Closing out October

Please see last week's post for info on Trails of History events today through next Thursday. If leaf peeping is on your agenda, take a peep at this week's foliage update from DCNR.

As is becoming my habit, this end-of-month (almost) post includes an assortment of items that have come across my screen but I haven't found a place for. I hope they'll be of interest. I've also included a few previews of the month ahead.

Red pre-1915 auto at Ephrata Cloister with meetinghouse in background
One of the horseless carriages that visited Ephrata Cloister this month (via Facebook)
Ephrata Cloister recently shared some images from a visit by members of the Horseless Carriage Club of America, who (with permission) drove their pre-1915 automobiles onto the site and took photos with the Saron and Saal in the background. I've included one of the photos above, and you can find more on Ephrata's Facebook page. Earlier this month the site shared a historic photo (below), ca. 1915-20, of visitors who might have arrived in similar vehicles. I love it when history comes together in my news feed.

Sisters House and Meetinghouse at Ephrata around 1915-20
This snapshot, recently added to the collection at Ephrata Cloister, shows visitors in front of the Sisters' House (Saron) and Meetinghouse (Saal) sometime between 1915 and 1920 (via Facebook)

A news article from Erie features a high school student who is preparing for a career as an underwater welder. To help develop her ability to work and sleep on the water, Emma Johnson completed a two-week live aboard stint on U.S. Brig Niagara, thanks to the Rebecca Cornish Memorial Scholarship, which is offered through Athena Erie and the Flagship Niagara League. Read more about it on

Several sites have held their Halloween and harvest themed events (with others still to come this weekend), and there are great photos online. Check out Bonfire at the Iron Furnaces or Landis Valley's Harvest Days or the haunted lantern tours at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum.

Coming Up

Nov. 5 is the deadline to nominate historic sites to the 2019 Pennsylvania at Risk list administered by Preservation Pennsylvania. To find our more, check out the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation blog post, "Change the Outcome."

The Anthracite Heritage Museum is hosting a photo contest to gather images of the anthracite region. Selections from the contest entries will be exhibited at the museum as an accompaniment to an exhibit about photographers from the region and those who came to the region to document it. Contest entries are due at the museum by Nov. 12. Find out all the details on the contest webpage.


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