And the roundup continues...

I keep seeing interesting things I want to share here, so that's what I'm doing. The May program page is available if you're looking for something to do this weekend. And if you're one of those people that plans ahead (you know who you are), there's a list of sites that will be open on May 30 for Memorial Day.

Voting ends at midnight tonight (May 6) for Washington Crossing Historic Park's "Parkitecture" photo contest. They've posted the finalists on Facebook.

Nicole Belolan tweeted this and other photos from Somerset's coopering workshop
Somerset Historical Center held their annual coopering workshop last weekend. Experienced coopers teach their skills to folks who come from far and wide and leave with a finished (or nearly finished) maple sap bucket (or "keeler" as it's called in Somerset County). Nicole Belolan, a Ph.D. candidate in the History of American Civilization program at the Univ. of Delaware, attended with her husband, Tyler Putnam, and tweeted a number of photos as the weekend progressed. As it happens, Nicole is also a former PHMC Keystone intern. The Somerset Daily American also shared photos from the workshop, which continues to draw participants with a variety of reasons for learning this centuries-old trade.

PHMC's info specialist Sean Adkins and PA Heritage editor Kyle Weaver took one of their signature Trails of History road trips last week, visiting Pennsbury Manor. Lots of behind-the-scenes photos and video on Twitter, gathered on Storify for easy viewing.

Museum educator Michael Showalter recently spoke with abc27's Amy Kehm about one of Ephrata Cloister's historical personalities, Mother Maria Eicher. Michael explained Eicher's leadership in the community and its relation to Conrad Beissel's belief system. You can watch it here on abc27's website.

Global War on Terrorism memorial at PA Military Museum (photo by Charlie Fox)
A new monument was recently installed on the grounds of PA Military Museum - The 28th Infantry Division Global War on Terrorism Memorial. Funds for the memorial, which honors soldiers of the 28th killed in designated anti-terrorism operations since Sept. 2001, were raised through donations. The memorial will be dedicated at the annual Celebration of Service event at the Military Museum on Sunday, May 22, 2016. (You can find photos from PMM's recent WWI event, "The Great War Remembered," on Facebook.)


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