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Latino Family Day Planned At Museum January 11, 2019

The North Museum of Nature and Science and Elizabethtown College will host Latino Family Day at the North Museum of Nature and Science, 400 College Ave., Lancaster, on Saturday, Jan. 19. Latino families in the Lancaster area are encouraged to attend a free day of learning and exploration. Events will include a scavenger hunt/exploration of the museum, a science video in the planetarium, and conversation with Elizabethtown College faculty and students. Admission to the museum and planetarium videos will be free for attendees. The program will run from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Two planetarium shows will be offered in Spanish, including "Super Volcanoes" and "Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth's Climate."

North Museum of Nature and Science is located on the corner of Buchanan and College avenues in Lancaster. It is open year-round from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. It features world-class collections of rocks, minerals, and birds as well as an active glass-enclosed beehive, a dinosaur gallery, a state-of-the-art planetarium, and a live animal room.

For more information, readers may visit www.northmuseum.org. Readers with questions may call 717-358-3941.

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Museum Sets Community Weekend January 11, 2019

The AACA Museum, 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, will hold a Community Weekend on Saturday through Monday, Jan. 19 to 21. All weekend, children age 12 and younger will be admitted for free when accompanied by a paying adult or adult member.

Guests can participate in a museum-wide scavenger hunt to find vehicles from the Disney-Pixar "Cars" movies that are hidden throughout the museum. Participants will have a chance to win a family membership to the AACA Museum. The activity will be available throughout most of January.

Interactive activities will include a Photo Stop, featuring an opportunity to pretend to drive a vintage car or truck; the Roads to Rails model train display, offering different scenes with buttons to push to operate special effects; an Assembly Line Interactive, giving the opportunity to build a Model T; and the chance get behind the wheel and "drive" a Tucker replica in the Cammack Gallery.

"Build a Recycled Vehicle" will be available on Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lower-level gallery lobby. Through the make-and-take project, participants can build a vehicle out of recycled materials such as paper towel rolls, bottle caps, and more, all supplied by the museum. One project per person will be permitted.

Current featured exhibits include "Land Yachts: Postwar American Luxury Vehicles," the Museum of Bus Transportation collection, Whitney Houston's Rolls-Royce limousine, the Lakeland Bus from the movie "Forrest Gump," motorcycles, motor scooters, a collection of more than 100 hood ornaments, a display of Tucker automobiles, and Ernie's GMC Taxi from the movie "It's a Wonderful Life."

To learn more about the museum's special exhibits and events, readers may visit www.AACAMuseum.org.

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Museum To Begin 2019 Lecture Series January 11, 2019

The National Civil War Museum (NCWM), 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, will host 12 new free lectures in its "Lessons in History Speaker Series."

The first lecture in the series, "New Acquisitions and Seldom-Seen Treasures of the Museum," will be offered on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 1 to 2 p.m. NCWM curator Brett E. Kelly will lecture on the significance of the acquisitions and treasures and how they will complement existing museum artifacts, both on display and preserved in artifact storage. The presentation will include a display of the NCWM's newest donations and additions to the museum collection in the Education Gallery on the first floor.

The 2019 Lessons in History program is free to the public. Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries.

For a complete listing of museum events, readers may visit www.nationalcivilwarmuseum.org or call 717-260-1861.

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AACA Library Plans Series January 10, 2019

The AACA Library, 501 W. Governor Road, Hershey, will offer a Saturday matinee film series during the upcoming months. Brief historical information will be provided followed by the main event. Each session will last about an hour.

The schedule will feature the theme "AACA Historical Films" on Feb. 16, the theme "Glidden Tour History" on March 23, and the film "A History of Motor Racing 1 and 2" on April 13. All sessions will begin at 1 p.m.

Each session is free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided. For more details, readers may call 717-534-2082.

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Landis Valley Posts Classes January 10, 2019

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, will offer winter-spring classes. Classes will be offered on Saturdays, unless otherwise noted.

Trade classes include Basic Hearth Cooking at the Tavern on Feb. 9, Bake Oven Baking on Feb. 16, Blacksmithing on March 2, Sgraffito on a Redware Plate on April 6, and Split Reed Chair Caning on May 18. Gardening classes will feature Traditional Seeds: Our Past, Present, and Future on Feb. 23; Seeds to Table: Pennsylvania Dutch Foods and Foodways on Feb. 23; and a Grafting Workshop on March 23.

Arts classes include Needle Tatting on Jan. 26 and Feb. 2; Paint a Mini Blanket Chest on Sunday, Jan. 27; Needle Felt a Mouse on Feb. 9; Rug Hooking on March 9; Shuttle Tatting on March 16, 23, and 30; Needle Felt a Bluebird on March 16; Penny Rug on March 23; Scratched Eggs on March 30; False Grain Painting on Sunday, April 7; and Needle Felt a Bunny on April 13.

There is a cost per person for each class. Landis Valley Associates members will receive a discount. For more details and registration, readers may call 717-569-0401 or visit www.landisvalleymuseum.org.

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Saturday Art Classes Set January 2, 2019

The Susquehanna Art Museum, 1401 N. Third St., Harrisburg, will offer several classes and two Gallery Tour and Artist Talk events.

On Saturday, Jan. 12, a yoga class will take place in the Main Gallery and will be accompanied by pianist Ralph Diekemper. Yoga + Soul will be held in the Lobby Gallery on Saturday, Jan. 19, and will be accompanied by vocalist and guitarist Shawan Rice. Classes are open to people over age 16. Teenagers ages 13 to 16 may participate if they are accompanied by an adult. Preregistration is required.

Three art classes will take place in February. The Saturday Morning Art Club, for children ages 4 to 7, and the Young Artist Club, open to youths ages 8 to 12, will both be offered on Saturday, Feb. 2. On Saturday, Feb. 9, the Family Plein Air Painting Class for people of all ages will be held.

All classes will begin at 10 a.m. There is a cost per class. For more details, readers may contact tsell@susquehannaartmuseum.org. For registration, readers may visit www.susquehannaartmuseum.org and click on Education.

The first Gallery Tour and Artist Talk event, on Sunday, Jan. 13, will feature quilt artist Karen Shulz, whose works are on display in the Main Gallery. The second event, on Sunday, Feb. 17, will feature artists Danielle Klebes and Maija Miettinen, whose works are on display in the Lobby Gallery. Both events will start at 3 p.m.

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Lecture Series To Examine Local History January 2, 2019

Historic Ephrata Cloister, 632 W. Main St., Ephrata, will host its annual Winter History Class from 9 a.m. to noon each Thursday from Jan. 31 to March 28.

The lecture series will explore many aspects of the region's history along with some Ephrata Cloister stories. During the series, participants will learn a new way to view the Pennsylvania German art of Fraktur, learn ways to care for old photographs, and investigate the close of the German Seventh-day Baptist Church at the Cloister in 1934. Dr. Leroy Hopkins will provide information on Lancaster County's African-American heritage, and Dr. Christopher Herbert will return to share new insight into Ephrata's music. In cooperation with the Ephrata Public Library, the Ephrata Cloister has received a grant from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to spend one class period on the Revolutionary War, with a focus on the local region, as part of the "Revisiting the Founding Era" initiative.

Hot coffee and homemade treats will be available at each session. Separate fees for the full series have been set for Cloister Associates members and for nonmembers. There is also a set fee for individual sessions.

For more information, readers may contact the Historic Ephrata Cloister at 717-733-6600 or visit www.EphrataCloister.org.

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History Center To Offer Updates January 2, 2019

York County History Center will host project updates on the progress and status of the History Center's new Museum and Library Archives at the former Met-Ed Steam plant in York. The presentations will focus on the core exhibit experience and the planned programmatic aspects of the new the History Center. Audience participation will be encouraged.

Each presentation will run from 6 to 8 p.m. and include light refreshments. Presentations will be offered on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Guthrie Memorial Library, 2 Library Place, Hanover; on Thursday, Jan. 17, at York County History Center, Historical Society Museum Library and Archives, 250 E. Market St., York; and on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Dover Township Community Center, 3700 Davidsburg Road, Dover.

The sessions are free and open to the public. Preregistration is encouraged, but not required. Readers may register by contacting 717-848-1587, ext. 210, or kredshaw@yorkhistorycenter.org.

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Bus Trip To Visit Apollo 11 Exhibit December 28, 2018

North Museum of Nature and Science, 400 College Ave., Lancaster, is planning a trip to Pittsburgh on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 11 and 12, to visit one of just four museums in the country to host "Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission," hosted by the Heinz History Center in partnership with the Smithsonian in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the mission. The exhibition was created by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

"Destination Moon" takes visitors on an in-depth exploration of the Apollo 11 mission, the birth of the American space program, and the space race. Attendees will also be able to see the Command Module Columbia.

Columbia is the only portion of the Apollo 11 spacecraft to complete the first mission to land a man on the moon and safely return him to Earth. This is the first time in 50 years that Columbia has left the Smithsonian. More than 100 artifacts, including many used by the Apollo 11 crew of Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins, will also be on display.

In addition to the visit to see the Apollo 11 memorabilia, North Museum guests will also enjoy guided tours of the Phipps Conservatory and either the Andy Warhol Museum or the Carnegie Science Center. Included in the trip is an overnight stay at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. There is a cost for the trip, in addition to food expenses. The trip cost includes transportation and admission to the museums. Readers may call Willa Adams at 717-358-4712 for more information and to sign up.

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Support Grants Available December 24, 2018

State Cultural and Historical Support Grants are now available for qualified museums and official county historical societies. This is the sixth year that the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PMHC) has worked with the state legislature to provide funding for museums through the grant program. A total of $2 million was included in the 2018-19 state budget for the initiative.

The Cultural and Historical Support Grant program is restricted to eligible organizations that are not supported by other state agency funding programs, including museums located in Pennsylvania with annual operating budgets exceeding $100,000 and at least one full-time professional staff person. Some museums are not eligible if they are eligible for grant support from other state agencies. The maximum award for a museum is $65,000.

In addition, official county historical societies are eligible to apply. The awards for Official County Historical Societies range from $2,500 to $4,000.

Applicants must meet organizational eligibility requirements. Awards are based on a calculation that uses the operating budget from the most recently completed fiscal year.

Applications must be received by Friday, Jan. 25. All PHMC grant applications are now submitted on the commonwealth's Single Application for Assistance system at www.esa.dced.state.pa.us. Eligibility information and grant guidelines can be found at www.phmc.pa.gov.

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Museum Features Famous Car December 20, 2018

The AACA Museum, 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, has announced that the iconic vehicle from the 1946 film "It's a Wonderful Life" will be on display at the museum through Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

The vehicle, a GMC taxi, appears in the movie when taxicab driver Ernie drives the main character, George Bailey, played by James Stewart, around his Bedford Falls hometown.

The Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) has arranged for Ernie's GMC taxi to be on view at the AACA Museum Inc. The vehicle is on loan from The NB Center for American Automotive Heritage. The HVA has an ongoing display at the AACA Museum Inc. showcasing a variety of historically significant vehicles. The ongoing exhibit changes several times each year.

To learn more about HVA, readers may visit www.historicvehicle.org. Information about the AACA Museum, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is available by calling 717-566-7100 or visiting www.AACAMuseum.org.

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STEM Sisters Program Receives Donation December 18, 2018

North Museum of Nature and Science's STEM Sisters Program recently received a donation of $15,000 from National Novelty Brush Company, Lancaster. The STEM Sisters Program aims to inspire, empower, and ignite young women's passions for careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

The STEM Sisters program offers girls in grades six to 12 an opportunity to meet professional women in STEM careers through engaging programs, hands-on activities, and a variety of site visits. The program's ongoing events aim to encourage and empower young women to explore career options, college prospects, and vocational education across a spectrum of STEM fields. All STEM Sisters events are provided at no cost to girls.

North Museum of Nature and Science is located at 400 College Ave., Lancaster, and is open year-round. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, readers may call the museum at 717-358-3941.

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Ringing In The New Year With Father Time December 18, 2018

Music, mascots, crafts, games, and a cascade of balloons are just a few of the fun things planned for New Year's Eve at Noon at the National Watch and Clock Museum, 514 Poplar St., Columbia. Children and families are invited to ring in 2019 - just a dozen hours early - with Father Time at the fourth annual celebration, set to take place at the museum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31.

"This is a fun event geared toward kids and their families," said Abby Krouse, museum admissions and store manager. "There are lots of activities, and everyone always enjoys the countdown and balloon drop at 12 o'clock, which for our event is noon (instead of midnight)."

Joining in the festivities will be local mascots, including Father Time, who will lead a dance party together with disc jockey Stevie.

Children will have the opportunity to make and wear hats crafted out of recycled materials, and a photo booth will be set up for modeling those creations. Columbia Public Library director Lisa Greybill will lead a story time. Additional activities will include a New Year's trivia game, face painting, and family challenges while racing against the clock. Attendees will also be able to create time capsules to remember 2018, jot down resolutions for 2019 to post on a resolution wall, decorate cookies, and more.

The main attraction is the countdown to noon, when about 800 balloons will be dropped from the ceiling of the museum lobby following a rowdy countdown led by Father Time.

Attendees may also explore the museum and its regular exhibits, which include interactive displays.

Advance registration is not necessary. All activities will be included with the cost of general museum admission, which features separate prices for adults, senior citizens, and children ages 5 to 16. Museum admission is free for children age 4 and under. Family rates are also available.

Last year's celebration drew approximately 300 attendees. "Everyone has a great time - they love the music and the games. It's one big party, and what they love most is that it's just for kids," said Krouse. "We do have families come back every year for all of our activities and mostly the balloon drop."

"It's a great opportunity for families to be together and have fun and celebrate the new year coming in," Krouse continued.

For more information, readers may call the museum at 717-684-8261, ext. 211, or visit www.museumoftime.org.

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Museum Holds Remembrance Event December 12, 2018

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Museum Sets Holiday Schedule December 7, 2018

The AACA Museum, 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, has posted its holiday schedule.

The "Cars and Christmas" display will be set up through Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. It features dozens of themed trees, including a hubcap tree, as well as several model train displays, Sammy the 29-foot Snow Plow, and more. The Grinch scavenger hunt has returned, as well.

A food and toy drive is taking place through Thursday, Dec. 20, and individuals may donate a nonperishable food item or an unwrapped toy. Collection boxes are available in the museum's main lobby. Food will be donated to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, with toys given to Toys for Tots. For more information, readers may visit www.aacamuseum.org/food-toy-drive-2/.

The museum's retail store is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Individuals may also shop online at http://aacamuseumretail.org/AACA-Museum-Retail-Store.html.

Membership opportunities are available, as well. For more information on the museum, including membership, readers may visit www.aacamuseum.org or call 717-566-7100.

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Museum Posts Holiday Hours December 7, 2018

The National Civil War Museum, 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, has announced its holiday hours for December and January. The museum will close early at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24, and will be closed for the entire day on Tuesday, Dec. 25, and Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.

The museum's newest exhibit, "The Business of War," will open in January. For a complete list of events and schedule updates at the museum, readers may visit www.nationalcivilwarmuseum.org or call 717-260-1861.

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Museum Plans Holiday Activities December 5, 2018

North Museum of Nature and Science, 400 College Ave., Lancaster, has planned Polar Express activities and laser light shows.

Screenings of the movie "Polar Express," featuring the voice of Tom Hanks, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 22, and Sunday, Dec. 23, at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and on Monday, Dec. 24, at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. All showings will take place in the planetarium.

The museum will also offer a hot chocolate bar and present readings of the classic book "The Polar Express." Attendees may take part in activities related to the movie as well as science experiments. Past activities have included making conductor hats, special exhibits on coal and creating Polar Express ornaments.

Separate nonmember tickets prices have been set for adults, for people ages 18 to 64, for people ages 3 to 17, and for people age 65 and up. Tickets include admission to the museum. Children under 3 years of age will be admitted for free. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, as space is limited.

In addition, North Museum of Nature and Science will present laser light shows in the planetarium on selected dates from Friday, Dec. 14, through Monday, Dec. 31. The displays will combine laser light, music and other multimedia elements, including animation, to create a choreographed sequence of effects meant to captivate audiences and bringing people together in a fun and unique way. Music selections will vary day to day and will include tunes by the Beatles, Pink Floyd and country artists, along with holiday selections.

Readers may visit https://northmuseum.org/ for the full schedule and to purchase tickets.

This year, North Museum will offer a Holiday Fun Package. The fee includes the Polar Express event, admission to the museum and the laser light show. Tickets are also available for people interested in attending the laser shows only; the tickets include any three of the evening laser shows. More information about these offers is available at the aforementioned website. Tickets are limited.

Additional information about the museum is available by calling 717-358-3941.

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Historical Programs Set November 30, 2018

LancasterHistory.org, 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster, will offer two food-themed programs. The community is invited to attend. For details and registration, readers may contact info@lancasterhistory.org or 717-392-4633 or visit www.lancasterhistory.org.

A Curator's Talk titled "Lancaster County Food" will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13. Staff members will showcase items from the collections of LancasterHistory.org that demonstrate parts of the food culture of Lancaster County's past, including recipes, photos, and food making and serving equipment. There is a cost to attend.

A Regional History Colloquium titled "As American as Shoofly Pie: The Foodlore and Fakelore of Pennsylvania Dutch Cuisine" will be offered in Ryder Hall on Dec. 13. A reception will start at 4 p.m., and the main presentation will run from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public, but preregistration is required to guarantee a seat.

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Dodge Brothers Club Display Set November 30, 2018

The Mid-Atlantic Region of the Dodge Brothers Club will showcase a display of early vehicles at the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum Inc., 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, through Sunday, April 28, 2019. The display will be open to the public in the Williams-Clyne Gallery.

Brothers Horace Elgin Dodge and John Francis Dodge founded Dodge Brothers in the early 1900s, initially as a parts supplier for other Detroit automakers. Dodge Brothers then manufactured vehicles of its own from 1914 to 1938. The new display showcases the diversity of the various body types that were available during these years.

While visiting the museum this winter, guests can also enjoy the featured exhibit "Land Yachts: Postwar American Luxury Convertibles." The exhibition showcases the beauty and glamour of the full-size American convertibles built from the immediate post-World War II years through 1976 when Cadillac produced what was then believed to be the last American convertible. "Land Yachts" will be on view through April 28, 2019.

There is an admission fee, with discounts for seniors age 61 and older and children ages 4 to 12. Admission is free for children age 3 and under. AACA members receive discounted or free admission based upon their level of membership. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information, readers may call 717-566-7100 or visit www.aacamuseum.org.

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Cloister Plans Lantern Tours November 29, 2018

Historic Ephrata Cloister, 632 W. Main St., Ephrata, will host its annual Lantern Tours on Wednesday, Dec. 26, through Saturday, Dec. 29. Each night, tours will begin every half-hour from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The theme will be "What Would the Neighbors Think?" The museum store will also be open until 9 p.m. on the nights of the Lantern Tours, offering locally made handcrafts, books and old-fashioned toys.

Advance tickets are required for the Lantern Tours, with separate prices set for adults, for seniors ages 65 and over, for students ages 6 to 18, and for youths ages 3 to 5, with free admission for children under age 3. For more information about the Lantern Tours or to purchase tickets, readers may call 717-733-6600 or visit www.EphrataCloister.org.

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