Museum Selfie Day 2023

Museum Selfie Day 2023 Several Trails of History sites participated in this year's Museum Selfie Day, posting photos of staff in their natural habitats. It's a fun day and a chance to see some of the people who make our sites such great places to visit. Here are a few of our Trails of History selfies.

Railroad Museum of PA selfie of three women with brown or blond hair. The middle one wears glasses. They are standing in front of the Tahoe, an 1875 steam locomotive painted black with a red cab.
From left, Lauren, Dodie, and Juliette with the Tahoe steam engine in the Railroad Museum of PA's Rolling Stock Hall (photo via RMP Facebook page)

Selfie of woman with planetarium star dome lit above her and glimpses of two computer monitors to right side of photo
You can join Planetarium director Linda to learn more about the night sky next week (photo via State Museum of PA Facebook page)

Selfie of man with cropped hair and glasses standing in front of collections storage shelves with pieces of wood
PA Lumber Museum curator Josh took this selfie with original timbers from the U.S. Brig Niagara while he was helping with a collections move at the Erie Maritime Museum (photo via PA Lumber Museum Facebook page)

Up Next

Please note that Ephrata Cloister will be closed Saturday and Sunday, January 21 and 22.

Today, January 20

  • Learn at Lunchtime (virtual); 12:15-12:45 pm; The State Museum of PA
    • Join us as we talk to Jeff Jumper, Resiliency Program Manager with the Bureau of Recovery at the PA Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), to discuss some of our weather normal and some of our extremes. From tornadoes to floods, we’ll take a look through the Pennsylvania weather almanac. The program is free, but you must register to receive the link (Learn at Lunchtime registration).

Saturday, January 21

  • StoryTime (in-person); 10:30-11:30 am; The State Museum of PA
    • Read Supertruck by Stephen Savage and uncover how this truck saves the town from the big snowstorm. For ages 2 to pre-K and included in regular admission. Sign up at the Ground Floor Info Desk when you arrive (StoryTime info).
  • Revolutionary Speaker Series (in-person); Noon-2 pm; Brandywine Battlefield Park
    • Jennifer Janofsky, director and public historian at Red Bank Battlefield, and Wade Catts, principal archaeologist with South River Heritage Consulting, will present a program on recent excavations at Fort Mercer and Red Bank Battlefield Park. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online (Rev Speaker Series tickets).
  • Mapping Mammal Hall (in-person); 1-3 pm; The State Museum of PA
    • Use the giant map of PA to find the real locations that inspired the Mammal Hall diorama scenes. Included in regular admission (Mapping Mammal Hall info).
  • Anthracite Heritage Month Program (in-person); 2-3:30 pm; PA Anthracite Heritage Museum
    • Presentations include "The Reopening of the Brooks Mine in Nay Aug Park, Scranton" and "Mine Equipment Restoration." Refreshments will be served (Anthracite Htge Month Pgm info).

Sunday, January 22

  • Knox Mine Disaster Commemoration (virtual and in-person); 2-3:30 pm; PA Anthracite Heritage Museum
    • Anthracite Heritage Museum staff and staff from several museums in Wales will discuss Welsh and American coal heritage. The program will also include music and a display of mining memorabilia. Attend in person (22 Bald Mountain Rd., Scranton), join via Zoom (link to join Zoom), or watch live on AHM's Facebook page (Knox Mine Disaster program info).

Tuesday, January 24

  • Sensory Hours (in-person); Jan. 24, 9-11 am; Railroad Museum of PA
    • Light, noise, and crowd levels will be lower, and there will be a few quiet spaces in the galleries if you need a break. Severl historic trains will be open with staff on hand to answer questions. Advance tickets required (Sensory Hours 1/24 tickets).

Wednesday, January 25

  • Explore! (in-person); 11:30 am-12:30 pm; The State Museum of PA
    • Learn more about the groundhogs in Pennsylvania and their legendary role in predicting the weather. Build an aneroid barometer to make predictions at home. For grades 3-5 and included in regular admission. Space is limited; please sign up at the Ground Floor Info Desk when you arrive (Explore! info).
  • Stargazing: Tonight's Sky (in-person); 2-3 pm; The State Museum of PA
    • Join the Planetarium director to explore the basic motions of the sky, visible constellations and planets, and any special celestial events coming up in the next month. Planetarium tickets are in addition to regular admission and may be purchased at the Ground Floor Info Desk (Stargazing program info).

Advance Tickets or Registrations

  • Tour of the GP30 (virtual); Tuesday, Jan. 31, 10-10:30 am; Railroad Museum of PA
    • This interactive virtual program is geared to grades K-6 and will provide a behind-the-scenes view of spaces inside the locomotive. Admission is by donation (GP30 Tour info and tickets).
  • Winter Academy (virtual); Thursday, Feb. 9, 6:30-7:30 pm; Drake Well Museum & Park
    • Photographer and retired biology teacher Jeffrey Hall will present a virtual program, "Birds of Venango County," sharing facts and stories about the birds we all know, highlighting some of the birds that are "specialties" of Venango County, and introducing some of the rare birds that visit the county only occasionally (Winter Academy 2/9 info and registration).
  • Rails & Ales 2023 (in-person); Saturday, April 1, 5:30-9 pm; Railroad Museum of PA
    • Taste craft beers among the museum's world-class collection of historic trains in Rolling Stock Hall. Must be age 21 or older to attend; photo ID required at the door. Advance tickets only; VIP tickets tend to sell out quickly (ticket options, including designated driver tickets).


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