Events

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

June 16, 2024-Hiking to History; 1pm; The remains of lumber history are all around us. Join museum volunteers John & Jan Halter for a guided hike of the Working Forest Interpretive Trail at Cherry Springs State Park.  Along the easy, one-mile trail, learn about the area’s history as well as some of the management practices employed in a working forest to provide multiple uses for public, industry, and environmental needs.  After the hike, those interested can drive a few miles to Lyman Run State Park and join the Halters for a brief hike to the remains of a former birch still.  The hike is free.  Participants should meet at the information kiosk across the road from the Observation Field at Cherry Springs State Park on Route 44 (4639 Cherry Springs Road Coudersport, PA 16915).  Children are welcome.

Interested in getting out to see what remains at other locations associated with Pennsylvania’s lumbering past? The museum has created two self-guided lumber history hiking brochures to encourage folks to lace up their hiking boots and explore the surrounding forests. Find beautiful vistas, lumber ghost towns, ruins, and the remains of former Civilian Conservation Corps sites.

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June 22, 2024–Small Berry Basket Making Class; 10am-2pm; Join local basket artist Cathy Snyder of Creations by Catherine for a small berry basket making class hosted at the PA Lumber Museum.  Learn how to make your own handmade original basket.  Choose from a variety of hand-dyed reeds to create a custom look. A great class for beginners whether you are an adult or child (ages 10 and up with a parent).  Class size is limited, and pre-registration is required. Ticket price: $50 for non-PALMA members and $45 for PALMA members. Bring a snack, a drink, and a friend for this enjoyable day of handcrafting fun!

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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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August 10, 1pm–Happy Birthday Smokey Bear: Smokey Bear is turning 80!  Join us to celebrate our favorite bear.  Festivities will include curator Josh Fox sharing information and artifacts from Smokey’s past, a birthday cake, and singing “Happy Birthday” to the bear of honor who will make an appearance. Included with museum admission.


August 25, 1pm–Woodhick Dinner: Experience a meal you’ll never forget. Join our lumber camp cooks as they serve a Woodhick Dinner in our museum Mess Hall. Dine like a lumberjack on:

  • Rivel Soup
  • Maple-Mustard Ham
  • Lumber Beans
  • Mashed Carrots & Parsnips
  • Homemade Bread, Jellies, and Butter
  • Wild Tea, Coffee, or Water

Before the meal, work up a sweat trying your hand using a crosscut saw or practicing your aim throwing hatchets.  During the meal, be entertained by stories of Pennsylvania’s logging past.  Limited seating.  Ticket price:  $30 non-member/$25 museum member.  Pre-purchase of tickets is required. Tickets can be purchased through our website HERE.