February 2017 on the Trails of History

Seasonal schedules are in effect at sites on the Trails of History, so please check ahead before visiting. Extreme winter weather can also mess with operations, so best to check then, too. Most Trails of History sites will be closed on February 20 for Presidents Day, with the exception of (as far as I know) Fort Pitt Museum and the Railroad Museum of PA.

Anthracite Heritage Museum
Feb. 19: Lackawanna Audubon Society—speaker Bill Speare will talk about "Uganda, South Africa, and the Great American Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017." Program is free, but admission is charged to visit the museum’s exhibits. 2:30 pm.

Daniel Boone Homestead
Feb. 5 and 19: Fireside Stories—children ages 4-8 and their families are invited to enjoy an afternoon of storytelling in the Wayside Lodge. Scheduled stories are The Winter Cabin - The First Snowfall (2/5, snowdate 2/12) and Cinderella (2/19). Dress for the weather and bring an extra blanket if it’s really chilly. Cookies, hot cocoa, coffee, and tea will be served. Program is free; donations are welcome. 2 pm.

Drake Well Museum
Feb. 11: Pithole Sledding Party—quickly becoming a winter tradition in the oil region, this event offers a unique way to see the remains of an oil boomtown. BYO sled. Event is free, donations are welcome. Since this is highly weather dependent, please follow the event on FB for updates or call 814/827-2797 before you head out. Start at the Pithole Visitor Center, 14118 Pithole Rd, Pleasantville, PA. 11 am-2 pm.
Feb. 25: Something More Saturday—enjoy varied family-friendly activities, included in regular admission. Special rate available: purchase two adult tickets, receive up to three youth admissions. 10 am-3 pm.

Ephrata Cloister
Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23: Winter History Class—each Thursday participants in the Winter History Class learn about the history of the celibate brothers and sisters, the world they lived in, and the work of preserving the collections and buildings. Check out the class schedule for details. Fee charged (sign up for multiple classes or just one using registration form). Class continues through March.

Erie Maritime Museum and U.S. Brig Niagara
Feb. 17: Wintertime at the Maritime—shake those winter blahs with live music, heated tents, hors d'oeuvres, and adult beverages. Must be 21 or older to attend. Details and link for online ticket sales on the museum/ship website. 6-10 pm.
Feb. 27: Storytime at the Maritime—children and their accompanying adult(s) enjoy a maritime-themed story and participate in a related activity. Program is free. 10 am.

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
Winter Learning for Adults—every weekend in February boasts learning opportunities, including craft and trade classes, folk art classes in the Museum Store, and classes offered by the Heirloom Seed Project. The full list is on the website, along with a registration form (some classes are already fully booked).

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
Feb. 17-19: Snowmobile Weekend—a specially marked route for snowmobiles will lead from Susquehannock State Forest to the PA Lumber Museum, where there will be a designated parking area and warming refreshments in the visitor center. Details on Lumber's Facebook page, including number to call to check on snow conditions.
Feb. 19: 3rd Sunday Program—follow PA Lumber Museum on Facebook for updates on this month's offering. Included in regular admission. 1 pm.

Somerset Historical Center
Feb. 4: Magic Puzzle Purse Workshop—learn how to make a folded and decorated paper remembrance for a loved one (similar to those made in the late 18th and early 19th centuries). Fee charged. Call 814/445-6077 for more info and to register. 10 am-noon.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Feb. 3: Storytime—this month's program takes place in Ecology Hall, with a reading of Kate Messner's Over and Under the Snow. Participants will explore the gallery and learn how various animals survive winter, then they'll help create a small mural that will hang in Curiosity Connection the rest of the month. Geared for ages 3-5 with accompanying adult. Included in regular admission. 10-11 am.
Feb. 10 & 24: Nature Lab programming—Feb. 10 program is "Digging into Paleontology" and Feb. 24 is "Simple Machines" (in honor of National Engineering Week). Included in regular admission. 11:30 am-12:30 pm.
Feb. 17: Learn at Lunchtime—enjoy the new planetarium show, Compass, Calendar, Clock, and explore how people throughout history have used the sun, stars, and our planet's alignment with them. Included in regular admission (normally planetarium is extra). 12:15 pm (no one admitted once the show starts).

Washington Crossing Historic Park
Feb. 19: George Washington's Birthday Celebration—children are encouraged to bring homemade cards for GW, who will be marking his 285th birthday. At 1 pm, the General will be on hand to receive birthday wishes and cut the birthday cake, which he will share with well-wishers. Admission is $1. 10 am-2 pm.