November 2017 on the Trails of History

Don't forget to turn your clocks (the ones that still have to be changed by hand) back one hour no later than 2 am on Nov. 5, as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end for this year.

There are several state holidays in November--Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and the day after Thanksgiving. All Trails of History sites will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23. Most will be closed on Nov. 11 for Veterans Day (due to staffing some will be closed on Nov. 10) and Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving. I've indicated below when a site will be open on a holiday, and I've done my best to list accurate info. Please check with the site you want to visit to be sure of their schedule.

Brandywine Battlefield Park
Nov. 11: Veterans Day—site open 9 am-4 pm.
Nov. 25: Patriot’s Day—living history demonstrations, musket drills, blacksmith, house tours, and 18th-century medical "experts"--lots of activities for all ages. At 2 pm, Dr. Robert Selig will present "The Politics of Arming America: The Vallière 4-lb Cannon at Brandywine," which will help answer questions on how/why this piece came to America during the Revolution and will also discuss its importance in assisting the American cause of liberty. 10 am-4 pm.

Bushy Run Battlefield
Nov. 18: Masquerade Harvest Ball—kids ages 4 to 12 are invited to dance the minuet (we'll teach you), decorate masquerade masks, play colonial games, and enjoy a light snack. Come in costume if you like. Cost is $2 per child. Reservations are a must: contact Marlene Sawayda at 724/744-4193 or marsawayda@yahoo.com to register. 2-4 pm.

Conrad Weiser Homestead
Nov. 5: Fall Lecture—check the website for details. Site is open noon-4 pm; the lecture is at 2 pm.
Nov. 18: Candlelight Tours—this annual program features living history, 18th-century music, and a chance to see the site by night. 5:30-8 pm (last tour starts at 7:30).

Cornwall Iron Furnace
Nov. 14: Friends Lecture Series—this is the last lecture for 2017. Dr. Patricia Gibble will present "Finding Esther—The Cultural Experiences of One Pennsylvania German Widow in the Early 19th Century," exploring the life of Esther Weisz Schaeffer May. Lectures are held in Freeman Hall Auditorium at the Cornwall Manor Retirement Community, across the road from the furnace site (map and directions). Lecture is free, donations are accepted. 7 pm.

Daniel Boone Homestead
Nov. 4: Boone Birthday Program—celebrate Daniel Boone's birthday and learn more about his early life in the Oley Valley. Birthday program starts at 1 pm, with cake to follow.
Nov. 5: Lecture—Tim Metz, executive director of the Morgan Log House, will present "Edward, Elizabeth and Their World," exploring the lives of Daniel's maternal grandparents and other Welsh Quakers in Pennsylvania. Check website for time.
Nov. 5: Lecture—Greg Kreitz, 1st PA Commander, will present "Joseph and Samuel Boone, Gunsmiths: The Boones Who Stayed in Berks County." Check website for time.
Nov. 24: Day After Thanksgiving—site open 10 am-4 pm.

Drake Well Museum and Park
Nov. 11: Veterans Day—site open 9 am-5 pm.
Nov. 25: Something More Saturday—members of the Venango County ARES/RACES ham radio club will be on hand to help visitors speak with Santa at the North Pole. There will also be holiday craft projects using recycled materials and other family-friendly activities (details on Facebook). Included in regular admission (special group admission: buy 2 full-price adult tickets and get 3 youth tickets free). Site open 9 am-5 pm; special programming, 10 am-3 pm.

Ephrata Cloister
Nov. 8: Tickets for Christmas at the Cloister—as of today, the general public can purchase tickets ($6 per person) for this limited-seating event (scheduled for Dec. 11 and 12); call 717/733-2592.
Nov. 17: Extraordinary Give—Ephrata Cloister will once again participate in the Lancaster County Community Foundation's one-day, online giving campaign. Visit their page anytime between 12:00 am and 11:59 pm to donate.
Nov. 25: Candlelight Open House—spend a lovely evening exploring the Ephrata Cloister, with music, craftspeople, and more. Cost is $6 per person. 5-8:30 pm.

Erie Maritime Museum and U.S. Brig Niagara
Nov. 11: Veterans Day—the museum is open 9 am-5 pm. Admission will be free for veterans and their immediate families. U.S. Brig Niagara’s "Ship’s Company 1813" reenactor troupe will again participate in Presque Isle State Park’s third annual Veterans Day ceremony, scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Park’s Rotary Pavilion.

Fort Pitt Museum
Nov. 11: Veterans Day—site open 10 am-5 pm.
Nov. 24: Day After Thanksgiving—site open 10 am-5 pm.

Graeme Park
Nov. 11: Veterans Day—site open 10 am-4 pm. Admission is free for veterans.
Nov. 18: Paranormal Investigation—Glenn Orwan III and Olde City Paranormal will lead an investigation and equipment seminar. Cost is $50 per person (also includes refreshments); advance registrations are required (more details and registration info). 5 pm-midnight.
Nov. 25: A Continental Christmas—more than 2,000 men of the Continental Army were encamped around Graeme Park from December 1777 through January 1778. Learn about what Christmas was like that year for the soldiers and the residents of Graeme Park. Suggested donation, $2 (free for members). 10 am-3 pm.

Hope Lodge
Nov. 4: Whitemarsh Encampment Reenactment—this long-standing event commemorates the Nov. 2-Dec. 11, 1777, encampment of Gen. George Washington and the Continental Army in the Whitemarsh Hills. Program details. Admission charged: $10 (age 18-59), $6 (age 6-17 & 60+), "family" rate is $20 (1 car with 2 adults and up to 3 children). Free for Friends of Hope Lodge members and children age 5 and under. 10 am-4 pm.

Joseph Priestley House
Winter schedule begins Nov. 20 (site closed until Charter Day except for Twelfth Night event in January or by appointment).
Nov. 5: Heritage Day—costumed interpreters will be stationed in the house as you tour, Dr. Priestley will demonstrate chemical principles, and there will be games for children. Admission is free. 1-4 pm (chemistry demos at 1:30 and 2:30).
Nov. 11: Veterans Day—site open 1-4 pm.

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
Nov. 2: Hands-On History—step back in time to learn about life as a farm child. Details and registration info (including link for online ticket purchase). Cost is $11 per person; free for LVA members and children age 5 and younger. 9 am-3 pm.
Nov. 4, 18, 19, 25, 26: Fall Workshops Continue—check the website for course descriptions and registration info.
Nov. 17: Extraordinary Give—Landis Valley will once again participate in the Lancaster County Community Foundation's one-day, online giving campaign. Visit their page anytime between 12:00 am and 11:59 pm to donate.
Nov. 18-19: Landis Valley Museum Store Holiday Open House—shop for locally handmade art, crafts and heirloom-quality gifts and enjoy holiday decorations in the museum store. Store event is free; regular rates apply for museum admission. Sat., 9 am-5 pm; Sun., noon-5 pm.

Old Economy Village
Nov. 9: Behind-the-Scenes Tour—this is a chance to explore different types of lighting as you tour the village by lantern light and visit museum storage, something not available on regular tours. Light refreshments will follow (BYOB if you like). Cost is $20, $16 for Friends of Old Economy Village. Space is limited; please call 724/266-4500 x101 to reserve your spot. Tour starts promptly at 6 pm.

Pennsbury Manor
CORRECTED DATE: Nov. 19: Cooking Demonstration—join the cooks as they revel in the extravagant use of sugar and spices, using 17th-century confectionary recipes. Included in regular admission. 1-4 pm.

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
Nov. 11: Veterans Day—museum open 9 am-5 pm. Locally made, hand-crafted, and holiday-themed items will be featured by a variety of vendors in the museum program room from 10 am to 4 pm.
UPDATE Nov. 17: 3rd "Sunday" Program—this month's 3rd Sunday program will be held on Friday, Nov. 17. Come learn about Night Sky Photography from Curt Weinhold, PA Wilds Juried Artist and board member of the PA Lumber Museum Associates. Weinhold's photography is featured within the museum's exhibits as well (samples of his night sky photography). Potter County has some of the darkest skies around, so this is a great opportunity to explore. Cost is $60, $55 for members. Pre-registration for this limited-space event is required, but you can pay (by check or cash) upon arrival (see Facebook event page for registration and program details). 5-9 pm.

Pennsylvania Military Museum
Nov. 1: Friends’ Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series—this month's topic is "Warfare and Society in the American Revolution." Donation requested. 7 pm.
UPDATED INFO Nov. 4: Documentary Film—the museum will show Fei Hu – The Story of the Flying Tigers: During the summer of 1941, 300 US civilians, both men and women, secretly trained for war in the jungles of Southeast Asia. Included in regular admission. Noon (museum open 10 am-5 pm).
Nov. 5: Vietnam Lecture Series—the series concludes with "POWs," presented by Robert Doyle, a former Navy intelligence officer who has written several books on this subject. Lecture is free. 2 pm.
Nov. 11: Veterans Day—the museum is open 10 am-5 pm. Admission is free for veterans and their families.
Nov. 18: Kids Day - Dress Up and Discover!!—Kids of all ages get to try on military uniforms from the museum education collection. Photo ops in the museum theatre. Visit the education stations in the galleries for more fun discoveries throughout the day. Parents must remain on-site while their kids participate in the activities. Included in regular admission. 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Nov. 4-5: Trains & Troops—this annual program salutes our armed forces and explores the role of the military in railroad history (and vice versa). A Swing Dance Saturday night (separate or combo ticket) lets you enjoy big band music, refreshments, and swing, swing, swing. Program details. Sat., 9 am-5 pm; Sun., noon-5 pm.
Nov. 11: Veterans Day—the museum is open 9 am-5 pm.
Nov. 17: Extraordinary Give—the Railroad Museum is participating in the Lancaster County Community Foundation's one-day, online giving campaign. Visit their page (listed as "Friends of the Railroad Museum") anytime between 12:00 am and 11:59 pm to donate.
Nov. 24: Day After Thanksgiving—site open 9 am-5 pm.
Nov. 24: Last Day for Reservations—advance registration is required for the museum's Christmas with the Conductor parties, scheduled for Dec. 2 and 9 (see flyer for details).

Somerset Historical Center
Nov. 11: Veterans Day—museum open 9 am-5 pm.
Nov. 19: Last Day to Register—tickets are limited for the Dec. 3 "Ethnic Traditions" program, sponsored by the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County and hosted by Friedens Lutheran Church. Tickets are $20 per person ($35 for couple) and can be purchased at the Historical Center; call 814/445-6077.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Nov. 3: StoryTime—this month's story is Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones by Byron Barton. The program will take place in the Paleontology Gallery. Included in regular admission. 10-11 am.
Nov. 9, 30: Nature Lab Programs—Nov. 9 is "The Wild Turkey." Nov. 30 is "Ooey Gooey Oily Process Art for Ages 3-5." Included in regular admission. 11:30 am-12:30 pm.
Nov. 11: Veterans Day—museum open 9 am-5 pm. (Please note that the State Museum will be closed to the public on Nov. 10.)
Nov. 15: Central Pennsylvania GIS Day—everything you always wanted to know about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (details on the museum website). 8 am-5 pm.
Nov. 16-17: Holiday Marketplace—back by popular demand, in a new location. Shop the Trails of History with representatives from The State Museum of PA, Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, Ephrata Cloister, and Somerset Historical Center (details). Museum admission will be free for shoppers. Hours on Thursday are 10 am-3 pm. Friday opens at 10 am and runs until 7:30 pm for 3rd in the Burg, and includes a preview of the new exhibit, Every Thing of Interest Shown: T.M. Fowler’s Pennsylvania Bird’s-Eye Views, 1885-1905.

Washington Crossing Historic Park
Please check the website for details on this month's programs.