Historical Societies: News and Highlights

Historical Societies: News and Highlights presents news and information about Pennsylvania's regional and county historical societies.

New Publications of Interest

Two new publications important to historical societies have recently been issued by the American Association for State and Local History. Adminis­tration is an extremely useful bibliog­raphy of sources for improving admin­istrative skills, covering such topics as effective management, personnel and employment practices, volunteers, de­velopment planning, fund raising, taxes, insurance and collection policies. Equally relevant is Access to the Past; Museum Programs and Handicapped Visitors which provides guidelines in museum programs for the disabled. Both items can be obtained from the AASLH. 1400 Eighth Ave. South, Nashvllle, TN 37203, or call (615) 242-5583.

All societies, as well, will want to obtain copies of Robert M. Dructor’s Genealogical Sources at the Pennsyl­vania State Archives which describes records at the State Archives in Harris­burg which are useful for genealogical and family research.


Society Receives DOE Grant

The Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania recently received a grant for $10,800 from the Institute of Mu­seum Services of the Department of Education in Washington, D.C. The funds will be used for a new educa­tional program designed to reach students and adult groups outside the society.

Drawing on resources other than those available at the society and stressing a multidisciplinary approach, the program will be made up of three history kits dealing with specific aspects of Pittsburgh history. Each kit will include teachers’ and/or program chairmen’s guides, graphic materials, a slide and tape-cassette presentation, artifacts and documents, and a list of specific follow-up activities and proj­ects. Twenty school districts and several adult groups have already ex­pressed interest in the program.

For further information about the grant and the program it will support, contact the society at 4338 Bigelow Blvd., Pittsburgh 15213, or call (412) 681-5533.


Historical Society Notes

The 1981 annual meeting of the state federation of historical societies will be held at the Sheraton-Altoona on May 8 and 9, 1981. Workshops, as well as the business meeting and annu­al luncheon, will be held at the Shera­ton on May 9 [1981]. A highlight of this year’s conference will be a tour of historical sites in Altoona on the even­ing of May 8 [1981], which will culminate in a concert of historic, Pennsylvania band music at the restored Mishler Theater. The following day will witness the an­nual presentation of the S. K. Stevens Award which is funded by the Historical Foundation of Pennsylvania. For further details and a program, please write the Division of History, PHMC, Box 1026, Harrisburg, or call (717) 787-3034.

Members of historical societies should be advised that annual, regional workshops on historic topics will be held again during the fall of 1981 in Reading and Erie. Respective hosts will be the historical societies of Berks and Erie counties. Please consult sub­sequent issues of Heritage for program details and dates.

Historical societies are reminded that free consulting services are avail­able to them on any problem they may have by contacting the Division of History, PHMC, Box 1026, Harris­burg 17120, or call (717) 787-3034. This program includes assistance in archival collections, museums, publi­cations, preservation and all areas of historic concern. Recently, for in­stance, Blair County obtained valuable assistance in museum exhibits while planning their Railroader’s Memorial Museum.