Show—kick off summer with pre-war through modern classics on the grounds of the museum. $5 for on-site parking. 9 am-4 pm.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
May 29: Memorial Day—the museum will be open 9 am-5 pm.

Somerset Historical Center
May 6: Mommy and Me Sewing Workshop—moms and kids will learn how to create a historically accurate costume for an 18" doll. Cost is $50 for one adult and one child ($40 for members), $5 for each additional child; purchase an optional materials kit for $15. Deadline to register is May 2. Call 814/445-6077. 10 am-5 pm.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
May 5: Story Time—meet in Curiosity Connection for this month's story, Jump, Frog, Jump by Robert Kalan. Related hands-on activities will be part of the program as well. Included in regular admission. 10-11 am.
May 17: Presentation and Book Signing—author Nancy Moses (who serves as Chair of the PHMC) will discuss and sign her new book, Stolen, Smuggled, Sold: On the Hunt for Cultural Treasures. The event starts with a reception. Please RSVP (to help with planning) by calling 717/787-2407 or emailing 5-6:30 pm.

Washington Crossing Historic Park
May 13: Wetlands Walk—join environmental educator Katie Scott for a walk around the lagoon to learn about the wetlands ecosystem. Meet at the parking lot off Route 532 in the Lower Park. 1-2 pm.
May 20: Sheep to Shawl Day—the sheep at the Thompson-Neely House and Farmstead (Upper Park) will lose their winter coats and visitors will be able to try their hands at the many steps from fleece to wool clothing. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for ages 5-11 (under age 5 is free). Rain or shine. 10 am-2 pm. Reservations are required for groups of 15 or more; call 215/493-4076.
May 27: Family Fishing Program—designed for beginners, this program provides hands-on instruction and a chance to practice (no fishing license required). Equipment will be provided, but you must bring your own bait. Space is limited; please register online before the event (details on types of bait and online registration). 9 am-noon.
May 27: Just for Kids: Reptiles and Amphibians—read a story, play a game, and take a walk to the pond to learn about some of the wildlife that call the park their home. Meet at the picnic area across from the General Greene Pavilion in the Lower Park. 2-3 pm.
May 28: Memorial Day Observance—this annual event takes place in the Upper Park at the Soldiers' Graves area to honor Continental soldiers buried near the Thompson-Neely Farmstead (more info). 1 pm. (There will also be a guided bike ride from the Lower Park starting at 11:30 am; fee charged and registration required.)
May 29: Intro to Kayaking—learn beginner paddling skills on the lagoon. Equipment will be provided, so please register in advance (more info and registration form). Cost is $5 per person (designed for ages 10 and up). 10 am-noon.