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Up Coming  Events:

Our 3rd Sunday educational program series continues on February 18, 2018, with a presentation on Pennsylvania maple syrup production. Come and learn More About Maple through lecture and demonstration with Chris Nicholas.

Help us to celebrate Pennsylvania’s birthday on March 11, 2018, during PA Charter Day! Admission to all PHMC historic sites and museums is FREE the second Sunday in March.

Check out our 2018 Schedule of Events!

NEW Videos of the Saw Mill in Operation!

See photos of the 2017 Bark Peelers’ Festival here:

Webber Cabin Slated to Become a New Exhibit at the PA Lumber Museum

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In the NEWS:

 

Straub Brewery features the PA Lumber Museum in their new craft beer samplers

  Straub Brewery of St Marys, PA, has collaborated with the PA Wilds to produce a series of limited edition craft beer samplers featuring brews that draw inspiration from various locations within the Wilds region. Each of the four different varieties included in each sampler feature GPS coordinates on the bottle label that lead to interesting adventures and amazing places. The coordinates featured on the “Ridge Top Runner” Vienna lager included in the first ‘Adventure Pack’ corresponded to the location of the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum! Thank you to Straub Brewery for including us in this series, and please remember to drink responsibly while exploring the Wilds!

Here’s some information from Straub about the craft beer inspired by the Pennsylvania lumber woods:

 Ridge Top Runner (Vienna)

Ridge Top Runner is named in respect to the thousands of acres of lush and pristine forests, state parks, and untouched game lands within the PA Wilds™ region. It also pays homage to the rich history of the logging industry in the region and the Fiercely Independent™ people who worked in the woods building the infrastructure and establishing our communities.

Annually, tens of thousands of locals and tourists from across Pennsylvania and the country cruise through these areas to picnic, hike, hunt, sightsee, and enjoy the best of what nature has to offer. Destinations like the Allegheny National Forest, Hearts Content, PA Grand Canyon, Devil’s Elbow, Buzzard Swamp, and Ole Bull State Park are places where fun and fresh air are seamless complements to the smooth, malty notes of Ridge Top Runner.

This Vienna-style all-malt, amber lager is Straub Brewery’s take on the classic style from Viennese and Munich brewing traditions. It is a balanced beer, with just enough flavor and aroma to please a wide range of drinkers.

Ridge Top Runner pairs well with: hot wings; grilled kabobs; baked ham; stuffed pork chops; salmon and tuna; hot dogs and burgers; pizza; tacos; and chocolate desserts.

Straub Brewmaster Vince Assetta: “Ridge Top Runner is first and last a balanced and symmetrical beer. The pale amber color is followed by a mild and malty initial taste, and then just enough hop character to keep you going back for more. Extremely smooth and drinkable, be sure to share this Vienna lager with your friends who appreciate great lager beers.”

https://straubbeer.com/adventure/

 

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   The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum educates the public about the Commonwealth’s rich lumbering history and the ongoing care, management, and recreational use of its forests. Visitors are encouraged to explore the museum’s working historic saw mill, recreated lumber camp, exhibits, public programs and collections to discover the relevance of history in their lives. The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and is actively supported by the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates which is a non-profit community-based organization.

   The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is open to the public year-round, Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The museum is closed all Federal holidays except Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. Located in scenic Potter County along U.S. Route 6 at mile marker 188, between Galeton and Coudersport, the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is well-positioned relative to the history of the densely forested Allegheny high plateau. The museum is home to thousands of objects ranging from prehistoric stone tools, to a variety of twentieth century chain saws. Interactive exhibits allow visitors to practice activities such as swinging an ax, sawing a tree, piloting a log raft, and racing locomotives. Large outdoor exhibits are located throughout the 30-acre museum campus and include a re-created early 20th century logging camp, the museum’s popular 70-ton Shay geared-locomotive, and a 1910 Barnhart log loader. A rustic log cabin build by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936 showcases the talents and craftsmanship of these dedicated citizens. Other exhibits include a steam-powered sawmill and log pond, a 1945 Brookville switch engine once used in a tannery, and a Sustainable Forestry Trail that loops through forty acres of forest surrounding Commissioner Run.

PA Lumber Museum_ Bark Peelers' 2016

   The museum’s Bark Peelers’ Festival, held annually over the July 4th holiday weekend, treats thousands of visitors to lively special events, contests, and demonstrations; all celebrating “woodhick” skills. Unique food and craft vendors provide guests with ample shopping and culinary opportunities. There is live music throughout the weekend, crafts and games at the Kids Korner, an operating steam-powered circular sawmill and birch still, blacksmithing, chainsaw carving, and door prizes. Visitors are encouraged to compete in the greased pole, log rolling, cross cut saw, and birling competitions to earn the title “Grand Champion Barkpeeler” and the associated cash prizes.

BARK PEELERS’ FESTIVAL

The Bark Peelers’ Festival is a historical celebration of wood hick culture and the traditional lumbering activities of Pennsylvania, held annually over the July 4th weekend. This signature event dates back to 1975.

2018 Event is July 7 & 8!

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!

PALMA INFORMATION

palma_logoThe Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates (PALMA) are the official membership and support organization for the PA Lumber Museum, funding numerous projects and activities, including the Bark Peelers’ Festival. You are invited to join us!

COLLECTIONS & EXHIBITIONS

Our collections focus on the history of the lumber industry in Pennsylvania. We also touch on the use of the Commonwealth’s forests and the environmental impact of lumbering activities. Collections range from locomotives to commemorative pins and everything in-between, including photographs and research materials.


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Administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Tom Wolf, Governor
Nancy Moses, Chairman
Andrea Lowery, Executive Director
With generous support from the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates
Lumber Museum Staff
Joshua Roth, Administrator
Patricia Berberich, Records Officer
Michael Berberich, Maintenance Foreman
Robert F. Miller, President - PA Lumber Museum Associates