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 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


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