Looking Forward to February?

In spite of its being the shortest month of the year, February always seems to take forever to turn into March. Once the chocolate delirium of Valentine’s Day wears off, you still have two more weeks of blah—no matter what Punxsutawney Phil sees on Groundhog Day. Fear not, Trailheads. The Trails of History, even in the bleak mid-winter, have plenty to offer.

But first, how about a little detour into online voting? Ephrata Cloister is one of 100 non-profits nominated to receive free email marketing from Emma, a company that provides web-based marketing and communications services to its clients (and look, they just got a free plug). You can vote for Ephrata (and up to 4 other nominees) by going here by January 31. So hurry!! Winners will be announced in early February (and we’ll let you know how Ephrata does). Thanks in advance for your support.

And now back to our regular programming. There’s a bunch, considering that some sites are closed in February, and others have had to reduce their hours.

Last week I mentioned that Erie Maritime Museum/Flagship Niagara and Ephrata Cloister have guide training and history classes going on in February, so I won’t go into those again.You can visit their websites to get more information.

The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum will be featuring the coal art and sculptures of C. Edgar Patience in honor of Black History Month and in recognition of PHMC’s 2010 theme, “Black History in Pennsylvania: Communities in Common.”
Wayside Lodge at Daniel Boone Homestead

Young children and their families can cozy up to the fireplace at the Daniel Boone Homestead’s Wayside Lodge on February 7 for Fireside Tales.

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum has a bundle of activities in February, from Be My Valentine (a program for children age 7-17) on February 6, to Folk Art and Friendship craft classes in the Weathervane Museum Store February 20 and 27 (these continue into the spring). In between you’ll find the annual Winter Institute (Feb. 12-14) and Victorian Valentine dinners at the Landis Valley Hotel (Feb. 13 and 14).

Keith House at Graeme Park

Graeme Park offers Colonial Valentine, a candlelit tour of the Keith House with costumed actors, on February 13. Reservations are required for the tour.

Wherever and however you choose to spend the shortest/longest month of the year, we hope you’ll find some time to visit us on the Pennsylvania Trails of History.


Graeme Park said...

Ephrata Cloister is under "Education and Leadership" if you vote for them for the marketing contest. It's kind of a long list, so just to make it easier for people to find.

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