Groundhog: Rodent or Savant? Discuss.

Bet you thought I was through talking about the weather. But as I write this on Thursday afternoon, I have heard a bunch of different stories about what to expect (and I saw a headline that said NYC would either get 3 inches or 30). I guess that’s par for the course since Punxsutawney Phil says “early spring,” but Octorara Orphie says “6 more weeks of winter.” Can they both be right? Anyway, this might be a good time to cull through the pile on my desk for items that got missed in last week’s February program preview or that otherwise just need to be passed along.

I was all set to let you know about a book signing later this month at the Anthracite Heritage Museum featuring The Civil War in Pennsylvania: A Photographic History. The book, published by the Senator John Heinz History Center as part of the PA Civil War 150 initiative, includes a wide array of photos, many of which have not appeared in print until now. (By the way, PHMC’s annual theme for 2013 is the Civil War and the centennial of the Pennsylvania Historical Commission.) Unfortunately, the event has had to be postponed due to a scheduling conflict. We’ll keep you posted when there’s a new date. In the meantime, you can purchase a copy of the book at

A previous post mentioned that facets of Washington Crossing Historic Park were nominated in several categories of Bucks County’s the “Happening List.” Well, as it "happens" Graeme Park and Hope Lodge are both nominated for “Most Happening Historic Spot” in the Montgomery County contest. (Also note that Graeme Park’s “A Colonial Valentine” program is this Sunday.) And I missed the fact (sorry) that Pennsbury Manor and the Thompson Neely House (at WCHP) are both on the list of nominees for Most Happening Historic Spot in Bucks County. You can vote more than once, so how about showing all of our Trails of History nominees some love?

The Pennsylvania Military Museum has a new website (same address) that you can check out here. The navigation is a little different from the old site, but they still have lots of great photos of their programs. Enjoy!

So long until next week.


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