Wait. It's Friday Already?

Another week has whizzed past and here we all are again. I've selected a few items that I hope you'll find interesting or at least worth clicking on a link or two. Our staff and volunteers out on the Trails of History are really working hard to keep up a steady flow of programming and events. If you've been able to visit and take part, I'd love to hear from you in the comments. Since we're just about to the end of the month, I've included a list of just this weekend's events. We'll have the August listings next week (at least that's my plan).

Earlier this week, interns from the PHMC's Keystone Internship Program, most of them based in Harrisburg, took a field trip to visit Ephrata Cloister and the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. Many thanks to the interns, mentors, and site staff for making it a good day. The interns posed for a photo in Rolling Stock Hall at the Railroad Museum. Check out those smiling faces.

Speaking of interns, have you been following the activities of Ephrata Cloister's interns? They've been sharing their progress reports through the Chronicle Ephrata blog. I really enjoy seeing what they're up to. In other Ephrata news, PHMC's info specialist, Sean Adkins, live-tweeted a tour of @EphrataCloister yesterday. UPDATE: You'll find the whole tour on Storify.

The Pennsylvania Military Museum presented "Vietnam Revisited" this past weekend and shared photos on Facebook of the event (they've also invited attendees to share some of their own photos as well). They also received some good local coverage. If you missed the program, you can still catch the exhibit, "Vietnam Remembered," featuring objects donated by soldiers who served during the Vietnam War.

Anthracite Heritage Museum and Scranton Iron Furnaces
July 26: South Side Farmers Market at the Scranton Iron Furnaces

Conrad Weiser Homestead
July 27: Site open—the site is open every Sunday afternoon through Labor Day weekend, noon to 4 pm.

Daniel Boone Homestead
July 27: Interpretive Sunday—spend a summer Sunday afternoon learning about 18th-century military life. Included in regular admission. Noon-4 pm.

Drake Well Museum
Saturday and Sunday: Historic Pithole Open, 10 am-4 pm.
July 26: Blacksmith Demonstrations—monthly demonstrations take place the last Saturday of the month through October. Included in regular admission. 9 am-2 pm.

Eckley Miners’ Village
July 26-27: 1940s Weekend—learn about wartime on the homefront and in the military, circa 1944. Military and civilian reenactors will be on site; Holocaust survivor Severin Fayerman will share his experiences. A swing-era USO Dance will be held off-site the evening of July 26. Visit the website for details. 10 am-5 pm (dance is at 6). This just in: if you're traveling to Eckley via Weatherly, there is new directional signage to help you find your way!

Ephrata Cloister
July 26: Student Historian Saturday—members of Ephrata Cloister's teen interpreters group will be on hand to help bring the stories of the site to life and answer questions for visitors. Included in regular admission. 10 am-3 pm.

Erie Maritime Museum and US Brig Niagara
July 26: Discovery Day—Little Mates Kids Club members will learn about the life of a sailor through hands-on activities and music. For details (or questions about membership info), email Julie Wagner.

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
July 26-27: Civil War Weekend—the site is transformed into a rural Pennsylvania village in 1863, with reenactors portraying soldiers and civilians. Included in regular admission. 10 am-4 pm.

Old Economy Village
July 26: 19th-Century Trades and Craftseach Saturday has a different focus. Included in regular admission. 11 am-4 pm.

Peace Church
July 27: Rediscovering Peace Church—learn about the history of the church and visit the adjacent cemetery. 3-4 pm.

Pennsbury Manor
July 27: Garden Highlights and Beer Brewing Demonstration—spend some time in the kitchen garden and see what the gardeners are up to, then see how the hops growing in the garden get turned into beer. Included in regular admission. 1-4 pm.

Somerset Historical Center
July 27: Somerset County Appreciation Day—Somerset County residents are invited to come and enjoy an afternoon of baseball, band music, and local history as they explore a historic site in their own backyard. Free admission. Noon-4 pm.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Fridays in July: Learn at Lunchtime—admission is free every Friday between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; free docent tours at 12:15 p.m. and 1 p.m. (List of topics and speakers).


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