March 2019 on the Trails of History

Please note that some site operating schedules start to "expand" in March, after seasonal winter closures or reductions. Be sure to check ahead before visiting. This schedule is subject to change; updates will be made as new info becomes available.

Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour for the start of Daylight Saving Time, March 10 at 2 am. March 10 is also Charter Day - site schedules and activities are listed below.

Anthracite Heritage Museum
March 8: Parade Day Eve—enjoy food, games, and bagpipe music, Irish Step Dancing, and more as Scranton kicks off its St. Patrick's Parade Day weekend (more info on Facebook event page). Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased by calling the museum at 570/963-4804. 6-9 pm.
March 10: Charter Day —the museum will be open, free of charge, noon-5 pm. Mike Buryk will present a new exhibit on the art of Ukrainian social realist artist Nicholas Bervinchak at 2 pm (the exhibit continues through July 10).

Brandywine Battlefield Park
March 3: Casimir Pulaski Day—learn about the role of the cavalry during the American Revolution and honor the founder of American Cavalry. Admission cost is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for kids. Noon-4 pm.
March 10: Charter Day—the site will be open, free of charge, noon-4 pm.
March 19: Revolutionary Dining Series—author Nancy K. Loane will present "Beneath the Snow: Myths and Realities of the Valley Forge Encampment" at The Gables at Chadds Ford. Cost is $50 per person and includes dinner, lecture, and Q&A session; cash bar available. Visit the website for details on this and upcoming events in the series. 6 pm.

Bushy Run Battlefield
March 10: Charter Day —the site will be open, free of charge, noon-4 pm. Guides will available for tours of the battlefield from noon to 3 pm, and the visitor center and park will be open until 5.

Conrad Weiser Homestead
March 10: Charter Day—the site’s largest living history event of the year, with Pennsylvania Provincial and French military units, Native American interpretation, artisans, and loads of books (details on Facebook). Noon-4:30 pm.

Cornwall Iron Furnace
March 10: Charter Day—the site will be open, free of charge, noon-4 pm. Guides will be stationed throughout the site to provide info and answer questions (more info).
March 12: Friends Lecture Series—Susan Boardman, a licensed Gettysburg Battlefield Guide and Leadership Program Director for the Gettysburg Foundation, will present “History and Restoration of America’s Largest Oil Painting, the Gettysburg Cyclorama.” Lectures are held in Freeman Hall auditorium at Cornwall Manor. 7 pm.
ADDED March 23: DIY Workshop—the museum will host a free community education workshop just in time for spring cleaning. Jason Killian, Repairs Supervisor for Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity, will teach you how to do some simple home maintenance projects. To RSVP, call 717/392-8836 or email 10-11 am.

Daniel Boone Homestead
March 10: Charter Day and Fireside Tales—the site will be open, free of charge, noon-4 pm in honor of Charter Day. In addition, there will be a Fireside Tales program in the Wayside Lodge starting at 2 pm ($2 per person donation is suggested for Fireside Tales).

Drake Well Museum and Park
March 7, 14, 21, 28: Petroleum Program Series—explore a wide variety of topics: (3/7) "Women Journalists in WWI," Chris Dubbs; (3/14) "Kinzua Dam from Construction to Function," Douglas Helman; (3/21) "Colonel Edwin Drake," Bob Archer; (3/28) "Wind Energy in Pennsylvania," Allison Rohrs and Michael Sell. Admission charged. Doors open at 6 pm, programs start at 6:30.
March 10: Charter Day—the site will be open, free of charge, noon-5 pm.
March 30: Something More Saturday—come celebrate Col. Edwin Drake’s 200th birthday and learn about life in the early oil boom era (and have cake). Included in regular admission. 10 am-3 pm.

Eckley Miners’ Village
March 10: Charter Day—the site will be open, free of charge, noon-5 pm. Docents will be stationed in the museum buildings to add life to your self-guided tour. Poets Erin Delaney, Susan Jaffer, Nancy Dymond, Amanda Bradley, and Laurel Radzieski will read from their book, Down the Dog Hole - 11 Poets on Northeastern Pennsylvania (edited by Thomas Kielty Blomain and Brian Fanelli), starting at 2:45 pm. Tom Hartz will display his artwork on site as well (read more about Hartz's work).

Ephrata Cloister
March 7, 14, 21, 28: Winter History Class—class began in January, but you can still sign up for one or more of the remaining sessions.
March 10: Charter Day—the site will be open, free of charge, noon-5 pm. The Ephrata Cloister Chorus will perform in the Saal (meetinghouse) at 2, 3, and 4 pm.

Erie Maritime Museum and U.S. Brig Niagara
March 10: Charter Day—the museum will be open, free of charge, noon-5 pm.

Fort Pitt Museum
Please visit the Fort Pitt Museum website for information on this month's schedule and programs.

Graeme Park
March 10: Charter Day—the site will be open, free of charge, noon-3 pm. Tours of the Keith House will be offered.

Hope Lodge
March 10: Charter Day—the site will be open, free of charge, noon-3 pm.

Joseph Priestley House
March 10: Charter Day and Dr. Priestley’s Birthday—visit with costumed docents in each room (including the laboratory) and wish Dr. Priestley a happy birthday while he demonstrates the wonders of chemistry in the Pond Building. 1-4 pm (chem demos at 1:30 and 2:30).

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
Multiple dates: Winter-Spring Workshops for Adults—Landis Valley offers an array of workshops and classes for adults who want to learn new skills and information. Please visit the website (for class list and registration details).
March 6, 13: Homeschool Classes—different topics and activities for each date; visit website for details and registration. 9 am-12:30 pm.
March 10: Charter Day—the site will be open, free of charge, noon-5 pm. Craft demonstrations and horse-drawn wagon rides are planned. Rides on a two-wheeled horse cart will be available for a $5 charge. LVM's new exhibit, "Thrown, Fired, and Glazed: The Redware Tradition from Pennsylvania and Beyond," will open to the public (runs through Dec. 2020). Event is rain or shine, but wagon and cart rides are weather-dependent.
March 16: Lunch with the Landis Brothers—this new interactive experience includes lunch at the Landis Valley Hotel with George and Henry Landis, founders of the museum, and a behind-the-scenes look at some of their prized collections pieces. Advance reservations are required by March 8 and can be made online or by phone (details and link on website). 11 am-3 pm.

Old Economy Village
ADDED March 23: Introduction to Basket Weaving—learn the basics of basket weaving and make a traditional basket with handle to take home. For details contact David Miller ( or 724/266-4500 x110). 10:30 am-4 pm.
March 29-30: Spring Garden Workshop—Friday night features the workshop's keynote address and a wine-and-cheese reception; Saturday will include a variety of topics plus lunch. See website for details and registration info. Deadline for registration is March 16 23.
March 30: Silk Reeling Workshop—the production of silk was an important part of the Harmony Society's industrial activities. Participants in this workshop will learn the stages of silk production and have a chance to try their hand under the expert eye of workshop leader Sandy Smailer. Workshop is free, but space is limited, so registration is required by March 20 (see details on the website). 1-4 pm.

Pennsbury Manor
March 10: Charter Day—the site will be open, free of charge, 1-4 pm. Living history theater presenters and colonial craft demonstrators (including the cooks and brewers) will be on hand. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Penndel Food Pantry and receive a 10% discount in the Museum Store today (more info on the website).

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
March 10: Charter Day—the site will be open, free of charge, 9 am-5 pm. Guided tours of the site will be offered between 10 am and 3 pm.
March 16-17: Potter-Tioga Maple Producers Assn Maple Weekend—be sure to stop by the Lumber Museum as you explore all things maple along U.S. Route 6.

Pennsylvania Military Museum
March 3: Friends' Lecture Series—Michael Carper will present "Was It Hot Over There?" and discuss his experiences serving in Iraq. 2-3 pm.
March 9-10: Charter Day Weekend Celebration—the museum will show Frank Capra's WWII film series, Why We Fight, in the museum auditorium on Sat., 3/9, beginning at 10:30 am. CORRECTED TO ADD SATURDAY AND CORRECT TIMES: In honor of Charter Day, the museum will be open free of charge on Saturday (10 am-4 pm) and on Sunday (noon-4 pm).
March 17: Documentary FilmYou Enter Germany: Bloody Huertgen and the Siegfried Line, a German documentary released in 2007, includes archival footage and interviews with veterans. Donation requested for admission. 1:30 pm (film runs 104 minutes).
March 30: Exploring the Armor—this behind-the-scenes tour provides a look inside some of the tracked vehicles on the museum grounds. Seating is limited and reservations are required (info on the website). Cost for the approx. two-hour tour is $15, $5 for museum members. 2-4 pm.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
March 9: Reading on the Rails—enjoy stories about trains, railroads, and amazing people, places, and things, read by a host of local notables (info on readers and storytimes on website). Children will receive stickers at each story-reading to decorate a cardboard suitcase and will get to spend time with teams from KPETS (Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services). Morning storytimes will also include an American Sign Language interpreter. All activities are included in regular admission. 9 am-5 pm.
March 10: Charter Day—the museum is open, free of charge, noon-5 pm.

Somerset Historical Center
March 9-10: Maple Taste and Tour—Somerset Historical Center is a must-see stop on the Somerset County Maple Producers annual tour (more info on SHC's Facebook event page).

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Visit the website for a complete schedule of Planetarium shows.
March 1: Storytime—enjoy a reading of Charlotte Guillain's The Street Beneath My Feet and play a guessing game using objects found in the story. Designed for ages 3-5 with an adult. Included in general admission. 10-11 am.
March 7: Nature Lab—learn about ROCKS! through images and hands-on objects. Geared for a general audience, ages 7 and up. Included in general admission. 11:30 am.
March 8: Learn at Lunchtime—archivist Joshua Stahlman will talk about Pennsylvania's 1681 Charter; the original charter will be on display during regular hours through noon on March 15 (then it's back to the vault until next year). Included in general admission. 12:15-12:45 pm.
March 10: Charter Day—the museum will be open, free of charge, noon-5 pm (schedule of activities).
March 21: Curiosity Kids series—this month's program is "Feed the Birds!" and participants will make a feeder to take home (program details, including a nut allergy warning). Included in general admission, but space is limited so be sure to sign up at the front desk. 11:30 am.

Washington Crossing Historic Park
Please check the website for information on events and programs.