Trailheads Rec Room - Collections Gallery

This is a page to share posts highlighting the vast array of collections held at Trails of History sites and museums, as well as the Pennsylvania State Archives. Many of the items shared are not currently (or regularly) on exhibit to the public, so it's a great way to see more. Check back for updates and additions. If you enjoy exploring our collections online, be sure to visit the PHMC's Museum Collections portal or the PA State Archives online research page.

Anthracite Heritage Museum (AHM Facebook page)

Carbide lamps were developed in the 1890s and quickly became popular among miners. The carbide lamps burned brighter...

Posted by Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum on Monday, November 2, 2020

Conrad Weiser Homestead (CWH Facebook page)

On September 1, 2020, the Conrad Weiser Memorial Park turned 92 years old. This is a badge worn by a committee member at the dedication in 1928. Courtesy of Jacob Mays family.

Posted by Conrad Weiser Homestead on Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Cornwall Iron Furnace (CIF Facebook page)


Drake Well Museum and Park (DWM&P Facebook page)

#OnThisDay Edwin Drake, 61, died in1880 in Bethlehem, Pa. Laura Drake, Edwin Drake’s widow, wrote to Edwin C. Bell of...

Posted by Drake Well Museum and Park on Monday, November 9, 2020

Eckley Miners' Village (EMV Facebook page)

Wood mining car sprag with tapered ends is one of the many mining artifacts on display at Eckley Miners' Village. A...

Posted by Eckley Miners' Village Museum on Monday, March 22, 2021

Ephrata Cloister (EC Facebook page)

On exhibit in the Visitor Center is a shoe with a leather sole and a linen upper that may be the only known item of...

Posted by Historic Ephrata Cloister on Saturday, March 20, 2021

Erie Maritime Museum and U.S. Brig Niagara (EMM Facebook page)


Hope Lodge (HL Facebook page)

⏰ Did you remember to set your clocks forward? This 8-day tall case clock found in the Morris Parlor was made c. 1750 by...

Posted by Historic Hope Lodge on Sunday, March 14, 2021

Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum (LVVFM Facebook page)

Simple and sweet object. I wonder how many doll dresses were made with this pattern. For more information on this...

Posted by Landis Valley Museum on Monday, March 22, 2021

Old Economy Village (OEV Facebook page)

From the Museum Educator: For those of you who have toured Old Economy Village, you may have noticed an interesting...

Posted by Old Economy Village on Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum (PLM Facebook page)

109 years ago this week, the Austin Dam broke.

Posted by Pennsylvania Lumber Museum on Saturday, October 3, 2020

Pennsylvania Military Museum (PMM Facebook page)

Detective Time Pictured here is a piece of kit made of canvas, leather, and metal. What is it, what would it be used for, and can you determine the time period it is from?

Posted by Pennsylvania Military Museum on Monday, March 29, 2021

The State Museum of Pennsylvania (SMP Facebook page)

Political #campaigns have always had to adapt to changing habits and lifestyles of the electorate. That was certainly...

Posted by The State Museum of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, October 14, 2020