Week 3 (I Think)

For information on PHMC's response to COVID-19, please see the April program page, which also has links to Trails of History sites' Facebook pages. The March program page has link to Trails of History websites.

PHMC logo in a circle with other colored circles randomly placed. Text reads: Pennsylvania History, a click away. #LearnInPlacePA

So this is week 3 of PHMC's Trails of History sites being closed to the public to help slow the spread of COVID-19. I hope this finds all our Trailheads readers doing well, safely at home if at all possible. I know I speak for all of us when I say "thank you" to those who are not able to stay home.
Our March 27 post. "A Glimpse Into Our Collections," featured early 20th-century badminton and croquet equipment in the collection at Hope Lodge. Earlier this week, we added an embedded Facebook post from Hope Lodge with photos of the site during the same time period. Worth checking out and/or revisiting.

On March 20, "The New Normal (for Now)," provided a preliminary look at how Trails of History sites were responding on social media (not to mention images of my home "office" location, which has migrated now). Below are a few examples of what's developed in the past week or so (check the April program page for a list of Trails of History sites with links to their Facebook pages.)

Ephrata Cloister posted about its well-known fraktur alphabet, included a downloadable frame, and invited readers to do their own sketch and submit it for an online exhibit.

Erie Maritime Museum and U.S. Brig Niagara and the Flagship Niagara League, following up on their Maritime Art Challenge, launched (ahem) a Lego boat building challenge.

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania posted a 5-minute video that includes photos documenting the history of the museum as well as glimpses of the newest exhibits and additions.

Old Economy Village posted a link to their cellphone tour so that visitors can enjoy a virtual ramble around the site (they have also posted a call for volunteers to help with a data entry project and footage of early-to-mid 20th-century reunions of descendants of workers and members of the community - great for students of Harmonist history or 20th-century fashions).

Joseph Priestley House posted about JoAnne Stubbe, winner of the 2020 Priestley Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the American Chemical Society (the photo shows Stubbe receiving the 2008 National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama).

And Drake Well Museum and Park has morphed their 2020 Lecture Series onto Facebook, so viewers can enjoy their favorite beverages and snacks while they learn about a variety of interesting topics.


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