Change of Seasons?

Change of Seasons? Please be sure to check the PHMC Events Calendar for information on upcoming programs (in-person and virtual). I've included highlights for the coming week below. The Trailheads Rec Room pages to the right of your screen offer an array of online content generated by Trails of History sites. Also, if you're looking for a Covid vaccine provider, check out and enter your zip code.

Please note that staff and volunteers at Commonwealth of PA worksites, including the PA Trails of History, are wearing masks while indoors. Visitors are encouraged, though not required, to do so as well.

A small log building with white chinking stands next to a gravel path. Trees with orange leaves and some with no leaves are in the background with wooded hillsides in the distance.
Fall is still here in this photo of the Webber cabin at the PA Lumber Museum (photo via PLM Facebook page)

Wooden oil derrick building surrounded by trees and a stretch of lawn in the foreground. There is a dusting of snow on the ground and the roof of the derrick.
But it looks like winter is trying to nose in ahead of schedule at Drake Well Museum & Park (photo via DWM Facebook page)

Whatever season it is where you are this weekend, I hope you have a chance to check out some of the programming we have going on the Trails of History. A couple of notes about schedules. As I mentioned last week (I think), some sites have already adjusted their hours for the winter, and others will be doing so in the weeks ahead. So please be sure to double check. Most Trails of History sites will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day. Bushy Run Battlefield, Fort Pitt Museum, Pennsylvania Military Museum, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and Somerset Historical Center will be open regular hours that day.
Three men in navy blue Civil War era uniforms stand in front of a large black and white photo mural of a 19th-century steam locomotive in a railroad station
Reenactors from multiple military conflicts will be at the Railroad Museum this weekend (photo via RMP Facebook page)

The Week Ahead

Today, Nov. 5
  • StoryTime (in-person): this month's book is Every Autumn Comes the Bear by Jim Arnosky; The State Museum of PA; 10:30-11:30 am; for kids age 2 to Pre-K and included in regular admission (StoryTime info)
  • Learn at Lunchtime (virtual): several artists whose work is featured in the 2021 Art of the State exhibition will talk about their journeys with physical challenges; The State Museum of PA; 12:15-12:45 pm (Learn at Lunchtime info and Zoom registration)
Saturday, Nov. 6
  • 1777 Whitemarsh Encampment (in-person): a wide range of activities including music, open-hearth cooking, military drills; Hope Lodge; 10 am-4 pm; tickets are $10 (Whitemarsh info and tickets)
  • Trains & Troops (in-person): learn about the role of railroads during wartime overseas and on the home front; Railroad Museum of PA; 10 am-4 pm Saturday, noon-4 pm Sunday; included in regular admission (Trains & Troops info)
  • Civil War Days (in-person): the Village will be filled with townspeople, cavalry and other soldiers, surgeons, and others with a role to play; Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum; 11 am-4 pm Saturday and Sunday; Adults $12, seniors $10, ages 6-11 $8 (Civil War Days info)
Sunday, Nov. 7
  • Living History Sunday and Fall Park Walk (in-person): enjoy a late fall day with history and nature; Conrad Weiser Homestead; noon-4 pm, guided walk at 2 (Weiser program info)
  • Daniel Boone, the Homestead, and the French & Indian War (in-person): Paul Trainor will present a program in the Wayside Lodge exploring the impact of the French & Indian War in Berks County; Daniel Boone Homestead; 2-3 pm; suggested donation $5 (Boone program info)
Tuesday, Nov. 9
  • Rexmont to High Bridge: A History of Lebanon's Water Supply (virtual): local historian and science educator Mike Trump will explore the evolution of Lebanon County's water supply from the late 19th century to today; Cornwall Iron Furnace; 7-8 pm (lecture info and Zoom registration)
Wednesday, Nov. 10
  • Veterans Service Officer Day (in-person): representatives from organizations that serve military veterans will be on hand to provide help; Pennsylvania Military Museum; stop by the museum between 9 am and 4 pm or make an appointment by contacting Stephanie Imboden at 877/720-8387 or (Svc Officer Day details)
  • Explore! (in-person): learn about wild dogs in PA (like coyotes and foxes) and how they're related to the dogs in our homes; The State Museum of PA; 11:30 am-12:30 pm; for kids in grades 3-5 and included in regular admission (Explore! info)
Thursday, Nov. 11
  • Virtual Ephrata Academy (virtual): Zachary Long, volunteer coordinator at Pennsbury Manor, will talk about traditional clear toy candy and show some of his collection of candy molds; Ephrata Cloister; 7-8 pm (Academy info and Zoom registration)

On Sale Now

  • Wreaths & Greens Workshops: Pennsbury Manor will offer this workshop twice on Saturday, Nov. 27, 10 am-noon and 1-3 pm. Make a festive wreath to take home and learn some tips for caring for evergreens in your yard. Cost is $35 ($31.50 for members) and pre-registration is required (Wreath workshop details).
  • Holly Nights: experience Pennsbury Manor by candlelight Dec. 2 and 3 from 6 to 9 pm; tickets must be purchased in advance by Dec. 1 (Holly Nights info and tickets).
  • Gingerbread Cookie Kits: Railroad Museum of PA is accepting orders for train-shaped gingerbread cookies. Choose 12 cookies per box (plain) or 6 cookies per box with vanilla icing bag and sprinkles for $20. Orders must be picked up at the museum on either Dec. 4 (10 am-3 pm), Dec. 10 (4-6 pm), or Dec. 11 (10 am-3 pm). Deadline for orders is Nov. 29 (RMP cookie flyer for details).
  • Christmas with the Conductor: kids ages 3 and older will get to board one of the Railroad Museum of PA's historic railroad cars to hear a classic holiday story. Other activities are also part of the program. The program is offered Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 with three storytimes each day. The $10 program fee is in addition to museum admission. Deadline for registrations is Nov. 29, but space is limited and this program usually sells out quickly (Christmas with Conductor info and tickets).
  • Ethnic Traditions: Somerset Historical Center will partner with local families for a program on diverse cultural traditions, food, and music on Dec. 5, 5:30-8:30 pm, cost is $20 per person (updates on program/menu and tickets)
  • Christmas at the Cloister: Ephrata Cloister presents a program of lessons and carols in the historic Meetinghouse on Dec. 13 and 14, with performances at 6:30 and 8 pm each evening. Tickets available to the general public on Monday, Nov. 8 (Christmas at the Cloister info).


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