Taking a Little Break

Taking a Little Break Please be sure to check the PHMC Events Calendar for information on upcoming programs (in-person and virtual). I've included highlights for the coming week below. The Trailheads Rec Room pages to the right of your screen offer an array of online content generated by Trails of History sites. Also, if you're looking for a Covid vaccine provider, check out Vaccines.gov and enter your zip code.

Please note that staff and volunteers at Commonwealth of PA worksites, including the PA Trails of History, are wearing masks while indoors. Visitors are encouraged, though not required, to do so as well.


A big splash of purple flowers in the front with the rear porch of a brick house and a bright blue sky behind them.
The garden at the George Rapp House continues to offer color even in the fall (photo via Old Economy Village Facebook page)

Trailheads HQ is taking a little break next week, so I won't be here to update changes in program schedules. I'd hate for people to be disappointed, and it's always a good idea to check specific site info to be sure. See you in a bit.

Upcoming Events (virtual and in-person)

Today, October 15
  • Learn at Lunchtime (in-person and virtual): learn about new findings in archaeology and what they tell us about the arrival of Paleoindians in the Americas, The State Museum of PA, 12:15-12:45 pm, included in regular admission or watch via Zoom (L@L info and Zoom registration)
Saturday, October 16
  • Civil War Living History Event (in-person): meet interpreters from the Detachment, US Engineers, Cornwal Iron Furnace, 9 am-4 pm, event is outdoors and free, regular admission applies for guided tours of the furnace (Living History event info)
  • StoryTime (in-person): today's book is Bones, Bones Dinosaur Bones by Byron Barton, The State Museum of PA, 10:30-11:30 am, geared for kids age 2 to Pre-K and included in regular admission (StoryTime info)
  • Iron Pour (in-person): artist Brian Glaze and volunteers will use a cupola furnace to melt iron and cast molds, Scranton Iron Furnaces, 11 am-4 pm (Iron Pour info)
  • Halloween Lantern Tours (in-person): an outdoor immersive tour, Hope Lodge, as of 10/13 there were only a few tickets left for the 8:30 and 9 pm tours (Lantern Tour info)
Sunday, October 17
  • Open-Hearth Cooking Demonstration (in-person): chat with the cooks while they prepare recipes from William Penn's time, Pennsbury Manor, 1-4 pm, included in regular admission (Pennsbury info)
Tuesday, October 19
  • STEAM on the Rails (virtual): sessions take place today and Thursday featuring a range of topics in science, tech, engineering, arts and math presented by staff from multiple museums, Railroad Museum of PA, 10 am-3 pm each day (four 30-minute sessions), designed for students in grades K-6, tickets are by donation (STEAM info and ticket link)
Wednesday, October 20
  • Explore! (in-person): learn about the sciences of digging in the ground, The State Museum of PA, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, for kids in grades 3-5 and included in regular admission (Explore! info)
Thursday, October 21
  • Curiosity Kids (in-person): learn about memory and logic and how we use them every day, The State Museum of PA, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, for kids in grades K-2 and included in regular admission, space is limited to so sign up at the Ground Floor Information Desk when you arrive (Curiosity Kids info)
  • PA History: Read It, See It (virtual): make a virtual visit to Pennsbury Manor and hear about relevant books at your library in this collaborative program from PHMC and the State Library of Pennsylvania, noon-1 pm (email ra-edmakerspace@pa.gov with your name and topic to receive link)

On Sale Now (tickets still available as of 10/13, but supplies may be limited)

  • Graeme Park Haunted Lantern Tours, Oct. 22 and 29 (Oct. 22 tickets and Oct. 29 tickets)
  • Workshops in Archaeology (virtual): this year's theme is "Hidden Stories: Uncovering African American History Through Archaeology and Community Engagement," The State Museum of PA, 9 am-5 pm (Workshop details and registration)
  • Old Economy Village After Dark, Oct. 30 (Oct. 30 tickets)
  • Joseph Priestley House Riverview Cemetery Tour, Oct. 30, tickets available at the site weekends 1-4 pm or by calling 570/473-9474 (JPH event info)

Harvest Time!

Harvest Time! Please be sure to check the PHMC Events Calendar for information on upcoming programs (in-person and virtual). I've included highlights for the coming week below. The Trailheads Rec Room pages to the right of your screen offer an array of online content generated by Trails of History sites. Also, if you're looking for a Covid vaccine provider, check out Vaccines.gov and enter your zip code.

Please note that staff and volunteers at Commonwealth of PA worksites, including the PA Trails of History, are wearing masks while indoors. Visitors are encouraged, though not required, to do so as well.


Slices of apple drying on a wooden tray. Pewter plates, a stoneware bottle and other pottery, and a basket are on the table in the background.
This weekend's Harvest Days event at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum is all about apples

Just because the weather has turned warm-ish again, it doesn't mean there isn't plenty of fall fun to be had. Several northern tier counties have their best color right now, the rest of the northern half of Pennsylvania and the Laurel Highlands are approaching peak leaf-peeping season, while the southern half of the state is just starting to see fall colors, according to DCNR's foliage tracker. Fall programming is going full tilt and advance tickets are on sale for several. I hope you find something or someplace to enjoy this weekend! (Please note that PHMC sites and offices will be closed on Monday, Oct. 11.)

Upcoming Events (virtual and in-person)

Today, October 8
  • Apple Dumpling Sales (in-person): stop by to purchase delicious apple dumplings and support the Back to the Cloister Fund, Ephrata Cloister, 10 am-3 pm today and 10 am until supplies run out tomorrow (Ephrata info)
  • Learn at Lunchtime (in-person and virtual): join DCNR wildlife biologist Emily Domoto to talk about Pennsylvania deer habitat, The State Museum of PA, 12:15-12:45 pm, included in regular admission or sign up to watch via Zoom (Learn at Lunchtime info)
Saturday, October 9
  • Harvest Days (in-person): celebrate the harvest and learn about apples and more, Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, 11 am-5 pm today and tomorrow, regular admission fees apply (Harvest Days info)
  • Exeter Fall Festival (in-person): Exeter Township's festival includes music, food, games, and fun, Daniel Boone Homestead, 11 am-6 pm, $5 per car (Festival info)
  • Fall Antique Show and Sawmill Run (in-person): vendors and historic trade demonstrations today and tomorrow, steam-powered sawmill running Saturday only, tickets are $5 and event runs 10 am-4 pm both days (event info)
Sunday, October 10
  • Living History Theater (in-person): attend the Quaker wedding ceremony of John Sotcher and Mary Lofty, Pennsbury Manor, 12:15, 1:45, or 3:15, included in regular admission (Sotcher wedding info)
Tuesday, October 12
  • Safety in the Mines (virtual): Michael Weber will present a historical exploration of the day in a life of a miner, Cornwall Iron Furnace, 7 pm (info and link for Zoom registration)
Wednesday, October 13
  • Explore! (in-person): learn about fossils on National Fossil Day, The State Museum of PA, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, for kids in grades 3-5 and included in regular admission (Explore! info)
Thursday, October 14
  • Curiosity Kids (in-person): learn how prehistoric animals walked, crawled, swam, and flew, The State Museum of PA, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, for kids in grades K-2 and included in regular admission, space is limited so please sign up at the Ground Floor Information Desk (Curiosity Kids info)
  • Ephrata Virtual Academy: Susan McLellan Plaisted will present a program on Native American foodways, Ephrata Cloister, 7 pm (Ephrata link for Zoom registration)

On Sale Now

Tickets for the following in-person Fall programs are currently on sale (as of 10/6 - supplies may be limited):

It's October - There's So Much To Do

It's October - There's So Much To Do Please be sure to check the PHMC Events Calendar for information on upcoming programs (in-person and virtual). I've included highlights for the coming week below. The Trailheads Rec Room pages to the right of your screen offer an array of online content generated by Trails of History sites. Also, if you're looking for a Covid vaccine provider, check out Vaccines.gov and enter your zip code.

Please note that staff and volunteers at Commonwealth of PA worksites, including the PA Trails of History, are wearing masks while indoors. Visitors are encouraged, though not required, to do so as well.


Large 18th-century cooking fireplace with wood fire burning. Beehive oven in wall and metal cooking utensils are also seen.
A crackling fire at Conrad Weiser Homestead welcomes October (photo via CWH Facebook)

It might not be quite time for fireplaces yet, but it certainly looks cozy. There are lots of fall programs coming up this weekend and in the coming weeks. I hope you'll find something to suit your tastes on the Trails of History. Have a safe and healthy weekend!

The Week Ahead (virtual and in-person)

Today, October 1
  • StoryTime (in-person): read "Bones, Bones Dinosaur Bones" by Byron Barton and learn about dinosaur exhibits, The State Museum of PA, 10:30-11:30 am, for kids age 2 to pre-K and included in regular admission (StoryTime info)
  • Learn at Lunchtime (in-person and virtual): artists Hee Sook Kim and Sanh Tran will talk about how they represent their Asian American identities in their work, The State Museum of PA, 12:15-12:45 pm, included in regular admission or available via Zoom (Learn at Lunchtime info)
Saturday, October 2
  • Erntedankfest (in-person): celebrate the harvest and enjoy food, music and family-friendly activities, Old Economy Village, 10 am-4 pm today and tomorrow, Oct. 3, regular admission fees apply (Erntedankfest info)
Sunday, October 3
  • Living History Sunday & Fall Park Walk (in-person): explore local history and savor the fall weather, Conrad Weiser Homestead, noon-4 pm, park walk starts at 2 (CWH info)
  • Historic Trades (in-person): learn about historic trades from demonstrators on site, Pennsbury Manor, 1-4 pm, included in regular admission (Pennsbury info)
  • Garden Railways Tour (in-person): visit garden railway layouts at homes and organizations around the Lancaster area, Railroad Museum of PA, 1-5 pm, tickets must be purchased in advance (Tour tickets)
Wednesday, October 6
  • The Life of Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson (in-person): lunch and learn program presented by Wendy Long Stanley, Graeme Park, 10 am-2 pm, $30 includes program, breakfast, lunch, tours of Keith House, (lunch and learn registration)
  • Explore! (in-person): learn about the importance of clean water in PA and beyond, The State Museum of PA, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, for kids in grade 3-5 and included in regular admission (Explore! info)
Thursday, October 7
  • Curiosity Kids (in-person): learn about 2-dimensional shapes and try to find them in the Art of the State exhibit, The State Museum of PA, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, for kids in grades K-2 and included in regular admission (Curiosity Kids info)

On Sale Now

Tickets for the following in-person Fall programs are currently on sale (as of 9/29 - supplies may be limited):