July 2015 on the Trails of History

Coming to you a day early this week to help you make your plans for National Anti-Boredom Month. Many sites on the Trails of History will be open on the 4th, but please check out the list to be sure the site you want to visit is on it. We had a post a couple of weeks ago about summer camps at PHMC sites, so there's only a brief listing below with a link. There's no excuse for not fighting boredom this month or any other! We can help.

The sawmill at the PA Lumber Museum will be in operation for Bark Peelers' Festival
(photo by AKF)
Anthracite Heritage Museum and Scranton Iron Furnaces
Saturdays: South Side Farmers Market at the Scranton Iron Furnaces. 10 am-2 pm.
July 14-17: Children's Summer CampMore info.

Brandywine Battlefield
Through August 7: Summer History CampMore info.

Bushy Run Battlefield
July 12: 11th Annual 5K Trail Run/Walk—Bushy Run is the site for this annual event benefitting the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission (PTARC); visit PTARC's website for registration info or pick up a form at the Bushy Run Battlefield Visitor Center.
July 19: 5th Annual Classic Car Cruise—classic and custom cars, live music, food, drink, and more. Event is free; regular admission applies to visit the exhibits. 11 am-4 pm.

Conrad Weiser Homestead
Site open Wednesdays, 10 am-4 pm; Saturdays, 10 am-4 pm; Sundays, noon-4 pm.
July 5: Patriotic Concert in the Park—this annual event honors all military veterans. Admission and parking are free, contributions are gratefully accepted. Please bring your own chairs or picnic blankets. 1:30 pm.
July 12: Weiser Interpretive Sunday—enjoy a summer afternoon at the homestead learning about life in the Tulpehocken. Noon-4 pm.

Daniel Boone Homestead
July 4: Independence Day Event—learn about 18th-century military service and homefront life during the American Revolution and enjoy a day of activities for the whole family. Admission is $6 (age 13+), $4 (age 4-12). As a fundraiser, Friends of DBH will be offering pulled pork sandwiches for sale; $6 (adults) or $4 (children) gets you a sandwich, 2 sides, and a drink. 10 am-4 pm.
July 5, 12, 19, 26: Interpretive Sundays—spend summer Sunday afternoons learning about 18th-century military life (July 5), gardening (July 12), leatherworking (July 19), and 18th-century games (July 26). Included in regular admission. Noon-4 pm.
July 8, 15, 22, 29: Sawmill Operation Days—subject to staff availability, there will be two half-hour demos of the reconstructed sawmill on Wednesdays in July. Call 610/582-4900 to confirm. Demos are free; regular admission charged for guided and self-guided tours of the historic area. 11 am and 2 pm.
July 13-17: History Day CampMore info.

Drake Well Museum
Saturdays and Sundays: Historic Pithole Open. Admission charged. 10 am-4 pm.
July 11: Something More Saturday—in addition to the regular offerings, today the Mobile Energy Education Training Unit (MEET-U) will be on the scene. Included in regular admission; special family rate of $20 for up to 2 adults and 3 children. 10 am-3 pm.
July 13-17: "It's All About Oil" Day CampMore info.
July 25: Blacksmith Demonstrations—monthly demonstrations take place the last Saturday of the month through October. Included in regular admission. 10 am-2 pm.
July 26: Vintage Baseball and Ice Cream Social at Pithole—the Pittsburgh Franklins take on Somerset County's Frosty Sons of Thunder playing by 1860s rules. Admission charged. Site opens at noon, first pitch about 1 pm.

Eckley Miners’ Village
July 25-26: 1940s Weekend—an overview of the WWII era in a coal mining town. Military and civilian reenactors will be on site, and there will be music and food. A swing-era USO Dance will be held off-site the evening of July 25. Visit the website for details. 10 am-5 pm both days (dance is at 6 pm on Saturday).

Ephrata Cloister
Registration is open for August 1 bus trip to NYC. "Viewing the Immigrant Experience" will take you behind the scenes at Ellis Island and the Tenement Museum, with stops in-between. Cost is $175 per person; tickets available via Eventbrite or by contacting Andrea Glass (c-aglass@pa.gov or 717/733-6600).
July 14-17: Colonial Summer CampMore info.

Erie Maritime Museum and Flagship Niagara
July 4: Friends and Family Day—hands-on activities for the kids, free admission to the museum and tours of the ship, a free hot dog (while supplies last), and fireworks. 9 am-5 pm (kids' activities 11 am-3 pm).
July 6: Last day to see "Plastic Waters" exhibit
July 13: Monday Night Movie at the Maritime—Tonight's feature is "Master and Commander"; Niagara's sails serve as the screen. The movie and the popcorn are free. Film begins at dusk; doors open at 9 pm.
July 20: 4th Annual Flagship Niagara Opendetails and registration are on the website. Part of your registration fee is deductible and supports the Flagship Niagara League's programs.
July 27: Storytime at the Maritime and Monday Night Movie at the Maritime—Storytime, geared to ages 3-7, features a nautical-themed book and related activity. Program starts at 10 am and is free. Tonight's maritime-themed movie is "Finding Nemo"; Niagara's sails serve as the screen. The movie and the popcorn are free. Film begins at dusk; doors open at 9 pm.

Fort Pitt Museum
July 4: Fourth at the Fort—help staff and volunteers raise the flag and sing the national anthem. Check the website for details. 11 am-noon.
July 11, 18, 25: Saturdays at the Fort—living history activities will include: artillery (July 11); cooking (July 18); and blacksmithing (July 25). 10 am-4 pm.

Hope Lodge
July 19: Site is open—visit the grounds and take a guided tour of the mansion (at 1:00 or 2:30 pm). Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and ages 6-17, free for age 5 and under and Friends of Hope Lodge. 12:30-4 pm.

Joseph Priestley House
July 22-24: History CampMore info.

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
July 14-17: Historic Trades CampMore info.
July 18: Old Fashioned Picnic—food, games, music by the New Holland Band, and a parade of horse-drawn vehicles in the setting of a 19th-century village. There will be hot dogs and freshly churned ice cream for sale or you can bring your own picnic. Included in regular admission. 10 am-4 pm.
July 25-26: Civil War Weekend—the site is transformed into a rural Pennsylvania village during the Civil War, with reenactors portraying soldiers and civilians (detailed schedule for both days). Included in regular admission. Be sure to check out the visitor center exhibit, "1865: Lancaster County at the Close of the Civil War." Food (and lots of other great stuff) will be available for purchase at the Museum Store. 10 am-4 pm.

Old Economy Village
July 3-4: Site closed July 11, 18, 25: 19th-Century Trades and Crafts—each Saturday has a different focus: gardens (July 11); textiles (July 18); and decorative arts (July 25). Included in regular admission. 11 am-4 pm.
July 20-24 and July 27-31: Summer CampMore info.

Pennsbury Manor
July 5, 12, 19, 26: Special Sunday Programming—something different every week: meet the blacksmith and the joyner (July 5); meet the residents of Pennsbury (July 12); meet the cooks (July 19); meet the gardeners and brewers (July 26). Included in regular admission. 1-4 pm.
July 13-17, 20-24, 27-31: Colonial Camp and Time Traveler CampMore info.

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
July 4-5: 41st Annual Bark Peelers’ Festival—this hugely popular event recreates the 4th of July celebrations of Pennsylvania’s early 20th-century lumber camp workers and “woodhicks.” Details are available on the website, and you can also see photos from previous years. Admission: $10 (age 12+), $3 (age 3-11); 2-day pass, $18.

Pennsylvania Military Museum
July 4: Kids Day II and Lecture/Book Signing—kids (of all ages) can try on uniforms from the museum's education collections and learn about soldier life; photo ops abound. 10 am-3 pm. At 1:30 pm, local author Daisy Reiter will read from her book, Cora, It's War, about a little girl's experiences growing up in Pennsylvania during World War II. Both included in regular admission.
July 7: Central PA Civil War Roundtable Series—author and NPS interpretive ranger John Hoptak will present "Before the Crater: The 48th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry at Petersburg, June 1864." His focus will be the Schuylkill County anthracite coal miners who dug a tunnel beneath Confederate defenses east of Petersburg, Virginia. Donation requested. 7 pm.
July 9-12: 23rd Annual People’s Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Artscelebration of arts and artisans held on the museum grounds. ($5 charged for on-site parking; regular admission applies to tour the exhibits.)
July 18-19: VIETNAM Revisited—living historians portray American combat and support troops “in country” in the late 1960s; visitors have the opportunity to accompany (living history) squads on short range patrols. (Photos from last year's event are on the website.) 10 am-4 pm (tactical demo at 1:30 pm each day).
July 24: Registration deadline for Boot Camp for KidsMore info.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Through July 5: Reading Railroad Days—offered in conjunction with the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society, this program features an enormous HO-scale model railroad and highlights Reading Company rolling stock in the Museum’s collection. Details are on the website. Included in regular museum admission.
July 13-17, 27-31: Barons and Builders Day CampMore info.

Somerset Historical Center
July 18: Exhibit opening—"The Barn: Icon of Somerset County Rural Life" explores the design, construction, and role of the classic barn (timely in this the Year of the Pennsylvania Barn). Runs through October. Included in regular admission.
July 26: Somerset County Appreciation Day—Somerset County residents are invited to come and enjoy an afternoon of local history as they explore a historic site in their own backyard. Free admission. Noon-4 pm.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Throughout the month—"Learn@Lunchtime" and "Meet the Experts" programs will explore the history of the State Museum and Archives Complex and the Museum's new Nature Lab (details on the website).
July 15-19: Planetarium Shows included in regular admission—in honor of its 50th anniversary, visit the planetarium (normally an additional charge) to see "Solar Superstorms," narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch. On July 17 for Learn@Lunchtime and 3rd in the Burg, museum admission will be free as well. (Press release has details.)
July 16: Story Time in Curiosity Connectionfeatured book is Number One Sam, by Greg Pizzoli. Included in regular admission. 10 am.

Washington Crossing Historic Park
July 4: Independence Day Celebration—Living history demonstrations, a military encampment, and tours of historic buildings. There will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence at noon and the christening of a replica Durham boat at 12:30 pm. Food will be available for purchase. Admission: $8 (age 12+), $4 (age 5-11). 10 am-4 pm.
July 24: Films at the Farmstead—a family-friendly movie night under the stars at the Thompson-Neely House and Farmstead. Tonight's feature is "Big Hero 6." Admission is $5 (age 5+); please bring a blanket to sit on and feel free to bring a picnic. Movie starts at dusk.


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