The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission Responds to COVID-19

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We at the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) want to ensure that the public remains safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the Governor’s order regarding COVID-19, the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is closed until further notice. All special events scheduled to take place in-person at the museum between May 1st and August 31st are cancelled (unless specifically noted below or on the museum Facebook page).

PHMC, in consultation with the Governor’s office and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, will continue to monitor this situation as it evolves. 

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.

Please visit for updates

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 Program

The Geography of Penn’s Woods: the relationship between landscape and forest communities.

Presented by: Dr. Paul Kelley

Saturday August 22, 2020, starting at 7 Pm

Pennsylvania is a large and geographically diverse state, and each of its varied geographic regions has distinct historic, cultural, and environmental traits. With the use of compelling visuals including current and historic maps and photographs, Mr. Kelly will discuss the geographic regions of Pennsylvania, the types of forest communities that grow therein, and the people and organizations who have worked to study and categorize them. 

This program will be presented free of charge, thanks to the generosity of the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates (PALMA). Donations are appreciated, and can be made through the museum’s web site:

This program will be presented through Zoom Video Conferencing. Attendees will be required to pre-register for the program (registration is free). To register, please send an email to ‘’ with ‘PA Geography’ in the subject line. Be sure to include your name, phone number, and email address in the body of the email. A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent back to the email provided. The museum will not share your information with any other organization. The Zoom platform may prompt you to download a web application when you click the link, so please be sure to allow some extra time for this prior to joining the meeting. Feel free to call or email the museum with any questions.

Thank you for your continued support of the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum!

September 5, 2020 – Community Yard Sale: This event is held near the U.S. Route 6 entrance to the museum. Reserve a vendor space at the event for a donation of $10; rent a table for $5 each. A high-traffic weekend for yard sales: thousands of cars will be traveling on Route 6 past the museum! 

October 10-11, 2020 – 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.  

October 24, 2020 – 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. 

December 12, 2020 – Santa in the Shay: 12 to 3 Pm; 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. 

Third Weekend Series: The PALMA Events Committee arranges monthly programs at the Lumber Museum. These programs cover a wide range of topics presented through documentary films, lectures, and hands-on learning activities. And the events usually, but not always, land on the third weekend of the month. Third Weekend Series events are free to all Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates. Otherwise, regular admission rates apply.