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PHMC’s Historic Sites and Museums to Reopen April 30

Visitors, Volunteers, and Staff Must Wear a Face Mask & Social Distance

The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) announced that it will begin welcoming visitors to state-owned historic sites and museums, including the PENNSYLVANIA LUMBER MUSEUM, beginning Friday April 30, 2021. From that date, the PA Lumber Museum will be open on Friday-Saturday-Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM; closed Monday through Thursday. This schedule will be in place through at least June 30, 2021.

No on-site events or gatherings, including exhibit openings, special programs and facility rentals, are scheduled at this time in order to give staff the opportunity to reacclimate to regular operations before holding events.  PHMC will provide an update when they can resume scheduling.  School group visits, including groups of homeschoolers, will resume in the fall.

Any changes affecting visitation or other PHMC operations will be communicated quickly via PHMC and affiliates’ digital and social channels. Visit PHMC online or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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

PA Lumber Museum- Virtual Programs:

PHMC Virtual Collections Showcase program


Please join us for the next installment of the What’s in a Theme? – Virtual Collections Showcase. Museum professionals from PHMC’s historic sites and museums will be presenting and discussing objects from their collections that relate to a different shared theme each month. Sites will have 5 minutes to make the case as to why their object best embodies that theme. Then, the audience will vote for their favorite. The winning site will get to host a future episode of this program and select a theme of their choice. Look for PHMC Virtual Collections Showcase programs to happen on a regular basis throughout 2021. And, if you miss the live program be sure to check out the recording on PHMC’s YouTube channel:

Thank you for your support of PHMC, and we look forward to having you join us!

Reel History: Pennsylvania Industrial History at the Movies– The Molly Maguires

Wednesday January 27, 2021, starting at 7 Pm

Watch the film on your own, then join us via ZOOM for the discussion on Wednesday, January 27th at 7PM. The Molly Maguires is currently available on the following streaming platforms: Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. Prices begin at $2.99.Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Register for free at:…/26375-reel-history

Please check back for future instalments of this program, discussing other movies that feature PA industries.

African-American CCC Camps in Pennsylvania State Forests and Parks

Wednesday February 24, 2021, starting at 7 PM

The Civilian Conservation Corps program was a tremendous benefit to the citizens of Pennsylvania. Second only to California in the number of camps, the Commonwealth’s parks and forests benefited in many ways, from facilities to forest conservation. Lesser known among this history is the role of African-Americans in the CCC program. Known as “colored” camps in their day, they were almost always administered and led by white officers and leaders. In some areas, local communities welcomed them, while others fought to keep them out. This virtual program, led by Paul T. Fagley, Environmental Education Specialist at Greenwood Furnace State Park, will touch on the role of these camps in our state parks and forests. It will include historic photos from several African-American camps in Pennsylvania.

Information on how to register for this Zoom program will be coming soon!

Virtual Charter Day- the week of March 7, 2021

Please join the Bureaus of PHMC for a week-long series of virtual programs highlighting the history of the founding of the Colony of Pennsylvania. Check the PHMC web site for more information:

IN-PERSON Events for 2021:

CANCELLED– Spring Antique and Collectible Show: This event would have taken place on April 24 & 25, 2021; but it is now CANCELLED. In This event, which typically includes antique vendors selling a variety of items; sawmill demonstration on Saturday, and birch still and historic trade demonstrations all weekend, with food available for purchase in the program room, will hopefully be able to proceed in 2022.  


At the moment, the PA Lumber Museum is operating under the assumption that it will be able to hold a Bark Peelers’ Festival in 2021. This event was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19. The 2021 event may also have to be cancelled based upon restrictions on large gatherings that might still be in place due to COVID-19 come July. We will be sure to update everyone involved with the festival as new information becomes available. Thank you for your continued patience and support.