Full schedule of events for 2017.

The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum would like to express our sincere thanks to all who visited with us in 2016! Attendance greatly increased with the addition of the new visitor center, and the museum offered a variety of new programs in 2016 to keep our returning visitors interested and engaged. Below is a list of special events planned for 2017. We hope you will come to visit with us again this year! And remember, word-of-mouth is still a very powerful and effective means of advertising for us, so if you enjoyed visiting the museum let your friends and family know about us. Thank you again for your support of the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum!


Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

2017 Calendar of Events:

All events are administered with the help of the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates, a non-profit and community based organization formed in 1973 to assist and support the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum.

Charter Day is Sunday March 12th, 2017. Most PA Trails of History sites are free to the public to celebrate Pennsylvania’s birthday! This day commemorates the land grant made to William Penn from England’s King Charles II to settle a debt owed to Penn’s father. The land granted to Penn in 1681 eventually became the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  PA Charter Day is always celebrated on the 2nd Sunday in March. Please visit the PHMC Trails of History website or the PA Trailheads blog for more information about other interesting activities happening across the state on Charter Day.

The 8th annual Spring Antique and Collectible Show and Sale will be held at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum on Saturday April 22nd and Sunday April 23rd, 2017. The show features dozens of vendors from across the country selling furniture, glass, coins, books, toys, clothing and collectibles. Antique vendors interested in participating in the show should call the museum (814-435-2652) to reserve space for the event. The museum’s re-created 19th century steam-powered circular sawmill will be in operation on Saturday. There will also be a demonstration of the museum’s birch still on both Saturday and Sunday. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Daily cost for adult admission to the show is $5.00; children are $3.00 each. Access to all museum exhibits and attractions is included in the price of admission to the show. Please join us and, perhaps, you will leave with a new treasured heirloom as well as a better understanding of the lumbering history of the Commonwealth!

Area high school students will be participating in Envirothon at the museum on Thursday May 4th, 2017. This event is sponsored and organized by the Potter County Conservation District and teaches young adults about ecology, conservation, and the care and management of our natural world. Please call the museum for more information. For the past two years, the Future Farmers of America and science department faculty at Northern Potter High School have sponsored an “Outdoor Career-Day” event that is very similar in substance to Envirothon. This event is administered by the school and typically happens near the end of September.

The 2nd annual PA Lumber Museum Community Day will take placed on Saturday May 6th, 2017. Admission to the museum and the day’s activities is FREE to the public. A variety of special events are planned, including historic trade demonstrations in the logging camp, guided forestry walks on the museum’s Sustainable Forestry Trail, and a 5-mile group hike along the state forest trails surrounding the museum. Community-based agencies and organizations will have information stations set-up in the program room where they can spread awareness and interact with the public. Food and drink will be available for purchase. This event is a way to say thank you to the many individuals and organizations in the community who work to ensure the success and prosperity of the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum throughout the year.  Please join us and learn about new ways that you can get involved in your community!

Youth & Family Field Day is scheduled for Saturday June 10th, 2017. This event is sponsored by the Black Forest Sportsman’s Club, and offers youth 10 to 16 years of age an opportunity to try their hand at a variety of outdoor activities with their family. Qualified local instructors teach skills such as fly casting, turkey calling, GPS navigation, and astronomy. Admission is free, but all participants must be pre-registered and accompanied by an adult. A free youth T-shirt and lunch for all participants will be provided as part of the event. Registration begins at 8:15 Am; event programs begin at 9 Am and conclude by 4 Pm.

The 42nd Annual Bark Peeler’s Festival, Honoring Pennsylvania’s Lumbering Heritage, will be held on Saturday July 1st and Sunday July 2nd, 2017. This festival treats thousands of visitors to lively special events, contests, and demonstrations all celebrating “woodhick” skills. Unique food and craft vendors provide guests with ample shopping and culinary opportunities. There is live music throughout the weekend, crafts and games at the kid’s corner, an operating steam-powered circular sawmill and birch still, blacksmithing, chainsaw carving, and door prizes. Visitors are encouraged to compete in the greased pole, log rolling, cross cut saw, and birling competitions to earn the title “Grand Champion Barkpeeler” and the associated cash prizes.  Admission costs $10 per-day for adults and $3 per-day for youth ages 3 to 11.

Cork Camp– hands-on history for kids 10 and older and their families will be held on August 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 2017. Pre-registration is required, so contact the museum NOW to sign-up. The camp will allow participants to set into the “corks” of historic PA wood hicks, learning the tools and skills of the trade from professional woodsmen. Living historians will provide instruction on how to portray a historic wood hick character, and then camp participants will demonstrate this skill at the first day of the Galeton Rotary’s Woodsmen Show at Cherry Springs State Park. Lunch on August 2 & 3 and dinner on August 2 will be provided, other food and lodging are on your own. Please call the museum for more details.

A Community Yard Sale event will take place at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum on Saturday, September 2nd, 2017, from 10 AM to 4 PM. The event will be held near the U.S. Route 6 entrance to the museum. Members of the community can reserve a vendor space at the event for a donation of $10, and tables for vendor use are available to rent during the program for $5 each. Interested parties should contact the museum (814-435-2652) for more information. A high-traffic weekend for yard sales along Route 6: if the weather is good, thousands of cars will be traveling down the road!

The Fall Antique and Collectible Show and Sale will be held at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum on Saturday October 7th and Sunday October 8th, 2017. This event features vendors from across the U.S. selling furniture, glass, coins, books, toys, clothing and collectibles. Antique vendors should call the museum (814-435-2652) to reserve space for the event. The museum sawmill will be operating on Saturday, and birch still and blacksmith demonstrations will be presented both Saturday and Sunday. Daily cost for adult admission to the show is $5.00; children are $3.00 each. Access to all museum exhibits and attractions is included in the price of admission to the show.

On Sunday December 10th, 2017, Santa will pay a visit to the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum between 12 and 4 Pm. Instead of driving his famous sleigh, he will be Santa in the Shay, sitting in the cab of the museum’s Shay locomotive to listen to your holiday requests. Take an instant pic with St. Nick, and then use that photo to make a special ornament for your tree. Cookies and hot coco will be served in the museum program room, and a variety of local artisans (along with our gift shop) will have unique gift items for sale at our holiday bazaar. Admission to the event is only $5.00. A great way to spend time with family while supporting local businesses!

In addition to the special events listed above, the museum will continue its 3rd Sunday Educational Program series each month in 2017. Access to these programs will be included in the regular admission price to the museum and, as always, PALMA members are free. Educational 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. Liking us on Facebook and subscribing to our events is a good way to keep up with newly-announced programs, special events, and changing exhibit gallery offerings.

Below are some 2016 programs that may be offered again in 2017 (call the museum for more details):

May 3rd Sunday Program

The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum will host a spring wildflower lecture and guided trail walk on May 21, 2017. Guests will learn to identify the characteristics of the flowers of the forest. The program will be presented by current and retired forestry staff with Susquehannock State Forest. The lecture and walk will depart from the visitor center program room at 1 PM. Admission is free for members of the museum. Please call with any questions, and we hope to see you there!

July 3rd Sunday Program

Mike Wennin with the Pennsylvania Lumber Heritage Region will present a portion of the traveling “Wood on Glass” exhibit in the PA Lumber Museum Program Room at 1 Pm. The exhibit features large prints of photographic images taken by photographer W. T. Clarke during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Clarke was able to chronicle the lumber industry and the dramatic impact it had on life in north central Pennsylvania during that time. Mike will also have a glass plate negative camera similar to the one used by Clarke to explain how these types of cameras were used. Please join us for this fascinating visual presentation of the history of the lumber industry in PA.

August 3rd Sunday Program

August 21st, 2016, 3rd Sunday Program at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum: ‘Survivor’ Wanda Shirk and the Susquehannock Trail Club will be leading a group hike starting at the PA Lumber Museum Visitor Center, beginning at 1 Pm. The hike, known as the Lumberman’s Loop, will traverse approximately 5.6 miles of trails on the museum property and in the adjacent Susquehannock State Forest. The hike will take about 3 to 4 hours to complete, and is of a moderate difficulty rating. It is recommended that participants wear good shoes and bring a hiking stick, water, snacks and rain gear dependent on weather. A great way to experience the PA lumber woods and see the landscape that early loggers in this region had to overcome.

September 3rd Sunday Program

The PA Lumber Museum’s 3rd Sunday educational program series continues in the month of September with a presentation of the PA DCNR traveling fire tower exhibit. This miniature fire tower teaches the public about fire detection and prevention in our forests. In addition, Smokey Bear will be on-hand to meet and greet children of all ages. We hope you can join us on Sunday September 18th at 1 Pm for this event. Please call the museum with any questions. Thanks!

October 3rd Sunday Program

The annual Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates (PALMA) Members Meeting will be held in the museum program room on Sunday October 16th, 2016 at 1 Pm. Light refreshments will be provided. In addition to the business of the meeting, there will also be a screening of the documentary film America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment. Carl Schenck was a professionally-trained German forester who came to America in 1895 to manage the forests at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. He not only helped restore the land there, but also established the country’s first forestry school and helped launch the American conservation movement. The documentary film was produced for the Forest History Society by Bonesteel Films. Schenck influenced other early conservationists, and is featured in the PA Lumber Museum exhibits alongside prominent Pennsylvanians like Gifford Pinchot and Joseph Rothrock. We hope you can join us for this important aspect of the administration of the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates organization.

November 3rd Sunday Program

The museum’s 3rd Sunday educational program series continues on November 20th, 2016, with Soup to Nuts: A Deer-Forest Study Thanksgiving. Admission to the event has been sponsored by Susquehannock State Forest and the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates, and is FREE to the public. Those interested in touring the museum exhibits either before or after the program presentation at 1 Pm can do so for the discounted rate of $3.00 per person. This program will cover everything from deer travels to vegetation; side dishes to a main course which features the holiday guest of honor. A perfect way to kick-off the start of rifle season in Pennsylvania!

The deer forest study is a cooperative research project involving the Pennsylvania Game Commission, DCNR Bureau of Forestry, Penn State, and the US Geological Survey. To learn more about the study please visit: http://ecosystems.psu.edu/research/projects/deer/about

This program was be presented by:

Duane R. Diefenbach, Ph.D.

Leader and Adjunct Professor of Wildlife Ecology U.S. Geological

Survey Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit

Pennsylvania State University


Christopher S. Rosenberry, Ph.D.

Supervisor, Deer and Elk Section

Pennsylvania Game Commission


Chris Nicholas | Forest District Manager

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Bureau of Forestry | Susquehannock State Forest


Snowshoes Building and Lacing Primer– Nov 2nd, 2016 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Have you ever been interested in making your own snowshoes or want to know more about what it would take? Explore a few options for starting from scratch or with a kit and then try your hand at lacing after a short talk and demonstration. The program will include examples and several kits you can try out. Co-presented by State Park staffer, Tim Morey, and avid outdoorsman, Doug Firestone. Reservations appreciated but not required. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Program fee is $3 per-person and includes admission to the museum exhibits.


Telescope Buyer’s Guide and Workshop- Nov 9th, 2016 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Have a scope on that holiday wish list? The program will highlight and present several entry-level telescopes and related accessories. Learn the do’s and don’ts of shopping around for telescopes. Presented by staff from Cherry Springs State Park, world-recognized for the quality of its ‘dark skies.’ Reservations appreciated but not required. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Program fee is $3 per-person and includes admission to the museum exhibits.