The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum would like to express our sincere thanks to all who visited with us in 2017! Attendance held steady with the record-breaking attendance that was set in 2016 following the expansion of the museum visitor center; in no small part due to the variety of new programs and activities in 2017 to keep our returning visitors interested and engaged. Below is a list of our special events planned for 2018. 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
2018 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.
Winter in the Lumber Camp Pennsylvania forests hold endless possibilities for winter-time outdoor recreation. Visit the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum on Sunday January 14th, 2018, to try your hand at a variety of outdoor activities. Bring your sled and slide on our hills, make a snowman and then warm-up with some hot drinks in the program room. We will provide cross-country skis, snowshoes and ice skates (conditions permitting), and volunteer instructors to get you started on how to use them. Then, hit the trail at 1 Pm for a short guided (snowshoe) hike on the museum’s Sustainable Forestry Trail. Equipment and instruction is free. Museum admission and snacks available for a nominal cost.
Snow-mobility Weekend The winter snow in the lumberwoods of northern Pennsylvania provides some unique ways to visit the PA Lumber Museum. Please join us for a ride-in/ ski-in weekend on February 9th, 10th & 11th, 2018. The museum is a destination not normally accessible by snowmobile, but for THIS WEEKEND ONLY there will be a special route in place for snowmobilers from Thompson Road, south of PA Route 6, within Susquehannock State Forest. Way-finding signs and instructions will be placed along the route. Riders will be required to cross Route 6 to enter the museum property, so please use extreme caution and watch for oncoming traffic. Additionally, a guided cross-country ski excursion will begin at 9 Am on Saturday, February 10th, leaving from the Susquehannock State Forest office and ending at the museum. Whether you ride-in or ski-in, once you are here you can warm-up with hot beverages and a PANCAKE BRUNCH available between 9 Am and 2 Pm on both Saturday and Sunday. The museum also will be screening a variety of mission-related documentary films throughout the weekend. If you have any questions or would like to verify snow conditions, please call the museum at 814-435-2652. Regular admission rates apply for entry to museum exhibits; there is no cost to enter for food purchases.
Charter Day is Sunday March 11th, 2018. 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 Spring Antique and Collectible Show and Sale will be held at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum on Saturday April 21st and Sunday April 22nd, 2018. 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!
Community Day at the PA Lumber Museum is happening on Saturday May 5th, 2018. 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 9th, 2018. 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, archery, turkey calling, GPS navigation, astronomy and more. 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 44th Annual Bark Peeler’s Festival, Honoring Pennsylvania’s Lumbering Heritage, will be held on Saturday July 7th and Sunday July 8th, 2018. 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.
Wood Hick “Cork-Camp”, a hands-on overnight history camp for families with kids 10 and older will take place on August 4th and 5th, 2018. Participants will learn about the history of PA’s forests, the how-to of wood hick skills, and an introduction to portraying a living history character. The program will be administered in partnership by the staff of the PA Lumber Museum, PA DCNR State Parks, PA woodsmen Bill Simcox, and Rich Pawling of History Alive. On the 2nd day of camp, participants will demonstrate what they have learned at the 2018 Cherry Springs State Park Woodsmen Show. Please call (814-435-2652) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for pricing and to register for this event. Pre-registration is required for participation.
A Community Yard Sale event will take place at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum on Saturday, September 1st, 2018, 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 past the museum!
The Fall Antique and Collectible Show and Sale will be held at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum on Saturday October 6th and Sunday October 7th, 2018. 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 Saturday December 8th, 2018, the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum will host Santa in the Shay between 12 and 4 Pm. Instead of bringing his famous sleigh, 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 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 for adults and $3.00 for kids. 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 Weekend Educational Program Series each month in 2018. 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.