Events

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

March 10, 10am-4pm–Charter Day: Happy Birthday Pennsylvania! Celebrate King Charles II granting William Penn the charter to found the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with Free Admission to the museum! Apple fritter making demonstration in museum’s Mess Hall from 11:30am until supplies are gone.

Image of William Penn with birthday hat and party blower in mouth

March 23, 1pm–Women & Woodhicks: A Historic Look at Women in the PA Lumber Industry: Although overshadowed, women have always been part of lumber history.  Join Museum Educator Jennifer Haines as she shines a light on the women who worked in remote logging camps, operated presses in factories, and held political posts who played important active roles in the state’s courageous and reckless lumbering past.  The program will be held on-site with a virtual option available for those unable to come to the museum. Free with admission to museum, virtual option $5 (link to be sent out day before program, program will be recorded) Tickets for virtual option will go on sale in 2024.

Black and white photo of men, women and children in front of wooden building at a lumber camp

April 20-21, 2024–Spring Antique Show & Sawmill Run: Vendors will be on hand selling a variety of items like furniture, glassware, coins, books, clothing, and collectibles. A selection of historic trades, including the museum’s birch still, will be demonstrated. PALMA members Jan and John Halter will present a cooking demonstration and tasting featuring wild leeks from 11am-1pm both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday (April 20) only, visitors will be able to watch the museum’s re-created 19th century steam-powered circular sawmill in operation.


July 6-7. 2024–Bark Peelers’ Festival: Our BIGGEST event of the year! Thousands of visitors enjoy lively contests and demonstrations that celebrate “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, operating demonstrations of our steam-powered circular sawmill and birch still, blacksmithing, chainsaw carving, and camp cooking.

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August 2-3, 2024–History Camp: A hands-on history camp for kids ages 10-18. Campers will spend two full-days immersing themselves in the rough and tumble lifestyle of 19th-century woodhicks by learning the skills of the trade.  On day one, campers will try activities like using a crosscut saw, peeling bark, birling, and cooking over a fire.  On the second day, participants will demonstrate what they have learned at the Cherry Springs State Park Woodsmen Show. Pre-registration is required, and scholarships are available.

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PA Lumber Museum- Virtual Programs:

PHMC Monthly Virtual Collections Showcase program

Logo for PHMC Virtual Collections Showcase

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: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8ZjZK2E6_Ot1vdHpLSkULu3P21iccgH5

Thank you for your support of PHMC, and we look forward to having you join us! Information on upcoming episodes can be found HERE: https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Pages/Events-Calendar-.aspx