Visions of History Dancing in our Heads

Be sure to check the March program page for info on events coming up this weekend and beyond.

Lots of people braved a rainy Sunday afternoon (not to mention that lost hour of sleep) to visit sites on the PHMC's Trails of History on Charter Day. Yes, I know free admission always draws a crowd, but you had to be somewhat committed to a history experience as well. As always, there were photos on social media to document the day.

Philadelphia-based travel blogger Traveling Armchair (@TravlinArmchair) tweeted photos from her Charter Day visit to Pennsbury Manor, noting that although she's lived in PA all her life, it was her first visit to Pennsbury. She also did a follow-up tweet with a beautiful photo of freshly baked bread (I, like Oprah, love bread) and a fun fact about the bake oven at Pennsbury.

Ephrata Cloister posted photos of some of the folks who provided a warm welcome for visitors and helped them learn about life at the site. In addition to Pennsylvania's birthday, they were also celebrating the 325th birthday of Ephrata's founder, Conrad Beissel.

Happy birthday to Conrad Beissel (from Ephrata Cloister Facebook page)

Ryan Royce Patches posted photos of Charter Day activities at Conrad Weiser Homestead, which the site shared on their Facebook page. Charter Day is Weiser's largest living history event of the season, although certainly not the only one. You can check out the 2016 calendar of events on their website. UPDATE 11AM 3/18/16-The Daily Antiquarian posted images from Conrad Weiser Homestead and Cornwall Iron Furnace on Charter Day. has photos from Charter Day at Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, featuring folks with umbrellas enjoying the grounds, folks with umbrellas taking a horse-drawn wagon ride, and people eyeing up wonderful foods cooked on the open hearth. (It doesn't include photos from the new weathervane exhibit, but we'll try to share some in the not too distant future.)

And also photos from (I'll add more links as I come across them)...

Still on the theme of photography, Eckley Miners' Village has announced the winner of their 2016 Winter Wonderland Photo Contest. This winter's weird El Nino-driven weather pattern, where the Anthracite region got less snow than usual, affected the contest, but did not leave them bereft of entries. Congratulations to Timothy Price for his snowy photo of the Eckley breaker, built for the production of the film The Molly Maguires (1970).

And since we've pivoted to films, the Pennsylvania Trails of History Facebook page shared a link via the Greater Erie Film Office about a new documentary production on the Battle of Lake Erie (1813). As reported on, the production crew from Lou Reda Productions has been in town shooting locations and interviewing people for the documentary. In the article, executive producer Scott Reda says he fell in love with the story of the battle while spending a day at the Erie Maritime Museum. Walter Rybka, museum director and senior captain of U.S. Brig Niagara, was filmed for the production, providing a narration of the battle. The documentary is slated for television release in 2017.


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