Labor Day and Beyond

Editor's note, Sept. 15: Last week's flooding has affected some programming--the Gallery Walk activities at the State Museum (listed below for Sept. 11) are now happening Sept. 18; the Bloomsburg Fair (the last week of the month) has been cancelled, which I assume means the Civil War Road Show won't be visiting the area either (I'll post updated info as I get it). Please check ahead with sites to make sure the event you want to attend is still going on.

Most sites on the Trails of History are open Sept. 5 for Labor Day, so please consider spending some of your holiday with us. But if you can't, the rest of the month has some great stuff.

Anthracite Heritage Museum
Sept. 23-24, Hunter-Trapper Education—check website for more info.
Sept. 25, Under the Lackawanna Moon—a theatrical presentation using monologue, dialogue, and music to tell stories of settlers and early residents of the Anthracite region; reservations requested, call 570/963-4804.

Brandywine Battlefield
Sept. 11, Commemoration Ceremony—remembering the Battle of Brandywine, Sept. 11, 1777, and the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

Bushy Run Battlefield
Sept. 10, Lecture—Dr. John Boback, director of education at Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village, will talk about the lifestyle and subsistence strategies of prehistoric American Indians (free to members of Bushy Run Battlefield Heritage Society).

Civil War Road Show
Sept. 2-4, Crawford County Fairgrounds, Meadville—hosted by Crawford County Civil War Roundtable.
Sept. 9-11, Grant St. between Sutton-Ditz Museum and Memorial Park, Clarion—hosted by Clarion County Historical Society.
Sept. 17-19, Ephrata Public Library, Ephrata (Lancaster County)—hosted by Ephrata Public Library in partnership with PA Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau and Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley.
Sept. 24-Oct. 1, Bloomsburg Fair, Bloomsburg (Columbia County)—hosted by Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau and Bloomsburg Fair Assn.

PHMC/Conrad Weiser Homestead

Conrad Weiser Homestead
Sept. 11, Interpretive Sunday—learn about women’s work on the 18th-century frontier, and ask questions about Native American life; program is free to the public.

Cornwall Iron Furnace
Sept. 13, Lecture—Jim Schucker will present a talk on the Union Canal Tunnel; check the website or contact the site for more details (lectures are held in Freeman Hall at Cornwall Manor).
Sept. 17, Cast Iron Cooking Demonstration—contact the site for more info.

Daniel Boone Homestead
Sept. 11, Band on the Run 5k Run & 1-Mile Fun Walk—held in conjunction with Daniel Boone High School Music Boosters (go here for details).
Sept. 18, Nature Program—check website for details.

Drake Well Museum
Sept. 11, Sunday Family Fun—“Uncovering the Past” will allow families to learn about the work of archaeologists through a mock excavation; limit 10 people, fee charged (call 814/827-2797 for reservations).
Sept. 17, Fall Gas Up—enjoy antique engines on the grounds of the museum; admission charged.
Sept.24, Saturday Family Fun—“Oil Spill Clean-up” looks at how to handle a spill (you can earn your Boy or Girl Scout badge through this program); there will be 2 sessions, limit 10 people per session, fee charged (call 814/827-2797 for reservations). Also on Sept. 24, Oil Valley Blacksmiths will be on-site for their monthly demonstration day.

Eckley Miners’ Village
Sept. 11, The Story of Big Mary—presented by Regina R. Dasher, this program explores the aftermath of the Lattimer Massacre and the labor movement that resulted.

PHMC/Ephrata Cloister

Ephrata Cloister
Sept. 10, Founders’ Day—the historic site celebrates the birth of the modern borough of Ephrata with $1.00 general admission and activities highlighting Ephrata’s first residents (special tours of the upper levels of the Sisters’ House will be available for $10.00--$8.00 for members of Ephrata Cloister Associates and PA Heritage Society).

Erie Maritime Museum and Flagship Niagara
Sept. 24, Speaker Series-Bayfront historian Jerry Skrypzak's talk will explore Erie's docks and commercial fishing industry. Skrypzak's presentation is based on extensive research and photography of Erie's waterfront with David Frew; the two have co-authored a book, Fortune and Fury, A History of Commercial Fishing in Erie, which is available in the museum store. The talk is free and open to the public.

Graeme Park
Sept. 21, Homeschool Day—homeschool families are invited for a day of educational activities.
Sept. 24-25, World War II Weekend—encampment of WWII-era reenactors, demonstrations, and a swing concert in the evening.

Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, Ice Cream Sundays-Enjoy ice cream sundaes (make your own for $1) and music by the Lancaster County Folk Music & Fiddlers Society (and watch for a "live" report from me, I hope, later this month).
Sept. 22, Hands on History Day—an opportunity for children of all ages to experience history up close and personal through activities and demonstrations.

Old Economy Village
Sept. 10, Wine Tasting Party—visit the wine cellar at Old Economy and taste wines from around the world; call 724/266-4500 x101 for reservations.
Sept. 24-25, Erntefest Harvest Festival—see how the Harmonists celebrated the harvest and prepared for winter; enjoy site tours, Harmonist music, and lots of family-friendly activities.

Pennsbury Manor
Sept. 4, Historic Trades—the blacksmith and joyner will be on hand for their monthly demonstration of metalworking and woodworking skills.
Sept. 11, Living History Theater—“The Departure” brings community members (and visitors) to Pennsbury to bid farewell to the Penn family as they prepare to return to England in 1701.
Sept. 18, Open Hearth Cooking Demo—“Is it Pudding Yet?” explores the 17th-century meanings and forms of “pudding.”
Sept. 26, Garden Highlights—visit the fall garden and experience its colors and textures.

PHMC/Pennsylvania Military Museum

Pennsylvania Military Museum
Sept. 6, Lecture (and picnic)—“Not Frail Flowers: Six Pennsylvania Women Who Made a Difference in the Civil War,” with speaker Linda Estupnian Snook. Presented by Central PA Civil War Roundtable; attendees are encouraged to bring a potluck dish to share.
Sept. 17-18, Then & NOW—this popular living history timeline program brings together military equipment, uniforms and reenactors from the colonial period through the present.
Sept. 28, Friends of PMM Speaker Series—“Vikings: the Evolution of Attack,” with Prof. Ben Hudson, Penn State University, whose talk will trace the progression of Viking military actions culminating in the important Battle of Clontarf, fought in Ireland in 1014 against the legendary Irish high king Brian Boru.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Sept. 24, Members Day—lectures, book-signings, and films are among the day’s activities, open to members and guests of Friends of the Railroad Museum (it’s never too late to join).

Scranton Iron Furnaces
Sept. 17, Family Day—check website for details.

Somerset Historical Center
Sept. 9-11, Mountain Craft Days—visit the 42nd Annual folk festival with over 125 craft artisans and demonstrators; great local food (trust me on this) and activities for kids.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Sept. 10, New Planetarium shows—“Star Stories of the Native Americans” and “Ultimate Universe.”
Sept. 11, Gallery Walk Activities—last day for Art of the State exhibit and IdeaZone: Experience the Arts; Artist Conversation with Best of Show winner Lydia Panas and awards juror Ricardo Viera; reception for Doshi Gallery exhibit opening; Susquehanna Art Museum’s VanGO!
Sept. 18, Grand opening for new museum store—as part of Harrisburg’s 3rd in the Burg monthly celebration, see the new store and enjoy a “Mad Men” themed reception.
Sept. 28, HomeSchool Day—gallery talks and demonstrations highlight the museum’s varied collections and programs.

Washington Crossing Historic Park
Sept. 18, Open Hearth Cooking Class-food historian Connie Unangst will teach how to stew, boil, roast, and bake using 18th-century techniques and recipes. Space is limited and you must be at least 12 years old to participate; registration and fee required, call 267/475-2353.


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