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No particular focus this week, Trailheads, just some updates on programs coming up this weekend.

This is really last minute, but if you’re reading this in the morning (of Oct. 22) and you’re close to Erie, you can still catch “The War of 1812: Was It Necessary?” The symposium, offered by Erie’s Jefferson Educational Society at their center on State Street, includes Walter Rybka, director of the Erie Maritime Museum and senior captain of US Brig Niagara, as one of its speakers. The $20 registration fee is payable at the door; the program runs from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

PHMC/Ephrata Cloister

There’s still time to reserve a spot for tonight or tomorrow night (Oct. 22 & 23) at Ephrata Cloister's Mysterious, Melancholy, and Macabre, where you can catch up on all the chilling news from 1700s Lancaster County. Tours are offered at 7:30 and 9 pm; if weather permits, the program will be offered outdoors on the grounds by candlelight, so please dress accordingly. Call 717/733-6600 to reserve tickets ($10, members pay $8).

Halloween tours at Eckley Miners’ Village will continue for a second weekend tonight and tomorrow, with groups leaving the visitor center every 15 minutes starting at 6:30 pm (doors open at 6 pm). The 1.5 mile walk takes at least an hour, and visitors should dress for the weather and the rough pavement. Bring your own flashlight or purchase one at the visitor center when you buy your ticket.

View from Bowman's Hill Tower
PHMC/Washington Crossing Historic Park

Ghosts and Star Gazing, presented by Washington Crossing Historic Park, will take place tomorrow night (Oct. 23) at Bowman’s Hill Tower at 7 and 8:30 p.m. A reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Cask of Amontillado,” will be included, as will a rare nighttime tour of the tower (guided by an astronomer as well as a historian). Tickets ($10) can be reserved by email ( or phone (215/862-3166). The program is not recommended for young children.

Anthracite Heritage Museum will host Remember Johnny Mitchell Day this Sunday (Oct. 24). Mitchell was President of the United Mine Workers during the [anthracite] Coal Strike of 1902, which marked a turning point in U.S. labor relations (okay, I made that sound pretty academic, but don’t be put off—it’s a fun program). The program runs from Noon to 5 pm; admission is free!


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