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


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