Connect with others and learn about our Commonwealth by joining The State Museum of Pennsylvania for our virtual Learn at Lunchtime programs. Virtual Learn at Lunchtime features a variety of captivating presentations and live conversations with educators, curators, colleagues, and friends about various Pennsylvania topics.
Sessions are presented over Zoom and are free, but registration is required. Follow the link in the program title to sign up. Once registration is complete, attendees will receive an attendance link and password.
Want to watch past programs? Visit PHMC’s YouTube channel to watch all of recorded sessions.
Join Fine Arts Curator Amy Hammond and Art of the State 2022 Purchase Award winner Matthew Coté for a virtual Artists Conversation.
Matthew Coté’s Full Circle is a fine art brooch that represents the impact of mass shootings on American culture. The title refers to the reoccurrence of mass shootings while each of the 20 rifles on the brooch signifies a year between the Columbine High School massacre in 1999 and the work’s creation in 2019. Because Full Circle was designed to be worn and not simply displayed in an art gallery or museum, it represents the role of the artist as activist.
In 2018, Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area hosted nearly 180,000 migrating snow geese and tens of thousands of other waterfowl species. This 6,000-acre location is popular stop for both the birds and for bird watchers. Join us as we talk to Brant Portner, an Environmental Education Specialist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, about the origins of this migration event, what makes these bird species unique, and get tips for how to best view the birds during the spring migration.
Past Program Recordings – Click the link in the title.
January 14 Adventures in Nature Lab: American eels in the Susquehanna River
January 28 Curator’s Choice An Unusual Discovery from the Delaware River: Chevaux-de-frise
February 11 Adventures in Nature Lab: Wildlife Photography and Filmmaking
February 25 Curator’s Choice Between Two Worlds: The Story of Mary Sharp Ward
March 11 Pennsylvania Charter Pennsylvania’s Birth Certificate: William Penn’s 1681 Charter
March 25 Adventures in Nature Lab: Freshwater Mussels
April 22 Curator’s Choice: Levittown at 70
May 20 Curator’s Choice: Paper Wasps in a Changing Urban World
June 10 State Museum Perspectives: A Place for All: Three Stories of Integration in Pennsylvania
June 24 Curator’s Choice: Archaeological Discoveries as a result of Tropical Storm Agnes
July 8 Honey Bees The biology and behavior of honey bees
September 9 Pennsylvania Elk: 100 Years of Conservation
December 9 Eastern Hemlock Conservation in Pennsylvania: Current Status and Future Perspectives
February 12 Adventures in Nature Lab: How Do Reptiles and Amphibians Survive During Winter in Pennsylvania?
February 19Curator’s Choice A Spirited Republic: Whiskey Distilling in Pennsylvania
February 26 State Museum Perspectives: Exploring Virtual Group Programs
March 5 Artists Conversations: Violet Oakley’s William Penn Murals at the PA Capitol
March 12 Adventures in Nature Lab: Songbirds of Pennsylvania
March 19 Curator’s Choice Deadly Contact: Europeans, Native Americans, and Pandemics
March 26 State Museum Perspectives: Archaeology at Fort Hunter
April 9 Adventures in Nature Lab: Vernal Ponds and the animals and plants that need them
April 16 Curator’s Choice Flyover Pennsylvania: T.M. Fowler’s Bird’s-Eye Views of Pennsylvania Cities and Towns, 1885-1905
April 23 State Museum Perspectives: PHMC’s Online Collections
April 30 Treasures from the Vault: Pennsylvania’s Last Mountain Lion
May 7 Artists Conversations: Conservation of Violet Oakley’s Drawings
May 14 Adventures in Nature Lab: Native PA Flowers for Your Garden
May 21 Curator’s Choice Highlights from Game Changers: PA Women who Made History
June 4 Artists Conversations: Marta Sanchez
June 11 Adventures in Nature Lab: Butterflies and Moths of Pennsylvania
June 18 Curator’s Choice: Pennsylvania’s Grand Review
June 25 State Museum Perspectives: Walks with Walter – Nature Outreach in the Community
July 2 Artists Conversations Fashioning a New Nation: Creating Identity through Clothing in Post-Revolutionary Portraits
July 9 Adventures in Nature Lab: Fishes of Susquehanna River
July 16Curator’s Choice: Artifact Legends from the State Museum
July 23 State Museum Perspectives: Volunteering at the State Museum
July 30 Treasures from the Vault: The Phenomenon of the Parachute Wedding Dress in World War II
August 6 Artists Conversations: Lauren Litwa
August 13 Adventures in Nature Lab: PA Turtles
August 20 Curator’s Choice Witness to History: Col. Paul Evanko’s 9/11 Field Notes
August 27 State Museum Perspectives Witness to History: WITF’s Tim Lambert, NPR’s Scott Detrow and 9/11
September 3 Artists Conversations Reflecting on COVID: Featuring Artists from Art of the State 2020
September 10 Adventures in Nature Lab: Black Bears in PA
September 17 Curator’s Choice: Extinct Birds of PA
September 24 State Museum Perspectives: Art of the State 2021
October 1 Artists Conversations Representing Asian American Identities: Featuring Hee Sook Kim and Sanh Tran from Art of the State
October 8 Adventures in Nature Lab: PA Deer Family
October 15 Curator’s Choice: Peopling the Americas
October 22 State Museum Perspectives: Community Archaeology
October 29 Treasures from the Vault: The Leroy Hopkins’ Ike Jacket
November 5 Artists Conversations Overcoming Physical Challenges While Creating: Featuring Passle Helminski, Heidi Hooper and Francine Renée Schneider from Art of the State
November 19 Adventures in Nature Lab PA Wild Dogs – wolves, coyote, and fox
December 3 Artists Conversations A Sense of Place: Featuring Painters Lauren Whearty and Kelly Kautz from Art of the State