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Special Events: 2022

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

September 24, 2022-PA Trails of History Free Admission Day: The Trails of History help link the rich history of Pennsylvania at the historic sites and museums owned by the Commonwealth.  To celebrate this wealth of history, the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum and other participating sites on the trails will offer free admission on September 24.  Families can enjoy a lumber story time and craft at 11am as part of their visit to the museum.  To find a list of all participating sites go to Historic Sites and Museums (

October 2, 2022 9am-Guided Sustainable Forestry Trail Walk: Join DCNR forester Marshall Hamilton on a leisurely guided walk along the museum’s Sustainable Forestry Trail to learn about working forests & sustainable forest management. Participants should meet at the rest area parking lot at the entrance to the museum.

The Sustainable Forestry Trail

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.

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

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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

Rescheduled: November 5, 2022 1pm-Pennsylvania Elk: 100 Years of Conservation: Join Jeremy Banfield, elk biologist from 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. 

November 6, 2022 2pm-Wild Teas & Jellies: Ever try teas made from trees or jellies made from nature? Bring the family and join Brian Budjanec from Kettle Creek State Park to learn how to harvest and make tasty treats using wild ingredients straight from the forest. Delicious samples will be available to try.

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

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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: