July 2018 on the Trails of History

Many sites on the PHMC's Trails of History will be open on Wednesday, July 4, as indicated below. This page will be updated as new info becomes available.

Find out which Trails of History sites are participating in the Museums For All program.

The info below is subject to change. Look for updates to this schedule in the Trailheads posts for July 6 and 20.

Anthracite Heritage Museum
July 4: Site opencheck website for details.

Brandywine Battlefield
Through week of August 6: Summer History Camp—visit Brandywine's website for more info and to register.
July 4: Site opencheck website for details.
July 21: Colonial Dancing—learn about an important aspect of 18th-century social life. Takes place in the Visitor Center and is free to the public. 11 am-3 pm.

Bushy Run Battlefield
July 7: Annual Classic Car Cruise—classic and custom cars, live music, food, drink, and more. Event is free; regular admission applies to visit the exhibits. 11 am-3 pm.
July 28: Bushy Run Market—this open air market features a changing variety of vendors (last Saturday of the month, May-September). The concession stand will have drinks and light fare. Free for visitors and vendors (prospective vendors should contact market@bushyrunbattlefield.com to discuss participation). 8 am-noon.

Conrad Weiser Homestead
July 1: Patriotic Concert in the Park—this annual event honors all military veterans. Admission and parking are free, contributions are gratefully accepted. Please bring chairs or picnic blankets. 1:30 pm.
July 8: Living History Sunday—enjoy a summer afternoon at the homestead learning about life in the Tulpehocken. Admission is free. Noon-4 pm.

Cornwall Iron Furnace
July 4: Site opencheck website for details.

Daniel Boone Homestead
July 11, 18, 25: Sawmill demonstrations—the site's water-powered up-down sawmill will be demonstrated at 11 am and 2 pm.

Drake Well Museum and Park
Saturdays and Sundays: Historic Pithole open. Admission charged. 10 am-4 pm.
July 4: Site opencheck website for details.
July 5, 12, 19, 26: Discovery Days—children age 8-12 will experience nature, perform experiments, discover history through artifacts and exhibits and so much more. Fees charged and registration is required (program brochure and registration form) by June 29. 9 am-4 pm.
July 28: Something More Saturday—in addition to the regular offerings, there will be hands-on activities for fun and learning. Included in regular admission. 10 am-3 pm.

Eckley Miners' Village
July 4: Site opencheck website for details.

Ephrata Cloister
July 4: Site opencheck website for details.

Erie Maritime Museum and Flagship Niagara
Through August 17: Tall Ship Summer Camp—sail on board the schooner Lettie G. Howard and learn all kinds of nautical skills. Week-long camp sessions are still booking, geared for ages 10-14--except for Tall Ships Summer Camp RETRO week (July 2-6), which is designed for grown-ups! Details and registration info are on the website.
July 4: Friends and Family Day—hands-on activities for the kids, free admission to the museum, and tours of the ship. Hot dogs and ice cream, too! Oops, sorry - I used old info. 9 am-5 pm.
July 16: Annual Flagship Niagara Golf Opendetails and registration are on the website. Part of your registration fee is tax-deductible and supports the Flagship Niagara League's programs. Must be at least 21 years old to attend.

Fort Pitt Museum
Please visit the Fort Pitt Museum website for information on upcoming events and programs.

Graeme Park
July 4: Independence Day Living History Program—members of the Graeme family and some of their associates will explore arguments for and against independence during the course of the afternoon. There will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence, tours of the Keith House, and a musket firing demonstration (more details on the website). Admission charged. Noon-3 pm.
July 15: Living History Sunday—explore the sympathies and arguments of loyalists and revolutionaries as Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson decides what she must do (more info on the website). Noon-3 pm (presentation at 2).

Hope Lodge
Sundays in July—the site is open for tours every Sunday, through mid-October. Admission is charged. 12:30-4 pm, with tours at 1 and 2:30.

Joseph Priestley House
July 25-27: History Camp—this year's theme is "The Priestley Family in Northumberland." The program offers a wide range of activities for first through sixth graders (more info). Fee charged; registration deadline is July 23. 9 am-noon.

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
July 4: Site openplease check the website for details.
July 28-29: Civil War Weekend—the site is transformed into a rural Pennsylvania village during the Civil War, with reenactors portraying soldiers and civilians (more info). The event takes place rain or shine. Admission charged; tickets are available online from Brown Paper Tickets. Food will be available for purchase at the museum store. 10 am-4 pm both days.

Old Economy Village
July 15: Historic Fashion Show and Discussion—curator Sarah Buffington will present a program on 18th- and 19th-century clothing using antique and reproduction pieces (more info on Facebook event page). 6-8 pm.
July 16-20 and July 23-27: Summer History Camp—kids ages 6 to 12 will explore the village and learn about life and work in the community (more info and registration form. Register by July 5. 9 am-12:30 pm.
July 21: Blacksmithing Class: Beyond the Basicskeep an eye on the website for details. 10 am-1 pm.
July 28: Broom Making Classcheck the website for details. 10 am-4 pm.

Pennsbury Manor
Special Sunday Programming—something different every week: meet the joyners, blacksmiths, and wool spinners (7/1); Pirates in the Tavern! (living history theater) (7/8); see what the cooks are up to in the kitchen (7/15); chat with the gardeners and the brewers (7/22); meet some of the animals that call Pennsbury home (7/29). Included in regular admission. 1-4 pm.
July 4: Site opencheck website for details.
July 14: Yoga/dance classes—no experience is required to enjoy this combination of various types of dance and yoga movement. Two classes are offered - Shake Your Soul (10-11 am) and Shake Your Seat, where movements center around a chair (noon-1 pm). Click on the class you want for more info on registering. Cost is $10 per class.
July 23-27: History Camp—this camp is for students who've finished grade 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 who want to learn about life 300 years ago. Registration is required (info and online registration are on the website).

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
July 4: Site opencheck website for details.
July 7-8: Annual Bark Peelers’ Festival—this hugely popular event recreates the 4th of July celebrations of Pennsylvania’s early 20th-century lumber camp workers and “woodhicks.” The schedule for this year's event is now available online. Admission is charged. 9 am-5 pm (events start at 10 am).

Pennsylvania Military Museum
July 4: Kids Day—kids (of all ages) can try on uniforms from the museum's education collections and learn about soldier life. Have your photo taken behind the wheel of an authentic military Jeep. Included in regular admission. 10 am-3 pm.
July 10: Central PA Civil War Roundtable Series—the program is "Zouaves: America's Forgotten Soldiers." Donation requested. 7-8 pm.
July 12-15: Annual People’s Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts—celebration of arts and artisans held on the museum grounds (visit the festival website for details). Festival is free, $5 charged for on-site parking at PMM; regular museum admission applies to tour the indoor exhibits. Thurs-Sat, 10 am-9 pm (museum open 10 am-5 pm); Sun., noon-5 pm.
July 20: Registration deadline for Boot Camp for Kids—this year's Boot Camp will be held Aug. 4 (more info and registration forms.
July 20: Lecture—helicopter pilot Ed Ramon will talk about his two tours of duty in South Vietnam, 1966-1968, in a talk titled "A War We Can't Forget." 6:30-7:30 pm.
July 21-22: VIETNAM Revisited—living historians will be on the grounds portraying American combat and support troops “in country” in the late 1960s. 10 am-5 pm (tactical demo at 1:30 pm each day).

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
July 1-8 (museum open July 4): Reading Railroad Days—offered in conjunction with the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society, this program features an enormous HO-scale model railroad and highlights Reading Company rolling stock in the Museum’s collection. Included in regular museum admission during regular hours.

Somerset Historical Center
July 7 & 21: Escape Room—work as a team (of up to 10 people) to solve your mission and escape the barn. Two 60-minute games offered per day. Cost is $10 per person. 10 am-2 pm.
July 14: Exhibit opening—"Answering the Call: Somerset County in the Great War" explores the impact of World War I from the home front to the front lines. Included in regular admission.
July 14 & 28: Historic Hayride—hear stories of the local region while you tour the grounds by wagon. Two rides offered each day. Cost is $10 per person, $8 for members. 10 am-2 pm. UPDATE 7-12-18: this event is postponed due to equipment and trail issues. Check Somerset's website or social media for updates.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Through Aug. 24: Summer Fridays—Fridays are "Pay as You Wish" this summer.
For the full listing of July programs, including planetarium shows, Nature Lab programs, StoryTime, and Learn at Lunchtime, please visit the museum's calendar of events.

Washington Crossing Historic Park
Please visit the Washington Crossing website for a complete listing of upcoming programs and events.