On the Trails of History, January 17-30

Please note that Trails of History sites will be closed on Monday, January 20, for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. Also, winter weather can interfere with operating schedules, so it can't hurt to check before heading to a site. Social media is the best place to look for updates.

Anthracite Heritage Museum
Jan. 18: Knox Mine Disaster Commemoration—the program includes speakers, music, and a display of mining memorabilia (see Facebook event for details). Admission is free. 2-3:30 pm.

Brandywine Battlefield Park
Jan. 21: Revolutionary Dining Series—Joseph Seymour, Army National Guard historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History, will present a talk on the Military Association of Pennsylvania, commonly known as the Pennsylvania Associators. Cost is $50 per person and includes salad, entree, and dessert in addition to the program (see Facebook event page for more info). Program takes place at The Gables at Chadds Ford, 6-9 pm.

Bushy Run Battlefield
Jan. 25-26: Making Basic 18th-Century Accessories—learn to make a plain pocket, a triangular linen neck handkerchief, a silk bonnet, and a pair of fancy garters during this two-day hands-on workshop. Cost is $165 and includes lunch and snacks both days. Check out the Facebook event page for details on how to register. Sat., 9 am-5 pm; Sun., 10 am-4 pm.

Ephrata Cloister
Jan. 30: Winter History Class begins—learn about the history of the community at Ephrata and the world that surrounded it. Speakers include site staff as well as outside scholars. Sessions are held from 9 am to noon each Thursday through March 26, and there is a field trip (extra charge) on April 2. Cost for the entire class is $55, $45 for members; you can attend individual classes for $10 each. Call the site at 717/733-6600 for more information or to register.

Fort Pitt Museum
Fort Pitt will be closed in January for collections inventory and exhibit maintenance/upgrades. Please visit the website for information.

Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
Jan. 18, 19, 25: Winter Workshops—check out the workshop page on Landis Valley’s website for details on a variety of hands-on classes for adults; you’ll see the schedule for February and March as well. Times and costs vary.

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
Jan. 25: Winter in the Lumber Camp— outdoor fun in the snow with sledding, snow men, and snow art activities. Try your hand at cross-country skis, snowshoes and ice skates (conditions permitting) with the help of equipment provided by PA DCNR and volunteer instructors. Food and drink available in the program room. Keep an eye on the Facebook event page for details. 10 am-4 pm.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Through Feb. 9: Murder on the Orient Express at Fulton Theatre—the museum is partnering with Fulton Theatre to offer group and individual tour packages during the run of the play, for a great cross-over experience. Visit the museum’s Facebook page for details and to see video of the play's cast touring the museum to learn more about trains and their history.

The State Museum of Pennsylvania
Please visit the museum’s Planetarium page for a full schedule.
Jan. 17: Learn at Lunch—join the Art Docents for a tour of Picturing a More Perfect Union: Violet Oakley’s Mural Studies for the Pennsylvania Senate Chamber, 1911-1919, on view through April 26. 12:15 pm.
Jan. 23: Nature Lab—learn how to identify different kinds of rocks. Included in general admission. 11:30 am.

Washington Crossing Historic Park
Please visit the Washington Crossing website for info on this month's programs and schedule.

On the Trails of History, January 3-16

This week's post covers the first half of January. If you're looking further ahead, please visit the January program page to see the rest of the month. Remember that many sites adjust schedules during the winter and that winter weather can impact operations. It never hurts to double check before heading to your favorite site.

Tomorrow, Jan. 4, is the start of the Pennsylvania Farm Show. As in past years, staff from various parts of PHMC will be there to share our agency's work with show goers. For more info, check PHMC's Facebook page or the Farm Show website. And don't miss the food court!

People stand in front of display of archaeology info and a recreated dugout canoe
PA Farm Show 2019 at the Archaeology Booth (photo via Facebook)

Bushy Run Battlefield
Jan. 9: Historic Sewing Workshop Series—each workshop consists of one hour of formal instruction followed by an hour of open studio stitching (see Facebook event page for details and registration instructions. Also offered Feb. 13, Mar. 12, and Apr. 9. 6-8 pm.
Jan. 11: Intro to Embroidery—Jessica Young will lead this beginner-level class exploring the basics of embroidery (all skill levels are welcome). Participants will make a hanging pincushion appropriate for accentuating your 18th-century wardrobe. Cost is $75 and includes all materials (and refreshments). See Facebook event page for details. 9:30 am-3 pm.

Fort Pitt Museum
Fort Pitt will be closed in January for collections inventory and exhibit maintenance/upgrades. Please visit the website for information.

Joseph Priestley House
Jan. 5: Twelfth Night—glimpse the Priestley family’s life in Northumberland with a taste of the English customs they remembered. The house will be decorated as an English country manor, costumed docents will be on hand, and there will be chemistry demonstrations and children’s games. Free admission. 4-7 pm (chem demos in the Pond Building at 4:30 and 5:30 - space is limited for those, get tickets at the visitor center).

Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
Jan. 4 (and later in the month): Winter Workshops—check out the workshop page on Landis Valley’s website for details on a variety of hands-on classes for adults; you’ll see the schedule for February and March as well. Times and costs vary.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Jan. 14-Feb. 9: Murder on the Orient Express at Fulton Theatre—the museum is partnering with Fulton Theatre to offer group and individual tour packages during the run of the play, for a great cross-over experience. Visit the museum’s Facebook page for details.

The State Museum of Pennsylvania
Please visit the museum’s Planetarium page for a full schedule.
Jan. 3: StoryTimethis month's program takes place in Nature Lab and features Charlotte the Scientist is Squished by Camille Andros. Program is designed for children ages 3-5 with an accompanying adult. Included in general admission. 10:30-11:30 am.
Jan. 9: Curiosity Kids—visit Nature Lab to learn about owls. Geared for ages 3-6 with an adult. This program is included in general admission, but space is limited, so be sure to sign up at the front desk when you arrive. 11:30 am.

Washington Crossing Historic Park
Please visit the Washington Crossing website for info on this month's programs and schedule.

Happy Holidays from Trailheads

From all of us here at Trailheads HQ, thanks for your interest in the Pennsylvania Trails of History. We look forward to sharing our historic sites and museums with you throughout 2020. The info below will take you through Christmas and New Year's Day. Please be aware that all Trails of History sites are closed on both holidays, with the notable exception of Washington Crossing and their reenactment on Christmas Day. Please be aware that many sites will close early on the eves and some may have other holiday-related schedule adjustments. If you're planning beyond the beginning of the year, the January program page is available for your perusal.

Stone house with snow on roof, bare trees, and snow covered field
Brandywine Battlefield Park in the snow (photo via Facebook)

Brandywine Battlefield Park
Dec. 27-29: History for the Holidays—there will be a different focus each day, giving you a chance to delve deeper into the life of an 18th-century soldier (12/27), medical practices of the 18th century (12/28), and the aftermath of the Battle of Brandywine (12/29). Check out the Facebook event page for details. Included in full admission. Fri. and Sat., 9 am-4 pm; Sun., noon-4 pm.

Drake Well Museum
Dec. 28: Something More Saturday—enjoy family-friendly activities and learning added to the museum's regular offerings – today’s focus is “Hands-on Oil Labs.” Included in regular admission. 10 am-3 pm.

Ephrata Cloister
Dec. 26-29: Lantern Toursexplore Ephrata's immigration history with help from Student Historians and theatrical presentations throughout the grounds. Tours leave from the visitor center every half hour from 6:30 to 8 pm. Admission: $10 (adults), $9 (seniors), $7 (students), $5 (children); members receive a discount. Reservations are required and tickets do sell out; call 717/733-6600 to reserve your spot.

Fort Pitt Museum
Please visit the Fort Pitt Museum website for information on and schedules. Fort Pitt will be closed during the month of January for collections inventory and exhibit maintenance.

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
Dec. 27: Winter Day Camp—explore favorite holiday songs and literature with a fun-filled morning of activities (more info on the website. $35 per child, $30 per child for LVA members. Registration is required, and space is limited; call the museum's education department at 717/569-0401 x208. 8:30 am-12:30 pm.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Please visit the planetarium webpage for info on shows and schedules.
Dec. 30: Noon Year’s Celebration—the museum will have special Monday hours to ring in 2020 a little early. Check the website for all the details, including admission rates and timed tickets for the Planetarium and Curiosity Connection. 10 am-2 pm.

Washington Crossing Historic Park
Please visit the WCHP events page for details on the annual crossing and other events.