On the Trails of History, Sept. 1-13

Many PA Trails of History sites will be open on Monday, Sept. 3, for Labor Day (noted below). The full listing of September programs is available.

View from upper floor of Sisters House at Ephrata Cloister
View of the Saal (meetinghouse) from upper floor of the Sisters' House at Ephrata Cloister (photo AKF)
Anthracite Heritage Museum
Sept. 1: Museum Night at the Ballpark—watch the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders take on the Pawtucket Red Sox, remember The Office (maybe get a bobblehead), and help support the Anthracite Heritage Museum and Scranton Iron Furnaces. More info is on the museum website. Game time is 7:05 pm.
Sept. 3: Labor Day—site open, check website for hours.

Brandywine Battlefield
Sept. 3: Labor Day—site open, check website for hours.
Sept. 9: Afternoon Lecture Seriescheck the website for details.
Sept. 11: Remembrance Day—the annual ceremony commemorating the Battle of Brandywine, Sept. 11, 1777, and the events of Sept. 11, 2001, will be held. Event is free. 6-7 pm.

Bushy Run Battlefield
Sept. 8: General Meeting and Lecture—Serena Pape will present a program on West Overton Village, birthplace of Henry Clay Frick, exploring the history of the site as well as its current museum and other activities. Cost is $5 (free for members). 1 pm.

Conrad Weiser Homestead
UPDATE Sept. 1-2: Site open and Patriotic Concert—the site will be open Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Also on Sunday, the rescheduled Ringgold Band concert (free of charge) will take place at 5 pm.
Sept. 9: Living History Sunday—historical reenactors help bring the site and its history to life; today's theme is women's domestic activities. Guided tours offered. Noon-4 pm.

Cornwall Iron Furnace
Sept. 3: Labor Day—site open, check website for hours.

Drake Well Museum and Park
Sept. 3: Labor Day—site open, check website for hours.

Eckley Miners' Village
Sept. 3: Labor Day—site open, check website for hours.

Ephrata Cloister
Sept. 3: Labor Day—site open, check website for hours.
Sept. 6: Student Historians Informational Meeting—students aged 14 and up and their parents are invited to learn more about Ephrata Cloister's Student Historian program. This after-school club (meets Thursdays 3:30-5 pm) invites young people to gain community service experience while engaging in a variety of activities at the historic site. Register for the informational meeting by calling 717/733-6600.
Sept. 8: Ephrata Cloister Upstairs—a chance to view the upper floors of the 1743 Sisters' House, which are generally not open to visitors. Stairs are narrow and steep and may not be suitable for all visitors. Tickets are limited and advance registrations are encouraged; call the site at 717/733-6600. Cost per person is regular admission plus $15. 10 am-3 pm.
Sept. 10-11: Closed for maintenance—the site is schedule to be closed for maintenance on Monday, Sept. 10. Sept. 11 is the rain date for the maintenance project. If you plan to visit on the 11th, please call ahead (717/733-6600) to make sure they are open.

Erie Maritime Museum and U.S. Brig Niagara
Sept. 3: Labor Day—site open, check website for hours.
Sept. 10: Commemoration of the Battle of Lake Erie—to mark the 205th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie, a wreath laying ceremony and remarks will take place on the Outdoor Plaza of the Erie Maritime Museum. This year also is the 30th anniversary of the launch of the current incarnation of the U.S. Brig Niagara. Event is free and open to the public. 5:30 pm.

Fort Pitt Museum
Please check the Fort Pitt Museum website for information on programs and events this month.

Graeme Park
Sept. 5: Life in William Penn's Woods—take a guided walk of the grounds to learn about the plants and trees there now and in the Graemes' time. Leashed dogs are welcome. Cost is $2 per person. 6-7 pm.

Hope Lodge
Sept. 9: Site open—enjoy the grounds and take a guided tour of the mansion. Admission charged. 1-4 pm (tours at 1:00 and 2:30 pm). NOTE: site is closed for tours on Sun., Sept. 2.

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
September 2: Ice Cream Sunday—enjoy a "Celebration of Fine Art & Fine Craft" with the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. The event is the culmination of a competition among artists and features judging of plein air artworks produced outdoors throughout the summer at the museum. Juried artists and craftspeople will also exhibit their pieces in the grove while lively music will play in the Firehouse. Free ice cream and wagon rides round out the event. (More details on the website.) Included in regular admission (free for members). Noon-5 pm.
Sept. 3: Labor Day—site open, check website for hours.

Old Economy Village
Sept. 13: Lecture—Jeffrey Snedden, freelance writer and historical researcher, will present a talk on life in Beaver County during World War I. Visitors will also have a chance to see OEV's exhibit on World War I. Free and open to the public. 7 pm.

Pennsbury Manor
Sept. 2 & 9: Special programming—Sept. 2, Historic Trades Day features joyners, blacksmiths, and spinners; Sept. 9, Living History Theater presents "New Colony, New Rules."Included in regular admission. 1-4 pm.
Sept. 3: Labor Day—site open, check website for hours.

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
Sept. 1: Community Yard Sale—bargain hunters traveling Route 6 will find vendors in the parking lot of the museum on Saturday. Interested vendors may contact the museum at 814/435-2652 to reserve a spot ($10 donation). 10 am-4 pm.
Sept. 3: Labor Day—site open, check website for hours.

Pennsylvania Military Museum
Sept. 3: Labor Day—open regular hours, 10 am-5 pm. Guided tours at 11 am and 1 pm.
Sept. 8-9: Then & Now Living History Bivouac—explore a range of military uniforms and equipment from the 18th century to the present during this military timeline program. Battle dress uniform show and weapons demos at 1 pm each day. 10 am-4 pm. UPDATE 9/8: due to impending weather, the program is cancelled for 9/9.
Sept. 9: Friends' Lecture Series—Colonel Lewis Watt will present "Experiences of a Test Pilot." 2-3 pm.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Sept. 3: Labor Day—site open, check website for hours.
Sept. 8-9: Railroad Heritage Days—explore the rich history of railroading through presentations, model train layouts, art and photography, and more. Included in regular admission. Sat., 9 am-5 pm; Sun., noon-5 pm.

Somerset Historical Center
Sept. 7-9: Mountain Craft Days—since 1970, this event has brought together artisans and craftspeople of all types, and now includes children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, entertainment, and great food (visit SHC's Facebook page for previews of all kinds of activities). Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for kids 6-17 (Friday school tours are $3 per student). 10 am-5 pm.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Please check the Planetarium page for program schedule.
Sept. 1-3: Archaeology at Kipona—staff from the museum's Section of Archaeology will be on Harrisburg's City Island to talk about excavations on the island. 10 am-6 pm each day.
Sept. 5-12: Mammal Hall closed—due to construction, Mammal Hall will be closed for a week. Later this month the museum will celebrate Mammal Hall's 50th birthday with a slew of activities (see calendar of events).
Sept. 5-25 (weekdays only): Archaeology at Fort Hunter—Section of Archaeology staff and volunteers will be at Fort Hunter (north of Harrisburg) for this season's excavations (more info on the website). The public is invited to stop by between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm on weekdays.
Sept. 7: StoryTime—this month's focus is spiders! Gather in Ecology Hall to read Walter's Wonderful Web by Tim Hopgood, play a fun spider web game, and make a spider web craft to take home. Designed for kids 3-5 years old with an adult. Included in general admission. 10-11 am.
Sept. 7 & 9: Art of the State activities—on Sept. 7, visit the Art of the State exhibit during a Learn at Lunchtime event; museum docents will provide tours of the exhibit starting at 12:15 pm. Included in general admission. On Sept. 9 (the last day of the Art of the State exhibit), the museum will participate in Harrisburg's Gallery Walk, which means general admission is free; an Artist Conversation program will be offered at 2 pm.
Sept. 13: Nature Lab program—learn about Pennsylvania Wild Canines, such as coyotes, red and gray foxes, and timber wolves. Designed for visitors age 7 and up. Included in general admission. 11:30 am.

Washington Crossing Historic Park
Please visit Washington Crossing's Calendar of Events page for info on park and historical programming.


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