Museum Selfie Day 2022

Woman with red hair in a braid, light gray sweater, navy blue scarf, and blue-gray mask takes a selfie. Behind her is a museum exhibit wall where a man with white hair, blue jeans, dark gray shirt and cap is creating a square hole to fit an exhibit case.
Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums curator Rachel takes a selfie to document some exhibit upgrades at the Erie Maritime Museum

As mentioned in last week's post, January 19 was Museum Selfie Day. Folks on the Trails of History took the opportunity to show the variety of exhibits and spaces we take care of and the settings for many of our sites. January is usually pretty quiet, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty of activity behind the scenes. Here are just a few of the images that were posted. Visit each site's Facebook page to see more selfies. Also, since they are closed during the week this time of year, Bushy Run Battlefield has declared this Saturday and Sunday "Museum Selfie Days" (see below for info).

Woman with straight gray hair, glasses, and a white mask takes a selfie. Behind her is a taxidermied elk, a window with sun shining through, and several framed 18th or 19th century prints of different sizes.
Old Economy Village curator Sarah with the elk from the recreated Harmonist museum in the Feast Hall building (photo via OEV Facebook page)

A woman with blond hair, a gray knit cap, and blue mirrored sunglasses takes a selfie. Behind her is snow-covered ground and an array of small buildings and oil field equipment, including a tall metal tower. A yellow starburst with "Hi" in blue letters and "Snowy hike @ the Well!" in red letters are added to the photo.
Drake Well Museum & Park's communications coordinator Heather snapped this selfie on a walk around the grounds (photo via DWM's Facebook page)

A man with brown hair, close-cut beard and mustache, and dark blue jacket takes a selfie. Behind him is snow-covered ground, a metal pole for a light fixture, and one wall of a brown stone building with a narrow window and a round window near the peak.
Cornwall Iron Furnace site administrator Mike took this selfie while he was clearing snow in the museum's parking lot (photo via Cornwall Facebook page)

A woman with straight brown hair, glasses, and a gray mask takes a selfie. Behind her is a glass case with a taxidermied bear. Items in the museum store are also visible through a glass wall behind her.
Jeni, chief of education and outreach at The State Museum of PA, with a brown bear specimen on display in the main hallway of the museum's ground floor (photo via SMP Facebook page)

Up Next

Saturday, January 22
  • Winter in the Lumber Camp (in-person): outdoor winter fun with sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and (conditions permitting) ice skating; Pennsylvania Lumber Museum; 10 am-3 pm (Winter in the Lumber Camp info)
  • Museum Selfie Days (in-person): today and tomorrow tag your on-site selfies with #SelfieDay and #BushyRun; Bushy Run Battlefield; 10 am-4 pm (Museum Selfie Days info)
  • StoryTime (in-person): read "The Mitten" by Jan Brett and learn about Pennsylvania animals in the winter; The State Museum of PA; 10:30-11:30 am; for kids age 2 to pre-K and included in regular admission (StoryTime info)
  • Annual Knox Mine Disaster Commemoration (in-person and virtual): an afternoon of art, music, and history to mark the 63rd anniversary; Anthracite Heritage Museum; noon-3:30 pm (museum opens at noon, there's an exhibit opening at 1, and the main program starts at 2); this event will be held in-person at the museum and also livestreamed on Facebook (Knox Mine Disaster program info)
Tuesday, January 25
  • Sensory Hours (in-person): museum lighting, sounds, and activity will be at lower levels, and there will be several quiet spaces created in the galleries; Railroad Museum of PA; 3-5 pm; cost is $7 for age 3 and up; advance tickets are required (Sensory Hours info and tickets)
Wednesday, January 26
  • Family Gallery Tour of Mammal Hall (in-person): museum educators will use hands-on objects to help families explore Mammal Hall's dioramas; The State Museum of PA; 11:30 am-12:30 pm; included in regular admission (Gallery Tour info)
  • PHMC Virtual Collections Showcase (virtual): tonight's theme is Trades & Jobs, panelists will present their objects and the audience will vote on the best fit; 7-8 pm; the program is free, but you must register to receive the Zoom link (Collections Showcase registration)
Thursday, January 27
  • Curiosity Kids (in-person): learn about the development of flight in Pennsylvania and the state aircraft, the Piper Cub; The State Museum of PA; 11:30 am-12:30 pm; for kids in grades K-2 and included in regular admission, be sure to register at the Ground Floor Info Desk when you arrive (Curiosity Kids info)
  • Virtual Program Series: tonight's program features Peter Wentz Farmstead, a historic PA German farm in Montgomery County; Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum; 7-8 pm; the program is free, but you must register to receive the Zoom link (Virtual Program Series info and registration)
Friday, January 28
  • Learn at Lunchtime (virtual): archaeology curator Janet Johnson will talk about an artifact of Rev War-era naval defenses recovered from the Delaware River in 2012; The State Museum of PA; 12:15-12:45 pm; the event is free, but you must register to receive the Zoom link (Learn at Lunchtime info and registration)

Advance Tickets or Registrations

  • Ephrata Cloister's popular Winter History Class will be hybrid this year (with limited in-person spots), running Thursday mornings from Feb. 3 through the end of March. Watch this space or keep an eye on Ephrata Cloister's website for details and registration.
  • Winter Academy virtual programs will be offered by Drake Well Museum & Park on Feb. 10 and 17 (Drake Well Virtual Academy info)
  • Rails and Ales: enjoy an evening of craft beer among the museum's historic trains at the Railroad Museum of PA, April 9, 5:30-9 pm; must be 21 or older to attend; variety of ticket options (VIP tickets are sold out), including designated driver tickets (Rails and Ales tickets)


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