June 2017 on the Trails of History

Anthracite Heritage Museum and Scranton Iron Furnaces
June 2-3: Fire Up the Furnaces and Arts on Fire—Fri., June 2, fundraiser (Fire Up the Furnaces) will be held at Backyard Ale House in Scranton, 6-8 pm; tickets are $25 (available online or at the museum). Sat., June 3, is Arts on Fire at the Scranton Iron Furnaces includes food, drink, family-friendly activities, and an iron pour. Admission is free (please support the vendors). 10 am-4 pm.

Brandywine Battlefield
June 26-August 11: Summer History Camp—weekly day camp experiences are offered throughout the summer. Grade levels vary by week. Check the website for details and registration info.

Bushy Run Battlefield
June 10: General meeting and lecture—speaker will be Bob Stutzman from the Ligonier Valley Rail Road Museum. $5 (free for members of the Bushy Run Battlefield Heritage Society). 1 pm.
June 17: Community Picnic—enjoy live music, children's games, and battlefield tours. $4 fee includes museum admission and tours; there will be food trucks on site if you want to purchase food (or bring your own picnic). Noon-5 pm.
June 22: Children's Activity—Native American and Colonial stories will be told and there will be a coloring activity. $3.50 fee per child includes museum admission. Geared for children ages 3 and older. 1 pm.

Conrad Weiser Homestead
June 3: Forest Diplomacy - Edge of the Woods Ceremony—in Conrad Weiser's time as a colonial diplomat, large treaty conferences were preceded by a preliminary meeting, in keeping with Native American customs. In addition to reenacting this important custom, interpreters will demonstrate what went into keeping an 18th-century plantation up and running. Site will be open 10 am-4 pm, with Edge of the Woods ceremonies at 1 and 3 pm.
June 4: Colonial Craft and Demonstration Day—craft demonstrators will share the historical context, materials, and equipment of a variety of mid- to late-18th-century trades. 11 am-4 pm.

Cornwall Iron Furnace
June 13: Annual Dinner and Lecture—Dinner and program will be held at The Timbers in Mt. Gretna. Robert Hoffman will present "The Architecture of Lebanon’s St. Luke’s Episcopal Church." Tickets are $35 per person (more info on website).

Daniel Boone Homestead
June 10: Presentation on 18th-Century Medicine—learn about various medical and surgical treatments of the 18th century and see a collection of medical instruments. NOTE: medical procedures, including amputations, will be discussed in detail. Consider yourself warned! 2 pm.
June 17: Evening on the Green—this program includes colonial crafts and games, and live music by the Celtic Martin Family (more details on Facebook). Admission for this rain or shine event is $20 per car (free for FDBH members with membership card). Overall event time is 5-9 pm.

Drake Well Museum
June 4: Wildcatter Day at Historic Pithole—help kick off the summer season at Pithole (the site is open weekends from June through August). This year's event includes vintage baseball. Admission will be charged. 10 am-4 pm.
June 24: Something More Saturday—visit Historic Pithole and get a tour of the grounds (check Facebook for details). Admission charged. 10 am-3 pm.

Eckley Miners’ Village
June 24-25: Patch Town Days Irish Fest—this year's program focuses on the lives of Irish immigrants to a Pennsylvania coal patch town. Music, food, dancers, and a "St. Patrick's Day in June" parade. There will also be vintage baseball games both days. Admission charged. 10 am-5 pm both days.

Ephrata Cloister
June 18: Father’s Day—enjoy a day out with dad and explore a unique historic site. Dads get in free. Noon-5 pm.

Erie Maritime Museum and Flagship Niagara
June 3: Mariner’s Ball—this black tie optional event raises funds to support the Flagship Niagara and its sailing program. (Info on tickets and the live auction.)
June 26: Storytime at the Maritime—enjoy a maritime-themed story and explore the museum. Geared for children 3-7 with an adult. Program is free. 10 am.

Fort Pitt Museum
Saturdays and Sundays: Guided Tours—twice each weekend day from June through August, the museum will offer guided tours of the exhibits. Times will vary, so visit Fort Pitt's Facebook page or contact the museum directly to find out your options.
June 2-4, 9-11: Hands On History—staff from Ft. Pitt will be out in Point State Park during the Three Rivers Arts Festival offering educational and fun activities; the museum will be open extended hours. Visit the website for details.
June 3-4, 10, 17: Living History Series—events include Artillery and Artificers (6/3-4), Ft. Pitt Fife and Drum Corps (6/10), and Ft. Pitt Garrison Drill (6/17). Times vary (click on the specific event for more info).
June 24: Lecture and Book-signing—Dr. Patrick Spero will present "When Pittsburgh was Virginia," exploring various 18th-century boundary and territorial disputes in western PA and Ohio. He will sign copies of his latest book, Frontier Country: The Politics of War in Early Pennsylvania. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and Heinz History Center members (please register online). 11 am-12:30 pm.

Graeme Park
June 15: Happy Hour with the Historian—Jack Washington will present "Loyalists During the Revolution," a look at British loyalists in the Philadelphia area. Enjoy the lovely grounds of Graeme Park on a summer evening (more info). Cost is $5 (free for members); cash bar available. 6-8 pm.
June 18: Living History Sunday—learn about "Fathers and Family in the 1700s," featuring Dr. Thomas Graeme. Interactive living history throughout the event with a brief talk at 2 pm. Noon-3 pm.

Hope Lodge
June 7: Ambler Symphony Concert—bring a chair or blanket, a picnic dinner or snack, and enjoy beautiful music on the lawn. Concert and parking are free, donations are accepted. (Raindate is June 14.) 7-8:30 pm.
June 18: Site open—Hope Lodge will be open the third Sunday of each month through October, with guided tours offered at 1 and 2:30 pm. Admission is charged. Free admission today for dads, in honor of Father's Day. 1-4 pm.
UPDATE: June 24: Ales and Petals—bring your lawn chairs and/or picnic blankets, tour the mansion, and (only if you're age 21+) sample craft beers and ciders. Food will be available from Tonellis of Lafayette Hill and the Mason Porter band will perform from 1 to 3 pm. General admission fees apply; there is an additional $5 per person charge for beer and cider tasting (more info on website) and food is extra. Event runs 1-5 pm.
June 29: Evening mansion and garden tour—site opens at 6:30 pm, a short film and guided tour begins at 7 pm. Admission charged.

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
June 20-23: Summer Institute—Institute offers a wide range of hands-on classes, lectures, tours, and evening events for adults. Some classes may already be full, but many opportunities await if you act now (full list of offerings and online registration).

Old Economy Village
Saturday Spotlights for June—June 3 - The Art of Blacksmithing; June 10 - 19th-century Foodways: Bread-baking and Cooking; June 17 - Niceties and Necessities. Included in regular admission, so please start at the Visitor Center. 10 am-5 pm.
June 24: An American Celebration—enjoy music, storytelling, artisan demos, antique cars, and food as you explore the Village. All included in regular admission. 10 am-5 pm. (Rain date: June 25, 10 am-5 pm.)

Pennsbury Manor
Sundays in June—June 4: Historic Trades Day—the blacksmith and the joyner will demonstrate the skills needed to make equipment for the estate; June 11: Living History Theater—“The Judith Roe Murder Trial” takes place in 1688; June 18: Open Hearth Cooking—the cooks will prepare 16th-, 17th-, and 18th-century recipes to explore how cooking techniques were evolving; June 25: Bitters, Blubs, and Brewing—visit the gardens and the brew house to see what's on offer. Sunday programs included in regular admission. 1-4 pm.
June 17: Brews & Bites at Pennsbury Manor—sample beers from Philadelphia-area craft brewers and enjoy food, musical entertainment, and demonstrations of historic beer brewing. The event page has info on ticket options; tickets are on sale now. Must be at least 21 to attend. 4-8 pm.
June 25: Make Your Own Bitters Workshop—Pennsbury has partnered with Boardroom Spirits Distillery for this hands-on workshop. Bitters were thought to be good for one's health and were taken almost daily in the 17th and 18th centuries. Learn how these elixirs are made. Must be 21 or older. Cost is $20 (free for members); pre-register by calling 215/946-0400. 2-3 pm.

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
June 10: Youth and Family Field Day—this event is sponsored by the Black Forest Sportsman's Club and is geared for students between the ages of 10 and 16, accompanied by an adult family member. Qualified instructors will teach a variety of outdoor skills (more info). Lunch will be provided. The event is free, but YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER by JUNE 8 (form and instructions).
UPDATE: June 18: 3rd Sunday Program—dads get free admission today in honor of Father's Day and this month's 3rd Sunday Program is a documentary about Gifford Pinchot, considered one of the fathers of American forestry. Museum is open 9 am-5 pm; documentary showing is at 1 pm.

Pennsylvania Military Museum
Saturdays and Sundays in June—on weekends, the 1 pm guided tour is included in regular admission (normally an additional charge).
June 3: Exploring the Armor—a special guided tour of the tracked vehicles displayed on the museum grounds, including a chance to look inside the crew compartments. Cost is $15 ($5 for Friends of the PA Military Museum). Participation is limited, so please reserve your spot by contacting the Friends of the PA Military Museum. 2 pm.
June 7: Friends’ Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series—Jay Snyder will present "Vietnam on My Shoulder: The War that Never Leaves." Donations encouraged. 7:00 pm.
June 10: The True Story of Winnie the Pooh—this presentation and movie explore the story of a Canadian Regimental veterinarian in World War I, a bear that ended up in the London Zoo, and how they inspired author A.A. Milne. Donations encouraged. 1:30 pm.
June 14: Flag Day Celebration—State College Elks Lodge and local veterans organizations sponsor this annual Flag Day service and U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony on the Shrine parade grounds. Attendees are invited to bring U.S. flags that are no longer serviceable; the flags will be disposed of properly. 6 pm.
June 17: Buzzcut Saturday—just what it sounds like. Start the summer with a traditional boot camp haircut. Donations accepted or free with museum admission. 10 am-3 pm.
June 24: Boot Camp Prep Class—designed as an adjunct to Boot Camp for Kids (August), this program will provide group instruction in close order drill, military etiquette, and the history of the 28th Division Shrine. Cost is $25 and includes lunch. Registration is required (info and form); contact Friends of the Military Museum for details. 10 am-3 pm.

Somerset Historical Center
June 3-4: Living History Weekend—learn about life in Somerset County in the 1700s with costumed interpreters around the site. Included in regular admission. 10 am-5 pm.
June 10: Daddy and Me Workshop—dads and kids will learn how to make a toy barn, complete with Somerset County barn star. Registration deadline was May 27, so call 814/445-6077 to see if space is still available. Fee charged.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Planetarium Shows—please check the website for programs and schedules.
June 2: StoryTime—weather permitting this month's StoryTime will take place outside in the shade, with the 2017 One Book, Every Young Child feature, Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer (Ms. Archer recently stopped by Ephrata Cloister when she was in the area for library events).
June 11: Exhibit opening and reception—“Art of the State,” the 50th annual juried exhibition of Pennsylvania artists opens today and continues through Sept. 10. (View Flickr gallery of finalists.) Museum admission is free on June 11. Museum open noon-5 pm, exhibit awards ceremony begins at 1:30.
June 16, 23, 30: Free Summer Fridays—throughout the summer, museum admission will be free on Fridays. Learn at Lunchtime programming will also be offered (program details). Museum open 9 am-5 pm, lunchtime programming 12:15-12:45 pm.
June 18: Victorian Dance Ensemble—the performing troupe of the Civil War Dance Foundation will present demonstrations of period costume and dance. Museum admission is free. The museum is open noon-5 pm, dance demos at 1, 2, and 3 pm in Memorial Hall.
June 21-22, 28-29: Nature Lab programs—a variety of programs will be offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer. You'll find more details on the website. Museum open 9 am-5 pm, Nature Lab programs start at 11:30 am.
June 24-25: Museum closed—as part of the State Museum's ongoing electrical upgrades project, the museum will be closed this weekend. The State Archives research room will be closed on June 24.

Washington Crossing Historic Park
For a complete list of historical and nature-related events, visit Washington Crossing's events page.