July 2017 on the Trails of History

Many sites on the PHMC's Trails of History will be open on the 4th, but please check out the list to be sure the site you want to visit is on it. Info about special July 4 activities are listed below where available.

UPDATE: PLEASE NOTE THAT EPHRATA CLOISTER WILL BE CLOSED THE MORNING OF JULY 31; THEY WILL REOPEN AT 1 PM FOR AFTERNOON TOURS. UPDATE ON THE UPDATE: electrical work was completed faster than expected, so Ephrata is open on its regular hours today!

Anthracite Heritage Museum
July 4: Site open—check website for details.
UPDATED INFO July 16: Lecture—Dulais Rhys, music educator and journalist, will present a program on Old Forge-born movie star and singer Allan Jones (1907-1992). Admission is $5. 2 pm.

Brandywine Battlefield
Through week of August 8: Summer History Camp—visit Brandywine's website for more info and to register.
July 4: Site open—check website for details.
July 13: Bus Tour—"Advance with the Hessians" will follow the route of Hessian forces during the Battle of Brandywine, Sept. 11, 1777. Tours leave from and return to Chadds Ford Elementary School; each bus will have a guide from Brandywine Battlefield. Tours begin at 3 pm. (There will be an Open House with light refreshments at Brandywine Battlefield starting at 4:30 pm, but you'll need to drive your own vehicle from the school to the visitor center.) The tour and open house are free, but you MUST PRE-REGISTER for a tour time (registration available online at Eventbrite).

Bushy Run Battlefield
July 8: Annual Classic Car Cruise—classic and custom cars, live music, food, drink, and more. Event is free; regular admission applies to visit the exhibits. 11 am-4 pm.
July 9: Annual 5K Bushy Run Trail Run/Walk—Bushy Run is the site for this annual event benefitting the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission (PTARC). For more info and to register, contact PTARC at 724/744-2171 ext 205 or lbires@penntwp.org.

Conrad Weiser Homestead
July 2: Patriotic Concert in the Park—this annual event honors all military veterans. Admission and parking are free, contributions are gratefully accepted. Please bring chairs or picnic blankets. 1:30 pm.
July 9: Living History Sunday—enjoy a summer afternoon at the homestead learning about life in the Tulpehocken. Noon-4 pm.

Cornwall Iron Furnace
July 4: Site open—check website for details.

Daniel Boone Homestead
July 1: Independence Day Program—check the website or the Reading Eagle for more info. 10 am-4 pm.
July 8: Presentation—"18th-Century Law" will explore legal issues and include some 18th-century law books and forms. 2 pm.
July 17-21: History Day Camp—pre-registration is required. Visit the camp event page on Facebook for more info.

Drake Well Museum
Saturdays and Sundays: Historic Pithole Open. Admission charged. 10 am-4 pm.
July 4: Site open—check website for details.
July 10-14: Discovery Day Camp—activities include learning about the history of the oil region, visiting an oil-era boomtown, making crafts with recycled materials, and more. Fees charged and registration is required (program brochure and registration form) by June 26. 9 am-3 pm.
July 15: MEET-U Dice Run—visit sites around the Oil Region National Heritage Area and support the museum's mobile energy education trailer. (OK, so I had to look up what a dice run is - here's a wiktionary entry, but please note that the MEET-U event is open to all street-legal vehicles, not just motorcycles). Registration is required (see brochure for details); fees include participation, museum admission at Drake Well and Historic Pithole, and a BBQ supper at Drake Well after the run.
July 29: Something More Saturday—in addition to the regular offerings, today the Mobile Energy Education Training Unit (MEET-U) will be on the scene. Included in regular admission. Special rate: purchase 2 adult tickets, get 3 youth tickets free. 10 am-3 pm.

Eckley Miners' Village
July 4: Site open—check website for details.
UPDATE: this event has been cancelled July 22: Molly Maguires' Mile—this event is a mile walk or run through the village. Pre-registration is available (find out more on Eckley's Facebook page). Fee charged. 8 am-noon.

Ephrata Cloister
July 4: Site open—check website for details.

Erie Maritime Museum and Flagship Niagara
July 4: Friends and Family Day—hands-on activities for the kids, free admission to the museum, and tours of the ship. 9 am-5 pm.
July 17: Annual Flagship Niagara Opendetails and registration are on the website. Part of your registration fee is tax-deductible and supports the Flagship Niagara League's programs.

Fort Pitt Museum
Saturdays and Sundays: Guided Tours of the Museum—museum docents will offer overview tours of the museum's exhibits twice daily on weekends this summer. Contact the museum or visit their Facebook page for specific times (they'll vary).
July 4: Fourth of July at Fort Pitt—help staff and volunteers raise a 36-foot garrison flag. Learn about 18th-century military music and its role in life at the fort. 11 am-5 pm.
July 15: Living History—the Fort Pitt Garrison will be on hand to demonstrate 18th-century military drill and to fire the repro cannon (more info on the website). 1-3 pm.
July 29: Women's History Seminar—speakers will explore a wide array of topics related to women's lives and influence in the 18th century (details on the website). Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for students and Heinz History Center members. Please register online by July 28 (any remaining tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the door). 10 am-5 pm.

Graeme Park
July 16: Living History Sunday—Dr. Benjamin Rush, close friend of Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson, will reflect on Independence. Noon-3 pm.

Hope Lodge
July 16: Third Sunday—the site is open to the public today. Visit the grounds and take a guided tour of the mansion (at 1:00 or 2:30 pm). Admission is charged. 1-4 pm.
July 19: Evening Mansion and Barn Tour—tour will begin with a short film. Admission is charged. 6:30-8:30 pm.

Joseph Priestley House
July 26-28: History Camp—this year's theme is "Colonial Life in Northumberland with the Priestley Family." The program offers a wide range of activities for first through sixth graders (more info). Fee charged; registration deadline is July 24. 9 am-noon.

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
July 11-14: Summer Sampler Camp—geared for ages 5 to 11, this year's focus is "A Child's Life During the Civil War" (more info). 9 am-12:30 pm.
July 19-22: Historic Trades Camp—geared for kids 12-16, this camp is titled "It's All in the Name" and is designed around this year's visitor center exhibit, "Signed, Stamped, or Engraved: A Treasury of Artifacts Bearing Names." Registration closes two weeks before camp dates (more info). 9 am-12:30 pm.
July 22-23: Civil War Weekend—the site is transformed into a rural Pennsylvania village during the Civil War, with reenactors portraying soldiers and civilians (more info). Admission charged; tickets are available online. Food will be available for purchase at the museum store. 10 am-4 pm both days.

Old Economy Village
Saturday Spotlights—each Saturday has a different focus: woodworking and children's games (7/1); gardens (7/8); textiles (7/15); decorative arts (7/22); and the natural history museum in the Feast Hall (7/29). Included in regular admission. 11 am-4 pm.
July 10-14: Senior High Art Camp—for kids in grades 9 to 12. Students will learn watercolor techniques and base their artwork on objects from the collection (more info and online registration). 9 am-noon.
UPDATE 7/11/17 - These camps are sold out. July 17-21 and July 24-28: Summer Camp: Off to Work We Go!—kids ages 6 to 12 will explore the many occupations found among members of the village community (more info and online registration. 9 am-noon.
July 31-Aug. 4: Children's Art Camp—children ages 6 to 12 will learn sketching techniques from artist Gary Means (more info and online registration). 9 am-noon.

Pennsbury Manor
Special Sunday Programming—something different every week: meet the joyners, blacksmiths, and wool spinners (7/2); Pirates in the Tavern! (living history theater) (7/9); the cooks will be preserving the bounty of the summer harvest to last into the winter (7/16); chat with the gardeners and the brewers and see what they're up to (7/23); meet some of the animals that call Pennsbury home and bring along your plush pals for photo ops, games, and more (7/30). Included in regular admission. 1-4 pm.
July 1: Exhibit opens—"Chuse Thy Cloaths by Thine Own Eyes" explores clothing styles worn by 17th-century residents of Pennsbury and the 21st-century work of reproducing them. The clothing will be on display in the Manor House (and included in Manor House tours) through Oct. 1 (more info).
July 4: Site open—check website for details.
July 10-14, 17-21: History Camp I and II—History Camp is for children who have completed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade. Info and registration for History Camp I is a separate link from info and registration for History Camp II.
July 24-28: Time Traveler Camp—this camp is for students who've finished 5th, 6th, or 7th grade. Info and registration are on the website.

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
July 1-2: Annual Bark Peelers’ Festival—this hugely popular event recreates the 4th of July celebrations of Pennsylvania’s early 20th-century lumber camp workers and “woodhicks.” The guidebook for this year's event is now available online. Admission is charged. 9 am-5 pm (events start at 10 am).
July 4: Site open—check website for details.

Pennsylvania Military Museum
July 4: Kids Day—kids (of all ages) can try on uniforms from the museum's education collections and learn about soldier life. Have your photo taken behind the wheel of an authentic military Jeep (photos from past Kids Day events). Included in regular admission. 10 am-3 pm.
July 6: Central PA Civil War Roundtable Series—Scott Mingus will present "The Second Battle of Winchester: The Confederate Victory That Opened the Door to Gettysburg." Donation requested. 7-8 pm.
July 13-16: Annual People’s Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts—celebration of arts and artisans held on the museum grounds (visit the festival website for details). Festival is free, $5 charged for on-site parking at PMM; regular museum admission applies to tour the indoor exhibits. Thurs-Sat, 10 am-9 pm (museum open 10 am-5 pm); Sun., noon-5 pm.
July 19: Registration deadline for Boot Camp for Kids—this year's Boot Camp will be held Aug. 5 (more info and registration forms.
July 21: Lecture—as a lead-up to this weekend's living history event, Dr. Ron Lenox, museum volunteer and retired Armstrong chemist, will present "Napalm and Agent Orange: Two Iconic Chemical Weapons of the Vietnam War." 6:30-7:30 pm.
July 22-23: VIETNAM Revisited—living historians will be on the grounds portraying American combat and support troops “in country” in the late 1960s (more details and photos from previous events are on the website). Julie Decker, DNP, RN, of the Penn State School of Nursing, will present "The Real China Beach: U.S. Army Nurses in Vietnam" at 10:30 am on Saturday in the museum auditorium (regular admission rates apply for the lecture). 10 am-4 pm (tactical demo at 1:30 pm each day).

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
July 2-9: Reading Railroad Days—offered in conjunction with the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society, this program features an enormous HO-scale model railroad and highlights Reading Company rolling stock in the Museum’s collection. Details are on Facebook. Included in regular museum admission.

Somerset Historical Center
July 1: Frosty Mugs of Thunder Brewfest—craft brews, food from local vendors, and live music on a summer evening. Must be at least 21 to attend. Tickets may be purchased online. 4-8 pm.
July 8-9: Living History Weekend—help commemorate the 100th anniversary of U.S. involvement in World War I. Regular admission charged. 10 am-5 pm.
July 15-16: Sewing Workshop—learn to make a man's shirt and breeches/trousers suitable to the 1700s. Cost is $70, $60 for members. Please register by July 1 by calling 814/445-6077. 9 am-5 pm.
July 22: Exhibit opening—"Unraveling the Woof" is this summer's exhibit. Included in regular admission.
July 24-28: Summer Camp—kids will explore a variety of crafts and skills related to textiles and natural fibers. Fee charged; please register by July 10 by calling 814/445-6077. 9 am-2 pm.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Throughout the month—Free Summer Fridays/Learn@Lunchtime, Nature Lab, and Planetarium programs will explore a host of topics (see calendar of events for details).
July 7: StoryTime—this month's selection is Roadwork, by Sally Sutton. The read-aloud session will take place in the Pennsylvania Turnpike exhibit and children will have a chance to explore. StoryTime is geared to children ages 3-5. Included in regular admission (which is free on July 7). 10-11 am.
July 7: Artist Conversations—artist and PA First Lady Frances Wolf and artist Andrew Guth, winner of this year's first place award for Works on Paper, will lead an informal tour of the 50th Art of the State exhibit. Admission is free today. 12:15-12:45 pm.
July 15-16: Museum closed—as part of the ongoing electrical upgrade project, the State Museum will be closed for the weekend.
July 21: 3rd in the Burg—UPDATED INFO: enjoy light refreshments and a tour of the Art of the State exhibit(on view thru Sept. 10), then visit the Susquehanna Art Museum (SAM) for a tour. SAM's Director of Education, Tina Sell, will conduct the "Art of the State Tour," and Ophelia Chambliss, artist and PHMC Commissioner, will conduct the tour at SAM as part of a program called "The Great Summer Switch" (info on Facebook). Admission is free for this event. 5:30-7:30 pm (State Museum tour starts at 6 pm, SAM tour starts at 7:30).

Washington Crossing Historic Park
Throughout the month—the Park has a wide range of activities in July, including the Independence Day Celebration (7/2-4), DiscoverE programs for kids (7/12-14 and 7/26-28), and Wine on the Waterfront (7/29). For details on these events, registration info, or tickets, visit the Washington Crossing Historic Park events page.