Upcoming Trails of History Events, July 6-19

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So much to do…This list covers today, July 6, through July 19. Visit the July program page for events later in the month.

Tape loom demonstration at Conrad Weiser Homestead
Weaving demonstrations are often part of living history programs at Conrad Weiser Homestead (via Facebook)

Bushy Run Battlefield
July 7: Annual Classic Car Cruise—classic and custom cars, live music, food, drink, and more. Event is free; regular admission applies to visit the exhibits. 11 am-3 pm.

Conrad Weiser Homestead
July 8: Living History Sunday—enjoy a summer afternoon at the homestead learning about life in the Tulpehocken. Admission is free. Noon-4 pm.

Daniel Boone Homestead
July 11, 18: Sawmill demonstrations—the site’s water-powered up-down sawmill will be demonstrated at 11 am and 2 pm.

Drake Well Museum and Park
Saturdays and Sundays: Historic Pithole open. Admission charged. 10 am-4 pm.
July 12, 19: Discovery Days—children age 8-12 will experience nature, perform experiments, discover history through artifacts and exhibits and so much more. Fees charged and registration is required (program brochure and registration form). Deadline was late June, so contact the site to see if space is still available. 9 am-4 pm.

Erie Maritime Museum and Flagship Niagara
Through August 17: Tall Ship Summer Camp—sail on board the schooner Lettie G. Howard and learn all kinds of nautical skills. Week-long camp sessions are still booking, geared for ages 10-14–except for Tall Ships Summer Camp RETRO week (July 2-6), which is designed for grown-ups! Details and registration info are on the website.
July 16: Annual Flagship Niagara Golf Opendetails and registration are on the website. Part of your registration fee is tax-deductible and supports the Flagship Niagara League’s programs. Must be at least 21 years old to attend.

Graeme Park
July 15: Living History Sunday—explore the sympathies and arguments of loyalists and revolutionaries as Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson decides what she must do (more info on the website). Noon-3 pm (presentation at 2).

Hope Lodge
Sundays in July—the site is open for tours every Sunday, through mid-October. Admission is charged. 12:30-4 pm, with tours at 1 and 2:30.

Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
July 7 and 11: Lend a Hand on the Farm—there’s flax to be harvested and Landis Valley needs some helping hands to pitch in. Learn how flax becomes linen and help with the first step in the process, pulling the flax plants out of the ground. No tools will be used (no cutting) but those interested should bring good garden gloves and plenty of sunscreen. Landis Valley will provide water and snacks (more info on Facebook). 7/7, 9-11:30 am; 7/11, 6-8:30 pm.

Old Economy Village
July 15: Historic Fashion Show and Discussion—curator Sarah Buffington will present a program on 18th- and 19th-century clothing using antique and reproduction pieces (more info on Facebook event page). 6-8 pm.
July 16-20: Summer History Camp—kids ages 6 to 12 will explore the village and learn about life and work in the community (more info and registration form. Register by July 5. 9 am-12:30 pm.

Pennsbury Manor
Special Sunday ProgrammingPirates in the Tavern! (living history theater) (7/8) and see what the cooks are up to in the kitchen (7/15). Included in regular admission. 1-4 pm.
July 14: Yoga/dance classes—no experience is required to enjoy this combination of various types of dance and yoga movement. Two classes are offered – Shake Your Soul (10-11 am) and Shake Your Seat, where movements center around a chair (noon-1 pm). Click on the class you want for more info on registering. Cost is $10 per class.

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
July 7-8: Annual Bark Peelers’ Festival—this hugely popular event recreates the 4th of July celebrations of Pennsylvania’s early 20th-century lumber camp workers and “woodhicks.” The schedule for this year’s event is now available online. Admission is charged. 9 am-5 pm (events start at 10 am). NOTE: on June 7 at noon, a dedication ceremony for the relocated Webber cabin will be held (read more about the cabin project).

Pennsylvania Military Museum
July 10: Central PA Civil War Roundtable Series—the program is “Zouaves: America’s Forgotten Soldiers.” Donation requested. 7-8 pm.
July 12-15: Annual People’s Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts—celebration of arts and artisans held on the museum grounds (visit the festival website for details). Festival is free, $5 charged for on-site parking at PMM; regular museum admission applies to tour the indoor exhibits. Thurs-Sat, 10 am-9 pm (museum open 10 am-5 pm); Sun., noon-5 pm.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Through July 8: Reading Railroad Days—offered in conjunction with the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society, this program features an enormous HO-scale model railroad and highlights Reading Company rolling stock in the Museum’s collection. Included in regular museum admission during regular hours.

Somerset Historical Center
July 7: Escape Room—work as a team (of up to 10 people) to solve your mission and escape the barn. Two 60-minute games offered per day. Cost is $10 per person. 10 am-2 pm.
July 14: Exhibit opening—”Answering the Call: Somerset County in the Great War” explores the impact of World War I from the home front to the front lines. Included in regular admission.
July 14: Historic Hayride—hear stories of the local region while you tour the grounds by wagon. Two rides offered each day. Cost is $10 per person, $8 for members. 10 am-2 pm.

State Museum of Pennsylvania
Through Aug. 24: Summer Fridays—Fridays are “Pay as You Wish” this summer.
For the full listing of July programs, including planetarium shows, Nature Lab programs, StoryTime, and Learn at Lunchtime, please visit the museum’s calendar of events.

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