Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is a fun and educational experience for the entire family. Nestled in the wooded mountains of Potter County, the museum invites visitors to discover the courageous yet reckless spirit of Pennsylvania’s lumbering past.
The Museum preserves and interprets the colorful heritage of the Commonwealth's prosperous lumber era when white pine and hemlock were the wealth of the nation. We are located on US Route 6 near mile-marker 188, between the communities of Galeton and Coudersport in Potter County, PA. Mailing Address: PO Box 239 Galeton, Pennsylvania 16922 (814) 435-2652
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Become a member of the museum! Your membership dollars stay on site and the benefit the mission of the museum and the surrounding community. In addition to free admission to the musuem and all special events, members receive a 10% discount in the museum gift shop, invitations to members-only events, and the quarterly "Woodchips" newsletter. Access the membership application here- http://lumbermuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/palma-application.pdf

Mission: The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum educates the public about the Commonwealth’s rich lumbering history and the ongoing care, management, and recreational use of its forests. Visitors are encouraged to explore the museum’s working historic saw mill, recreated lumber camp, exhibits, public programs and collections to discover the relevance of history in their lives. The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and is actively supported by the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates which is a non-profit community-based organization.

Just for fun…can you get a Lumber Museum Bingo? Copy the board and “X” out the things you have done to see if you can ge...
05/29/2020

Just for fun…can you get a Lumber Museum Bingo? Copy the board and “X” out the things you have done to see if you can get 5 in a row! Share your board or photos of museum memories in the comments.

Throwback Thursday. A school group from Austin tours the museum in 1973. #tbt
05/28/2020

Throwback Thursday. A school group from Austin tours the museum in 1973. #tbt

The one mile loop Sustainable Forestry Trail at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is home to many wildflowers. The wildflow...
05/28/2020

The one mile loop Sustainable Forestry Trail at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is home to many wildflowers. The wildflowers will vary based on the time of your visit. The trillium is a native wildflower that can be spotted along the trail around the month of May. The flowers have 3 petals, 3 sepals, and 3 leaves. You may see them with red, white or painted petals. The red variety is also known as "stinking Benjamin" or "wet-dog trillium" for its unpleasant odor. A painted trillium is pictured below. Have you seen trilliums while hiking through the woods? Share your photo in the comments.

May is Wildfire Awareness MonthA highlight from the museum collection is the Rich Rake.
05/27/2020
Rich Rake

May is Wildfire Awareness Month

A highlight from the museum collection is the Rich Rake.

A Pennsylvania contribution to the tool kit of forest fire fighter is the Rich Forest Fire Fighting Tool, or more simply known as the “Rich Rake” . The Rich raked was designed by Charle…

On this Memorial Day the PA Lumber Museum would like to acknowledge all of those who have given their lives in service o...
05/25/2020

On this Memorial Day the PA Lumber Museum would like to acknowledge all of those who have given their lives in service of this country.

Here is the story of a Memorial Tree plaque that ended up in the museum's collection and of the five men it was dedicated to, who gave their lives during WWI.

http://lumbermuseum.org/wwi-memorial-tree-plaque/

What can you do to increase the safety of you and your family in case of wildfire near where you live?Task: Review stati...
05/24/2020
STEM: Living With Fire - Project Learning Tree

What can you do to increase the safety of you and your family in case of wildfire near where you live?

Task: Review statistics published by the Insurance Information Institute to estimate the probability of wildfire in your area. Evaluate the area around your home or school and identify ways to protect these places from wildfire.

https://www.plt.org/stem-strategies/living-with-fire/

Use these STEM lessons to teach students the difference between a wildfire and a prescribed fire, and how fire can be beneficial to forests when it is planned and managed.

The legacy of PA's lumber industry and the CCC's restoration efforts can still be observed in the forest today along som...
05/21/2020

The legacy of PA's lumber industry and the CCC's restoration efforts can still be observed in the forest today along some hiking trails in the vicinity of the museum. The Beech Bottom Trail in the Forrest H. Dutlinger Natural Area (50 minutes south of the Museum) leads to a stunning stand of old growth hemlock and white pine. This area was never logged due to a boundary dispute, and still reflects the predominately coniferous forest composition to which historic Pennsylvanians would have been accustomed. For more information on the trail, pick up a Hammersley Wild Area Trail Map from the Susquehannock State Forest District Office.

May is Wildfire Awareness Month and it is possible that no person has been more aware of Pennsylvania Wildfires as Georg...
05/20/2020
George Wirt

May is Wildfire Awareness Month and it is possible that no person has been more aware of Pennsylvania Wildfires as George Wirt.

May is Wildfire Awareness Month and it is possible that no person has been more aware of Pennsylvania Wildfires as George Wirt. Born in McVeytown, PA in 1880, George would go on to attend the Biltm…

Are you thinking about planting a tree to celebrate Earth Day or Arbor Day? There is much to know before planting a tree...
05/17/2020
STEM: Plant a Tree - Project Learning Tree

Are you thinking about planting a tree to celebrate Earth Day or Arbor Day? There is much to know before planting a tree than one might think. Factors to consider include the suitability of the site, tree species, how to prepare the ground and properly plant the tree, and of course, future maintenance and care.

Use these STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) lessons with your students to help them learn how to plant the right tree in the right place. The following enrichments accompany Activity 31, Plant a Tree found in Project Learning Tree’s PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide. Be sure to check out the full lesson!

https://www.plt.org/stem-strategies/plant-a-tree/

There is much to know before planting a tree. These STEM lessons help students learn how to plant the right tree in the right place.

#MuseumWeek Day 6 #TechnologyMWFor this technology day of Museum Week 2020. The Museum Catalog system used by PHMC can b...
05/16/2020

#MuseumWeek Day 6 #TechnologyMW

For this technology day of Museum Week 2020. The Museum Catalog system used by PHMC can be accessed online. This feature has allowed PHMC Curators to be able to continue to add to the content available to the public even as we work from home.

Even if you have already checked out the online artifacts, more entries are being added every week.

https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Museums/Online-Collection/Pages/default.aspx#

Wright Reciprocating Saw(LM2011.3.33), one of the latest online additions.

Happy 5th Anniversary to Us!5 years ago today the renovated Visitor Center and Main Exhibit had it's Grand Re-Opening!#M...
05/15/2020

Happy 5th Anniversary to Us!

5 years ago today the renovated Visitor Center and Main Exhibit had it's Grand Re-Opening!

#MuseumWeek #MuseumMomentsMW

#MuseumWeek day 5: #climateMW By the 1890's the clear cutting by the lumber industry had taken Pennsylvania's Forests fr...
05/15/2020

#MuseumWeek day 5: #climateMW

By the 1890's the clear cutting by the lumber industry had taken Pennsylvania's Forests from 80% of the state down to only 20%. The area in the North-Central part of the state was becoming known as the "Pennsylvania Desert" on account of how many trees had been cut down. In 1893 conservationist Joseph Rothrock and William Shunck were commissioned to prepare a report on the state of PA's forests. Their report, which was included in the 1895 Annual report of the PA Department of Agriculture would lead to the creation of a Department of Forestry (today DCNR) and the creation of a system of State Forests and State Park.

https://5074.sydneyplus.com/Public/PHMC_ArgusNET/Portal.aspx?lang=en-US&p_AAEY=tab2&d=d

Have you visited with another CCC Worker Statue somewhere else in the United States? Share your photo with us!          ...
05/15/2020

Have you visited with another CCC Worker Statue somewhere else in the United States? Share your photo with us!

There are more than 70 statues identical to the one at the Lumber Museum located all across the country. This photo is of the statue at Red Rocks near Denver, Colorado.

May is National Wild Fire Awareness Month:Sometimes the best way to fight fire is with fire. This Drip Torch would have ...
05/13/2020

May is National Wild Fire Awareness Month:

Sometimes the best way to fight fire is with fire. This Drip Torch would have been used to started controlled fires. These fires could be a Back Burn, where a fire is started in the patch of an active Wildfire in order to deny it fuel. It can also be used to start a Prescribed Burns are used as part of a forest management plan to reduce the danger of Wildfires with the added bonus of helping to spur new tree and native plant growth and helping to control invasive species.

The museum Board of Directors discussed the issue at length, and ultimately decided that cancelling Bark Peelers' Festiv...
05/12/2020

The museum Board of Directors discussed the issue at length, and ultimately decided that cancelling Bark Peelers' Festival 2020 was the right decision given the circumstances. We hope to see you all again next year for Bark Peelers; Festival 2021- July 3rd and 4th.

All the images in our virtual tour were taken by museum staff and volunteers. What pictures of the Pennsylvania Lumber M...
05/11/2020
Virtual Tour of Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

All the images in our virtual tour were taken by museum staff and volunteers. What pictures of the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum are on your camera roll?

http://lumbermuseum.org/the-pennsylvania-lumber-museum-is-open-to-the-public-year-round-wednesday-through-sunday-from-900-am-to-500-pm/virtual-tour-of-pennsylvania-lumber-museum/

The images below correspond with this map. Route 6 Entrance1. Visitor’s Center – Admissions desk, museum and tourist information, orientation film, core exhibit: Challenges and Choices …

The new full-length documentary about Bob & Dotty Webber is  now complete. We hope to have a screening of the film at th...
05/11/2020

The new full-length documentary about Bob & Dotty Webber is now complete. We hope to have a screening of the film at the Lumber Museum after we are clear to have visitors return to the site. In the mean time, check out the trailer for the film at the link below.

https://mountainsoulsmovie.com/

The resources required to make everyday items come from the Earth and its natural cycles. It is our responsibility to pr...
05/10/2020
STEM: Resource-Go-Round - Project Learning Tree

The resources required to make everyday items come from the Earth and its natural cycles. It is our responsibility to practice smart purchasing and opt for products created from renewable resources. Trees are just one example of a versatile, diverse, and renewable resource that we all need. Trees clean the air we breathe and water we drink; provide shade and habitat for wildlife; protect soil from erosion; and produce beautiful fall colors and delicious food we eat. What are your favorite things made from trees?

These STEM Strategies are to accompany Activity 82, Resource-Go-Round, found in Project Learning Tree’s PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide. Be sure to check out the full activity!

https://www.plt.org/stem-strategies/Resource-Go-Round/

Students identify some of their favorite and essential products that come from a renewable resource—trees!—and research how they are manufactured.

Of course we can't forget our Shay, not on National Train Day. If any of you out there happen to have a spare Climax or ...
05/09/2020

Of course we can't forget our Shay, not on National Train Day.

If any of you out there happen to have a spare Climax or Heisler locomotive laying around and want to donate it to the museum just let us know!

It's National Train Day! Time to give our little Brookville switch engine a some love.The restored 15-ton switch engine ...
05/09/2020

It's National Train Day! Time to give our little Brookville switch engine a some love.
The restored 15-ton switch engine was manufactured in 1945 by the Brookville Locomotive Works. The locomotive had been delivered to the Elk Tanning Company's tannery at Wilcox, Pennsylvania. The International Harvester diesel powered "switcher" moved cars of hides and hemlock bark on the tannery sidings until the 1960s when the tannery was abandoned. The locomotive, together with other equipment and machinery, was sold to a local salvage company. The switch engine remained on their lot for almost 40 years until it was discovered by employees of the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum.

The Brookville Locomotive Works, now Brookville Equipment Corporation, is located in Brookville, PA and just celebrated it's 100th anniversary in 2018.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islanders Month.Known for his work in wood furniture design, George Nakashima was born...
05/07/2020
George Nakashima Woodworkers - New Hope, Pennsylvania

May is Asian American and Pacific Islanders Month.

Known for his work in wood furniture design, George Nakashima was born in Spokane, WA in 1905. He studied architecture and worked in Japan under architect Antonin Raymond. Mr. Nakasima eventually found his calling in furniture design and operated a studio in Seattle until his family as forcibly interned at Camp Minidoka, Idaho in 1942 as part of the Japanese Internment during WWII. At Camp Minidoka George learned traditional Japanese woodworking techniques from a fellow internee. His former boss, Antonin, sponsored his family's release and the Nakasimas family relocated to the Raymond farm in New Hope, PA. Mr. Nakasima reopened his furniture studio in New Hope and became internationally known for his mid-century designs. He continued to work until his death in 1990. His daughter , Mira, continues to operate the studio today, producing her father's designs as well as her own original designs. You can learn more about the Nakasimas on their studios website.

https://nakashimawoodworkers.com/

Founded by George Nakashima, we continue to custom-mill sustainably harvested hardwoods and select the resulting planks individually for each project. We strive to create the “antiques of the future” as a collaborative, integrated process where designer and maker work hand-in-hand.

Even though counties in the northern tier of Pennsylvania are moving to "yellow" phase, the PA Lumber Museum (as an "ent...
05/07/2020

Even though counties in the northern tier of Pennsylvania are moving to "yellow" phase, the PA Lumber Museum (as an "entertainment" venue) is still required to remain closed. Please keep in-touch through our web site and page; we hope to see all of you in person soon. Thanks!

May is National Wildfire Awareness Month. As such this month we will be featuring artifacts from the museum's collection...
05/06/2020
Wildland Firefighting Shirt

May is National Wildfire Awareness Month. As such this month we will be featuring artifacts from the museum's collection of fire fighting equipment and fire prevention tools. First up is a Nomex Shirt. Nomex is a fire resistant material and this shirt is standard issue to Wildfire Fighting crews.

https://5074.sydneyplus.com/Public/PHMC_ArgusNET/Portal/Portal.aspx?component=AAAL&record=5cd3e72d-12fe-426a-a185-adc3d116144a

This Wildland Firefighting gear was acquired new by the donor, Tyler Gum, while he was working as a Interpretative Park Ranger with the National Park Service. Mr. Gum was cross trained as a Wildfire/EMS Responder while he was working at Harper's Ferry National Historical Park. Mr. Gum also worked ev...

Just one of those Spring mornings at the Museum.
05/06/2020

Just one of those Spring mornings at the Museum.

The Lycoming Historical Society shares bits of Pennsylvania’s industrial history from their page. Check out this post ab...
05/06/2020

The Lycoming Historical Society shares bits of Pennsylvania’s industrial history from their page. Check out this post about lifestyles of the wealthy.

The Victorian Era within Williamsport was carried to a conspicuous and ostentatious display of wealth as many men prospered during the Lumber Era. Not only were there grand mansions built with exotic woods and stained glass, but the details of life were heightened to an extreme. This was notable in the clothing, for instance. Several of the wedding gowns worn in the County were designed by Charles Worth of Paris with silk, handmade lace, and beading accenting the ensemble.

Dining was worthy of Downtown Abbey, with accoutrements for every detail. The place setting of a guest to an evening meal might include four or five forks, five or six crystal glasses, a plate for each of the courses, and a pair of vases on the table strictly for fresh celery stalks! To begin the meal, a ring holding the crisp damask rolled napkin was placed at each place setting. A napkin ring sometimes matched a woman’s silver pattern with her initials engraved on it or perhaps a figural depiction, such as this delightful bird. Napkin rings were embellished with animals including horses, deer, goats or roosters, cherubs, children at play, or a barrel being pulled atop a wagon. The Lycoming County Historical Society has a number of napkin rings, several of which are on display near the Victorian Parlor. Bon appetit!

Can you help us identify what this item might be?
05/05/2020

Can you help us identify what this item might be?

Can you help us identify what this item might be?

Lots of people are familiar with the water cycle, but how about nutrient cycles? How does nitrogen move through an ecosy...
05/03/2020
STEM: Nature’s Recyclers - Project Learning Tree

Lots of people are familiar with the water cycle, but how about nutrient cycles? How does nitrogen move through an ecosystem? Use these STEM activities to help students discover that the final link in the food chain is also the “first” link.

These enrichments accompany Activity 24, Nature’s Recyclers, found in Project Learning Tree’s PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide. Be sure to check out the full activity!

https://www.plt.org/stem-strategies/nature-recyclers

Decomposers live off dead material and recycle nutrients into the soil for reuse by plants. These STEM activities teach students about producers, consumers, and decomposers.

Just a friendly reminder as the black bears begin to reemerge in North Central PA, give the bears their space and don't ...
05/02/2020

Just a friendly reminder as the black bears begin to reemerge in North Central PA, give the bears their space and don't do as this CCC enrollee from S-135 Dyer Farms is doing. (Kornish Collection)

Happy May Day everyone! Enjoy this article from handsonheritage.com about the Sawdust War of 1872.https://handsonheritag...
05/01/2020

Happy May Day everyone!

Enjoy this article from handsonheritage.com about the Sawdust War of 1872.
https://handsonheritage.com/ten-hours-or-no-sawdust-sawdust-war-of-1872/

The Sawdust War was a strike by Williamsport Lumbermen for a ten hour day at the same pay as the 12 hour days they had been working. Their slogan was "Ten Hours or No Sawdust". During this strike the Susquehanna Boom was temporarily shut down. The boom was not shut down by the strikers but by the owners to cut off the supply of logs to the mills.

Here are a couple of pictures of the boom from the late 19th/ early 20th century.

Dear friends, The PA Lumber Museum will be participating in #GivingTuesdayNow next week on May 5th. We ask those members...
04/30/2020
#GivingTuesdayNow

Dear friends,

The PA Lumber Museum will be participating in #GivingTuesdayNow next week on May 5th. We ask those members of our audience who can afford to do so to please support our organization through a donation. We are so thankful for all of your kind support during these uncertain times, and hope to return stronger and more engaged with our community than ever before. Many thanks for your consideration. Be well, and see you soon!

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Together we can heal. Be a part of the solution: show your support and rally to do some good!

A little something for those of us missing baseball.
04/29/2020
Batter Up!

A little something for those of us missing baseball.

Baseball has been enjoyed by countless Americans since the mid 19th century and the boys of the Civilian Conservation Corps were no exception. Since current events have put Major League Baseball on…

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Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum educates the public about the Commonwealth’s rich lumbering history and the ongoing care, management, and recreational use of its forests. Visitors are encouraged to explore the museum’s working historic saw mill, recreated lumber camp, exhibits, public programs and collections to discover the relevance of history in their lives. The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and is actively supported by the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates which is a non-profit community-based organization.

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Happy birthday Smokey!
This was an excellent educational trip for my home schooled 4th grader. Be sure to watch the half hour info video first to understand the history of the lumber industry in the keystone state.
What a great day we had lots to see.
What was or is the oldest logging company in Pennsylvania?