Ah, June

Most of the sites on the Trails of History will be open May 30 for Memorial Day. As always, summer is our busiest season and there are programs planned just about everywhere during the month of June. So what are you waiting for? (Sneak preview: our tribute to volunteers of the year continues next week!)

Brandywine Battlefield
June 20-24: First week of Summer History Camp—weekly camps continue through Aug. 8-12; click above for more details and information on registration.

Bushy Run Battlefield
June 18: “The Seven Years War”—speaker is Kristopher White, historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park; free for members of Bushy Run Battlefield Heritage Society, $5 for non-members.

Conrad Weiser Homestead
June 5: Colonial Craft and Demonstration Day—visitors will have the opportunity to see numerous 18th Century craft demonstrators from a bookmaker to weaving. Learn about the historical context, materials and equipment of the mid to late 18th century.

PHMC/Cornwall Iron Furnace

Cornwall Iron Furnace
June 15: “Architecture of the Cornwall Area”—speaker is Bryan Van Sweden, of the PHMC’s Bureau for Historic Preservation; this is the annual meeting and dinner of the Friends of Cornwall Iron Furnace, cost is $30 per person and deadline for reservations is June 7 (call 717/272-9711).
June 26: Mrs. Buckingham’s Lawn Party—celebrate an old-fashioned summer Sunday with refreshments and outdoor activities (Margaret Coleman Freeman Buckingham was the great granddaughter of furnace owner Robert Coleman and donated the property to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1932).

Daniel Boone Homestead
June 10-12: Patriot Days Encampment—Youth groups gather for a weekend of camping, crafts, and geocaching (new this year) on the grounds; for details and registration, go here.
June 18: Evening on the Green—Experience summer leisure activities as the Boones and other colonial families did and take a candlelit tour of the Boone Homestead.

Drake Well Museum
June 12: Historical Hikes—Sunday Family Fun program features a 5-mile hike (it’s a loop) through the Oil Creek Valley.
June 25: Herb Gardens to Go—Saturday Family Fun program includes planting a family herb garden and making “dirt” sundaes (yum). Also, the Oil Valley Blacksmiths will be on site for their monthly demonstration.

PHMC/Eckley Miners' Village

Eckley Miners’ Village
June 18-19: Patch Town Days—celebrate the customs and traditions of the anthracite coal region through music, dancing, food, living history presentations, artisans, crafters, and other period activities.

Ephrata Cloister
June 19: Father’s Day—free admission for dads today.

Graeme Park
June 11: Paranormal Investigations—part of the site’s monthly series with various groups; reservations and pre-payment required, call 215/343-0965.
June 19: Father’s Day Lunch—there will be colonial trades and military skills demonstrations and, of course, food. Call the site (phone number above) to make reservations.

PHMC/Joseph Priestley House

Joseph Priestley House
June 19: Grand opening of the new exhibit in Joseph Priestley’s laboratory—join in the celebration of a new effort to interpret the laboratory wing at Priestley’s Northumberland home, where he identified carbon monoxide and the science behind carbonation.

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
June 14-17: 55th Annual Summer Institute—traditional craft classes, lectures, open hearth cooking are the heart of this long-standing program; a copy of the registration booklet with class descriptions and more is here.
June 14-17: Summer camp, “The Life of a Farm Child, 1700s to early-1900s”—two- and four-day options available.
June 21: Hands-on History Days—dozens of hands-on workshops for all ages (this program will be repeated monthly through November, check the website for details).
June 24-26: Convergence of Tinsmiths and Coppersmiths—a regional meeting of the Early American Industries Association will bring together people with an interest in metalwork, tools, and history. Anyone interested in early trades and crafts is welcome; a copy of the program flyer is here.

Old Economy Village
June 11: Big Red Fire Truck Day—view Old Economy’s historic fire pumpers in the newly renovated Carriage House. Local fire companies will be on hand as well to display more recent fire fighting equipment; games, water pumper contests, and activities for children will also be part of the day.
June 25: Wine Tasting Party—visit one of the Harmonist wine cellars and taste wines from around the word; reservations are required, call 724/266-4500, x101.

Pennsbury Manor
June 5: Historic Trades—the blacksmith and the joyner will demonstrate their skills.
June 12: Living History Theater—“The Voyage of the Submission” invites you to take a seat on a 1682 sea voyage to the American colonies and learn about the lives of some of the passengers.
June 19: Open Hearth Cooking—learn about dairying as Pennsbury’s cooks make cheese and share receipts (recipes) that include cheese and butter.
June 26: Garden Highlights—meet the gardeners and explore the Pennsbury gardens as they come into their summer beauty.

Pennsylvania Heritage Society
June 21: Signature Series lecture, “Religion and Politics in the American Experience”—speaker is Dr. Jon Butler, Yale University, in conjunction with PHS Teaching American History teacher institute and in support of PHMC’s 2011 theme, “William Penn’s Legacy: Religious and Spiritual Diversity.” Lecture will be presented in the Auditorium of the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg.

Pennsylvania Military Museum
Weekends in June: Discount--Visit the museum wearing an Armed Forces-themed t-shirt and receive a guided tour at 1:00 pm for $4.00.
June 14: Flag Day Celebration—local veterans organizations and the State College Elks Lodge will host a Flag Day Service and U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony at the 28th Division Shrine; the public is invited to bring U.S. flags that are no longer serviceable for proper disposal.
June 29: “Soft Underbelly, the Italian Campaign of WWII”—speaker is Capt. Jim Bloom, U.S. Navy, ret., who will discuss the Allied invasion of Sicily and Italy, present anecdotes of Army and Navy operations, and share modern photos of key battlefields; part of the Friends of the PA Military Museum monthly Speaker Series.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
June 3-5: Pennsy Days—three days of author presentations, Pennsy rolling stock and locomotives, model railroad displays, and much more, recalling the history and impact of the Pennsylvania Railroad.
June 29-July 4: Reading Days—annual program highlighting the museum’s Reading Railroad equipment and including a model train layout of the Reading Company’s operations in eastern Pennsylvania.

PHMC/Anthracite Heritage Museum, Scranton Iron Furnaces

Scranton Iron Furnaces
June 3-4: Fire at the Furnace and Arts on Fire Festival—Fire at the Furnace takes place Friday evening; tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door (patron level tickets also available). Arts on Fire Festival on Saturday is free. Call Anthracite Heritage Museum at 570/963-4804 for details or to purchase tickets. For a taste of last year's inaugural event, go here.

Somerset Historical Center
June 11: Exhibit opening, “The Civil War in Somerset County”—artifacts from all over the county will help to tell their stories. To mark the exhibit opening, a dinner and Civil War-era fashion show will also take place off-site; check the website for details.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Through June 19: DŌSHI Gallery show (in conjunction with Susquehanna Art Museum) and National History Day in Pennsylvania exhibit of winning student entries from 2010 statewide competition.
June 18: Fatherhood Family Festival—presented by Nate Gadsden’s Writer’s Wordshop; free museum admission day.
June 19 (through Sept. 11): Art of the State—annual juried exhibit of works by established and emerging artists from around Pennsylvania; presented in cooperation with The Greater Harrisburg Arts Council.

Washington Crossing Historic Park
June 10: Groundbreaking for new visitor center--go here for more info.


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