Exhibits and Visits and Planning Ahead

Exhibits and Visits and Planning Ahead 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 Vaccines.gov 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.

Pair of yellow rubber boots with black soles on exhibit with photo of man standing in snow behind them
These yellow boots are on exhibit at Drake Well Museum & Park (photo via Drake Well Facebook page)

In the process of adding some new elements to their long-term exhibits, the folks at Drake Well Museum & Park developed a temporary exhibit called "Walking the Line: The Role of the Line Walker in the History and Safety of the Natural Gas Industry." The temporary exhibit ties into a new permanent section on pipelines and tells the story of the people employed by gas companies to check gas lines for leaks and damage in all sorts of weather. In addition to the wet-weather boots seen above, there's also a pair of snowshoes that curator Sue Beates presented in our January 2021 Virtual Collections Showcase (you can watch the recording on YouTube).

Woman with brown hair and purple top stands with older man with red & black plaid jacket
Landis Valley curator Jennifer Royer hosted redware artist Ned Foltz for a recent tour (photo shared via LVM Facebook page)

While we're on the subject of exhibits, I will note that if you have not yet seen "Thrown, Fired, and Glazed: The Redware Tradition from Pennsylvania and Beyond" at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, you have until the end of December to do so. It's a beautiful exhibit, filled with many forms of historic redware, info on the makers, and items from contemporary redware artisans as well. You have until Jan. 2 to see "Witness to History," "Why Not in Pennsylvania: Campaigning for Women's Suffrage in the Keystone State," and "Art of the State 2021" at The State Museum of Pennsylvania.

Three women smile for the camera with a model of a steam locomotive on exhibit in the background
Members of the Hazleton Rotary on a recent visit to Eckley Miners' Village (photo shared by Eckley on Facebook)

The thing our sites missed the most about being closed during the height of the pandemic was welcoming visitors. Now that we've been open for a while, we're starting to see group tours again. Some in-person school visits have taken place this fall, and groups of adults have taken the opportunity for field trips, too. As shown above, Eckley Miners' Village recently hosted a visit from members of the Hazleton Rotary, who shared images from their visit on their Facebook page. And the Pennsylvania Military Museum was honored with a visit from members of the Women's Veterans Association of PA (see photo below).

Group of about 50 women of varying ages and skin colors stand in rows for photo. Part of the museum's colorful front graphic is seen above their heads.
These veterans visited the museum as part of a recent retreat (photo courtesy PA Military Museum and Women's Veterans Assn. of PA)

The Week Ahead

Sunday, Nov. 14
  • Artists Conversations Gallery Tour (in-person): PHMC Commissioner and artist Ophelia Chambliss and artist Shelby Wormer will lead an informal tour of The Art of the State 2021; The State Museum of PA; 2-3 pm; included in regular admission (gallery tour info)
Wednesday, Nov. 17
  • Explore! (in-person): explore T.M. Fowler's techniques for producing birds-eye views of PA towns; The State Museum of PA; 11:30 am-12:30 pm; for kids in grades 3-5 and included in regular admission (Explore! info)
  • History Speaks Series (virtual): Dr. David Preston will present a program about irregular warfare during the colonial period; Bushy Run Battlefield; 7-8 pm; cost is $10 (History Speaks tickets)
Thursday, Nov. 18
  • Curiosity Kids (in-person): examine pottery designes and create your own pinch pot; The State Museum of PA; 11:30 am-12:30 pm; for kids in grades K-2 and included in regular admission, sign up at the Ground Floor desk (Curiosity Kids info)
  • PA History: Read It, See It (virtual): pay a virtual visit to the PA Lumber Museum and learn about related materials in your local library and the State Library's Rare Book Collection; noon-1 pm; to register, send an email to ra-edmakerspace@pa.gov with your name and title of the program

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).
  • Candlelight Open House: Ephrata Cloister welcomes you with an evening of art, spinning, and music, Saturday, Nov. 27, 5-8:30 pm; tickets are $7 for age 3 and up; purchase tickets at the door or in advance via Ticketleap (Ephrata Open House tickets online)
  • 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 online via Ticketleap (Christmas at the Cloister info and tickets).


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