History Mailbox

Mailbox features classified advertisements related to Pennsylvania history.

Frequently, PH receives requests from readers who are searching for back issues which are out of print. In order to assist them in locat­ing extra copies which may be available through other readers, we list their names and addresses, indicating the specific editions they are seeking. Should anyone have information concerning any of the back issues listed below. we ask that you contact the following individuals directly: Mrs. Leroy Burkholder, 1111 S. Prince St., Palmyra 17078 (Armstrong County); Clara E. Duer, 1928 Winston Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80909 (Allegheny and Bucks counties); Thomas G. Hespendeide, 410 Darby Road, Havertown 19083 (Armstrong, Centre, Bucks, Allegheny and Pike counties); Helen Humphreys, Goodway Graphics, Inc., 423 Fox Pavilion, Jenkintown 19046 (Bucks County); Walter L. McGrew, Star Rt., Box 195, Umpqua, OR 97486 (Blair, Clearfield, Warren and York counties); and Kark B. Scheller, 170 Parkfel Ave., Pittsburgh 15237 (Armstrong, Centre, Bucks, Allegheny and Greene counties).


The Lancaster County Historical Society is launching a project to record the exact locations of all existing family burial grounds in Lancaster County and to pinpoint graveyards that have been de­stroyed. Society officials are urging people who know anything about local family burial grounds to mail all available information, along with a small map locating the grave plots, to society headquarters at 230 N. President Ave.; Lancaster 17603.


John C. Metzgar, R.D. 2, Box 159, Export 15632 is seeking in­formation on or samples of hornbooks used in Pennsylvania schools during any period of the state’s history. Anyone with details should contact him at the above address.


Women’s roles during holiday seasons, particularly Christmas and Easter. will be the subject of the forthcoming 7th publication in the Union County Historical Society’s series on Pennsylvania craft tradi­tions. Any person wishing to contribute oral information, diaries, let­ters, postcards, photographs or examples of handmade decorations may contact Nada Gray, Union County Court House, Lewisburg 17837.


Canal History and Technology: The Second Annual Symposium, co-sponsored by the Center for Canal History and Technology and Lafayette College, will be held Saturday, March 26, 1983 at Lafayette College. All papers to be presented at the conference will be printed in the Proceedings which will be included in the packet available to regis­trants as part of the $25 registration fee. For further information write 1he Canal Museum, Box 877, Easton 18042, or phone (215) 258-7155.


The Erie County Historical Society is in need of contributions to help publish Dr. Maxwell Schoenfield’s book, Charles Vernon Gridley, A Naval Career. The book will be in memory of the late Clare Swisher, who did so much to preserve Erie’s history. Contributions can be made to the Clare Swisher Memorial Fund and should be sent to the society at 417 State St., Erie 16501.


A study of the history of photography in Juniata, Mifflin and Perry counties is in need of help. Anyone with a collection of family photos dating from the pre-Civil War era or biographical information relat­ing to photographers in that area should contact Dr. Jay Ruby at the Center for Visual Communication, 447 E. Mt. Airy Ave., Philadel­phia 19119, or phone (215) 242-1678.


Volunteers are needed in Pittsburgh to help catalog and number the collection of artifacts gleaned from the PPG archaeological site. Re­searchers feel that a complete inventory of the Pittsburgh bottling in­dustry can be compiled, so careful analysis of the site is critical. Those who can donate time to this study should visit the Carnegie Museum Annex at 5800 Baum Blvd. in East Liberty, or call (412) 361-0500.