Eckley Miners' Village will play host to a wide range of events in 2010, from its famous Patch Town Days through its Living History Weekend and the ever-popular Halloween Lantern Tours.
Starting off the year is Charter Day, Sunday, March 7, from noon to 5 p.m. Admission to the event, which celebrates the founding of Pennsylvania, is free to the museum and to the other cultural activities that will be offered. The Gift Shop will also be open.
The Village's Spring Sunday Lecture Series - with free admission to each lecture - will be held April 25, May 2 and May 16, at 2 p.m. Speakers will be announced in the near future.
Patch Town Days, the Village's yearly anthracite heritage festival and one of its most popular events, will be held Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees will be able to celebrate the customs and traditions of the anthracite coal region through music, dancing, food, living history presentations, artisans, crafters and a wide range of period activities.
History Camp brings anthracite history alive for children ages 6 through 12. Scheduled for July 12, 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., reservations are required. Admission is $10 a day.
Summer of '44:World War II History Weekend will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 17 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The weekend allows visitors to learn about patch town life during the Second World War. Military vehicles, camp life and 1940s-style entertainment are a few of the weekend's scheduled events.
Living History Weekend: Civil War History, is set for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Civil War re-enactors make the era come alive. Events include living history demonstrations, military encampments and other period offerings.
The Fall Sunday Lecture Series is slated for Sept. 19 and 26 and Nov. 7 and 14, at 2 p.m. Speakers will be announced. Lecture admission is free.
Halloween Lantern Tours will be offered Oct. 15, 16 and 17; Oct. 22, 23 and 24; and Oct. 29 and 30. Friday and Saturday tours are from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m, with the last tour at 9 p.m. Sunday tours are from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the last tour at 8 p.m. Participants are invited to bring their own flashlights - or purchase a lantern at the museum - for a chilling evening of mystery and the macabre walking along the ghostly streets in Eckley. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.
A Children's Christmas will be held Dec. 4, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Story telling, arts and crafts and other holiday activities will be on the menu.
Eckley Miners' Village is a living history museum focusing on the daily life of the anthracite coal miner and his family. Settled in 1854, the village is one of hundreds of company mining towns or "patches" built in the anthracite region during the 19th century. The site preserves a way of life which dominated the anthracite coal region for more than 150 years.
Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Village is open year-round. It is closed for all holidays except Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.
Admission rates to the Village and the Museum are $6 for adults, $5.50 for seniors (over age 65) and $4 for children under 13. Walking tours - available from Memorial Day to Labor Day and on weekends in September and October are $1.50 per person. Walking tours are contingent on staff availability and weather conditions.
Eckley is located just off Route 940 in Luzerne County, 10 miles east of downtown Hazleton.
For additional information, call the Village at (570) 636-2070, or visit its website at www.eckleyminers.org. Eckley Miners' Village is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission with active support from the Eckley Miners' Village Association.