March 2017 on the Pennsylvania Trails of History

Updated Feb. 27, March 2, March 6, March 13, March 15, March 17
Please remember to set your clocks ahead one hour for the start of Daylight Saving Time, March 12 at 2 am. March 12 is also Charter Day - check the Charter Day page for the list of sites open free of charge that day.

Anthracite Heritage Museum
March 12: Charter Day —the museum will open a new changing exhibit, "Anthracite Reflections: Crafting Reflections of the Past," featuring art from the collection. Admission is free, noon-5 pm.

Brandywine Battlefield Park
March 12: Charter Day —admission is free, noon-4 pm.

Bushy Run Battlefield
March 18: General Meeting and Lecture—speaker is Lauren Churilla, curator of The Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery at St. Vincent College, Latrobe. Admission is $5, free for members of Bushy Run Battlefield Heritage Society. 1 pm.

Conrad Weiser Homestead
March 12: Charter Day—the site’s largest living history event of the year, with British and French military units, Native American interpretation, artisans, and loads of books. Noon-4:30 pm.

Cornwall Iron Furnace
March 12: Charter Day—tours of the furnace are free today. Noon-4 pm.
March 14: Friends Lecture Series—James McAteer will present "The Spanish American War and Lebanon County," featuring information on the training camp at Mt. Gretna and his research to compile information on over 370 Lebanon County veterans of the war. Lectures are held in Freeman Hall auditorium at Cornwall Manor. 7 pm.

Daniel Boone Homestead
March 12: Charter Day—free admission and family-friendly activities (separate fees for activities). Noon-4 pm.

Drake Well Museum and Park
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Petroleum Program Series—explore a wide variety of topics: (3/2) "Demystifying Bioenergy in America," Sarah Wurzbacher; (3/9) "Women's Activism in the Oil Region," Melissa Mann; (3/16) "Poison Gas Use in World War I," Ron Lenox; (3/23) "The Music of Irving Berlin," Dr. Phillip Attebury; (3/30) "The United States Enters the Great War," Maj. Gen. John Stevens (ret.). Admission charged. Doors open at 6 pm, programs start at 6:30.
March 12: Charter Day—museum is open free of charge today. Noon-5 pm.
March 15: Volunteer Open House—learn about all kinds of volunteer opportunities. 6-8 pm.
March 25: Something More Saturday—come celebrate Col. Edwin Drake’s 198th birthday and learn about life in the early oil boom era (and have cake). Included in regular admission; special rate - purchase 2 adult tickets and get 3 youth tickets free. 10 am-3 pm.

Eckley Miners’ Village
March 12: Charter Day—visitors can see the museum, take a self-guided tour of the village, listen to a presentation by mystery writer Marianne Wilski-Strong, and view coal mining-related films. Free admission. 9 am-5 pm (museum gift shop will be open from noon-4:30 pm).

Ephrata Cloister
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Winter History Class—class began in January, but you can still sign up for the remaining sessions or the field trip on April 6 (if spaces are still available). (Original class schedule is on the website, but please note that snow in early Feb. caused some rearranging. If a particular topic is important to you, please contact the site at 717/733-6600 to verify schedule.)
March 12: Charter Day—The Ephrata Cloister Chorus will perform in the Saal (meetinghouse) at 2, 3, and 4 pm. Author Susan Faulkner Weaver will be on hand 1-4 pm to sign copies of her book, Handwoven Tape: Understanding and Weaving Early American and Contemporary Tape. Admission is free. Site open noon-5 pm.

Erie Maritime Museum and Flagship Niagara
March 12: Charter Day—the museum is open free of charge today. Noon-5 pm.

Graeme Park
March 12: Charter Daytour the Keith House at your own pace today; volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. Admission is free. Noon-3 pm.

Hope Lodge
UPDATE: March 11: School of the Soldier—the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment will be on hand with a small camp set-up, plus marching and drilling demonstrations. Guided tours of the mansion (admission charged) will be available at 11 am and 1 pm. School of the Soldier is a weather-dependent event. 10 am-3 pm.
March 12: Charter Day—the Mansion will be open for self-guided tours today, free of charge. Noon-4 pm.

Joseph Priestley House
March 12: Charter Day and Dr. Priestley’s Birthday—visit with costumed docents in each room (including the laboratory) and wish Dr. Priestley a happy birthday while he demonstrates the wonders of chemistry in the Pond Building. 1-4 pm (chem demos at 1:30 and 2:30).

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
March 4, 18, 25: Winter Learning for Adults—scratched eggs (3/4), the history of candy (lecture and tasting on 3/18) (UPDATE 3/15/17: class cancelled - weather interfering with speaker's travel), grafting apple scions onto root stock (3/18 - this class is still on, but you must pre-register), and tole painting (3/25) are the topics for this month’s classes (registration required, details on the website). Costs and times vary.
March 12: Charter Day and exhibit opening—the museum will open its 2017 changing exhibit, “Signed, Stamped, of Engraved: A Treasury of Artifacts Bearing Names,” which will be on view through December 2018. Other Charter Day activities include craft demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides (weather permitting), and tours. Free admission. Noon-5 pm.

Pennsbury Manor
March 12: Charter Day—living history theater presenters and colonial craft demonstrators will be on hand and tours of the Manor House will be offered free of charge. 1-4 pm.

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
March 5: Heroes of Conservation Film Showing and Panel Discussion—in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Conservation Heritage Project and the PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources, the museum will show two documentaries produced by WITF Public Media. Mira Lloyd Dock: A Beautiful Crusade and Gifford Pinchot's Conservation Legacy each run about 30 minutes and will be shown back-to-back starting at 1 pm. A panel discussion will follow, led by Dr. Susan Rimby, author of Mira Lloyd Dock and the Progressive Era Conservation Movement. Dock and Pinchot, along with other figures from the conservation movement, are featured in the Lumber Museum's award-winning exhibit, Challenges and Choices in Pennsylvania's Forests.
March 12: Charter Day—as part of the PA Birthday celebration, Working Together for Wildlife: Selected Paintings 2007-2017 will debut in the Changing Exhibit Gallery. The exhibit features the eleven most recent artworks in the Pennsylvania Game Commission's "Working Together for Wildlife Program" and will continue at the museum through Dec. 29. Admission is free. 9 am-5 pm.
March 18: Book-Signing—authors Ronald E. Ostman and Harry Littell and photo historian/archivist Linda Ries will be at the museum to sign copies of Wood Hicks and Bark Peelers, which features the work of photographer W. T. Clarke. The museum's exhibit features many images taken by Clarke, and the traveling exhibit Wood on Glass will be on display in the program room for this event. Bring your own copy of the book or purchase a copy in the museum store. 10 am.

Pennsylvania Military Museum
Starts March 3: Military PT on Grounds—Mondays and Fridays at 1600 hours (4 pm), the museum will present info on physical training in the military as well as the history of the museum and military equipment on the grounds. Take part in some calisthenics and a 1-2 mile run - a great way to liven up your workout. No registration necessary, just show up and join in. Meet at the flagpoles. 4 pm. UPDATE: be sure to check the museum's Twitter account for weather-related or other updates on the PT schedule.
March 8: Friends' Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series—“Remembrances of War in the Pacific” – World War II Navy veteran Charlie Sullivan served aboard the destroyer escort USS Wesson from the time of its commissioning at the Brooklyn Naval Yard in 1943 to his discharge in 1946. Mr. Sullivan will talk about his wartime sea duty experience and about the kamikaze attack upon his ship in 1945. Donation requested. 7-8 pm.
March 11: Military Movie Madness Festival—PMM kicks off the 2017 museum season with A Farewell to Arms, starring Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes, at 10:30 am and The Fighting Rats of Tobruk, Grant Taylor and Peter Finch, at 2:30 pm. Included in museum admission. Museum hours, 10 am-4 pm.
March 12: Charter Day—the Museum will be open free of charge, noon-4 pm.
March 18: Documentary FilmYou Enter Germany: Bloody Huertgen and the Siegfried Line, a German documentary released in 2007 includes archival footage and interviews with veterans. Donations accepted. 1:30 pm (film runs 104 minutes).

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
March 4: Read Across America Day—enjoy stories about trains, railroads, and amazing people, places, and things, read by a host of local notables (program flyer with storytimes). Children will receive stickers at each story-reading to decorate a cardboard suitcase. Look for teams from Keystone Enhanced Pet Therapy Services (KPETS) throughout the museum. All activities are included in regular admission. 9 am-5 pm.
March 12: Charter Day—the museum is open free of charge, noon to 5 pm.

Somerset Historical Center
March 4: Volunteer Recruitment Event—meet staff and current volunteers to see what possibilities await you. Event is free. 9 am-noon.
March 11-12: Maple Taste and Tour—experience Somerset County’s maple sugar industry from the 1700s to today and try some tasty maple treats. Presented in partnership with Somerset County Maple Producers Taste and Tour Program. Event is free. 10 am-4 pm.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
PLEASE NOTE: due to electrical work, the State Museum will be closed to the public March 18-19.
March 3: Storytime—this month's book is Fire Engine No. 9, by Mike Austin. Storytime will take place in the Transportation and Industry Gallery on the 2nd Floor (more details on program). Included in general admission. 10-11 am.
March 10: Learn at Lunchtime—staff from the Pennsylvania State Archives will be on hand to talk about Pennsylvania's 1681 Charter and the 1682 Great Law. These original documents will be on view March 10-17 (UPDATE: on view until 1 pm on 3/17) in honor of the commonwealth's 336th birthday, then it's back into the archives vault. Included in museum admission. 12:15-1:15 pm.
March 11: 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards exhibitwinning entries will be on display through April 16 during regular hours. Included in museum admission.
March 12: Charter Day—the original 1681 Charter of Pennsylvania will be on display (March 10-17), and there will be loads of other activities. Admission is free. Noon-4 pm.
March 24 & 31: Special Lunchtime Planetarium Shows—March 24 is "We Are Stars," exploring the secrets of cosmic chemistry. March 31 is "We Are Astronomers," which focuses on the challenges of studying our vast universe. Museum admission and planetarium fees apply. 12:15-12:45 pm.
March 31: PA State Geography Bee—the museum will be hosting the state contest that determines who heads on to the National Bee in Washington. Galleries will experience "rolling closures" as the preliminary rounds of judging take place between 10 am and 3 pm. The final round will be in the auditorium at 3 pm.

Washington Crossing Historic Park
March 14: Photography Lecture—local photographer and canal tender Carole Mebus will share images and stories from along the Delaware Canal. Lecture is free. 7:30 pm.
March 25: Berry Basket Workshop—learn to weave a reed basket over a wooden form, finish the rim, and attach handles. Participants will complete two baskets. All tools and materials will provided by the instructor. Fee is $50 per person; there is a limit of 12 for the class. Call 215/493-4076 to register.