Is it Spring Yet?

This week's post is a compilation of things as we plunge ahead into winter. We've been pretty fortunate here in southcentral Pennsylvania so far, but it's supposed to be reeeeeaaaallyy cold the next few days. So we'll start off with something to keep you warm.

Bonfire from last weekend's sledding party at Pithole (photo from Drake Well Museum's Facebook page)

Most sites on the Trails of History will be closed on Monday, Feb. 16, for Presidents Day, but Fort Pitt Museum and the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania will be open and waiting for your visit.

Speaking of the Railroad Museum, in honor of the Museum's 40th birthday this year, staff are looking to borrow items from members of the public that serve as mementos or souvenirs of past visits. The items will be displayed during this anniversary year and then returned to their generous owners (more info based on the Museum press release).

I attended the Winter History Class last week at Ephrata Cloister and heard a fascinating talk about the Amish (their religious roots and their contemporary lives) as well as a presentation on postcard views of Ephrata. I always enjoy the talks and the interesting discussion and questions from the class participants (a very knowledgeable, curious, and thoughtful group). While I was on site, I caught this photo of a hawk that landed on the fence as I was walking in from the parking lot.

When you're having a bad day, just think about the poor squirrel in this photo.

The February program listings include events happening this weekend and the rest of the month. But I missed a few:
  • Anthracite Heritage Museum, Black History Month program, Feb. 22, 2 pm (the museum will show the film Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle, which chronicles the history of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters)
  • Bushy Run Battlefield, Lecture, Feb. 14, 1 pm (Joe Merenda and Beth Kennedy will present "Gender Roles of the Iroquois")
  • Graeme Park, Volunteer Recruitment Breakfast, Feb. 21, 10 am (more info and RSVP details) UPDATE 2/15/15: due to impending weather, this event will be rescheduled
I hope you have a great weekend, stay warm, and (if you're celebrating) a happy Valentine's Day.


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