PA Trails of History Events, August 3-16

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Don’t let the summer heat keep you from enjoying all that the PA Trails of History have to offer. The full August program page is on the sidebar. The weekly post on August 17 will include the remainder of the month.

Swing dancers at Eckley 1940s weekend
Dance the night away at the Freeland Public Park Pavilion Aug. 4 as part of the Eckley Miners’ Village “1940s Weekend” (photo Eckley Miners’ Village)

Bushy Run Battlefield
Aug. 4-5: 255th Anniversary of the Battle of Bushy Run—if you’ve attended this event before, please note that the schedule has changed. The reenactment of the first day of the battle will take place on the afternoon of Aug. 4, with the 2nd day reenactment on the afternoon of Aug. 5 (see the website or Facebook event page for details). You’ll also find military camps, period craftspeople and musical performances, and food vendors at this annual event. Admission is $10 for ages 13+, $5 for ages 4-12; a two-day pass is available for $15 (adult) and $7 (child). 10 am-4 pm both days.

Conrad Weiser Homestead
Aug. 5: Living History Sunday—learn about life in Berks County in the mid-18th century. Guided tours offered. Free admission. Noon-4 pm.

Cornwall Iron Furnace
Aug. 14: Lecture—Pat Freeland will present “Virtual Tour of Cornwall Iron Furnace.” Part of the Friends of Cornwall Iron Furnace lecture series, the program takes place in the auditorium of Freeman Community Center at Cornwall Manor. 7 pm.

Daniel Boone Homestead
Aug. 8, 15: Sawmill Operation Days—subject to staff availability, there will be demonstrations of the site’s water-powered sawmill at 11 am and 2 pm.

Drake Well Museum
Aug. 4-5, 11-12: Historic Pithole Open—the visitor center will be open, so enjoy the orientation film and the excellent diorama that shows the town in its heyday. Admission charged. 10 am-4 pm.
Aug. 5: Drake Well Marathon and 1/2—this is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon. Both races (full marathon and half marathon) begin and end at the Museum and make use of Titusville streets and the bike path in Oil Creek State Park. Proceeds benefit Drake Well Museum and Park. You must register to participate.

Eckley Miners’ Village
Aug. 4-5: 1940s Weekend—learn about life during World War II through home front and military displays, music, food, and more throughout the site. Off-site at 6 pm on the 4th, there will be a Swing Dance at Freeland Public Park Pavilion. Admission charged (separate fee for dance). 10 am-5 pm.

Ephrata Cloister
Aug. 5: Ice Cream Social—ice cream sundaes, music by Ethan Fasnacht, spinning and weaving demos, therapy dogs from KPETS. What a great way to spend an old-fashioned summer afternoon. Admission is $5 per person for ages 5 and up (younger than 5 get in free). 1-4 pm.

Erie Maritime Museum and U.S. Brig Niagara
Aug. 11-12: A Celebration of Life and Work on Our Waterways—the centerpiece of this project is a two-gallery exhibit featuring the work of watercolor artist Daven Anderson and works by members of Erie’s BLOOM Collaborative. Anderson will present a gallery talk on Aug. 11 at 2 pm. There will be an opening reception at 1-2:30 pm on Aug. 12 (more info). The exhibits continue through Oct. 27.
Aug. 14: Erie Gives—you can support the museum and ship and stretch your donation by participating in Erie Gives Day. Online giving only, 8 am-8 pm, on the Flagship Niagara League’s Erie Gives page.

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

Hope Lodge
Aug. 5, 12: Site open—enjoy the grounds and take a guided tour of the mansion. Admission charged. 12:30-4 pm (tours at 1:00 and 2:30 pm).

Joseph Priestley House
Aug. 5: Oxygen Day—in honor of Dr. Priestley’s best known scientific contribution, this program features costumed docents throughout the house and chemistry demonstrations (more info on the website). Admission is free. 1-4 pm; chemistry demos at 1:30 and 2:30 pm.

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
Aug. 7: Hands-On History Day—today’s theme is the letter “W”: there’s a School House lesson about “Washing the Sheep,” historic wooden games, wool working, and making a simple toy (more info and online ticketing on website). Cost per program is $11 per person (FREE for Landis Valley Associate members and kids age 5 and under). 10 am-3 pm.

Old Economy Village
Aug. 11: Introduction to Woodworking—stay tuned to the website for updates on this workshop. 10 am-1 pm.

Pennsbury Manor
Aug. 5, 12: Special programming—8/5, Historic Trades; 8/12, Living History Theater. Included in regular admission. 1-4 pm.

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
Aug. 4-5: Family History Camp—this 2-day program is designed for families with kids age 10 and older. On Day 1, learn about the history of logging in PA and the skills needed to be a successful “woodhick.” On Day 2, help demonstrate those skills at the Cherry Springs Park Woodsmen’s Show. Pre-registration is required (visit the museum website for details). Also on Aug. 4, the museum will offer an all ages birling clinic (weather permitting) for people who want to learn or practice log-rolling (see Facebook event for more info).

Pennsylvania Military Museum
Aug. 4-5, 11-12: On weekends in August, the 1 pm guided tour is included in museum admission.
Aug. 5: Friends’ Lecture Series—local historian and author Bruce Teeple will present “War Fever! How the Government’s Anti-German Propaganda Campaign Affected Central Pennsylvania.” Donation requested. 2 pm.
Aug. 7: Central PA Civil War Round Table Series—Jared Frederick, history instructor at Penn State Altoona and seasonal interpreter at Gettysburg National Military Park, will present “For the People: A Photographic History of the Gettysburg National Military Park.” Donation requested. 7 pm.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
As of Aug. 1: Garden Railway Tour and Swing Dance Tickets on saleGarden Railway Tour: this year’s (self-guided) tour is on Sunday, Oct. 7 (rain or shine). Tickets may be purchased at the museum starting today and will be available at Stauffer’s locations in central PA starting Sept. 1. Swing Dance: Saturday night, Nov. 3, will find 1940s dance music and dancers among the trains in Rolling Stock Hall from 7 to 10 pm.

Somerset Historical Center
Aug. 4: Escape Room—two 60-minute games offered each day for up to 10 players. Solve the clues to escape from the barn. Cost is $10 per person. 10 am-2 pm.
Aug. 11: History on a Hayride—hear local tales and explore the historical center grounds from your seat in a hay wagon. Two rides each day. Cost is $10 per person, $8 for members. 10 am-2 pm.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Please visit the Planetarium webpage for a full schedule of shows.
Aug. 8-9, 15-16: Nature Lab programs—a variety of presenters will share their expertise in Nature Lab (program details are on the events calendar). Included in regular admission. 11:30 am.
Aug. 3, 10: Summer Fridays—general admission is “pay as you wish” on Fridays, 9 am to 5 pm. Curiosity Connection will have free timed tickets available. Art docents will be on hand in the “Art of the State” exhibit from 11 am to 1 pm. Regular fees apply for planetarium shows. From 12:15 to 12:45 pm, a variety of Learn at Lunchtime programs will be offered (check website for specifics).
Aug. 3: StoryTime—this month’s program will include a tour of selected works in the “Art of the State” exhibit and a reading of Art by Patrick McDonnell. Geared for children ages 3-5 with an adult. Included in general admission. 10-11 am.
Aug. 5: Artist’s Conversations—take an informal tour of this year’s “Art of the State” exhibit with curator Amy Hammond and artist Jo Margolis, whose work on paper, Things Embedded, is featured in the exhibit. Included in general admission. 2-3 pm.

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

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