Events

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 are cancelled (unless specifically noted below or on the museum Facebook page). The museum is presenting a variety of virtual events in the first quarter of 2021. 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.

Please visit phmc.pa.gov 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 Programs:

PHMC Virtual Collections Showcase program

Monthly- January 26, 2021 @ 7 PM, February 16, 2021 @ 7 PM, March- TBD

Jan.- Please join us for the next installment of the What’s in a Theme? – Virtual Collections Showcase. Museum professionals from Anthracite Heritage Museum, Drake Well Museum, Erie Maritime Museum, Hope Lodge, Landis Valley Museum, Old Economy Village, and the PA Lumber Museum will be presenting and discussing objects from their collections that relate to the shared theme of “winter & cold weather.” Each site will have 5 minutes to make the case as to why their object best embodies the 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 more PHMC Virtual Collections Showcase programs to happen on a regular basis throughout 2021. Thank you for your support of PHMC, and we look forward to having you join us!

Hi there,

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Jan 26, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: PHMC- Virtual Collections Showcase- Jan 2021

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4Cr5rAVdQDycoYAyub0dEA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Feb.- Please join us for the next installment of the What’s in a Theme? – Virtual Collections Showcase. Museum professionals from Erie Maritime Museum, Hope Lodge, Landis Valley Museum, Old Economy Village, Pennsbury Manor, and the PA Lumber Museum will be presenting and discussing objects from their collections that relate to the shared theme of “love & relationships.” Each site will have 5 minutes to make the case as to why their object best embodies the 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 more PHMC Virtual Collections Showcase programs to happen on a regular basis throughout 2021. Thank you for your support of PHMC, and we look forward to having you join us!

Hi there,

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Feb 16, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: PHMC- Virtual Collections Showcase- February 2021

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RZxhXOPVT9m22KWE759mdw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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: https://drakewell.networkforgood.com/…/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: https://www.phmc.pa.gov/About/Pages/default.aspx

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.  

BARK PEELERS’ FESTIVAL 2021- July 3 & 4

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.