Trails of History events, Sept. 6-19

Anthracite Heritage Museum
Sept. 6-8: Anthracite Heritage Conference—this year's conference marks the 150th anniversary of the Avondale Mine Disaster (full schedule on website). Cost for all conference sessions is $15, with optional fees for lunch and dinner on Saturday, 9/7. Lackawanna Historical Society is handling registration (see form and contact info on website). See this article in the Wilkes-Barre The Citizens' Voice for more info.
Sept. 12: Episodes in Anthracite Labor History—speakers will cover a range of topics from the earliest days of anthracite mining in Pennsylvania through World War II (see website for list). Program is free. 7-8:30 pm.

Brandywine Battlefield
Sept. 11: Remembrance Day—the annual ceremony commemorating the Battle of Brandywine, Sept. 11, 1777, and the events of Sept. 11, 2001, will be held. Event is free. 6-7 pm.

Bushy Run Battlefield
Sept. 7: Paws in the Park—this new event celebrates one of the site's biggest audiences - dogs and their walkers. Activities will include an obstacle course, DIY pet item stations, paw print art, a scavenger hunt, a caricature artist, photo booth, and more! There will also be a concession stand featuring a themed hot dog bar menu, a basket auction, and a small, special exhibit on display in the museum. Please visit the website for more information and link for pre-registration. Admission is free. 11 am-3 pm.
Sept. 18: History Speaks Series—Aaron Hollis will present “Distilling Whiskey” (see Facebook event page for more info). Cost is $10 in advance, $12 at the door (members get a 10% discount). Contact Bushy Run Battlefield at 724-527-5584 for advance tickets. 7 pm.

Conrad Weiser Homestead
Sept. 8: Living History Sunday—historical reenactors help bring the site and its history to life; today's theme is women's domestic activities. Guided tours offered. Noon-4 pm.

Erie Maritime Museum and U.S. Brig Niagara
Sept. 10: Commemoration of the Battle of Lake Erie—see the Facebook event page for updates on this annual event. 5:30-6:30 pm.

Fort Pitt Museum
Please check the Fort Pitt Museum website for information on programs and events this month.

Graeme Park
Sept. 11: Life in William Penn's Woods—take a guided walk of the grounds to learn about the plants and trees there now and in the Graemes' time. Leashed dogs are welcome. Cost is $2 per person. 6-7 pm.
Sept. 15: Living History Sunday—today's event explores children's activities in the 18th century. Living history demos are free; donation requested for the corn husk doll activity. A discounted admission fee will be charged for tours of the Keith House. Noon-3 pm.

Hope Lodge
Sundays in September (closed Sept. 1): Site open—enjoy the grounds and take a guided tour of the mansion. Admission charged. 1-4 pm (tours at 1:00 and 2:30 pm).

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
Sept. 7, 14: Fall Workshops—visit the workshop page on LVM's website for details on workshops in Sept., Oct., and Nov.
Sept. 14: Wool Frolic and Yarn Sale—celebrate the fiber arts and the people, plants, and animals that make them possible. Enjoy activities for the kids and shop for deals on yarn, patterns, and paraphernalia. Admission charged. 10 am-4 pm.

Old Economy Village
Sept. 8: Second Sundays - Picnic in the Garden—bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy the beautiful gardens. There will be some tents, tables, and chairs available. Included in regular admission (Buy One-Get One if you bring a picnic basket, free for FOEV members and Ambridge Resident Pass holders), so please start at the Visitor Center (more info on Facebook event page). Noon-5 pm.

Pennsbury Manor
Sept. 7: Monthly Book Club—this month's selection is Mary Beth Norton's Separated by their Sex: Women in Public and Private in the Colonial Atlantic World (see website for more info).
Sept. 8, 15: Sunday programming—Sept. 8, Living History Theater presents "Orphan's Court"; Sept. 15, Open Hearth Cooking features the bake oven today. Included in regular admission. 1-4 pm.

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
Sept. 15: 3rd Weekend Program—Dave Castano, president of the Potter County Historical Society, will present "Norwich, PA: a lumber town's history from 1910 to 1920" (more info on Facebook event page). The program, which will last about 20 minutes, is included in regular admission. 5 pm.

Pennsylvania Military Museum
Sept. 8: Lecture—historian Jared Frederick, Penn State Altoona, will present "Liberation and Loss: America and the Holocaust" (more info on the website). 2-3 pm.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Sept. 7-8: Railroad Heritage Days—explore the rich history of railroading through presentations, model train layouts, art and photography, and more. Included in regular admission. Sat., 9 am-5 pm; Sun., noon-5 pm.

Somerset Historical Center
Through Sept. 15: "We Can Do It" WWII exhibit—this traveling exhibit from the Heinz History Center will be on view through Sept. 15, with additional Somerset County details through a partnership with the Turkeyfoot Historical Society. Included in regular admission.
Sept. 6-8: Mountain Craft Days—since 1970, this event has brought together artisans and craftspeople of all types, and now includes children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, entertainment, and great food (visit SHC's website for details). Admission charged. 10 am-5 pm.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Please check the Planetarium page for updates on this month's programs.
Sept. 4-Oct. 4 (weekdays only): 2019 Fort Hunter Archaeology Excavation—come learn about field archaeology and what the museum's archaeology crew have found at Fort Hunter. (On Sept. 20, the museum's 3rd in the Burg program will take place at Fort Hunter from 4 to 6 pm.) Archaeologists will be available 9:30 am-4 pm weekdays, weather permitting.
Sept. 6: StoryTime—this month's program takes place in Ecology Hall with a reading of Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer. Designed for ages 3-5 with an adult. Included in regular admission. 10:30-11:30 am.
Sept. 6: Learn at Lunchtimemuseum docents will be on hand in the 2019 Art of the State exhibit, which closes on Sept. 8. Included in regular admission. 11 am-1 pm.
Sept. 8: Last day for Art of the State—the annual juried art exhibit closes today. The museum is participating in Harrisburg's Gallery Walk, so admission is free. Hours of operation are 11 am to 6 pm today only (please note that Curiosity Connection will be open from noon to 4 pm as usual and that planetarium fees still apply). From 2 to 3 pm join curator Amy Hammond and featured artist Sanh Tran (1st prize in photography and recipient of this year's Purchase Award) for a casual tour of Art of the State.
Sept. 12: Curiosity Kids—today's event is "Tinkering Minds," inviting kids 3-6 (with an adult) to explore their creativity (more info). Included in general admission, but there is a limit of 20 kids, so be sure to sign up at the Ground Floor desk when you arrive. 11:30 am.

Washington Crossing Historic Park
Please visit Washington Crossing's Calendar of Events page for info on park and historical programming.