September 2017 on the Trails of History

Many PA Trails of History sites will be open on Monday, Sept. 4, for Labor Day (list of open sites). Also, Sept. 13 is #AskACurator day on Twitter; watch this blog and @PHMC for info on which of our Trails of History curators will be participating.

Anthracite Heritage Museum
Sept. 4: Labor Day—site open, check website for hours.

Brandywine Battlefield
Sept. 4: Labor Day—site open, check website for hours.
Sept. 7: Bus Tour—"Advance with the Hessians" will follow the route of Hessian forces during the Battle of Brandywine, Sept. 11, 1777. NOTE: This was originally scheduled for July 13 and postponed due to heat; if you reserved a spot for July 13, that will be honored for Sept. 7. Tours leave from and return to Chadds Ford Elementary School; each bus will have a guide from Brandywine Battlefield. Multiple departures between 3 and 6:20 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 (please register and find details online at Eventbrite).
Sept. 10-11: Lecture Series and Remembrance Day—the 2017 lecture series kicks off Sept. 10 with Walt Chiquoine's presentation, "The British March to Brandywine," 2-4 pm (free and open to the public). On Sept. 11, the annual ceremony commemorating the Battle of Brandywine, Sept. 11, 1777, and the events of Sept. 11, 2001, will be held. Event is free. 6-7 pm.
Sept. 16-17: On Hallowed Ground—to commemorate the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Brandywine, Birmingham Township is presenting a two-day reenactment event. Please note that the event takes place at Sandy Hollow, not at our Trails of History site (loads of details are available on the event website).

Bushy Run Battlefield
Sept. 9: General Meeting and Lecture—speaker is William Koker, author of Redcoat Uniforms in North America, 1754-1763. Cost is $5 (free for members). As part of the 3rd annual Britsburgh Festival, you'll be able to sample meat pies for an additional fee ($5 for 3 samples). 1 pm.
Sept. 30: Fall Nature Walk—join Bob Learzaf and Dave Browning to learn about the local flora and fauna on the grounds. Cost is $5 (free for members). 10 am.

Conrad Weiser Homestead
Saturdays and Sundays in September—site will be open every weekend in September (details on the website). UPDATE 9/14: the site will be closed on Sat., Sept. 16, but open on Sun., Sept. 17.
Sept. 10: Living History Sunday—historical reenactors help bring the site and its history to life; today's theme is women's domestic activities. Guided tours offered. Noon-4 pm.

Cornwall Iron Furnace
Sept. 4: Labor Day—site open, check website for hours.
Sept. 12: Friends Lecture Series—Frank Weidman will present "The History of Stained Glass." Held in the auditorium of Freeman Community Center at Cornwall Manor. Free and open to the public. 7 pm.
Sept. 23: Cast Iron Cooking Demonstration—learn about cast iron cooking pots and see them in use. The cooking aromas and demo are free. Regular admission fees apply for tours of the Furnace (see where cast iron comes from). Demonstration 11 am-3 pm; museum is open 9 am-5 pm.

Daniel Boone Homestead
Sept. 2: Historical Presentation—learn about "Life in Washington's Army" from a Rev War reenactor. The presentation will include a display and demo of uniforms, personal items, and equipment that a continental soldier would have used. Takes place at DeTurk Education Center. Suggested donation of $2 (regular admission applies for visiting the historic area). 2 pm.
Sept. 30: Heritage Day—all kinds of activities will take place throughout the site. Cooking, baking, and info about chocolate in the 18th century are included (yum!). (Find more info on Facebook event page.) 10 am-4 pm.

Drake Well Museum and Park
Sept. 4: Labor Day—site open, check website for hours.
Sept. 16: Fall Gas Up—the museum hosts the Pioneer Steam and Gas Engine Society's display of antique gas engines, oil field and farm equipment, and more. 9 am-3 pm.
Sept. 30: Something More Saturday—extra learning experiences and fun activities included in regular admission today (check the Facebook event page for more info closer to the date). Special rate: purchase 2 adult tickets and get 3 youth tickets free. 10 am-3 pm.

Eckley Miners' Village
Sept. 4: Labor Day—site open, check website for hours.
Sept. 9-10: Civil War Encampment—learn what life was like in a patch town during the Civil War. Reenactments, displays, and guided tours included in admission fee ($10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for children); food will be available to purchase from vendors. 10 am-5 pm.

Ephrata Cloister
Sept. 4: Labor Day—site open, check website for hours.

Erie Maritime Museum and U.S. Brig Niagara
Sept. 4: Labor Day—site open, check website for hours.
Sept. 10: Anniversary of Battle of Lake Erie—annual commemoration of the Anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie, 2:oo p.m. on Niagara Plaza (behind Erie Maritime Museum). The commemoration is an event free and open to the public; usual museum admission fees will be charged for the museum that day, however.
UPDATE Sept. 21: Welcome Aboard—U.S. Brig Niagara will be at the Erie Yacht Club for an evening reception that includes tours of the ship. The event is open to the public. Cost is $15 for members of Erie Yacht Club and Flagship Niagara League (FNL), $30 for non-members (you get a one-year FNL membership in the bargain). Light refreshments and two drink tickets included in price. Visit the website for tickets. 5-7 pm.
UPDATE 9/18: This event has been cancelled. Sept. 29: Land and Lake Car Cruise In

Fort Pitt Museum
Sept. 4: Labor Day—site open, check website for hours.
Sept. 23: Pittsburgh History Paddle—start with a brief tour of the museum's indoor exhibits, then set off on a kayak tour of landmarks related to Fort Pitt and the Point. Previous paddling experience is required, and you must register through Venture Outdoors. 9 am-1 pm.

Graeme Park
Sept. 7: Life in William Penn's Woods—take a guided walk of the grounds to learn about the plants and trees there now and in the Graemes' time. Enjoy light refreshments as you learn about the animals who would have lived there as well. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome. Suggested donation, $2 (free for members). 6-8 pm.
Sept. 15: An Evening with the Graemes—enjoy an evening of 18th-century entertainment, including dancing, card games, skits, and refreshments. Children age 13 and older are welcome to attend. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased on Eventbrite. Period attire is welcome but not required. 7-9 pm.
Sept. 17: Living History Sunday—today's event explores slavery in colonial Pennsylvania and at Graeme Park. The Keith and Graeme families were slave holders, as were many of their contemporaries. Noon-3 pm.
UPDATE: Sept. 21: Happy Hour with the Historian—Kevin Donaghy will talk about archaeological excavations related to the Battle of Brandywine, along with current efforts to preserve battlefield acreage. Cost to attend is $5 (free for members); there will be light refreshments and a cash wine and beer bar. Doors open at 6, lecture begins at 7.
Sept. 29: Homeschool Day—activities include tours of the Keith House, open-hearth cooking, militia drills, and colonial games (program info). Cost is $6 per person (free for members); students must be accompanied by a responsible adult. 10 am-2 pm.

Hope Lodge
Sept. 17: Site open—enjoy the grounds and take a guided tour of the mansion. Admission charged. 1-4 pm (tours at 1:00 and 2:30 pm).
Sept. 24: Whitemarsh Township History Tour—Hope Lodge will be one of the stops on this bus tour of local history. Tours begin and end at St. Thomas Church, Flourtown (details and info on how to register).

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
September 3: Ice Cream Sundayenjoy a lovely Sunday afternoon with wagon rides, live music, crafts, and make-your-own ice cream sundaes in the Firehouse. Included in regular admission (free for members). Noon-3 pm (site is open until 5).
Sept. 4: Labor Day—site open, check website for hours.
Sept. 9, 23, 24: Fall Workshops—visit the workshop page on LVM's website for details on workshops in Sept., Oct., and Nov.
Sept. 16: Wool Frolic—celebrate the fiber arts and the people, plants, and animals that make them possible. Enjoy activities for the kids and shop for deals on yarn, patterns, and paraphernalia. Admission charged. 10 am-4 pm.

Old Economy Village
Saturdays in September: Special programming—Sept. 2, Meet the Gardeners; Sept. 9, The Fabric of their Lives (textile arts); Sept. 16, Decorative Arts; Sept. 23, Natural History; and Sept. 30, Blacksmithing. Included in regular admission, so please start at the Visitor Center. 11 am-4 pm.
Sept. 30: Trades Workshop—watch the website for details on this event (and I'll try to update here as I get more info). 12:30-3:30 pm.

Pennsbury Manor
Sundays in September: Special programming—Sept. 3, Historic Trades Day features joyners, smiths, and spinners; Sept. 10, Living History Theater presents "New Colony, New Rules"; Sept. 17, Open Hearth Cooking features the bake oven today; Sept. 24, Beer Brewing Sunday will find the brewers working on a traditional fall beer AND learn about the past, present, and future of cider. Included in regular admission. 1-4 pm.
Sept. 4: Labor Day—site open, check website for hours.
Sept. 22: Pairings at Pennsbury—ten courses of delicious food from local restaurants and chefs will be paired with local wines, beers, ciders, and spirits for a lovely evening on the grounds. Tickets are $50 per person; check the event page on the website for more info. 6-9 pm.

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
Sept. 2: Community Yard Sale—bargain hunters traveling Route 6 on Labor Day weekend will find vendors in the parking lot of the museum on Saturday. Interested vendors may contact the museum at 814/435-2652 to reserve a spot (and help the PA Lumber Museum Associates raise funds). 9:30 am-4:30 pm.
Sept. 4: Labor Day—site open, check website for hours.
Sept. 17: 3rd Sunday Program—this month's program is "The CCC in World War II." Mike Schultz, author of From the Forest to the Battlefield: Forty Civilian Conservation Corps Members Awarded the Medal of Honor during World War II, will discuss ways service in the CCC prepared enrollees for wartime military service. He will be joined by John Eastlake, retired DCNR forester and fellow CCC historian. 1-3 pm.
UPDATE: Sept. 29: Fifth Friday BOGO—the museum is taking part in the "Celebrate 5th Fridays" initiative of the state's heritage regions and corridors. Because of its partnership with the PA Lumber Heritage Region and the Route 6 Heritage Corridor, museum admission will be Buy One, Get One [of equal value] during regular hours today, if you mention 5th Fridays. 9 am-5 pm.

Pennsylvania Military Museum
Sept. 4: Labor Day—open regular hours. Guided tours at 11 am and 1 pm.
Sept. 5: Central PA Civil War Roundtable—Thomas Aaron, in period dress as the Reverend Leonard Marsden Gardner, will present "A Minister, A War, and A Community." 6-7 pm.
Sept. 6: Friends' Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series—Richard Burton will discuss his experiences during the Vietnam War and afterward in a program titled, "Psychological Operations, Vietnam, and What I Learned There." 7-8 pm.
Sept. 10: Exploring the Armor—this special 2-hour guided tour takes you inside some of the military equipment on the museum grounds. Seating is limited and reservations are required (reserve online). Cost is $15 ($5 for museum members). 2-4 pm.
Sept. 23-24: Then & Now Military Timeline Program—explore a range of military uniforms and equipment from the 18th century to the present. Battle dress uniform show and weapons demos at 1 pm each day. 10 am-4 pm.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Sept. 4: Labor Day—site open, check website for hours.
Sept. 9-10: Railroad Heritage Days—explore the rich history of railroading through presentations, model train layouts, art and photography, and more. Included in regular admission. Sat., 9 am-5 pm; Sun., noon-5 pm.
Sept. 23: Members Day—a full slate of activities and speakers is planned for Friends of the Railroad Museum (and it's not too late to join). Full info on the website. Deadline to register is Sept. 18.
Sept. 23: Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day—people who present a Museum Live! ticket will receive two free admissions. Visit the Museum Day website to download your ticket (as of Aug. 25), then present it at the Railroad Museum (or other participating museum) for admission.

Somerset Historical Center
Sept. 8-10: Mountain Craft Days—since 1970, this event has brought together artisans and craftspeople of all types, and now includes children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, entertainment, and great food (more info on Facebook). Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for kids 6-17 (Friday school tours are $3 per student). 10 am-5 pm.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Please check the Planetarium page for updates on this month's programs.
Sept. 1: StoryTime—explore the woodlands of Ecology Hall, read Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert, and make a leaf man to display in Curiosity Connection. StoryTime is designed for kids ages 3-5 with an adult and is included in general admission. 10-11 am.
Sept. 2-4: Archaeologists at Kipona—staff from the museum's Section of Archaeology will be on Harrisburg's City Island to talk to people attending the annual Kipona Festival. 9 am-5 pm.
Sept. 8: Learn at Lunchtime—explore the 2017 "Art of the State" exhibit as it draws to the end of its run on Sept. 10 (more info). 12:15-12:45 pm.
Sept. 10: Artist Conversations—the museum will be open free of charge, 11 am-6 pm, as part of the citywide Gallery Walk. At 2 pm, Marie Manski, first prize winner for sculpture, and Amy Hammond, one of the museum's Collections Advancement Project curators, will lead an informal tour of the "Art of the State" exhibit on its last day open to the public.
Sept. 11-Oct. 6: Fort Hunter Excavation—State Museum archaeologists will be back at work at Fort Hunter to further their investigations. The public is welcome to stop by to see what's new, weekdays 10 am-3 pm. In addition, this month's 3rd in the Burg will take place at Fort Hunter Sept. 15 from 4 to 6 pm, and archaeologists will be on hand Sept. 17 for Fort Hunter Day.
Sept. 21 and 28: Nature Lab Programs—please check the calendar of events for details. 11:30 am-12:30 pm.

Washington Crossing Historic Park
Please visit the Calendar of Events page for info on park and historical programming.