August on the Trails of History

This post is updated as new info or links come to my attention.

So much to do, so little time? I hope you'll be able to make time to visit the Pennsylvania Trails of History before the summer gets away from you completely!

Photographer Scott D. Herring (center) with miners in the Harmony Mine, Mt. Carmel, PA
Photo courtesy Scott Herring (taken by mine superintendent Ivan Sweinhart)

Anthracite Heritage Museum and Scranton Iron Furnaces
Saturdays in August: South Side Farmers Market at Scranton Iron Furnaces
August 16: Anthracite Heritage Museum exhibit opens—"The Hardcoal Chronicles 40th Anniversary, 1973-2013" features the photography of Scott D. Herring. Herring's work to document life in the anthracite region has generated more than 162,000 images; this new exhibit is a selection of works. Opening reception is noon-4 pm, and the exhibit will remain on view during regular hours through June 30, 2015. Included in museum admission.
Aug. 24: Exhibit closes—today is the last day to see "A Geological History from the Coal Age to Dinosaurs," featuring wood carvings by Gene Moyer. Included in regular admission.
Aug. 31: Railroad Movie Day at Anthracite HeritageI'll try to bring you more details closer to the date. UPDATE: Historian Charles Petrillo will present four films: Lyman Howe's Runaway Train (1914), March of Time: Railroads in the United States (1948), Railroads and the National Defense (1952), and Wanamie Railroad and Coal (1966). Included in regular admission. 2 pm.

Bushy Run Battlefield
Aug. 2-3: 251st Anniversary of the Battle of Bushy Run—there are two battle reenactments (morning and afternoon), so you can learn about the events of August 5-6, 1763, all in one day. You'll also find military camps, period craftspeople, and food vendors at this annual event. (To read more about the anniversary, check out this week's post on the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation blog.) Admission is $5 (age 4 and up). 10 am-4 pm.
Aug. 30: Summer Lecture Series—"Naval Warfare in the Age of Sail" explores the history behind such popular fictional characters as Horatio Hornblower and Jack Aubrey. Admission is $5 (free for members of Bushy Run Battlefield Heritage Society). 1 pm.

Conrad Weiser Homestead
Aug. 3: 18th-century Interpretive Sunday—learn about life in Berks County in the mid-18th century. Noon-4 pm.
Sundays in August: Site open, noon-4 pm.

Cornwall Iron Furnace
Aug. 8: Blast!—this event features local breweries and wineries, live music, and light fare; there will be “soft” refreshments (including root beer) suitable for designated drivers and folks younger than 21. Advance tickets are $35; designated driver and under 21, $15. On the day of the event, tickets are $45 ($25 for DDs and under 21). Advance tickets may be purchased at the furnace or by calling 717/272-9711 to charge by phone. 6-9 pm.
Aug. 12: Lecture—Mal Fuller's topic will be "9/11 and the Heroes of Flight 93." Part of the Friends of Cornwall Iron Furnace lecture series, the program takes place in Freeman Hall auditorium at Cornwall Manor. 7 pm.

Daniel Boone Homestead
Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Interpretive Sundays—spend Sunday afternoons in August learning about farm animals (8/3); the Bertolet Sawmill (8/10); colonial games (8/17); writing and communication (8/24); and skills of the gunsmith (8/31). Included in regular admission. Noon-4 pm.
Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27: Sawmill Operation Days—subject to staff availability, there will be demonstrations of the site’s water-powered sawmill. Free of charge (admission rates apply to visit the historic area and the homestead). 11 am & 2 pm.

Drake Well Museum
Saturdays and Sundays in August: Historic Pithole Open—the visitor center will be open, so enjoy the orientation film and the excellent diorama that shows the town in its heyday. Admission charged. 10 am-4 pm.
UPDATED: Aug. 9: Family Day AND 100th Anniversary of the DAR Monument—"Family Day" programs may feature kid-friendly film screenings, crafts, music, demonstrations and more. Also today, the site partners with the Piety Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution to celebrate the monument to Drake Well dedicated by the DAR on August 27, 1914 (read more about it and see a photo). Both are included in regular admission; special family rate of $20 for up to 2 adults and 3 kids. 9 am-5 pm (DAR ceremony at 2 pm).
Aug. 23: Drake Day Circus—the oil boom era comes to life with jugglers, fire-eaters, music, and acrobats. Included in regular admission; special family rate of $20 for up to 2 adults and 3 kids. 10 am-4 pm.
Aug. 30: Oil Valley Blacksmiths Association—this monthly event brings local blacksmiths to the site to show how it’s done. Included in regular admission. 9 am-2 pm.

Eckley Miners’ Village
Aug. 16-17: Civil War Weekend—learn about soldiers' experiences and life on the homefront through encampments, demonstrations, presentations by the Eckley Players, and musical entertainment of the Civil War era. EMV's new website has the details. Admission charged. 10 am-5 pm.

Ephrata Cloister
Aug. 3: Ice Cream Social—enjoy an evening of ice cream and sundae toppings (courtesy of Turkey Hill) and music (vocalist Dean Sensenig) in a beautiful setting. Tickets are $3 and are available ahead of time at the Museum Store (you can also purchase at the door). 4-7 pm (all-you-can eat ice cream while supplies last).
Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28: Behind the Scenes in Collections Storage—get a sneak peek at artifacts that are not currently on exhibit as you tour collections storage with the curator. Included in regular admission. 1-3 pm.
Aug. 9, 23: Student Historian Saturdays—teen volunteers will share the history, crafts, and skills of the past. Included in regular admission. 10 am-3 pm.
Aug. 13: Storytime—preschoolers and their accompanying adults enjoy a story and related craft or other activity on the site. Cost (includes the program and general admission) is $6 for one adult and one child (age 3-5); $3 for each additional child. Family-level members of Ephrata Cloister Associates get in free or you can use a Library System of Lancaster County Family Museum Pass. 10-11 am.
UPDATE 8/22/14: Sorry to report that this event has been cancelled—Aug. 23: Family Fun Day Family activities, games, and food (sponsored by Westview Golf Course) let you experience the historic site in a different way. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in the Museum Store or by calling 717/733-6600. 4-8 pm.

Erie Maritime Museum and Flagship Niagara
Aug. 12: Erie Gives—on behalf of the museum and ship, the Flagship Niagara League is participating in this year’s community-wide online fundraising drive. Your donation (minimum $25) any time between 8 am and 8 pm on August 12 will be stretched by the Erie Community Foundation.

Fort Pitt Museum
Aug. 9: Fort Pitt Speaker Series—Dr. Holly Mayer, Duquesne University, will present a talk entitled, "Camp Followers and Community during the American Revolution." Free of charge. 5:30-7:30 pm.
Aug. 9-10: Living History Program Series—this month the focus is on the 250th anniversary of the Fort Pitt Blockhouse. 10 am-5 pm.

Graeme Park
Aug. 24: Living History Theater—"Revolutionary Graeme Park" features special tours of the Keith House, where visitors will encounter scenes related to the American Revolution and its effect on Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson and her contemporaries. Light refreshments will be served in the visitor center. Admission is $12. 1-3 pm (tours approximately every half hour).

Hope Lodge
Aug. 6: Movie Night—bring a blanket or lawn chair and settle in to watch The Great Gatsby (2013 version), starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan. Presented by Whitemarsh Township Parks and Recreation. Admission is free. Starts at dusk (about 9 pm).
Aug. 17: Site open—enjoy the grounds and take a guided tour of the mansion. Admission is $5 (age 18-59), $4 (age 6-17 and 60+), FREE for Friends of Hope Lodge members and visitors age 5 and under. 12:30-4 pm (tours at 1, 2, and 3 pm).

Joseph Priestley House
Aug. 3: Oxygen Day—in honor of Dr. Priestley’s best known scientific contribution, this program features costumed docents throughout the house (which includes what may be the first laboratory in America) and chemistry demonstrations. Admission is free. 1-4 pm; chemistry demos at 1:30 and 3 pm.

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
Aug. 5: Hands-On History Day—experience chores, games, and crafts from the past, take a wagon ride, and learn your lessons in the one-room schoolhouse. Cost is $10 per person. 10 am-3 pm.
Aug. 9: Tales, Legends, and Lore—a full day of storytelling around the site, plus hands-on activities and wagon rides. Admission charged. 10 am-4 pm.
Aug. 23: Art Show at Landis Valley—Landis Valley’s museum store will host an array of local artisans selling their wares (many will also demonstrate their crafts). Music and food (for purchase) are also on tap. Admission to the art show is free; regular admission prices apply to visit the rest of the site. 9 am-4 pm

Old Economy Village
Saturdays: 19th-century Trades and Crafts—glimpse life and work in the 19th century through demonstrations and tours - woodworking and children's games (8/2); textiles (8/9); blacksmithing (8/16); breadbaking and cooking (8/23); variety of crafts (8/30). Included in regular admission, so please start at the Visitor Center. 11 am-4 pm (site open 10 am-5 pm).
Aug. 13: Lecture—Speaker is Joe White, retired professor of history at Univ. of Pittsburgh, who is writing a new history of the Harmony Society and its leaders. Admission is free. 7-8:30 pm.
Aug. 22: River City Brass—back by popular demand, River City Brass will present a concert on the grounds of OEV. Tickets are $15; bring your own lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating and feel free to bring a picnic. Gates open at 5:30 pm, concert begins at 6. UPDATE 8/11/14: Tickets now available online.
Aug. 23: Gertrude Rapp’s Birthday Party—a full day of activities, with crafts demonstrations, ginger cookies, and ice cream. Included in regular admission. 10 am-5 pm.

Pennsbury Manor
Aug. 3: Historic Trades—the blacksmith and the joyner will demonstrate their skills. Included in regular admission. 1-4 pm.
Aug. 10: Living History Theater—“A Visit from the Neighbors” invites you to settle in for a chat and hear the latest (17th-century) local news. Included in regular admission. 1-4 pm.
Aug. 17: Open Hearth Cooking—it’s “cooks’ choice” today as the cooks select their favorite 17th-century recipes to share. Included in regular admission. 1-4 pm.
Aug. 24: Garden Highlights and Beer Brewing Demonstration—spend some peaceful time in the kitchen garden, then head to the brew house to see how hops and barley turn into beer. (You can also check out the new beehive relocated to the garden from Delaware County.) Included in regular admission. 1-4 pm.
Aug. 31: Animals at Pennsbury—visit with the animals and the people who care for them. Included in regular admission. 1-4 pm.

Pennsylvania Military Museum
Saturdays and Sundays: On weekends in August, the 1 pm guided tour is included in museum admission.
Aug. 2: Boot Camp for Kids—registration deadline was last week, so mark your calendars for next year. (You can read about it in the Centre Daily Times.)

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Aug. 21: Wags & Whistles—this new event features the latest fall fashions and therapy dogs, as well as the museum's world-class collection of railroad rolling stock. Proceeds benefit Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services (KPETS) and the Friends of the Railroad Museum. Advance tickets are $10; tickets on the day of the event or at the door are $12. Admission includes the fashion show, a chance to meet the therapy dogs afterwards, and coupons courtesy of Tanger Outlets. Information on the program and ordering tickets are on the flyer. Doors open at 6 pm, fashion show begins at 6:30.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22: Learn at Lunchtime—the museum offers free admission mid-day every Friday, along with talks by museum curators. 11 am-1:30 pm (curator talks start at noon).
Aug. 7, 14, 21: StoryTime in Curiosity Connection—staff and volunteers read a different book each week, selected with children ages 3-5 in mind, and then direct a related play activity. StoryTime is included in regular admission. 10 am.
Aug. 15: 3rd in the Burg—"Artists Conversations" presents Catherine Prescott, Purchase Prize winner in this year's "Art of the State" exhibit, talking with Beverly Lichkus, special assistant for the exhibit. Admission is free. 5:30-7:30 pm.

Washington Crossing Historic Park
Aug. 27: Films at the Farmstead—a family-friendly movie night under the stars at the Thompson-Neely House and Farmstead. Tonight's feature is Frozen (and if you don't spend the next half hour singing "Let it Go" in your head, then you're a lucky, lucky soul). Admission is $5 (age 5+); please bring a blanket to sit on and feel free to bring a picnic. 7-10 pm.


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