May Day, May Day

There are lots of programs coming up in May, so I’ll spare you my clever repartee. We should note that sites are generally open on Monday, May 31, for Memorial Day. But as we like to say here at Trailheads, always check ahead to make sure that (sing it with me, kids) the site you want to visit will be open when you plan to be there.

May 1: Anthracite Heritage Garden Program—learn about gardens around typical Anthracite region homes in the late 1800s through 1940s and help refurbish the garden on the museum terrace; program is free, but please call ahead to reserve your spot

Bushy Run Battlefield
May 1: Annual Spring Nature Walk—explore the battlefield and adjoining nature trails with local naturalist George Heasley

May 16: Colonial Craft and Demonstration Day—a variety of 18th-century craft demonstrations, plus historic tours and a nature walk

Cornwall Iron Furnace
May 11: The Gettysburg Campaign to the Susquehanna River—lecture by Stephen A. Runkle, discussing the Confederate invasion of Pennsylvania prior to the Battle of Gettysburg

PHMC/Daniel Boone Homestead

Daniel Boone Homestead
May 2: Children’s Day—learn about Daniel Boone’s early life, his daily chores, and the people who influenced him most
May 16: Nature Program—a staff member from Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center will provide tips and suggestions for bird watching and identification

May 1: Engine Start-Up—help kick off summer as the Museum’s oil field engines are started for the season

Eckley Miners’ Village
May 2: Anthracite Mining and Organized Labor: 1850-1900—lecture by local historian Bryan Dunnigan (also book signing by Richard Clark, author of “Strange Thunder in Jubilee: Disruption in the Coal Fields” and “Wreck of the Red Arrow”)
May 16: The Black Rock that Built America: A Tribute to the Anthracite Coal Miners—lecture by Gerald L. McKerns

May 21: Community Day—special hands-on educational programs designed for schools and homeschools; advance registration strongly encouraged

Graeme Park
May 9: Mother’s Day Breakfast—learn about the lives of wives and mothers during the colonial period; reservations required
May 23: Tea for Teddy and Me—kids can bring their favorite teddy bear or doll for tea, goodies, and a special tour of the Keith House; reservations required
May 30: Farm and Flea Market—weekly (except July 17 and Sept. 25) farm market (flea market, too once a month)

PHMC/Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum

May 7-8: Herb & Garden Faire—plants, garden tools and art, books, talks and demos, tours of the village and farm exhibits (check website for list of vendors)

May 1: Volunteer Training—registration is required
May 2: Sheepshearing and Historic Trades—watch sheep sheared the old-fashioned way then help wash, card, and spin the wool; joyner and blacksmith will demonstrate their skills with wood and iron
May 9: Living History Theater: To Inquire into her Clearness: Women’s Monthly Meeting—program explores role of women in 17th-century Quaker community
May 16: Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Dairying—cooks will be making cheese and using receipts [recipes] that use cheese and butter as their main ingredients
May 23: Garden Highlights—spend some time in the kitchen garden
May 30: Animals at Pennsbury—meet the horses, oxen, and sheep

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
May 6: Envirothon—Potter County contest is part of statewide and national program for high school students

PHMC/Pennsylvania Military Museum

Pennsylvania Military Museum
May 9: Bridge of Hope Mother’s Day Walk—takes place on the parade grounds of the Museum
May 16: A Celebration of Service: Honoring Pennsylvania Veterans—U.S. Army reunion and memorial service sponsored by the Pennsylvania National Guard
May 19: World War II Veterans Presentations and Book Signing—offered in conjunction with PCN (PA Cable Network) and Nittany Media; Hank Heim and Grant Lee will discuss their wartime experiences
May 29-30: World War II Revisited—WWII reenactors will bivouac on the grounds of the museum, which will play the part of the European Theater of Operations, 1944-45; the night of May 29 features the Service Canteen, where Dan and Galla entertain the troops with their USO-style show

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
May 21-23: Conrail Days—history and equipment of Conrail will be featured; program offered in conjunction with the Conrail Historical Society. On the night of May 21, a special night photo shoot will be available; you must pre-register by May 14

Somerset Historical Center
May 7: Homeschool Day—educational programs for multi-age school groups and families; pre-registration required

State Museum of Pennsylvania
May 5: Legends of the Night Sky: Orion—new planetarium show debuts (running through August 29)

One last note: May 18-20 in Harrisburg is the Statewide Conference on Heritage, combining Byways to the Past and Heritage Partnership Conference. PHMC is one of the co-sponsors.


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