The Week Ahead

It's a sunny day. A two-story stone building is in the background. A mass of green plants with pink and purple flowers are in front and there is a fuzzy bumblebee on one of the stalks.
Daniel Boone Homestead shared this lovely photo of the Boone House (photo via DBH Facebook page)

There's a lot on the events calendar, so I'll keep it brief. Please note that sites on the PA Trails of History will be closed on Sunday, April 17, for Easter. They'll resume their regular schedules on Monday (most are closed on Monday, too, as a rule).

Sunday is also the start of National Volunteer Week, which runs through April 23. Watch for next week's post with info on our Volunteer of the Year honorees and Outstanding Service Award winners for this year. They're an impressive bunch. Until then, I hope that you can enjoy whatever the week brings. I hope it's more of the photo above than the photo below, but spring in Pennsylvania can be unpredictable. You just have to roll with it.

Wooden decking with wooden railing behind the Lumber Museum Sawmill. The deck is covered in snow and so are the trees nearby and the hills in the distance.
Sometimes winter isn't through with us (photo via PA Lumber Museum Facebook page)

Up Next

Saturday, April 16

  • StoryTime (in-person), 10:30-11:30 am, The State Museum of PA
    • Read Ten Seeds by Ruth Brown and plant a seed to take home. For kids age 2 to pre-K and included in regular admission. Sign up at the Ground Floor Info Desk when you arrive (StoryTime info).

Sunday, April 17

Tuesday, April 19

  • Sensory Hours (in-person), 3-5 pm, Railroad Museum of PA
    • Light and sound levels will be lowered in the galleries and there will be fewer visitors. Several historic trains will be open, with museum staff on hand to answer questions. Please purchase tickets in advance (Eventbrite link for ticket options).

Wednesday, April 20

  • Explore! (in-person), 11:30 am-12:30 pm, The State Museum of PA
    • Earth Day is Friday, so what better time to learn about reducing, reusing, and recycling? For kids in grades 3-5 and included in regular admission. Space is limited; sign up at the Ground Floor Info Desk when you arrive (Explore! info)

Thursday, April 21

  • Family Gallery Tour: Paleontology (in-person), 11:30 am-12:30 pm, The State Museum of PA
    • Museum educators will be in the gallery with hands-on fossils of plants and animals from the Carboniferous Period to the present. Included in regular admission (Gallery Tour info).

Friday, April 22

  • Learn at Lunchtime (virtual), 12:15-12:45 pm, The State Museum of PA
    • Senior curator Dr. Curt Miner will present a talk on Levittown (Bucks County), which is marking its 70th anniversary this year. The program is free; register to receive the Zoom link (Learn at Lunchtime info and registration).

Saturday, April 23

  • Spring Antique Show & Sawmill Run (in-person), 10 am-4 pm Saturday and Sunday, PA Lumber Museum
    • Antique vendors will be selling a wide variety of items. Historical demos and the birch still will take place both days. On Saturday only, the steam-powered sawmill will be running. Food available for purchase in the community room (Spring Show info).
  • Falconry Demonstration (in-person), 2-3 pm, Joseph Priestley House
    • Falconer Mike Dupuy will present an educational program and demo, followed by a Q&A session (Falconry demo info).
  • National Water Dance Festival - Erie, 4-6 pm, Erie Maritime Museum
    • This event merges dance, art, music, and science. Weather permitting, participants will start at the front of the museum and make their way around to the water side before heading indoors for an event in the Hirt Auditorium (Water Dance info).
  • Annual Benefit Auction (in-person), 5-8 pm, Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
  • Art and Wine with Henry! (in-person), 7-9 pm, Bushy Run Battlefield
    • An evening of art displays, refreshments, and history. Regional artists and students from Seton Hill will display their work. Cost is $25 per person; includes hors d'oeuvres and two drink tickets (Art and Wine ticket info).

Advance Tickets or Registrations

  • On April 24, the PA Military Museum will offer sensory friendly visits, with background noises in the galleries turned off and volume on the orientation video reduced (captions always enabled). Reserve a time slot on the hour between 10 am and noon. Standard admission rates apply (Sensory Visits info and reservations).
  • On Wednesday, April 27, Graeme Park will host a lunch and learn program, "Forgotten Heroes - Women and the Fight for the Right to Vote." The program includes continental breakfast, a lecture, and a buffet lunch; tours of the Keith House will be available after lunch. Tickets are $35; reservations are required (Forgotten Heroes info and tickets).
  • On Saturday, May 2, Old Economy Village will host "Unlock Your History," a program on researching your family history and deciphering clues in old documents. Cost is $15, which includes a box lunch (Unlock Your History info and registration).
  • The next PHMC Virtual Collections Showcase is scheduled for Wednesday, May 11, at 7 pm. Staff from five Trails of History sites will present objects on the theme "Health & Medical Devices" and then the audience will vote on their favorite or the one they thought best illustrated the theme. The program is free; register to receive the Zoom link (Collections Showcase registration).
  • Railroad Museum of PA's STEAM on the Rails educational experience takes place May 19 from 10 am to 1 pm. 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 (STEAM on the Rails info and tickets).
  • Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum will offer living history tours on Saturday, May 21, based on the life and work of local inventor William Chester Ruth. Ruth 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)
  • On May 22, Daniel Boone Homestead will host the Trails of History Run, which 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, August 14 - this race is a Boston Marathon qualifier. Registration for a variety of categories is now open.

Summer Camps & Activities on the Trails of History

I'll add to this as I get more info.
  • Bushy Run Battlefield
    • Summer History Club; activity boxes for Ages 8-12 (pick-up to use at home with an accompanying YouTube video); June 19, July 10 & 24, Aug. 7


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