Open House Set At Historic Site March 25, 2019
The 1756 Uwchlan Meeting House, 5 N. Village Ave., Lionville, will be open to the public on Sunday, April 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. The site holds an open house on the first Sunday of each month from April to November.
The Woman's Community Club of Uwchlan manages rentals of this historic site for the Uwchlan Conservation Trust and uses it for meetings. Members serving as hostesses will show a film and discuss the historical significance of the meeting house, which is preserved as the oldest public building in Uwchlan Township.
For additional information, readers may call Mary Nielson at 610-363-9726.
AACA Museum Plans Program March 22, 2019
The AACA Museum, 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, will host "Tucker: The 50 Production Cars" on Saturday, May 11, in the second in a series of programs on the Tucker Corporation. The presentation will run from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Regions and Chapters room, followed by a question-and-answer opportunity from 3 to 3:30 p.m.
Tucker historians Mark Lieberman and John Tucker Jr. will present this program. They will discuss the characteristics and evolution of Tucker cars. Details of the running changes during production will be shown, along with the mechanical and design features in each of the cars' variations. Many archival and contemporary photographs, along with on-site displays, will also be presented.
Admission will be free to all Tucker Automobile Club of America (TACA) members, with a cost set for AACA Museum members without TACA membership, and a higher cost for nonmembers of TACA or the AACA Museum.
For more information, readers may call 717-566-7100 or visit www.aacamuseum.org.
Mitura To Speak At ALLVETS Event March 21, 2019
ALLVETS will welcome speaker Paul Mitura at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, at the York History Center, 250 E. Market St., York. ALLVETS is a nonprofit organization that records veterans' stories.
Mitura served in the Army for more than 30 years and is the author of "The Best Worst Tank" and other books.
ALLVETS meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the York History Center. The free event is open to the public, and free parking is available. For more information, readers may contact Linda Bean at 717-881-6651 or Allvets1york@gmail.com. Veterans who are interested in sharing their story may contact the group.
Museum Will Host Antiques Event March 19, 2019
New Freedom Heritage, 22 Railroad Ave., New Freedom, invites the public to attend the next event in the museum's monthly program series. "Antiques Roadshow, New Freedom Style" will be held on Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. Donna Peace will lead the program, and attendees are asked to bring an antique to share.
For more information, readers may visit www.newfreedomheritage.org.
Volunteer Of The Year Announced March 18, 2019
The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania recently announced William Cole as Volunteer of the Year for 2019. Cole was selected for the honor by the Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania's board of directors from among the museum's corps of more than 150 active volunteers. An eight-year member of the Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, he originally picked up a volunteer application while he was visiting the museum. With railroading as his hobby, Cole recalled that it seemed a perfect fit.
Cole reveals that he has been a model railroader since age 5 when he received a Lionel train for Christmas, and he has had layouts in both O gauge and HO gauge. He currently has a four-by-eight-foot O-scale layout that he maintains in his home. He describes it as electronics-heavy and automated for the 21st century. Cole also previously enjoyed building computers in the devices' early days.
Cole generally volunteers in the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania archives one day a week, scanning and cataloging photo collections and preparing documents and photos for sale. He also works one day a week on the Pennsylvania Landscapes operating HO model train layout in Stewart Junction railway education center, rewiring and maintaining the layout and installing DCC decoders in locomotives.
Cole will be formally recognized as the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania's Volunteer of the Year by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission at a ceremony in Harrisburg on Saturday, April 27. He will also be honored during the museum's annual Members Day banquet at The Willows at Historic Strasburg on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Individuals who would like to learn about the museum's volunteer opportunities are invited to contact volunteer/program coordinator Elizabeth Myers at 717-687-8628. For more details, readers may visit www.rrmuseumpa.org.
Lecture Series To Highlight Civil War March 15, 2019
The National Civil War Museum, 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, will host the third program in the Lessons in History Speakers Series on Saturday, March 23, from 1 to 2 p.m.
Garry Adelman, director of history and education at the American Battlefield Trust, will present "The Whole Civil War in 45 Minutes." The Civil War was a complex event spanning every socioeconomic, military, cultural, and geographic cross-section of America.
For a complete listing of museum events, readers may visit www.nationalcivilwarmuseum.org or call 717-260-1861.
AACA Museum To Hold Trip March 15, 2019
The AACA Museum is sponsoring a trip to the New York International Auto Show on Saturday, April 27. The show will showcase a collection of design and innovation, with more than four floors of displays from the world's automakers featuring the newest vehicles and latest futuristic concept cars. Nearly 1,000 cars and trucks will be on display.
Included in the trip are round-trip transportation on board a charter motorcoach, an admission ticket to the show, snacks and select beverages during the ride, and gratuity for the motorcoach driver. The set cost of this trip per person is based on a minimum of 35 participants, and the registration deadline is Friday, March 22. For more information, readers may call 717-566-7100 or visit www.AACAMuseum.org.
Museum To Host Program March 15, 2019
Beginning Saturday, April 6, the Pennsylvania State Police Museum, 187 E. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. These hours will be in addition to its weekday hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
On April 6, the museum will present a program from 10 a.m. to noon on the origins and evolution of the State Police Force from 1905 to 1937. Topics to be covered will include, but not be limited to, the infamous Coal and Iron Police, the roles played by Teddy Roosevelt and M.S. Hershey, the deaths of the first two troopers killed in the line of duty, Omar the Belgian shepherd Medal of Valor recipient, and why the Pennsylvania State Police decided to pick Hershey as the place to locate recruit training. Part of the program will also include a tour of the museum at no charge.
The program is free to the public and will be held in the museum's all-purpose room. Space is limited to 60 attendees, and registration is required by contacting the museum at 717-534-0565 or email@example.com.
Museum Plans Summer Camp March 13, 2019
The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is accepting registrations for the 15th annual Barons and Builders summer day camp, where children gain exposure to a full "STEAM" experience: science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Children are immersed in all things railroading during this five-day program, where they explore the museum, railroad history and the railroad industry through a variety of tours, demonstrations and hands-on activities.
Campers will be active and involved in the creative and learning process, tour limited-access railroad equipment and areas in the museum, ride roundtrip aboard Amtrak from Lancaster to a set destination, design and build model train cars to take home, ride a historic Strasburg Rail Road train, meet real railroaders to learn about their jobs, and more.
Camp will be in session from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, except for the day of the train trip on Amtrak. Barons and Builders summer day camp for children ages 9 and 10 will take place from Monday, July 8, through Friday, July 12, while day camp for children ages 11 and 12 will be held from Monday, July 22, through Friday, July 26.
Participation will be limited to 15 campers per session on a first-come, first-served basis. A cost per camper has been set, with a discount for current Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania members. The deadline for registration is Friday, June 7. Registration forms and more information are available at www.rrmuseumpa.org.
Railroad Museum To Hold Rambles March 12, 2019
The Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania have have added two daylong Rambles to their 2019 travel schedule. Registration and fees apply. Ramble brochures and registration forms, along with Friends membership applications, are available at www.rrmuseumpa.org.
Trains in the Poconos will be held on Saturday, June 1. Museum travelers will spend the morning at Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton and enjoy a guided turntable demonstration and a short train ride on the property. The deadline for registration is Monday, April 15.
The Brandywine Valley Christmas Ramble will take place on Sunday, Dec. 8. The Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford will open early, especially and exclusively for the group of museum travelers. The deadline for registration is Monday, Oct. 14.
There are still seats available for the Railways of Southern England Ramble from Wednesday, Sept. 11, through Friday, Sept. 20, with an optional three-day London extension. The Golden Spike Ramble from Wednesday, May 8, through Sunday, May 12, and the Trains in the Cumberland Narrows Ramble on Saturday, Oct. 26, and Sunday, Oct. 27, have both sold out.
Homestead Seeks Docents February 28, 2019
The 1852 Herr Family Homestead, located at 1756 Nissley Road, Landisville, is seeking docents and receptionists for the 2019 season. The house will be open on weekends from April through October, with tours available from 1 to 4 p.m. Docents and receptionists will be asked to volunteer approximately every five weeks during the season.
For detailed information, readers may call 717-735-2525.
Railroad Museum Will Host Event February 27, 2019
Special guest readers will share stories about trains, railroads and other people, places and things during the Reading on the Rails event at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, on Saturday, March 9. Children will receive their very own suitcase and use it to travel from story to story throughout the day. They can collect a sticker after each story and create their own suitcase design with stickers, crayons, glitter and other trimmings. A small gift to put inside their suitcase will be offered, while supplies last.
Reading on the Rails story times are 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Each event will be held among the historic trains in the museum's climate-controlled Rolling Stock Hall. An American Sign Language interpreter will be on hand for the morning stories. Also appearing throughout the day will be Catcher, the museum's mascot, and various teams from Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services (KPETS).
Museum admission fees apply. For more information, readers may visit www.rrmuseumpa.org or call 717-687-8628.
Cloister Plans Charter Day Activities February 26, 2019
Historic Ephrata Cloister, 632 W. Main St., Ephrata, will offer free admission on Charter Day, Sunday, March 10, from noon to 5 p.m. Charter Day commemorates William Penn's receipt of a royal charter granting him land in the New World in 1681.
Attendees are encouraged to start in the Visitor Center, where a full list of the day's activities and a short video will be available. The nine historic buildings hold many objects made and used at the site in the 1700s, and interpreters will help visitors explore at their own pace. The buildings will begin to close at 4:30 p.m.
At 2, 3, and 4 p.m., the Ephrata Cloister Chorus will perform music written at Ephrata. Performances will take place in the Meetinghouse, which has limited seating.
The museum store will reopen for the season on March 10 to offer locally made, handcrafted items, books, and other items.
Museum Slates Egg Dyeing Classes February 22, 2019
This spring, Winters Heritage House Museum, 47 E. High St., Elizabethtown, will host two classes, each on a different egg dyeing technique.
On Saturday, March 23, from 1 to 3 p.m., a Pysanki Egg Dyeing Class will be offered. Pysanki, or Ukrainian egg dyeing, is a wax resistance process. Artists alternate carefully applied melted beeswax with baths of colored dye. When the process is complete and the wax is removed, layers of colorful designs are revealed. The per-participant fee for the class includes all materials. Each participant will be able to complete two or more eggs.
The second class will focuses on natural egg dyeing techniques. It will occur on Saturday, April 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants will learn how to use materials such as onion skins and spices to create naturally dyed eggs. Various special effects will also be explored. The per-participant fee includes eggs and materials.
Both classes are open to adults and children age 12 and older. The museum requests that parents stay with participating children. Adults may choose to participate also or simply assist their child with the project. Class size is limited.
To register, readers may contact the Winters Heritage House Museum by calling 717-367-4672 or emailing Winters-HH@ElizabethtownHistory.org. Participants who register for both classes will receive a discount.
Winters Heritage House Museum is the caretaker of two Colonial log structures that date to the founding of the town. There is free parking in the designated lot behind the museum. For more information, readers may visit www.ElizabethtownHistory.org.
Children's Tea Event Slated February 21, 2019
Rock Ford Plantation, 881 Rockford Road, Lancaster, will hold a children's event, "It's Tea Time," on Sunday, April 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. It will take place rain or shine in the Rock Ford barn and mansion. In the event of rain, guests are asked to bring umbrellas, as they will be walking from the barn to the mansion.
A living historian portraying Katherine Hand, known by her husband, Revolutionary War Gen. Edward Hand, as "Kitty," will welcome guests to the afternoon tea. Kitty was the mistress of Rock Ford Plantation and hosted many teas for family and friends.
The upcoming event will feature desserts, tea tasting, and etiquette fun such as the Language of the Fan. Guests are encouraged to wear fancy accessories such as gloves, hats, and jewelry. After the tea, guests will be led on a short tour of the Rock Ford mansion to find the hidden tea cups in the mansion's rooms.
The event is recommended for children age 5 and up and their family members, and children must be accompanied by at least one responsible adult. Separate costs have been set for children and for adults. Reservations may be made at www.rockford.yapsody.com; the reservation deadline is Friday, April 5.
Built in 1794, Rock Ford Plantation was the home of Edward Hand and his family. Hand served as adjutant general to George Washington during the Revolutionary War. The historic property is open for tours on Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from April to October. It is operated by the nonprofit Rock Ford Foundation. For more information, readers may visit www.rockfordplantation.org or call 717-392-7223.
Museum To Mark Black History Month February 8, 2019
The National Civil War Museum, 1 Lincoln Circle, Harrisburg, will celebrate Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as part of its annual community free day. Activities and entertainment will include a period clothing station, a coloring station. a living history regiment, music by the Long Hill String Band, and the Officers for the Union and Ladies for the Union. There will also be presentations on black refugee camps, also known as contraband camps, during the American Civil War; "Personal History Is Social History"; and "Baseball During the Civil War."
For more information and a complete listing of events at the museum, readers may visit www.nationalcivilwarmuseum.org or call 717-260-1861.
Museum Plans Party February 7, 2019
The National Watch and Clock Museum, 514 Poplar St., Columbia, will host its next "Clocktail" Party on Thursday, March 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. Participants will be provided with all the materials they need to create their own unique, working clock. Museum staff members will be on hand to guide the process, and a multitude of art supplies both traditional and nontraditional will be available.
Light hors d'oeuvres will be served throughout the evening in addition to various beverages. The set event cost covers all supplies and one free beverage, with additional beverages available for purchase. Those attending must be age 21 or over.
Preregistration is required by calling 717-684-8261, ext. 211, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For directions, hours and general museum information, readers may visit www.museumoftime.org.
Meeting To Present Plan For Museum February 7, 2019
The Conservation Society of York County is in the process of developing a master plan for the Indian Steps Museum, located in Airville. The master plan will provide a blueprint for building and site enhancements.
The community is invited to attend a public meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Airville Fire Hall, 3576 Delta Road, Airville. Attendees will be able to view the pre-final master plan. Consultants will present the park design and museum concepts and request public comment. Those who attend are encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas, as they will help to establish priorities for future enhancement of the Indian Steps Museum.
Kissmobile Event Slated February 7, 2019
The AACA Museum, 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, invites visitors to create their own Kissmobile out of chocolate products on Monday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of the museum's Chocolate-Covered February festivities. The program is recommended for people age 4 and older.
Registration and fees apply. For more information or to register, readers may call 717-566-7100 or visit www.aacamuseum.org.
Landis Valley Posts Classes February 6, 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.