February 2018 on the Trails of History

Winter 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 19 for Presidents Day, with the exception of (as far as I know) Fort Pitt Museum and the Railroad Museum of PA. Please check back for updates.

Updated 1/25/18, 1/26/18, 1/29/18, 1/30/18, 2/1/18, 2/8/18

Anthracite Heritage Museum
Feb. 1-28: African American History Month exhibit—the exhibit, Granville C. Smith: African-American Business and Community Leader, will be on view in the museum lobby during the month of February. During his 34 years in Scranton, Granville Smith served in numerous capacities: He was owner-operator of the G.W. Brown Company, a member of the Kiwanis Club, and board member of the Scranton Public Library as well as numerous other community organizations (learn more). Visitors can view the lobby exhibit free of charge during regular business hours; admission is charged to view the museum's main exhibit.
Feb. 18: Lackawanna Audubon Society—speaker Warren Williams, PA Game Commission, will talk about "Flight to Oblivion: Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon." Program is free, but admission is charged to visit the museum’s exhibits. 2:30 pm.

Daniel Boone Homestead
Feb. 11: Fireside Tales—come to the Wayside Lodge to spend a winter afternoon by the fire (dress for the weather and bring a blanket if it's really cold). Darius Puff will share Eastern Woodland Native American tales. $2 per person suggested donation. 2 pm.

Drake Well Museum
UPDATE! Feb. 10: Pithole Sledding Party—new date for this annual program. Still weather dependent (of course) but things look better for this weekend. Check out the Facebook event for details.
Feb. 24: 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. 1, 8, 15, 22: 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
UPDATE Feb. 21: Storytime at the Maritime—this month's story is A Lighthouse Saves the Day, by Robert Lieber. A Petty Officer from the Presque Isle Coast Guard Station will be guest reader (more info on Facebook event page). The program is $5 per person, free for members of the Little Mates Kids Club (non-members can join for $12). 10-11 am.

Fort Pitt Museum
Please visit the Fort Pitt Museum website for info on any events and programs happening this month.

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
Winter Learning for Adults—every weekend in February brings learning opportunities, including craft and trade classes, lectures, 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. 9-11: Snow-mobility 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. Saturday at 9 am there will be a guided cross-country ski excursion from Susquehannock SF to the museum. Saturday and Sunday (oops, sorry) there will be a pancake brunch from 9 am to 2 pm. See website for more details and times or follow the event on Facebook. As of 2/8/18, looks like plenty of snow!
UPDATE Feb. 18: 3rd Sunday Program—this month, "Learn More About Maple" with Chris Nicholas, Susquehannock State Forest District Manager. Chris will present a program on the history of the maple syrup and the industry built up around it (more details on Facebook event page). If conditions are right, he'll also demonstrate how to tap a maple tree. 1 pm.

Pennsylvania Military Museum
Feb. 10: Lecture—learn about the 180,000 men of color who fought on the Union side in the Civil War. Program title is "They Fought Equally: USCT in the Civil War." 3-4 pm.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Planetarium Shows—check the State Museum website for schedule and program descriptions.
Feb. 2: Storytime—this month's program takes place in Ecology Hall, with a reading of Susan Stockdale's Spectacular Spots. Participants will explore the gallery, looking for animals with spots. Geared for ages 3-5 with accompanying adult. Included in regular admission. 10-11 am.
UPDATE Feb. 7: Black History Month Celebration—the Museum will host a multi-agency program, "African Americans in Times of War," honoring veterans, those currently serving, and those preparing to serve (more details). The program is free and will take place in the auditorium; light refreshments will be served immediately after the program. Snow date is Feb. 13. Noon-1:15 pm.
Feb. 8 & 22: Nature Lab programming—Feb. 8 program is "Magnets" (geared for ages 3-5), and Feb. 22 is "The Great Blue Heron." Included in regular admission. 11:30 am-12:30 pm.
Feb. 16: 3rd in the Burg—enjoy a lunchtime exhibit tour of "The Art of the State Purchase Award Collection, 1969-2017" with curator Amy Hammond (the exhibit closes on Feb. 18). Included in regular admission. 12:15 pm.

Washington Crossing Historic Park
Please visit the Washington Crossing website for info on any events and programs happening this month.