The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission Responds to COVID-19

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PHMC’s historic sites and museums, including the PA Lumber Museum, will remain closed until further notice. As such, all special events previously scheduled to take place in-person at the museum through October 31st, 2020 are cancelled (unless specifically noted below or on the museum Facebook page). The museum is presenting a variety of virtual & drive-thru events for the rest of 2020. Please see below for more information.

Thank you for your support. Please check the museum web site and Facebook page for updates on the possible rescheduling for special events and programs.

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For information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

PA Lumber Museum- Virtual Programs:

Virtual Timbersports Demonstration and Discussion with Tom Oliver

Saturday October 10, 2020, starting at 1 Pm

Labor practices in the lumber industry changed during the second half of the 20th century. Axes, saws, and other hand tools gave way to chainsaws, grapple skidders, feller bunchers, and other mechanized equipment. The desire to showcase and preserve traditional “woodhick” skills resulted in the creation of competitive timbersports; an international athletic discipline open to both men and women, often sponsored by major logging equipment manufacturers.

Tom Oliver, a Recreation Forester with PA DCNR Tioga State Forest, has conducted woodhick skills demonstrations at the museum’s Bark Peelers’ Festival since 2013. He began competing in timbersports at Penn State Mont Alto in 2005 while studying forestry. In 2011 he was one of 50 Americans selected to compete in the Stihl® Timbersports Championship Series.

On Saturday October 10th, starting at 1 Pm, Tom will present a virtual live skills demonstration using the ZOOM video conferencing platform. He will explain how to train for and compete in timbersports events such as hotsaw, singlebuck, standing block, underhand chop, and axe throw. Tom will also provide advice and answer questions from ZOOM participants who are interested in getting started in timbersports themselves.

To register for this event, please email the museum at There is no cost to register, but if you are able please consider making a donation to the museum using the “donate” button on our web site:

Virtual Nightscape Photography Workshop and Discussion with Curt Weinhold

Saturday November 7, 2020, starting at 6 Pm

One of the more beautiful consequences of the historic boom and bust cycle of the lumber industry in northcentral Pennsylvania is the region’s abundance of dark skies; places where light pollution from population centers does not interfere with viewing the stars.

On Saturday November 7th, beginning at 6 Pm, museum board member and PA Wilds Juried Artisan photographer, Curt Weinhold, will lead a virtual program on night sky photography using the ZOOM video conferencing platform. Curt’s workshop will provide details on how to photograph stars, the milky way, & even fireworks and nighttime town or cityscapes. Proper photo gear, exposure settings, and image editing will be reviewed. Photography technique will focus on creating good exposures, and then move on to including foregrounds such as trees, buildings, etc.; hence the term “nightscape”. This program will NOT address imaging through telescopes. There will be time for questions and discussion at the end of the program.

To register for this event, please email the museum at There is no cost to register, but if you are able please consider making a donation to the museum using the “donate” button on our web site:

Drive-Thru Trick or Treat Night

Saturday October 24, 2020, from 6 Pm to 8 PM

Because the PA Lumber Museum remains closed to the public, we are changing our ‘Spooky Lantern Tours’ event to a Drive-Thru Trick or Treat Night on Saturday October 24, 2020. The museum will be distributing pre-portioned bags of candy, supplied through the generosity of our volunteers and community partners. One bag of candy will be given to each youth in participating vehicles; costumes for youth are encouraged but not required. Circle through the parking lot and stop at the distribution station in front of the visitor center. Please drive carefully, and do not exit your vehicle while on the museum grounds. Museum information and a spooky story to read at home will also be distributed. The event starts at 6 PM and lasts until we run out of candy or 8 PM; whichever comes first. Thank you for your continued support of the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum!

CANCELLED– Fall Antique and Collectible Show: The site bursts with activity this weekend! Antique vendors selling a variety of items; sawmill demonstration on Saturday, and birch still and historic trade demonstrations all weekend; food available for purchase in the program room.  

CANCELLED – Haunted Lantern Tours at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum: 6 to 9 Pm. Join us for a walk through the site by lantern light. Listen to ghost stories and trick-or-treat along the walk. Paint pumpkins and make pine cone bird feeders and have some refreshments in the museum program room. 

CANCELLED – Santa in the Shay- Santa will be in the cab of the museum’s Shay locomotive to listen to your holiday requests. Take an instant pic with St. Nick, and make a special ornament for your tree. Cookies and hot cocoa will be served in the museum program room and shop a holiday bazaar of local artisans.