History Mailbox

Mailbox features classified advertisements related to Pennsylvania history.

On May 28-31, 1980 the Laval University School of Architecture and the Quebec Order of Architects will hold an International Con­gress entitled “Conservation, Rehabilitation, Recycling” in Quebec, Canada. Anyone interested in the conservation and restoration of historic buildings, the rehabilitation and reconstruction of urban centers or neighborhoods, and the recycling or adaptive use of older underutilized properties may wish to contact Joseph Baker, Direc­tor, School of Architecture, Laval University, University City, Quebec, P.Q., Canada, G1K 7P4, for further details.


Ann Barton Brown, Curator of Collections at the Brandywine River Museum, is attempting to locate artworks of Howard Pyle or his students to include in a summer 1980 exhibition. Among those who studied under Pyle during the period 1894-1906 at the Drexel Institute, the Chadds Ford Summer School and the School of Art in Wilmington, Delaware are: Elenore Plaisted Abbott, Stanley Arthurs, Clifford Ashley, William Aylward, Alice Barber Stephens, Anna Whelan Betts, Ethel Franklin Betts, Elizabeth F. Bonsall, Clyde Deland, Bertha Corson Day, Philip R. Goodwin, Charlotte Harding, George Harding, Harvey Dunn and Frank Schoonover. Anyone with information relating to Pyle or his summer students such as letters, diaries, photographs, sketches, drawing books, paintings and any other memorabilia should contact Ms. Brown at the museum, Brandywine Conservancy, Box 141, Chadds Ford 19317, (215) 388-7601.


Everett S. Powers, 232 Roslyn Ave., Glenside 19038, is at­tempting to locate a copy of the summer 1979 issue of Pennsylvania Heritage featuring Blair County (Vol. V, No. 3) which is out of print. Anyone with information concerning an extra copy should contact him at the above address.


On July 11, 1782, two days before Hannastown, Westmoreland County was burned, three sons of a “Mr. Chambers” were tomahawked and scalped (Butterfield, Expedition Against Sandusky, p. 268). Mr. J. C. Heck, Jr., 104 Pier K, 2801 Palm St., Naples, FL 33942, is attempting to identify which Chambers family was involved. Studies of grave sites, readings and letters to researchers have thus far met with no success.