History Mailbox

Mailbox features classified advertisements related to Pennsylvania history.

The Pennsylvania Historical Association will hold its 50th An­nual Meeting in West Chester on October 16-17, 1981. The Program Committee, chaired by Robert J. Plowman of the Federal Archives and Records Center in Philadelphia, anticipates a stimulating ses­sion. For additional information contact Robert E. Carlson, Department of History, West Chester State College, West Chester 19380, or call (215) 436-2201.


The Athenaeum of Philadelphia is compiling a Biographical Dictionary of Philadelphia Architects prior to 1930 which will include approximately 700 entries from colonial master builders to recent architects. If you have information on Philadelphia architects of this period or any of their extant architectural documents, please contact Sandra Tatman, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 S. 6th St., Philadelphia 19106.


The 15th Annual Duquesne University History Forum will be held on October 12-14 [1981] at the William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh. Those wishing to submit proposals for papers or sessions, or to assist in the program should contact the Forum’s Director at the Department of History, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh 15219.


State College will be the site of the 15th Annual Central Penn­sylvania Festival of the Arts to be held July 9-12 [1981]. Among the most popular attractions will be concerts, dance, drama, Pennsylvania’s foremost fiddler’s competition and an invitational hot-air balloon meet. For more information please write Bob Potter, Publicity Chairman, Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, P.O. Box 1023, State College 16801, or call (814) 237-0481.


The Department of Architecture at the Pennsylvania State Uni­versity is looking for the names and addresses of craft persons qualified in restoration and preservation to be included in a statewide Pennsylvania Resource Directory. An application will be sent to aU interested parties. The address list is confidential. For more details please write Preservation Project, Department of Architecture, Engineering Unit C, University Park 16802.


Two new programs have recently been developed by the Oral Traditions Project. Eight loan exhibitions of several hundred cover­lets and early handwoven pieces from central Pennsylvania will be on display at eight different locations in that region over the sum­mer months. The pieces have been borrowed from numerous private collections and reflect nineteenth-century weaving traditions in Union, Snyder, Centre, Clinton, Lycoming, Montour, Columbia and Northumberland counties.

In another project, Jeannette Lasansky is researching Pennsylvania tinsmiths and is seeking account books, advertisements, in­voices, patterns, photographs and documented examples of this nineteenth-century craft. Also of interest are the recollections of the descendants of tinsmiths, tinkers and peddlers. The results of the project will be published in June 1982. Anyone with information or questions relating to either project should contact Ms. Lasansky at the Oral Traditions Project, Courthouse, Lewisburg 17837.


The credit line for the photograph of the Carnegie institute appearing on page 23 of the Spring 1981 issue of Pennsylvania Heritage (Vol. VLI, No. 2) was inadvertently omitted. The photograph was printed courtesy of the Carnegie Institute.


It should be pointed out that all photographs taken by John P. Herr which illustrated John J. Snyder, Jr.’s article “Pennsylvania’s Architectural Heritage,” appearing in the Spring 1981 issue of Heritage (Vol. VII, No. 2), were first printed in Lancaster Architecture, 1719-1927 published by the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County in 1979.