So Much to Do

Happy First Day of Summer! With so much activity on the Trails of History, I've edited last week's post to focus on this weekend through next Thursday. The full June program page is still up if you're looking for info about next weekend, and the July page will be posted by the middle of next week (I'll add a link here when it's finished baking). Best wishes for a great weekend!

Sketch of two-story buildings at Ephrata Cloister by visiting school student
The historic meetinghouse (right) at Ephrata Cloister will be the setting for a performance by the Ephrata Cloister Chorus on Saturday, June 22 (details below). The drawing above was included on a note from a school student who recently visited the site (original and others are on Facebook)

Brandywine Battlefield
June 23: History in the Neighborhood—learn about other historic sites in the Brandywine area. Included in regular admission. Noon-4 pm.

Bushy Run Battlefield
June 22: Bushy Run Market—local vendors and artisans will be onsite on the 4th Saturday of each month through September. Admission for the market is free for visitors (more info on website for prospective vendors). 8 am-noon.

Eckley Miners’ Village
June 22-23: Patch Town Days—this year's program will focus on Italian immigrants to the anthracite region and the influence of Italian culture. There will be live music, dance performances, living history demonstrations, bocce ball, and village tours (see website for additional details). Admission charged. 10 am-5 pm both days.

Ephrata Cloister
June 22: Concert—the Ephrata Cloister Chorus will present a 20-minute program highlighting the community's musical heritage. The concert, which will take place in the original 1741 Saal (meetinghouse), is included in regular admission. Guided tours of selected buildings are offered at 10 am, noon, 2 and 3:30 pm; the concert will take place at 1 pm.

Woman in white dress carrying sign "States where women vote" in parade, Erie PA 1913
Suffragists marching in Perry Centennial Parade, 1913 Suffragists marching in Perry Week Parade, ca. 1916-19 (photo from Erie Maritime Museum exhibit, courtesy of T. McLaughlin) [my thanks to an eagle-eyed reader and photo historian for the correction to my caption]
Erie Maritime Museum and U.S. Brig Niagara
Through June 30: Blue Star Museum exhibit—several items from the collection are on display in recognition of the museum's participation in the Blue Star Museums program (please note: most Trails of History sites are Blue Star Museums). The items are related to the World War I service of William L. Morrison and William H. Stine. The collection includes the earliest use of the Blue Star Flag, incorporated into personal items and a commercially-made flag to represent a man serving in the front lines. Included in regular admission during regular operating hours.
June 24th: Voting Rights Centennial—in honor of the centennial of the PA legislature’s ratification of the 19th Amendment, the museum has partnered with the Erie County League of Women Voters to offer a voter registration event in the Museum lobby 11 am-5 pm. The League of Women Voters will provide voter registration forms and information, as well as light refreshments. The Museum will display historic images and headlines from the July 8, 1913, Suffrage Parade that took place during Erie’s Perry Centennial celebrations. Erie’s Equal Franchise Association held Pennsylvania’s first suffrage march as part of the Women and Children’s Day during the Perry Centennial Week. Citizens not yet registered to vote are invited to mark this important anniversary by registering.

Fort Pitt Museum
Please visit the Fort Pitt website for information on programs and events.

Hope Lodge
UPDATE: Hope Lodge will not be open for Sunday tours June 23, 30, or July 7. They expect to reopen on July 14. Follow them on Facebook for updates.

Old Economy Village
June 24-28: Art Camp—students will use the exhibits, buildings, and gardens as inspiration as they learn various art media and techniques. Camp is open to students age 6 (if they've completed kindergarten) to 12 (registration info). 9 am-12:30 pm.

Hops plants growing in the garden at Pennsbury Manor
Hops growing in the garden at Pennsbury Manor (via Facebook)
Pennsbury Manor
June 23: Sunday ProgrammingBeer Brewing and Garden Highlights - visit the gardens and the brew house to see what's on offer. (Note: you might also want to get your tickets for Brews & Bites on June 29 - VIP and designated driver tickets are already sold out.) Included in regular admission. 1-4 pm.

Pennsylvania Military Museum
June 22-23—the 1 pm guided tour is included in regular admission (normally an additional charge).

Pennsylvania State Archives
June 26: Archives Without Tears—this popular workshop presented by State Archives staff will be offered at The Hershey Story Museum on June 26. Details about the workshop agenda and instructions for registering with the host organization are available via the PA Museums website.

Somerset Historical Center
June 27: Lecture—presented in conjunction with the Heinz History Center and sponsored by The Fraternal Order of Eagles #1801, "The Fate of Four of Pennsylvania's Founding Fathers" explores the financial struggles faced by four signers of the Declaration of Independence (details on the website). Historian Perry K. Blatz will take a deep dive into the economic volatility of the early United States. Admission is free. 6-8 pm.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Please check the website for schedule and descriptions of planetarium shows.
June 21: Summer Fridays and Learn at Lunchtime—starting today and continuing through Aug. 23, Fridays are "Pay as you will." From 10 am to 3 pm, entrance to Curiosity Connection will be by timed tickets (numbers are limited). Regular fees apply for the Planetarium. Learn at Lunchtime program offered 12:15-12:45 pm: Wild Bird Adaptations. Museum is open 9 am-5 pm.
June 23: Exhibit opening and reception—“Art of the State,” the annual juried exhibition of Pennsylvania artists, opens today and continues through Sept. 8. Museum admission is free on June 23. Museum open noon-5 pm, exhibit awards ceremony begins at 1:30.
June 26, 27: Nature Lab—visit Nature Lab to learn about Leaf Identification (6/26) and Dinosaurs in Pennsylvania (6/27) from museum curators. Included in regular admission. 11:30 am.

Washington Crossing Historic Park
Please visit the Washington Crossing Historic Park events page for info on events and programs.


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