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Erratum: The subheading appearing on page 21 of the spring 1983 issue of PH in the article “Made in America, 1800-1900: Fine Ceramics from Commission Collections” by Gail M. Getz should read as follows: “The Centennial and the Eclectic Decades, 1870-1900.”


As part of the Tricentennial celebration in Philadelphia, the Univer­sity of Pennsylvania will host the “Tricentennial Conference of Ger­man-American History, Politics, and Culture” On October 3-6, 1983. Scholars from the United States and Germany will attempt a critical assessment of three hundred years of German settlement in North America. The Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Delaware, which is jointly sponsoring the program and houses a large collection of Pennsylvania-German arts and crafts, will feature several panels on the material culture of the German-Americans in Pennsylvania, Texas and the Midwest. For further information on the conference, which will be open to the public, contact the conference chairman Frank Trommler, German Department, University of Pennsylvania, Phila­delphia 19104.


The Seventeenth Annual Meeting of the Duquesne History Forum will be held on October 19-21 [1983] in Pittsburgh. For further information, write to Dr. Bernard J. Weiss. Forum Director, Department of His­tory, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh 15282.


Indiana University of Pennsylvania will host a conference entitled “Technology and Society: Human Values and Policy Planning,” Oc­tober 26-28, 1983. The purpose of the conference is to explore the po­litical, economic and social aspects of this issue in historical perspec­tive. For additional information contact Irwin Marcus, Department of History, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana 15705.


The Erie County Historical Society will co-sponsor an oral history workshop with the Erie Society for Genealogical Research on Septem­ber 24 [1983]. The program will be conducted in The Old Custom House from 9 A.M. to 3 P .M. For reservations or information write the Erie County Historical Society, 417 State St., Erie 16501 or call (814) 454-1813.


The Corning Museum of Glass is now presenting a special exhibi­tion, “Pressed Glass 1825-1925,” which will remain on display through October 30 [1983]. The museum has many pieces of Pennsylvania glassware in its collection, some of which will be represented in the show, including pressed glass from the Bakewell, Curling and Atter­bury factories in Pittsburgh as well as from the Gillinder glasshouse in Philadelphia. The marked Bakewell window pane and the Curling creamer, both of which will be shown, are among the rarest pieces of early pressed glass known. To learn more about the exhibition, con­tact the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning Glass Center, Corning, NY 14831, or call (607) 937-5371.


The Historic Lancaster Walking Tour offers daily tours of historic downtown Lancaster until the end of October [1983]. Tours depart from headquarters, 15 West King St., at 10 A.M. and 1:30 P.M. Monday through Saturday, and at 1:30 P.M., on Sunday. Costumed interpreters lead groups through the historic streets of the city, explaining historic sites, architectural details and anecdotes. After November 1 [1983], groups and individuals may arrange tours by contacting the tour of­fice at (717) 394-1613, one day in advance.


The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service has re­leased its 1982-1983 “Update” catalog, describing more than thirty new exhibits it now offers to cultural institutions throughout the coun­try. Exhibits range from “Black American Landmarks: Interpreters of History” and “Buildings Reborn: New Uses, Old Places” to “L’Amour de Maman: The Acadian Textile Heritage” and “Loose the Mighty Power: Impressions of the Steam Engine in America.” No commercial use may be made of SITES exhibitions, and access must be open to all. For a free copy of the catalog, write to “Update,” Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Washington, D.C. 20560.


In order to prepare a biography of Edward Lyon Schieffelin, the western prospector and founder of Tombstone, Arizona who was born in Tioga County and moved West in 1856, George Rinsland is seeking pertinent letters, documents, photographs, etc. Readers with any information should write to Mr. Rinsland at 4015 Kilmer Ave., Allentown 18104.


Museum Marketplace II, a collaboration of cultural institutions from the greater Philadelphia area, Delaware and New Jersey, will be held on September 30 [1983], from 12:00 to 5:00 P.M., and on October 1 [1983], from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the Bourse, 21 S. 5th St., Independ­ence Mall East, in Philadelphia. The exposition will introduce visitors to the extensive cultural resources available in the Delaware Valley. Co-sponsors of the event include Museum Showcase, Philadelphia Celebrates Children, Please Touch Museum and the Museum Council of Philadelphia. The public is invited free of charge.