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Barkpeeler’s Festival July 7-8, 2018 at the PA Lumber Museum

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There’s a new location and more program times for History Alive! at this year’s Barkpeeler’s Festival at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum in northcentral PA. Don’t miss this great family event! Yes, Rich will still be emceeing the Frog Jumping Contest as in previous years as well. For the complete schedule (in addition to the Jack “Griz” Hains program times below), see http://lumbermuseum.org/ – enjoy the fun!

Spring – Summer 2018 Performances

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Sunday April 15  11am-4pm – WK&S Civil War Weekend (Kempton, PA)
It’s Civil War Weekend April 14-15 at the WK&S Railroad in Kempton, PA. Supply Train Wagon Boss “Skinner”Tubbs will be in the Barn on Sunday April 15 (only) between 11am and 4pm to talk about his role in getting supplies to the Union forces during the war. He, and all other Civil War-era participants (including General Grant) will be in first person – turning back the clock to April 14,1865 (just after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox). Bring the family, ride the train and be immersed in America’s past. For further information and/or to buy train tickets in advance – https://www.kemptontrain.com/

Saturday & Sunday April 28 – 29
Neshaminy State Park Civil War Reenactment
(Bensalem, PA)
This event was cancelled for security issues.

Saturday May 12  11am
Gravestone Dedication & Celebration for Forgotten Civil War Veteran, Aaron Kichline
St. James Lutheran Church / Straw Cemetery (Phillipsburg, NJ)
Rich will be participating in this event as bugler/musician. For more information – http://strawcemetery.org/

Saturday & Sunday June 9 -10
Cook Forest French & Indian War Encampment (Cooksburg, PA)

Conrad Weiser will be returning to this amazing event  – with a special program in the Sawmill Theater on Saturday from 1-2pm as well as a Saturday evening 7-8pm program in the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom.

At the 1pm presentation, In the Steps of a Peacekeeper – learn about the life of this  unsung Pennsylvania hero who epitomizes life on the American frontier from 1710 until his death in 1760. During that time – he was a statesman, diplomat, traveler, judge, linquist, Lieutenant Colonel, farmer and official Pennsylvania peacekeeper.

For the 7pm program, Conrad will be joined by his compatriot, Stoeffel Stump (portrayed by retired history teacher Bob Fleck) as they reminisce about their 1737 winter “walk” from Heidelberg (present day Womelsdorf west of Reading, PA) to Onondaga (near present day Syracuse, NY) to preserve the peace between the Iroquois and Catawba nations.

You can also meet the “characters within these two characters” both days near the entrance of the Sawmill Theater.
For further information on this weekend event – http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/event/cook_forest_french_indian_war_encampment_5573#.WwyMt4oh3IU

Tuesdays-Thursday June 12-14, 2018   10:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm
Oregon Dairy Family Farm Days (Lancaster County, PA)
Join Conestoga Wagoner John Jacob Keplinger from Lancaster County as he tells stories from the past during his days of traveling the “turnpikes” of colonial Pennsylvania. You may be surprised when you learn the origin of terms such as “tailgating” and “dashboard.”

Bring the kids and grandkids to this family-friendly event. For further information –

Sunday June 24, 2018
Schuylkill Canal Festival (Mont Clare, PA)
Canal Captain John A. Hummel hauled goods and produce on a number of canals in Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but his favorite of them all was the Schuylkill Canal which ran from Port Carbon to Philadelphia. Hear the “sneckehorn” blow, and be entertained with the songs and stories from the past as “Cappy” takes you back to the “good old days.”

For further information about this event –

Saturday & Sunday July 7-8, 2018
Barkpeeler’s Festival at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum (Galeton, PA)
See the post to the left for information about this great event!

Winter 2018 Appearances

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Saturday Jan. 6, 2018 – PA Farm Show (Harrisburg, PA)
Playing for the Farm Team (Rich as Asa “The Count” Brainard)
Ag 102 Stage (Behind the Food Court in the Weis Exhibition Building)
Two programs:  3:00-3:45pm and 5:00-5:45pm

Have you ever thought about the cultural connections (language, customs, foodways, music, etc.) of baseball and agriculture? Many of the terms used in baseball past and present have an remarkable connection to farming and the land.

So, are you ready to go back to the past to understand the present? When the milking is done, we’ll go out to that open pasture behind the barn where we play ball (ballfield). We’ll hit daisy cutters (line drives) and prove that even a rube (hayshaker) can hit an apple (ball) over the fence. As a feeder (pitcher), Asa has thrown many a hot potato through a barn door.  Now, that’s baseball!

Saturday Feb. 17, 2018 –  National Civil War Museum (Harrisburg, PA)
Music of the Civil War (Long Hill String Band)  1:00-4:00pm

Rich will join the Long Hill String Band to provide Civil War era music for museum visitors on this Community Free Admission Day.

Vocals will be accompanied by fiddle, banjo, mandolin, upright bass, and guitar as well as harmonica, cornet and bugle.

Where else can you catch Rich over the winter?  You may find him joining a great group of musicians for jams in various locations in the Berks/Lancaster county areas.  Email us on our Contact page to check on specific locations & dates.

Wood Hick “Cork” Camp (August 4-5, 2018)

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This unique hands-on history camp is designed for families with kids ages 10 and older.  Corks, calks or caulks are the spiked boots loggers wear. This experience allows your family to wear the clothing and immerse themselves in the lifestyle of the past. Adults will learn to master the tools and skills of the wood hick or bull cook/cookees of the 19th century while children get to participate in age-appropriate pastimes.

Participants will also play and eat like a logger and be taught (by Rich) how to portray a living history woodhick/lumber camp character – skills they will use to participate at the Wood Hick Grove at the Cherry Springs Woodsmen Show.


This event is co-sponsored by the PA Historical & Museum Commission and PA State Parks.

Call the Lumber Museum  at 814-435-2652 or visit their website at http://lumbermuseum.org/history-camp-pa-lumber-museum/for additional information.