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PA Lumber Museum- Virtual Programs:

Life of a Blacksmith- a virtual program series with Doug Firestone

Tuesdays at 4 PM, September 14 through October 19, 2021

Presented using ZOOM Video Conferencing

Email to register

The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is pleased to host accomplished blacksmith Doug Firestone for an Arts In Education residency during September and October 2021. Doug will be leading a multi-part educational series titled “Life of a Blacksmith,” which will be presented through ZOOM Video Conferencing. Each episode will cover a different aspect of blacksmithing, and include live discussions, presentations and Q&A combined with pre-recorded videos of Doug forging a variety of objects. This program is designed for youth and adults who are interested in learning how to get started in blacksmithing, or for anyone who is interested in history education or blacksmithing demonstrations.

Participation in this program is free, but you must email the museum to register. A link to the ZOOM meeting will be sent out weekly as a reminder, along with supplemental materials such as reading lists, materials and products references, and evaluation surveys. Each session will be recorded, so participants can catch-up on episodes they may have missed.

This program is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

PHMC 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:

In-Person Special Events for 2021- 2022

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

July 17, 2021- Mountain Souls Documentary Screening:

The PA Lumber Museum is pleased to welcome Jeff Swingholm, the producer of the documentary film Mountain Souls. The museum worked in conjunction with PA DCNR and volunteer Jack Deurer to relocate Bob & Dotty Webber’s simple log cabin home to the museum in 2018, where it is used as an exhibit that educates visitors about their conservation-minded lifestyle, inspiring wise and active use of PA’s forest resources. Jeff will introduce the film, sharing his memories of the Webbers and discussing what went in to making the documentary. After viewing the 50-minute feature, program participants can join Jeff on a visit to the reconstructed Webber cabin on the museum grounds.

Find out more about the documentary movie here:

September 4, 2021- Community Yard Sale: Yardsalers set up along U.S. Route 6 near the entrance to the museum. Reserve a vendor space at the event for a donation of $10; rent a table for $5 each. A high-traffic weekend for yard sales: thousands of cars will be traveling on Route 6 past the museum!

October 9-10, 2021- Fall Antique Show & Sawmill Run: Dozens of antique vendors selling a wide variety of items; sawmill demonstration on Saturday, and birch still and historic trade demonstrations all weekend; food available for purchase in the program room.

Click HERE for more information.

October 23, 2021- Spooky Lantern Tours at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum: 6:30 to 8:30 Pm. 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.

Click HERE for more information.

December 11, 2021- Santa in the Shay: 12 to 3 Pm; 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 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.

Click HERE for more information.

January 22, 2022- Winter in the Lumber Camp: Outdoor fun in the snow with sledding, snow men, and snow art activities. Try your hand at cross-country skis, snowshoes and ice skates (conditions permitting) with the help of equipment provided by PA DCNR and volunteer instructors. Food and drink available in the program room.

February 18—20, 2022- Snow-mobility Weekend: Ride your snowmobile to the museum all weekend-long. Cross-country ski/ hike to the museum on Saturday (ONLY) for a Pancake Breakfast from 9:30 Am until 1:30 Pm. Documentary films will be shown in the program room during breakfast. 

March 13, 2022- Charter Day: Most PA Trails of History sites are free to the public to celebrate Pennsylvania’s birthday! The PA Lumber Museum will be offering guided tours of its facilities and exhibits.

April 23-24, 2022- Spring Antique Show & Sawmill Run: Dozens of antique vendors selling a wide variety of items; sawmill demonstration on Saturday, and birch still and other historic demonstrations all weekend; food available for purchase in the program room.

Click HERE for more information.


July 2-3, 2022- Bark Peelers’ Festival: Our biggest event of the year! Lively special programs, contests, and demonstrations all celebrating “wood hick” skills. Unique food and craft vendors, live music, games at the kid’s corner, operation of our sawmill and birch still, blacksmithing, camp cooking, chainsaw carving, and door prizes. Visitors are encouraged to compete in the greased pole, log rolling, crosscut saw, and birling competitions to earn the title “Grand Champion Bark-peeler” and the associated cash prizes. 

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Every Month- 3rd Weekend Educational Series: 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.