Taking a Break

Taking a Break
Green leaves and purple flowers of periwinkle against rough wooden siding
Periwinkle at Ephrata Cloister in April (photo by AKF)
Trailheads HQ has been on a little break this week, so no news to report. But the calendar is full for those of you looking for activities on the Trails of History. And be sure to check the PHMC Events Calendar if you're planning ahead beyond next week.

Up Next*

*Please note that calendar info is subject to change; we try to keep this up to date, but it's always best to check.

Today, June 24

  • Learn at Lunchtime (virtual); 12:15-12:45 pm; The State Museum of PA
    • State Museum archaeologists will highlight cultural resources impacted by Tropical Storm Agnes 50 years ago. The program is free; please register to receive the Zoom link (Learn at Lunchtime June 24 registration).

Saturday, June 25

  • Nature Journaling (in-person); 10 am-noon; Joseph Priestley House
    • Presented in collaboration with the Ned Smith Nature Center, this program is designed for ages 9 and up to learn how to create a nature journal. The program is free but registration is required; email jphopsmanager@gmail.com or call 570/473-9474 (Journaling event info).
  • Brews & Bites (in-person); 4-8 pm; Pennsbury Manor
    • This event features breweries from the Bucks County Ales Trail along with live music, food trucks, 17th-century brewing demonstrations, lawn games, and more on the banks of the Delaware River. General admission is $40 (includes beer tastings); designated driver tickets are $25 (Brews & Bites tickets).

Sunday, June 26

  • Beer Brewing and Garden Highlights (in-person); 1-4 pm; Pennsbury Manor
    • Explore recipes and plants that fed the early residents of Pennsbury Manor. Included in regular admission (Sunday program info).

Tuesday, June 28

  • Sensory Hours (in-person); 3-5 pm; Railroad Museum of PA
    • Light, noise, and crowd levels will be reduced and there will be some quiet spaces if you need a break. Several historic trains will be open with staff to answer questions. Admission is $7 per person; advance registration required (Sensory Hours tickets).

Wednesday, June 29

  • Reading Railroad Days (in-person); 10 am-4 pm, June 29-July 2; noon-4 pm, July 3; Railroad Museum of PA
    • Learn about the Reading Railroad during this special event. Event continues July 6-9. Included in regular admission (Reading Days info).
  • Family Gallery Tour: Mammal Hall (in-person); 11:30 am-12:30 pm; The State Museum of PA
    • Museum educators will help families explore the Mammal Hall dioramas and provide hands-on objects to add to the tour. Included in regular admission (Gallery Tour info).

Thursday, June 30

  • Curiosity Kids (in-person); 11:30 am-12:30 pm; The State Museum of PA
    • Learn about PA's state flag, explore what its colors and symbols mean, and create your own flag. For kids in grades K-2 and included in regular admission (Curiosity Kids info).

Friday, July 1

  • StoryTime (in-person); 10:30-11:30 am; The State Museum of PA
    • Read John, Paul, George & Ben by Lane Smith, learn truths and legends about the Founding Fathers, and try writing with a quill pen. For kids age 2 to Pre-K and included in regular admission. Please sign up at the Ground Floor Info Desk when you arrive (StoryTime info).
  • Bertolet Sawmill Run (in-person); 11 am and 2 pm; Daniel Boone Homestead
    • The Bertolet Sawmill is one of the oldest working water-powered vertical blade sawmills in PA. Today is a rare chance to see it in operation (Sawmill run info).
  • First Fridays (in-person); 5:30-8:30 pm; Somerset Historical Center
    • Food trucks and live music on a summer evening. Some covered seating is provided, but feel free to bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Admission is free with parking fee of $5 per vehicle (First Friday info).

Advance Tickets or Registrations

  • Learn at Lunchtime (virtual); Friday, July 8, 12:15-12:45 pm; The State Museum of PA
    • Dr. Robyn Underwood from Penn State Cooperative Extension will talk about the biology and behavior of honey bees. The program is free; please register to receive the Zoom link (Learn at Lunchtime July 8 registration).
  • "Room Enough for Them All" (virtual); Tuesday, July 12, 7-8 pm; Cornwall Iron Furnace
    • Michael Showalter, museum educator at Ephrata Cloister, will present a program on the diverse population of Lancaster County in the late 18th century. The program is free; please register to receive the link (Cornwall lecture info).
  • Sensory Friendly Visit (in-person); Wednesday, July 13, 10 am-3 pm; Sunday, July 17, 10 am-noon; PA Military Museum
    • Exhibit noises in the gallery will be turned off and the volume on the orienation video will be lowered (captions always enabled). Standard admission rates apply. Please register for a timeslot in advance; you can pay when you arrive (July 13 visit or July 17 visit).
  • The Dead of Summer (in-person); Saturday, July 16, 6-8 pm; Graeme Park
    • This program includes a reenactment of an early 20th-century spiritualist seance and a discussion of the history of such entertainments. Tickets are $20 per person; limit of 20 people each for 6 pm and 7:30 pm programs (Dead of Summer info and tickets).
  • Drake Well Marathon and Half (in-person and virtual); Sunday, August 14; 7 am-?, Drake Well Museum & Park

Summer Camps on the Trails of History (in-person and virtual)

  • Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

Officially Summer!

Cast iron cooking demo over an outdoor fire includes a roasting chicken, a skillet with cornbread over a cooking grate, and a dutch oven with pot roast.
Cornwall Iron Furnace's Cast Iron Cooking Demo last weekend included roast chicken, cornbread, and pot roast. Yum! (photo via Cornwall Facebook page)
Officially Summer!

I'm no camper, but the meal above, cooked outdoors over a woodfire, makes me wonder if I could change. Okay, probably not. But it's making me very hungry. Cornwall Iron Furnace's Cast Iron Cooking demo was rescheduled from a rainy day earlier in the spring and coincided with an outdoor concert. With summer officially starting next week, this picture just stuck with me. Summer is the busiest time along the Trails of History, so please be sure to check the calendar listings below and the PHMC Events Calendar if you're planning farther ahead.

The first of the summer camp programs at Trails of History sites kick off next week at Joseph Priestley House and Bushy Run Battlefield. There's a list below with other options and links for signing up your young campers.

Old Economy Village's Summer Concert Series starts Sunday (see below), and they've announced a new video series, Fine Art Fridays, that will launch on June 24, providing a glimpse into OEV's art collections every other Friday.

On the other side of the state, Pennsbury Manor's Garden Workshop series starts on Tuesday, June 21, at 10 am and continues weekly through August (list of workshop sessions). Also, Pennsbury is joining with the African American Museum of Bucks County to host a Juneteenth gathering on Saturday, June 18 (see details below).

On Memorial Day this year, a bugler played Taps at the 28th Division Shrine on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum. Out of that has grown a new weekly event at the site, Taps at the Shrine. On Friday and Saturday afternoons at 3 pm, now through Labor Day weekend, volunteer buglers will help carry out the museum's mission to honor those who have served in the military and to share their stories with the community.

And before we head into the weekend, Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum shared some photos from a recent visit by members of the Model A Restorers Club, who stopped at the site for lunch and a few photo ops.

Black Model A touring car with white wall tires parked in front of a two-story clapboard house with beige siding and dark tan shutters and other trim
A Ford Model A parked in front of the Landis Brothers' House (photo via Landis Valley's Facebook page)

Up Next*

*Please note that calendar info is subject to change; we try to keep this up to date, but it's always best to check.

Today, June 17

Saturday, June 18

  • Patchtown Days (in-person), 10 am-5 pm, Saturday and Sunday, Eckley Miners' Village
    • Enjoy folk arts, music, and food of the coal region during this two-day event offered in conjunction with Hazleton's Walk In Arts Center. Admission charged (Patchtown Days details).
  • StoryTime (in-person), 10:30-11:30 am, The State Museum of PA
    • Read Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand and create your own windsock to discover the power of the wind. Included in regular admission (StoryTime details).
  • Juneteenth Freedom Day (in-person), 1-3 pm, Pennsbury Manor
    • The African American Museum of Bucks County and Pennsbury Manor invite you to a friends and family gathering to celebrate Juneteenth Day of Freedom. Bring your chairs, blankets, and lunch (if you want) to enjoy the celebration (Juneteenth Day of Freedom info).
  • CANCELED Colonial Cocktail Hour (in-person), 7-10 pm, Bushy Run Battlefield

Sunday, June 19

  • Sensory Friendly Visit (in-person), 10 am-noon, PA Military Museum
    • Background sound effects in the galleries will be turned off and the volume on the orientation video will be lowered (captions always enabled). Please register in advance for a timeslot; standard admission fees apply (Sensory Friendly Visit registration).
  • Father's Day (in-person), noon-4 pm, Graeme Park
    • Tours of the Keith House are free for men age 18 and up today. Tour times are 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30. Regular admission is $8 for ages 19-59, $6 for ages 6-18 and 60+ (Graeme Park website).
  • Open-Hearth Cooking (in-person), 1-4 pm, Pennsbury Manor
    • The cooks will prepare recipes showing African American influences. Included in regular admission (Open-Hearth Cooking info).
  • Special Exhibit Tour (in-person), 2-3 pm, The State Museum of PA
    • State Museum director Beth Hager and senior history curator Dr. Curt Miner will lead a tour of A Place for All: Three Stories of Integration in Pennsylvania. Museum admission is free on 6/19 (Exhibit tour info).
  • Summer Concert Series (in-person), 2-4 pm, Old Economy Village
    • Beaver County Symphonic Wind Ensemble will present today's concert in the garden (Feast Hall is the rain location). The concert is free; $5 donation is suggested. Please bring your own chairs and blankets for seating (Concert info).

Tuesday, June 21

  • Historical & Archival Records Care Grants webinar (virtual), 10 am, PA State Archives
    • Staff will provide an overview of the grant program, define eligibility, and offer suggestions for competitive applications. Offered via Zoom: register for June 21.

Wednesday, June 22

  • Explore! (in-person), 11:30 am-12:30 pm, The State Museum of PA
    • Learn about the wide variety of insects found in PA and their relationship to humans, the environment, and other organisms. For kids in grades 3-5 and include in regular admission (Explore! info).
  • Music on the Lawn (in-person) 7-8 pm, Joseph Priestley House
    • Enjoy an evening of Appalachian folk music performed by "Simple Gifts." The program is free and open to the public. Please bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating (Music on the Lawn info).

Thursday, June 23

  • Family Gallery Tour: Paleontology, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, The State Museum of PA
    • Museum educators will be in the gallery with hands-on fossils for this family-friendly tour exploring life on Earth from the Carboniferous Period to the present. Included in regular admission (Gallery Tour info).

Friday, June 24

  • Learn at Lunchtime (virtual), 12:15-12:45 pm, The State Museum of PA
    • State Museum archaeologists will highlight cultural resources impacted by Tropical Storm Agnes 50 years ago. The program is free; please register to receive the Zoom link (Learn at Lunchtime registration).

Advance Tickets or Registrations

  • Nature Journaling (in-person), Saturday, June 25, 10 am-noon, Joseph Priestley House
    • Presented in collaboration with the Ned Smith Nature Center, this program is designed for ages 9 and up to learn how to create a nature journal. The program is free but registration is required; email jphopsmanager@gmail.com or call 570/473-9474 (Journaling event info).
  • Brews & Bites (in-person), Saturday, June 25, 4-8 pm, Pennsbury Manor
    • This event features breweries from the Bucks County Ales Trail along with live music, food trucks, 17th-century brewing demonstrations, lawn games, and more on the banks of the Delaware River. General admission is $40 (includes beer tastings); designated driver tickets are $25 (Brews & Bites tickets).
  • Sensory Hours (in-person), Tuesday, June 28, 3-5 pm, Railroad Museum of PA
    • Light, noise, and crowd levels will be reduced and there will be some quiet spaces if you need a break. Several historic trains will be open with staff to answer questions. Admission is $7 per person; advance registration required (Sensory Hours tickets).
  • "Room Enough for Them All" (virtual), Tuesday, July 12, 7-8 pm, Cornwall Iron Furnace
    • Michael Showalter, museum educator at Ephrata Cloister, will present a program on the diverse population of Lancaster County in the late 18th century. The program is free; please register to receive the link (Cornwall lecture info).
  • Drake Well Marathon and Half (in-person and virtual), Sunday, August 14, 7 am-?, Drake Well Museum & Park

Summer Camps on the Trails of History (in-person and virtual)

  • Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

Summer Hours

Tall thin flower stalks (lupines) in shades of pink and purple with 19th-century brick buildings in the background
Lupines in the Rapp House Garden (photo via Old Economy Village Facebook page)

Although it's not officially summer yet, it feels and looks like summer on the Trails of History. Some hours change seasonally, so always be sure to check ahead to make sure you know the schedule. Many of our sites with gardens are coming into their peak season, such as Old Economy Village pictured above. Old Economy has multiple gardens and a greenhouse, tended by staff and volunteers. This summer, the garden behind the Rapp Houses will be the setting for an eclectic music series including classical, blues, jazz, and light opera performed by local bands, orchestras, and vocalists (if it's rainy, concerts will be held in the Feast Hall). Visit Old Economy's Facebook events page for details. And keep an eye on the Trailheads event listings or the PHMC events calendar for more outdoor music events on the Trails of History throughout the summer.

On Saturdays during the month of June, the Pennsylvania Military Museum is including a free 1 pm guided tour with regular admission. While you're on the grounds, check out (from a safe distance) the current project to remount the USS Pennsy guns or explore the military vehicles and monuments.

A midcentury modern building built into a hillside and surrounded by green grass and blue sky. The building has gray wooden siding with touches of mustard; the flat roof looks like a lopsided shallow "v" from the side.
The visitor center at Historic Pithole on a beautiful summer day (photo via Drake Well Facebook page)

The visitor center at Historic Pithole City, which is managed by Drake Well Museum & Park, is now open weekends 10 am-4 pm through August (the grounds are open dawn to dusk year-round). The midcentury modern visitor center (pictured above) contains a theater, museum store, restrooms, and exhibits that explain life in the once-thriving oil boomtown. It is well worth a visit.

What will you find to do on the Trails of History this summer?

Up Next

Today, June 10

  • Learn at Lunchtime (virtual), 12:15-12:45 pm, The State Museum of PA
    • State Museum director Beth Hager will present a behind-the-scenes look at the new exhibition A Place for All: Three Stories of Integration in Pennsylvania, opening June 17. The program is free; please register to receive the Zoom link (Learn at Lunchtime registration).

Saturday, June 11

  • 2022 Railfest and Arts on Fire (in-person), 9 am-5 pm, Scranton Iron Furnaces
    • PA Anthracite Heritage Museum and Steamtown National Historic Site are combining two popular events. The event is free, and there will be music, an iron pour, artisans, food trucks, and a community mural project (Railfest/Arts on Fire details).
  • Cast Iron Cooking Demonstration and Band Concert (in-person), 11 am-3 pm, Cornwall Iron Furnace
    • Cast iron cooking demos will take place (with food samples) between 11 am and 3 pm, and the Keystone Band of Rehrersburg will perform an outdoor concert at 1 pm. Demos and concert are free; regular admission charged for tours of the Furnace. Seating will be limited; visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs (Demo and Concert info).
  • Log Birling Clinic (in-person), 1-3 pm, PA Lumber Museum
    • Join museum staff to learn how to stay on top of a rolling log while your opponent falls off. Registration is required (Clinic info and registration).
  • Lecture (in-person), 2-3 pm, Daniel Boone Homestead
    • Author Michael Wescott Loder will read from and discuss his historical fiction book, Taken Beyond the Ohio: The Indian Captivity of Marie LeRoy and Barbara Leininger. The program will take place in the DeTurk Education Center, near the site entrance from Daniel Boone Road (lecture info).

Sunday, June 12

  • Living History Theater (in-person), noon-4 pm, Pennsbury Manor
    • "A Garden Tour" portrays a 1940s tour of the newly reconstructed estate, with a focus on the landscapes and gardens of Thomas Sears. Tour times are 12:15, 1:45, and 3:15 pm. Included in regular admission (living history theater info).
  • Ephrata's Musical History (in-person), 1:30-2:30 (approx.), Ephrata Cloister
    • Martin Hinkley and Becky Degan, Ephrata Cloister Chorus director and accompanist respectively, will present two short discussions of Ephrata's musical history following the 12:30 and 1:30 tours (which last approx. 1 hour). The music programs are included in regular admission; if you choose not to take a guided tour, you can still join the music program in the meetinghouse (music program info).

Tuesday, June 14

  • Sensory Hours (in-person), 9-11 am, Railroad Museum of PA
    • Light, noise, and crowd levels will be reduced, and there will be some quiet spaces around the galleries. Several historic trains will be open, with staff to answer questions. Advance tickets required (Sensory Hours tickets).

Friday, June 17

  • Exhibit opening and reception (in-person), 7-9 pm, The State Museum of PA
    • Tonight's event is the debut of A Place for All: Three Stories of Integration in Pennsylvania, a new long-term exhibit highlighting efforts to end racial segregation in post-WWII PA. Admission is free as part of "3rd in the Burg," and there will be refreshments and music (Exhibit opening details).

Advance Tickets or Registrations

  • Colonial Cocktail Hour, Saturday, June 18, 7-10 pm, Bushy Run Battlefield
  • Sensory Friendly Visit, Sunday, June 19, 10 am-noon, PA Military Museum
    • Background sound effects in the galleries will be turned off and the volume on the orientation video will be lowered (captions always enabled). Please register in advance for a timeslot; standard admission fees apply (Sensory Friendly Visit registration).
  • Historical & Archival Records Care Grants webinar (virtual), Tues., June 21, 10 am, PA State Archives
    • Staff will provide an overview of the grant program, define eligibility, and offer suggestions for competitive applications. Offered via Zoom: register for June 21.
  • Learn at Lunchtime (virtual), Friday, June 24, 12:15-12:45 pm, The State Museum of PA
    • State Museum archaeologists will highlight cultural resources impacted by Tropical Storm Agnes 50 years ago. The program is free; please register to receive the Zoom link (Learn at Lunchtime registration).
  • Brews & Bites, Saturday, June 25, 4-8 pm, Pennsbury Manor
    • This event features breweries from the Bucks County Ales Trail along with live music, food trucks, 17th-century brewing demonstrations, lawn games, and more on the banks of the Delaware River. General admission is $40 (includes beer tastings); designated driver tickets are $25 (Brews & Bites tickets).
  • "Room Enough for Them All" (virtual), Tuesday, July 12, 7-8 pm, Cornwall Iron Furnace
    • Michael Showalter, museum educator at Ephrata Cloister, will present a program on the diverse population of Lancaster County in the late 18th century. The program is free; please register to receive the link (Cornwall lecture info).
  • Drake Well Marathon and Half (in-person and virtual), Sunday, August 14, 7 am-?, Drake Well Museum & Park

Summer Camps on the Trails of History (in-person and virtual)

  • Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

Welcome to June!

Welcome to June!
Closeup of a gold and black bee on purple columbine flowers
Photo via Old Economy Village Facebook page

There's a lot coming up in the weeks ahead. I hope you have a great weekend!

Today, June 3

  • StoryTime (in-person), 10:30-11:30 am, The State Museum of PA
    • Read Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand and make your own windsock to learn about the power of the wind. Included in regular admission (StoryTime info).
  • First Fridays (in-person), 5:30-8:30 pm, Somerset Historical Center
    • Enjoy a relaxing evening with live music and food for purchase from local food trucks. Some covered seating is provided, but feel free to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Parking fee is $5 per car (First Fridays info).

Saturday, June 4

  • PLEASE NOTE: Daniel Boone Homestead will be closed Saturday and Sunday. The grounds will be open as posted.
  • Armies Through the Ages (in-person), 9 am-5 pm, Bushy Run Battlefield
    • Military reenactors from the medieval period through World War II will share what it was like to be a soldier in a range of time periods (Armies Thru the Ages info).
  • Ales & Petals/Cars & Motorcycles of England Car Show, 10 am-4 pm, Hope Lodge
    • Family fun includes food (for purchase), classic British cars and motorcycles, and live music. Those age 21+ with photo ID can also enjoy craft beer from Round Guys Brewing (for purchase). Admission for age 13 and up is $10 per person; tickets available in advance (Event info and tickets).

Sunday, June 5

  • Colonial Craft and Demonstration Day (in-person), 11 am-4 pm, Conrad Weiser Homestead
    • 18th-century crafts and living history will be showcased today. At 2 pm, a program on Forest Diplomacy will illuminate interactions between colonists and Native Americans. The event is free; donations welcome (CWH Events page).
  • Historic Trades (in-person), 1-4 pm, Pennsbury Manor
    • Historic trades demonstrators will be eager to talk with visitors as they exhibit their skills. Included in regular admission (Historic Trades info).

Tuesday, June 7

  • Agnes and the Demise of the Cornwall Iron Mines (virtual), 7-8 pm, Cornwall Iron Furnace
    • Mike Weber will talk about the history of the Cornwall Iron Mines, leading up to the damage from Tropical Storm Agnes that eventually caused the mines to close in 1973. The program is free; please register to receive the link (Cornwall Iron Mines info and registration).

Wednesday, June 8

  • Archives Without Tears (AWOT) Key Concepts (virtual), 10 am-noon, PA State Archives
  • Sensory-Friendly Visit (in-person), 10 am-3 pm, PA Military Museum
    • Background sound effects in the galleries will be turned off and the volume on the orientation video will be lowered (captions always enabled). Please register in advance for a timeslot; standard admission fees apply (Sensory Friendly Visit registration).
  • Ambler Symphony Concert (in-person), 7-8 pm, Hope Lodge
    • Bring your chairs, blankets, and picnics for an evening of music on the lawn. Admission charged. Rain date is June 15 (Concert info).

Thursday, June 9

  • PHMC Virtual Collections Showcase, 7-8 pm
    • This month's theme is "sets of artifacts." Panelists from five Trails of History sites will present objects from their collections, then the audience will vote on their favorite. The program is free; please register to receive the Zoom link (Showcase registration).
  • Fabric and Fiber in PA's Forests (virtual), 7-8 pm, PA Lumber Museum
    • Museum staff Josh Roth and Josh Fox will highlight fabric and clothing items in the collection, along with selected images from the photographic archive. The program is free and offered in partnership with the Galeton Worldwide Knitting in Public knitters and fiber artists (Fabric and Fiber info and registration).
  • Ephrata Virtual Academy, 7-8 pm, Ephrata Cloister
    • Author Michael C. Harris will discuss his book, Germantown: A Military History of the Battle for Philadelphia, October 4, 1777. The program is free; please register to receive the link (Virtual Academy registration).

Friday, June 10

  • Learn at Lunchtime (virtual), 12:15-12:45 pm, The State Museum of PA
    • State Museum director Beth Hager will present a behind-the-scenes look at the new exhibition A Place for All: Three Stories of Integration in Pennsylvania, opening June 17. The program is free; please register to receive the Zoom link (Learn at Lunchtime registration).

Advance Tickets or Registrations

  • Log Birling Clinic (in-person), Saturday, June 11, 1-3 pm, PA Lumber Museum
    • Join museum staff to learn how to stay on top of a rolling log while your opponent falls off. Registration is required (Clinic info and registration).
  • Sensory Hours (in-person), Tuesday, June 14, 9-11 am, Railroad Museum of PA
    • Light, noise, and crowd levels will be reduced, and there will be some quiet spaces around the galleries. Several historic trains will be open, with staff to answer questions. Advance tickets required (Sensory Hours tickets).
  • Colonial Cocktail Hour, Saturday, June 18, 7-10 pm, Bushy Run Battlefield
  • Sensory Friendly Visit, Sunday, June 19, 10 am-noon, PA Military Museum
    • Background sound effects in the galleries will be turned off and the volume on the orientation video will be lowered (captions always enabled). Please register in advance for a timeslot; standard admission fees apply (Sensory Friendly Visit registration).
  • Historical & Archival Records Care Grants webinar (virtual), Tues., June 21, 10 am, PA State Archives
    • Staff will provide an overview of the grant program, define eligibility, and offer suggestions for competitive applications. Offered via Zoom: register for June 21.
  • Brews & Bites, Saturday, June 25, 4-8 pm, Pennsbury Manor
    • This event features breweries from the Bucks County Ales Trail along with live music, food trucks, 17th-century brewing demonstrations, lawn games, and more on the banks of the Delaware River. General admission is $40 (includes beer tastings); designated driver tickets are $25 (Brews & Bites tickets).
  • Drake Well Marathon and Half (in-person and virtual), Sunday, August 14, 7 am-?, Drake Well Museum & Park

Summer Camps on the Trails of History (in-person and virtual)

  • Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend
PA Military Museum entrance stairs are in foreground. Just beyond stairs is a WWII-era tank with green and black camo paint scheme. The front of the building has three bands of brightly colored vertical blocks and stripes replicating military ribbons.
Photo via PA Military Museum Facebook page

This weekend the Pennsylvania Military Museum will present "Life at the Front: World War II," which includes an encampment on the grounds Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm, plus a daily lecture at 2 pm. Please see the event listing below for details. Last Sunday, the Museum hosted the annual 28th Division memorial service and reunion with military honors, a wreath-laying at the 28th Infantry Division shrine, and displays of current military equipment alongside the Museum's historical examples (PMM posted a short video on their Facebook page that gives you a flavor of the event).

Like most sites on the PA Trails of History, the Military Museum participates in the Blue Star Museums program, which provides free admission for active duty military members and their families. That program is in effect through Labor Day (we offer Blue Star admissions throughout the year). For more information, please visit the Blue Star Museums website.

Most Trails of History sites will be closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day, but the Pennsylvania Military Museum and Fort Pitt Museum will be open regular hours that day.

And before we move on to the events calendar for the coming week, I'll just note that utility work at the Bushy Run Battlefield visitor center (which we mentioned here last week) continues, so the site will remain closed this weekend, with planned reopening on Wednesday, June 1. However, the grounds are open daily 8 am to dusk, and the Bushy Run Market will take place from 8 am to noon tomorrow, May 28.

Up Next

Saturday, May 28

  • Community Yard Sale (in-person), 9 am-5 pm, PA Lumber Museum
  • Life at the Front: World War II (in-person), Saturday and Sunday, 10 am-4 pm, PA Military Museum

Sunday, May 29

  • Animals at Pennsbury (in-person), 1-4 pm, Pennsbury Manor
    • Learn about the lives of the animals at Pennsbury, past and present. Included in regular admission (Animals at Pennsbury info).

Monday, May 30

  • Allegheny Mountain Region AACA Car Show (in-person), 9 am-4 pm, PA Military Museum
    • Annual summer season kickoff featuring many pre-WWII vehicles through modern classics. On-site parking for the show is $5 (car show info).

Tuesday, May 31

  • Sensory Hours (in-person), 3-5 pm, Railroad Museum of PA
    • Light, noise, and crowd levels will be reduced, and their will be some quiet areas if you need a break from the action. Several historic trains will be open, with staff on hand to answer questions. Advance tickets ($7) required (Sensory Hours info and tickets).

Wednesday, June 1

  • Historical & Archival Records Care Grants webinar (virtual), 10 am, PA State Archives
    • Staff will provide an overview of the grant program, define eligibility, and offer suggestions for competitive applications. Offered via Zoom: register for June 1 (see below to register for same program offered June 21).

Friday, June 3

  • StoryTime (in-person), 10:30-11:30 am, The State Museum of PA
    • Read Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand and make your own windsock to learn about the power of the wind. Included in regular admission (StoryTime info).
  • First Fridays (in-person), 5:30-8:30 pm, Somerset Historical Center
    • Enjoy a relaxing evening with live music and food for purchase from local food trucks. Some covered seating is provided, but feel free to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Parking fee is $5 per car (First Fridays info).

Saturday, June 4

  • Armies Through the Ages (in-person), 9 am-5 pm, Bushy Run Battlefield
    • Military reenactors from the medieval period through World War II will share what it was like to be a soldier in a range of time periods (Armies Thru the Ages info).
  • Ales & Petals/Cars & Motorcycles of England Car Show, 10 am-4 pm, Hope Lodge
    • Family fun includes food (for purchase), classic British cars and motorcycles, and live music. Those age 21+ with photo ID can also enjoy craft beer from Round Guys Brewing (for purchase). Admission for age 13 and up is $10 per person; tickets available in advance (Event info and tickets).

Advance Tickets or Registrations

  • Historical & Archival Records Care Grants webinar (virtual), Tues., June 21, 10 am, PA State Archives
    • Staff will provide an overview of the grant program, define eligibility, and offer suggestions for competitive applications. Offered via Zoom: register for June 21.
  • Agnes and the Demise of the Cornwall Iron Mines (virtual), Tuesday, June 7, 7-8 pm, Cornwall Iron Furnace
    • Mike Weber will talk about the history of the Cornwall Iron Mines, leading up to the damage from Tropical Storm Agnes that eventually caused the mines to close in 1973. The program is free; please register to receive the link (Cornwall Iron Mines info and registration).
  • Archives Without Tears (AWOT) Key Concepts, Wed., June 8, 10 am-noon, PA State Archives
  • Learn at Lunchtime (virtual), Friday, June 10, 12:15-12:45 pm, The State Museum of PA
    • State Museum director Beth Hager will present a behind-the-scenes look at the new exhibition A Place for All: Three Stories of Integration in Pennsylvania, opening June 17. The program is free; please register to receive the Zoom link (Learn at Lunchtime registration).
  • Sensory Friendly Visit (in-person), Wednesday, June 8, 10 am-3 pm, and Sunday, June 19, 10 am-noon, PA Military Museum
    • Sound effects in the gallery will be turned off, and the volume on the orientation video will be lowered (captions always enabled). Please register in advance for a time slot; you can pay when you arrive (Sensory visit info and tickets).
  • PHMC Virtual Collections Showcase, Thursday, June 9, 7-8 pm
    • This month's theme is "sets of artifacts." Panelists from five Trails of History sites will present objects from their collections, then the audience will vote on their favorite. The program is free; please register to receive the Zoom link (Showcase registration).
  • Fabric and Fiber in PA's Forests (virtual), Thursday, June 9, 7-8 pm, PA Lumber Museum
    • Museum staff Josh Roth and Josh Fox will highlight fabric and clothing items in the collection, along with selected images from the photographic archive. The program is free and offered in partnership with the Galeton Worldwide Knitting in Public knitters and fiber artists (Fabric and Fiber info and registration).
  • Log Birling Clinic (in-person), Saturday, June 11, 1-3 pm, PA Lumber Museum
    • Join museum staff to learn how to stay on top of a rolling log while your opponent falls off. Registration is required (Clinic info and registration).
  • Brews & Bites, Saturday, June 25, 4-8 pm, Pennsbury Manor
    • This event features breweries from the Bucks County Ales Trail along with live music, food trucks, 17th-century brewing demonstrations, lawn games, and more on the banks of the Delaware River. General admission is $40 (includes beer tastings); designated driver tickets are $25 (Brews & Bites tickets).
  • Drake Well Marathon and Half (in-person and virtual), Sunday, August 14, 7 am-?, Drake Well Museum & Park

Summer Camps on the Trails of History (in-person and virtual)

  • Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

Celebrating Women's History and More

A man in a blue suit, a woman in a light gray skirt and jacket, and a woman in blue pants and blue sleeveless top stand next to a blue and gold historical marker on a tall blue pole.
From left: William Lewis, Evelyn Kegerise, and Elizabeth Bertheaud (photos courtesy Ephrata Cloister)

This past Saturday, May 14, a new state historical marker was unveiled on the grounds of Ephrata Cloister, one of our PHMC Trails of History sites. The marker, "Ephrata's Women Composers," honors Sisters Foben, Katura, and Hanna, members of the celibate sisterhood at Ephrata in the 1700s. Several years ago, while doing research on hymns written at Ephrata, music historian Christopher Herbert noticed these three women among the attributions for hymn composition. Further research has so far failed to turn up any earlier American female composers, so the marker recognizes Foben, Katura, and Hanna as the earliest known American women to be credited with musical compositions. The celibate community at Ephrata is quite well known for its music, so this is an important addition to the site's history as well as to the larger history of American music.

Members of the Ephrata Cloister Chorus are seated under a pop-up tent in the traditional white garb they wear for performances.
Craig Benner snapped this shot of members of the Chorus ready to perform during the marker dedication

Representing PHMC at the marker ceremony was Commissioner William Lewis, along with site administrator Elizabeth Bertheaud, and Evelyn Kegerise, who was a member of the Ephrata Cloister Chorus when it first formed as a program to perform the historic music of the celibate brothers and sisters. She was also a guide at the site for many years, sharing Ephrata history with countless visitors and training others to do the same. As part of the marker unveiling the Chorus performed two hymns written by Sister Foben and later in the afternoon performed a concert in the Saal, the Sisters' meetinghouse. To learn more about the history behind the marker, check out this Ephrata Cloister Facebook post or this NPR interview with Dr. Herbert that includes music recorded in the Saal.

Women's history will be a focus at Graeme Park this weekend, as the site celebrates the 300th birthday of the Keith House, built in 1722 for colonial governor Sir William Keith. Governor Keith's step-daughter Ann had married Dr. Thomas Graeme in 1719. Their daughter Elizabeth became well-known as a poet and intellectual in Philadelphia and her life is part of the historical narrative at Graeme Park. Tomorrow, May 21, will be a day of family fun, music, food, and history. See listing below for more info.

Speaking of historical markers, the deadline for nominating new markers is coming up on June 1. The submission process is entirely online now via the PA-SHARE portal (nomination instructions and links). To see if there is an existing marker on your topic of interest, check the list of approved markers (these haven't been placed yet) or the searchable database of existing markers.

The PHMC and Historical Records Advisory Board are now accepting applications for the Historical & Archival Records Care program; the deadline for submissions is August 1. On June 1 and June 21, PA State Archives staff will present a webinar explaining grant eligibility requirements and the web-based application process. They will also provide tips for developing competitive grant proposals. To register, check the Records Care Grants page on PHMC's website.

A quick note before the list of upcoming events: due to some utility work happening in the visitor center, Bushy Run Battlefield will not be open this weekend. They plan to reopen as scheduled on Wednesday, May 24. 

Chives growing in the garden at Pennsbury. The long thin green shoots are topped by spiky purple flowers.
Explore the gardens at Pennsbury Manor this Sunday; info is below (photo via Pennsbury's Facebook page)

Up Next

Today, May 20

  • Learn at Lunchtime (virtual), 12:15-12:45 pm, The State Museum of PA
    • Dr. Walter Meshaka, senior curator of zoology and botany, will talk about native and exotic species of paper wasps found in downtown Harrisburg, The program is free; please register to receive the Zoom link (Learn at Lunchtime registration).

Saturday, May 21

  • Oil Creek 5 & 13 Stacked Trail Races (in-person), 7 am-?, Drake Well Museum & Park
  • William Chester Ruth Living History Tour (in-person) 9:30 am-3 pm, Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
    • Learn about the life of inventor William Chester Ruth through this living history tour featuring Keith Henley as Mr. Ruth and Tim Essig as Henry Landis. Tour times are 9:30, 12:30 and 3. Reservations are required and are available on-line (Living History Tour info and tickets).
  • 300th Birthday Celebration (in-person), 10 am-6 pm, Graeme Park
    • 2022 marks the 300th birthday of the Keith House at Graeme Park. A day full of family-friendly activities, food, and entertainment await. Cost is $10 per car (Birthday details).
  • StoryTime (in-person), 10:30-11:30 am, The State Museum of Pennsylvania
    • Read "Birds" by Kevin Henkes, learn about the world of birds, and participate in a painting activity. For kids age 2 to pre-K and included in regular admission (StoryTime details).

Sunday, May 22

  • Trails of History Run (in-person), 7:30 am-?, Daniel Boone Homestead
  • A Celebration of Service: Honoring Pennsylvania Veterans (in-person), 12:30-3:30 pm, Pennsylvania Military Museum
    • U.S. Army reunion and memorial service sponsored by the PA National Guard commemorating the Pennsylvania Citizen Soldier with a military concert and equipment displays. Ceremony begins at 12:30 pm (Celebration of Service info).
  • Beer Brewing & Garden Highlights (in-person), 1-4 pm, Pennsbury Manor
    • Explore recipes and plants that fed the early residents of Pennsbury. Included in regular admission (Beer & Garden info).

Thursday, May 26

  • histERIE Week Event, 5:30-7:30 pm, Erie Maritime Museum
    • The museum will be open free of charge and will spotlight a historic fife recently placed on display. Tradition holds that the fife was played at the onset of the Battle of Lake Erie by Rev War veteran Cyrus Tiffany, a free Black man serving with Oliver Hazard Perry. Curatorial research assistant Linda Bolla will be on hand to talk with visitors about the fife and Tiffany's life (EMM info)

Advance Tickets or Registrations

  • Sensory Hours (in-person), Tuesday, May 31, 3-5 pm, Railroad Museum of PA
    • Light, noise, and crowd levels will be reduced, and their will be some quiet areas if you need a break from the action. Several historic trains will be open, with staff on hand to answer questions. Advance tickets ($7) required (Sensory Hours info and tickets).
  • Ales & Petals/Cars & Motorcycles of Englad Car Show, Saturday, June 4, 10 am-4 pm, Hope Lodge
    • Family fun includes food (for purchase), classic British cars and motorcycles, and live music. Those age 21+ with photo ID can also enjoy craft beer from Round Guys Brewing (for purchase). Admission for age 13 and up is $10 per person; tickets available in advance (Event info and tickets).
  • Agnes and the Demise of the Cornwall Iron Mines (virtual), Tuesday, June 7, 7-8 pm, Cornwall Iron Furnace
    • Mike Weber will talk about the history of the Cornwall Iron Mines, leading up to the damage from Tropical Storm Agnes that eventually caused the mines to close in 1973. The program is free; please register to receive the link (Cornwall Iron Mines info and registration).
  • Sensory Friendly Visit (in-person), Wednesday, June 8, 10 am-3 pm, and Sunday, June 19, 10 am-noon, PA Military Museum
    • Sound effects in the gallery will be turned off, and the volume on the orientation video will be lowered (captions always enabled). Please register in advance for a time slot; you can pay when you arrive (Sensory visit info and tickets).
  • Fabric and Fiber in PA's Forests (virtual), Thursday, June 9, 7-8 pm, PA Lumber Museum
    • Museum staff Josh Roth and Josh Fox will highlight fabric and clothing items in the collection, along with selected images from the photographic archive. The program is free and offered in partnership with the Galeton Worldwide Knitting in Public knitters and fiber artists (Fabric and Fiber info and registration).
  • Log Birling Clinic (in-person), Saturday, June 11, 1-3 pm, PA Lumber Museum
    • Join museum staff to learn how to stay on top of a rolling log while your opponent falls off. Registration is required (Clinic info and registration).
  • Drake Well Marathon and Half (in-person and virtual), Sunday, August 14, 7 am-?, Drake Well Museum & Park

Summer Camps on the Trails of History (in-person and virtual)

  • Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

Lots to Do on the Trails of History

Lots to Do on the Trails of History
Exterior view of multi-level brownstone building housing the iron furnace - to the left is a two-story section with gothic windows and door. Connected to it on the right is the one and a half story casting room with dormers.
Learn about cast-iron cooking on Saturday, May 14, at a place where cast iron was produced (photo via Cornwall Iron Furnace Facebook page)

Up Next

Today, May 13

  • Learn at Lunchtime (virtual), 12:15-12:45 pm, The State Museum of Pennsylvania
    • Andrew Rohrbaugh, PA Bureau of Forestry, will talk about native plants, ecosystems, and the importance of using our land for food. The program is free; please register to receive the Zoom link (Learn at Lunchtime info and registration).

Saturday, May 14

  • Hands On History (in-person), Saturday and Sunday, 10 am-4 pm, Old Economy Village
    • Try your hand at a variety of 19th-century crafts and trades, such as blacksmithing, printing, cooking, textile production, laundry, and more. Regular admission charged (Hands on History info).
  • CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER Cast Iron Cooking Demonstration (in-person), 11 am-3 pm, Cornwall Iron Furnace
    • This outdoor cooking demo is free. Regular admission applies to tour the Furnace; the visitor center and museum store will be open 9 am-4 pm (Cooking Demo info).
  • Heritage Wool & Textile Day (in-person), noon-4 pm, Daniel Boone Homestead
    • Explore the history of wool production and textiles in the 18th century. There will be sheep-shearing and other hands on demos and activities throughout the day. Admission charged (Textile Day info).

Sunday, May 15

  • Sensory Friendly Visit (in-person), 10 am-noon, PA Military Museum
    • Background sound effects in the gallery will be turned off and volume on the orientation video will be reduced (captions always enabled). Please register in advance (PMM visit registration info).
  • Open-Hearth Cooking and Sheep Shearing (in-person), 1-4 pm, Pennsbury Manor
    • The cooks will demonstrate 17th-century recipes using dairy products and elsewhere on site the sheep will lose their winter coats. Included in regular admission (Open-Hearth Cooking info).

Tuesday, May 17

  • Sensory Hours (in-person), 9-11 am, Railroad Museum of PA
    • Light and noise levels will be lowered, as will crowd levels. Several historic trains will be open, and staff will be on-hand to answer questions. Please register in advance (Sensory Hours info and tickets).

Wednesday, May 18

  • Music on the Lawn (in-person), 7-8 pm, Joseph Priestley House
    • Enjoy an evening of music by Elegance String Quartet on the lawn of the Joseph Priestley House. The concert is free; please bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. In the event of bad weather, the concert will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Northumberland (Music on the Lawn info).

Thursday, May 19

  • STEAM on the Rails (in-person), 10 am-1 pm, Railroad Museum of PA
    • School group students in grades K-6 will explore activity stations, including interactive behind-the-scenes tours, a live steam demo, hands-on art activities, and engaging presentations about historic railroading jobs. Admission charged. Deadline for registration is May 17 (STEAM on the Rails info and tickets).

Friday, May 20

  • Learn at Lunchtime (virtual), 12:15-12:45 pm, The State Museum of PA
    • Dr. Walter Meshaka, senior curator of zoology and botany, will talk about native and exotic species of paper wasps found in downtown Harrisburg, The program is free; please register to receive the Zoom link (Learn at Lunchtime registration).

An African American man with a mustache and wearing denim overalls, a blue and white check long-sleeved shirt, and a gray tweed cap leans against a piece of antique farm machinery. He is portraying inventor William Chester Ruth, and the machinery is inside an exhibit gallery.
Actor and historian Keith Henley will portray inventor William Chester Ruth during a living history program next weekend. Tickets are still available at the link below (photo via LVM Facebook event page)

Advance Tickets or Registrations

  • William Chester Ruth Living History Tours (in-person), Saturday, May 21, 9:30 am-3:30 pm, Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
    • Tours are based on the life and work of local inventor William Chester Ruth, who was born in 1882 in Chester County; his father had been enslaved in South Carolina and his mother was a free woman of color. Ruth will be portrayed by actor Keith Henley of American Historical Theater. Landis Valley museum educator Tim Essig will portray museum co-founder Henry Landis. Tour times are 9:30, 12:30, and 3; advance tickets are required (William Chester Ruth Tour info and tickets)
  • Trails of History Run (in-person), Sunday, May 22, 7:30 am-?, Daniel Boone Homestead
    • This event includes a 5K, 10K, and 1/2-mile fun run. There will be awards for 5K and 10K races, plus special awards for the best-dressed representation of the 1770s era. Advance registration is required (DBH trail runs info). Training runs for new runners start at 10:30 am every Sunday at the DeTurk House (near the front entrance gate off of Daniel Boone Rd).
  • Ales & Petals/Cars & Motorcycles of Englad Car Show, Saturday, June 4, 10 am-4 pm, Hope Lodge
    • Family fun includes food (for purchase), classic British cars and motorcycles, and live music. Those age 21+ with photo ID can also enjoy craft beer from Round Guys Brewing (for purchase). Admission for age 13 and up is $10 per person; tickets available in advance (Event info and tickets).
  • Log Birling Clinic (in-person), Saturday, June 11, 1-3 pm, PA Lumber Museum
    • Join museum staff to learn how to stay on top of a rolling log while your opponent falls off. Registration is required (Clinic info and registration).
  • Drake Well Marathon and Half (in-person and virtual), Sunday, August 14, 7 am-?, Drake Well Museum & Park

Summer Camps on the Trails of History (in-person and virtual)

I'll add to this as I get more info.
  • Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

May is Here!

May is Here!
Close-up of white and light pink apple blossoms with green leaves. The rest of the tree is blurred in the background.
This "Flower of Kent" apple tree at Pennsbury Manor is a direct descendant of the one that dropped an apple in 1666 and inspired Sir Isaac Newton's law of gravity (photo via Pennsbury's Facebook page)


There are loads of outdoor activities on the Trails of History this week and in the weeks ahead and some new additions to the summer camp listings below. Enjoy!

Today, May 6

  • Herb & Garden Faire (in-person), 9 am-5 pm Friday and Saturday, Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
    • Shop for plants from the Heirloom Seed Project and other garden-related vendors. Event runs 9 am-5 pm both days, rain or shine. Several community food trucks and vendors will be on-site as well. Advance tickets are available online (Herb & Garden Faire info & tickets).

Saturday, May 7

  • Garden Mart (in-person), 9 am-1 pm, Old Economy Village
    • Heirloom varieties of plants raised in OEV's greenhouse will be for sale, along with other plants and garden-related items. Admission is free all weekend (Garden Mart info).
  • Spring Gas Up (in-person), 9 am-3 pm, Drake Well Museum & Park
    • The museum hosts the Pioneer Steam and Gas Engine Society, with displays of antique engines, farm and oil equipment, cars, trucks, and models. Included in regular admision; Hydetown Fire Dept. Auxiliary will have food and beverages for sale (Spring Gas Up info).
  • Spring Nature Walk (in-person), 10 am-noon, Bushy Run Battlefield
    • Learn about the flora and fauna of western PA and explore the grounds. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Pre-registration is required, but you can pay when you arrive (Spring Nature Walk info and tickets).

Sunday, May 8

  • Mother's Day Breakfast (in-person), 10 am-1 pm, Graeme Park
    • Treat someone special to breakfast and a tour; breakfast seatings at 10 and 10:30 am. Reservations are required by May 7 via Eventbrite. Cost is $30 for age 13+, $10 for ages 6-12, free for age 5 and under (Breakfast details and tickets).
  • Living History Theater (in-person), noon-4 pm, Pennsbury Manor
    • Today's presentation, "Women's Monthly Meeting," is drawn from the 17th- and 18th-century minutes of the Falls Women's Monthly Meeting and features leading Quakers, such as Sarah Sirkit, Jane Biles, and others as they work to solve pressing problems within their community. Presented at 12:15, 1:45, and 3:15 pm. Included in regular admission (Living History Theater info).
  • Second Sunday Pop-Up Beer Garden (in-person), 1-5 pm, Hope Lodge
    • Round Guys Brewing Company will be on-site this afternoon, and guided tours of the mansion will be offered at 1 and 2:30 (there is a charge for both). Feel free to bring your lawn chairs and blankets, food, and leashed pets; no fee charged to enjoy the grounds (Beer Garden info).

Tuesday, May 10

  • Education in Lebanon County 1700s to Present, Part 2 (virtual), 7-8 pm, Cornwall Iron Furnace

Wednesday, May 11

  • Sensory Friendly Visit, 10 am-3 pm, Pennsylvania Military Museum
    • Background sound effects in the gallery will be turned off and volume on the orientation film will be lowered (captions always enabled). Register in advance for a timeslot on the hour between 10 and 3. Standard admission rates apply, and you can pay when you arrive (Sensory Friendly Visit info and registration).
  • PHMC Virtual Collections Showcase (virtual), 7-8 pm
    • Tonight's theme is "Health and Medical Devices." Panelists from five PHMC site will present object/stories related to the theme, then the audience votes on their favorite or the one they think best suits the theme. The program is free; please register to receive the Zoom link (Virtual Showcase info and registration).

JUST ADDED: Thursday, May 12

  • Ephrata Virtual Academy, 7-8 pm, Ephrata Cloister

Friday, May 13

  • Learn at Lunchtime (virtual), 12:15-12:45 pm, The State Museum of Pennsylvania
    • Andrew Rohrbaugh, PA Bureau of Forestry, will talk about native plants, ecosystems, and the importance of using our land for food. The program is free; please register to receive the Zoom link (Learn at Lunchtime info and registration).

Advance Tickets or Registrations

  • STEAM on the Rails (in-person), Thursday, May 19, 10 am-1 pm, Railroad Museum of PA
    • The program is for school group students in grades K-6 and features learning stations throughout the Museum - interactive behind-the-scenes tours, a live steam demo, hands-on art activities, and presentations on historic railroading jobs. Ticket sales end May 17 (STEAM on the Rails info and tickets).
  • William Chester Ruth Living History Tours (in-person), Saturday, May 21, 9:30 am-3:30 pm, Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
    • Tours are based on the life and work of local inventor William Chester Ruth, who was born in 1882 in Chester County; his father had been enslaved in South Carolina and his mother was a free woman of color. Ruth will be portrayed by actor Keith Henley of American Historical Theater. Tour times are 9:30, 12:30, and 3; advance tickets are required (William Chester Ruth Tour info and tickets)
  • Trails of History Run (in-person), Sunday, May 22, 7:30 am-?, Daniel Boone Homestead
    • This event includes a 5K, 10K, and 1/2-mile fun run. There will be awards for 5K and 10K races, plus special awards for the best-dressed representation of the 1770s era. Advance registration is required (DBH trail runs info). Training runs for new runners start at 10:30 am every Sunday at the DeTurk House (near the front entrance gate off of Daniel Boone Rd).
  • Drake Well Marathon and Half (in-person and virtual), Sunday, August 14, 7 am-?, Drake Well Museum & Park

Summer Camps on the Trails of History (in-person and virtual)

I'll add to this as I get more info.
  • Pennsylvania Lumber Museum