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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! Information on upcoming episodes can be found HERE:

Fabric and Fiber in PA’s Forests

June 11, 2021, starting at 7 PM- via ZOOM

Join the PA Lumber Museum administrator (Joshua Roth) and curator (Josh Fox) for this virtual program that will highlight some of the fabric and clothing items housed in the museum’s expansive object collection, along with select images from our photographic archive. The museum was invited to collaborate with the Galeton, PA Worldwide Knitting in Public knitters and fiber artists group as they prepare for this year’s Worldwide Knitting in Public Day on Saturday June 12th. The weeks festivities will also include a “Laundry Camp” ZOOM presentation (for the second year in a row) on June 10th, and the museum felt it would be a good fit to lend some historical perspective on what woodhicks were wearing and how they did their laundry while working in the woods.

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:

IN-PERSON Events for 2021:


It is with a heavy heart that the PA Lumber Museum would like to announce that there will not be a Bark Peelers’ Festival this year. Vendors and other participants will be receiving letters in the mail in the coming days with a refund of any deposits paid.

The museum will be OPEN on the July 4th weekend; Friday July 2 through Sunday July 4, from 10 AM to 4 PM. If you will be in the area we hope that you will visit.

Thank you for your continued support and patience as we persevere on the difficult journey of recovery from the effects of COVID-19. We are certainly planning for the return of Bark Peelers’ Festival in July 2022.

Extended Schedule of Events for 2021- 2022

Some previously scheduled events in 2021 have been cancelled due to COVID-19. All events listed below are subject to change. Please check the museum website and Facebook page for the latest event information.

September 4, 2021- Community Yard Sale: Yardsalers set up along U.S. Route 6 near the 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 9-10, 2021- Fall Antique Show & Sawmill Run: Dozens of antique vendors selling a wide 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 23, 2021- Spooky Lantern Tours at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum: 6:30 to 8:30 Pm. Join us for a walk through the site by lantern light. Listen to ghost stories and trick-or-treat along the way. Paint pumpkins, make pinecone birdfeeders and have some refreshments in the museum program room.

December 11, 2021- 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 coco will be served in the museum program room. Shop a holiday bazaar of local artisans.

January 22, 2022- Winter in the Lumber Camp: Outdoor fun in the snow with sledding, snow men, and snow art activities. Try your hand at cross-country skis, snowshoes and ice skates (conditions permitting) with the help of equipment provided by PA DCNR and volunteer instructors. Food and drink available in the program room.

February 18—20, 2022- Snow-mobility Weekend: Ride your snowmobile to the museum all weekend-long. Cross-country ski/ hike to the museum on Saturday (ONLY) for a Pancake Breakfast from 9:30 Am until 1:30 Pm. Documentary films will be shown in the program room during breakfast. 

March 13, 2022- Charter Day: Most PA Trails of History sites are free to the public to celebrate Pennsylvania’s birthday! The PA Lumber Museum will be offering guided tours of its facilities and exhibits.

April 23-24, 2022- Spring Antique Show & Sawmill Run: Dozens of antique vendors selling a wide variety of items; sawmill demonstration on Saturday, and birch still and other historic demonstrations all weekend; food available for purchase in the program room.

July 2-3, 2022- Bark Peelers’ Festival: Our biggest event of the year! Lively special programs, contests, and demonstrations all celebrating “wood hick” skills. Unique food and craft vendors, live music, games at the kid’s corner, operation of our sawmill and birch still, blacksmithing, camp cooking, chainsaw carving, and door prizes. Visitors are encouraged to compete in the greased pole, log rolling, crosscut saw, and birling competitions to earn the title “Grand Champion Bark-peeler” and the associated cash prizes. 

Every Month- 3rd Weekend Educational Series: Programs will cover a wide-range of topics presented through documentary films, lectures, and hands-on learning. Please call or visit the museum website or Facebook page to find out more.