Along the Pennsylvania Trails of History, May 17-30

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Many, but not all, Trails of History sites will be open May 27 for Memorial Day. Sites planning to be open on Memorial Day are noted below, but please check ahead with the site you want to visit to make sure they will be open when you want to be there.

Display of dried herbs at Graeme Park
Learn about colonial housekeeping chores at Graeme Park’s Living History Sunday on May 19 (see below for more information)

Anthracite Heritage Museum
May 27: Memorial Day—open 9 am-5 pm.

Brandywine Battlefield Park
May 19: History in the Neighborhood—learn about Brandywine Battlefield Park and other historic sites in the area. Included in regular admission. Noon-4 pm.
May 27: Memorial Day—open 9 am-4 pm.

Bushy Run Battlefield
May 25: Bushy Run Market—on the fourth Saturday of each month through September, a variety of vendors and concessionaires will be on hand. There is no charge to visit the market; vendors can find info on the website. 8 am-noon.

Cornwall Iron Furnace
May 27: Memorial Day—open 9 am-5 pm.

Daniel Boone Homestead
May 26: French and Indian War Militia Drill and Instruction—learn about soldier life in the mid-1700s (more info on website). Included in regular admission. 11 am-3 pm.

Drake Well Museum and Park
May 18: MEET-U in 5 & 1/2—enjoy a 5-mile or 13-mile (half marathon) run through the grounds of Drake Well Museum and Oil Creek State Park and help the museum’s MEET-U educational outreach program. Registration is required; registration form is on the web. You must register by May 5 to guarantee a race shirt.
May 25: Something More Saturday—special activities in addition to the museum’s core and changing exhibits (indoor and outdoor). This month’s focus is “Cooking in the Oilfield.” Blacksmith demonstrations will also be offered. Included in regular admission. 10 am-3 pm.
May 27: Memorial Day—open 9 am-5 pm.

Eckley Miners’ Village
May 27: Memorial Day—open 9 am-5 pm.

Ephrata Cloister
May 24-26: Printmaking Workshop—printmaker Dan Welden will lead a workshop on “solarplate” printing (more info, including how to register, in an article from Lancaster Farming). Fee charged. 10 am-4 pm.
May 27: Memorial Day—open 9 am-5 pm.

Erie Maritime Museum and U.S. Brig Niagara
May 27: Memorial Day—open 9 am-5 pm.

Fort Pitt Museum
Please visit the website for information on events and schedules this month.

Graeme Park
May 19: Living History Sunday—learn what it took to keep a colonial household running. Living history demonstrations are free of charge; admission fees apply to tour the Keith House. Noon-3 pm.

Hope Lodge
May 19: Site open—Hope Lodge is open for tours most Sundays through October; they will be closed on May 26. Admission is charged. Site is open 1-4 pm; guided tours are offered at 1 and 2:30.

Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
May 27: Memorial Day—open 9 am-5 pm.

Old Economy Village
May 25: Blacksmithing Class – Beyond the Basics—this class is for you if you’ve taken OEV’s intro to blacksmithing or already have basic blacksmithing skills and want to move on to an intermediate level (more details). Class is free, but space is limited; please register by May 15 by calling David Miller, 724/266-4500 x110. 10 am-1 pm.

Pennsbury Manor
May 19 and 26: Sunday Programming—May 19, “Open Hearth Cooking: Old Recipes and Old Friends” and May 26, “Beer Brewing and Garden Highlights.” Included in regular admission. 1-4 pm.
May 27: Memorial Day—open 9 am-5 pm.

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
May 25: Community Yard Sale—yard sale will be set up near the Route 6 entrance to the museum grounds. Call Bob at 814/435-2652 to register for a space. 9 am-5 pm.
May 27: Memorial Day—open 9 am-5 pm.

Pennsylvania Military Museum
May 19: A Celebration of Service—US Army reunion and memorial service sponsored by the PA National Guard and held on the museum grounds (photos of previous programs). Museum is open 10 am-5 pm (ceremony begins at 12:30 pm, but military vehicles, helicopters, and equipment begin arriving earlier in the day).
May 25: Military Museum Murph—the “Murph” is a Crossfit workout named for Lt. Michael P. Murphy, a Navy SEAL killed in action in 2005. This is the Military Museum’s first Murph event. Online registration and more info can be found on the museum website. There is a cost to participate but parking for athletes is free. Spectators are welcome ($5 charge for parking). 9 am-3 pm.
May 25-26: World War II Revisited—Allied and Axis WWII reenactors will be bivouacked on the museum grounds portraying field life in the European Theater of Operations, 1944-45. This year’s event will include representation of the 111th Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees) and their role during the D-Day invasion (75 years ago). There will also be several temporary exhibits exploring aspects of WWII, including the role of women. Grounds will be open 10 am-4 pm each day. There will be a short program followed by a tactical demo at 12:45 pm each day.
May 27: Memorial Day—the museum will be open 10 am-5 pm.
May 27: Allegheny Mountain Region AACA Car Show—kick off summer with pre-war through modern classics on the grounds of the museum. $5 for on-site parking. 9 am-4 pm.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
May 27: Memorial Day—the museum will be open 9 am-5 pm.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Visit the website for a complete schedule of this month’s Planetarium shows.
May 29: Documentary—the WITF documentary “Penn’s Woods: Cradle of Conservation” will be screened, followed by a panel discussion on Pennsylvania’s environmental history (more info on the website). 5-7 pm (reception at 5, screening starts at 5:30).

Washington Crossing Historic Park
Please visit the website for information on this month’s events and schedules.

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