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The Library Company of Philadelphia is hosting a very special international program on Oct. 14-16, 1981 entitled “Quarter of a Millennium.” The three-day event will include a symposium, with papers presented by distinguished librarians from around the world on the theme “The intellectual World of 1731 “; a reception for the opening of an exquisite new exhibition; tours of Philadelphia libraries and much more. Thirty representatives of libraries whose foundations antedate 1731 have accepted invitations, so the assemblage will certainly be one of the most outstanding international gatherings of librarians ever seen in the United States. For informa­tion on the program and accommodations, contact Ms. Jean Benoit, The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust St., Philadel­phia 19107, or call (215) 546-3181.


The annual meeting of the Eastern States Archaeology Federation will be hosted by the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, Inc., on Nov. 6-8, 1981 at the Host Inn, Harrisburg. Addresses for further information are as follow: to present a paper (time limit of 20 mins.) – send a publishable abstract, title and audio-visual requests to Rogar W. Moeller, Box 63, Washington, CT 06793; to reserve exhibit – James Herbstritt, Dept. of Anthropology, California State College, California (PA) 15419; to request publications sales space-Karen Rockey, 13 Sagamore Hills Rd., Lock Haven 17745; to reserve a room – the Host Inn, 4751 Lindle Rd., Harrisburg 17111; and to make other local arrangements – Virginia Lopresti, 210 Lafevre Rd., Stockertown 18083. Conference registration is $6 prior to Oct. 1, 1981, $8 after that date. The charge for the Saturday evening banquet will be $12.50.


The National Historic Communal Societies Association will sponsor the eighth annual Historic Communal Societies Conference at the Ephrata Cloister in Ephrata on Oct. 15-17, 1981. The con­ference theme is “The Musical Heritage of America’s Communal Societies.” Performances of the original musical compositions of the Ephratans, Shakers, Harmonists and Moravians are planned. Those wishing to give papers or to present updates from their com­munal research or current communal experiences should contact Dr. Donald E. Pitzer, Center for Communal Studies, Indiana State University Evansville, Evansville, IN 47712. To register for the conference write Mr. John Kraft, Curator, Ephrata Cloister, Ephrata 17522.


The “History of Erie,” a three credit course, will be offered at Edinboro State College every Wednesday evening beginning Sept. 2 through Dec. 16 from 5 :00 to 7:30 P.M. The fee is $46 per credit which may be waived for senior citizens who audit the course on a space-available basis. For further information, call (814) 732-2426 or 732-2575.


The John Valentine Haidt painting, “The Crucifixion,” which appeared in the Tercentenary Issue of Pennsylvania Heritage on page 18 should have been credited to the Moravian Historical Society, Nazareth, not the Central Moravian Church as stated. Apologies to the Moravian Historical Society.