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In-Person Special Events for 2022

All events listed below are subject to change. Please check the museum website and Facebook page for the latest event information.

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. 

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July 23, 2022 1pm–Laquin: Behind the Photos: Go on a photographic tour of the lumber town of Laquin, located on Barclay Mountain in Bradford County.  Presenter Matthew Carl, President of LeRoy Heritage Museum, and Executive Director of the Bradford County Historical Society, brings the town alive using over 100 images from the past and present.  Learn about the history of the town by exploring the photos of its buildings, factories, and people. 

July 30, 2022 1pm–Book Talk & Signing: “The Foreman’s Boys” by William Marcum: The Civilian Conservation Corps was one of the first New Deal relief projects created by President Franklin Roosevelt upon taking office in 1933.  It provided employment for hundreds of thousands of young men to work on conservation projects in local, state, and national parks and forests across the country.  Join author William Marcum to learn the story of CCC Company 1333, Camp S-63 Poe Valley, situated in the rugged mountains of central PA.  Discover what life was like at a CCC camp during and after work hours from the stories of veterans, camp administrators, and military commanders.  Copies of the book are available for sale in the museum gift shop and can be signed after the talk.

August 6-7, 2022-History Camp: Looking for a unique experience for your child this summer? The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is excited to present its hands-on History Camp.  Children ages 10-18 will spend two full-days immersing themselves in the rough and tumble lifestyle of a 19-century woodhick.

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August 20, 2022 1pm-The Green Team: Theodore Roosevelt & Gifford Pinchot: Theodore Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot wielded tremendous influence within the conservation movement, particularly during the early years of the twentieth century.  Join Lenora Henson, Deputy Director and Curator from the Theodore Roosevelt Inauguration Site, to explore how their relationship — on personal as well as professional levels — shaped their efforts and continues to shape their legacies.

September 3, 2022-Community Yard Sale: Vendors 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. Contact the museum at (814) 235-2652 to make a reservation.

September 10, 2022 1pm-Women in the Lumber Industry: Although the history of the Pennsylvania lumber industry has predominantly focused on the lives of men, recent research begins to shed light on the historic roles of women in the business.  Join researcher Hilary Folwell Jebitsch to explore the important roles women held in the industry and go more in depth into the lives of some remarkable women. 

October 8-9, 2022-Fall Antique Show & Sawmill Run: Antique vendors selling a variety of antique and collectible items; sawmill demonstration on Saturday, birch still and historic trade demonstrations all weekend; food available for purchase in museum program room.

Rescheduled: October 15, 2022 1pmFilm Screening of Nessmuk: In Defense of Nature in the Pennsylvania Wilds: Celebrate the 200th birthday of George “Nessmuk” Sears with a screening of the documentary Nessmuk:  In Defense of Nature in the Pennsylvania Wilds.  Written, directed, and produced by Gale Largey, the film explores the life and ideas of this noted outdoorsman, author, and early conservationist. 

Through his extensive writings in Forest & Stream, Nessmuk became a critic of uncontrolled deforestation and the impact dams, railroads, and industry had on the natural environment.  He urged greater opportunities for everyone, not just the rich, to enjoy the beauty of Nature.  He also strongly advocated for fish and game laws to protect wildlife.  Gale Largey will introduce this 86-minute film and answer questions at its conclusion. 

October 22, 2022 6:30pm-8:30pm-Spooky Lantern Tours: 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.

Admission: $3 adult/$1 Youth, Free for Museum Members

December 10, 2022 12:00pm-3:00pm-Santa in the Shay: Santa will be in the cab of the museum’s Shay locomotive to listen to your holiday requests. Take a picture 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.

Admission: $5 Adult/$3 Youth, Free for Museum Members

November 19, 2022 1pm-Pennsylvania Elk: 100 Years of Conservation: Join Jeremy Banfield, elk biologist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Deer and Elk Section, for an engaging overview of the Commonwealth’s elk management program.  The presentation will include a brief history of the extermination and reintroduction of elk to PA forests, the spatial distribution and estimated number of our current elk population, and their habitat requirements.  Additional topics covered will include disease management, current research projects, and frequently asked questions related to elk hunting in Pennsylvania. 

PA Lumber Museum- Virtual Programs:

PHMC Monthly 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: