History Mailbox

Mailbox features classified advertisements related to Pennsylvania history.

Erratum: In the summer 1982 issue of PHThe Volunteer Bands of Hummelstown, 1869-1927” by Thomas Houts (page 9) was credited as having been “the first Pennsylvania entry ever to receive a national award” in the National History Day contests (1981). It should be pointed out, however, that in the 1980 competition Julie Humbert of Lancaster placed second with her junior historical paper, entitled “John Rively – Unknown Inventor Who Changed History,” and Bradley Miller of Indiana placed third for his senior division individual project, “William J. Miller and the Mechanization of the Ceramic Industry.” Our apologies for the oversights.


The Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation and the History Department at the University of Delaware are jointly sponsoring the Hagley Program in the History of Industrial America. The academic focus of the Hagley graduate program is on the social history of American industrialization. The two-year master of arts degree leads to careers in museums and historical agencies; the four-year Ph.D program prepares college teachers. Full tuition and a small travel fund are provided. In addition to the yearly stipend of $4,200 for the first two years and $4,600 for the second two years, an allowance of $1,200 is available to married students with dependent children. Application deadline for the 1983-84 academic year is February 1, 1983. For further information write: Hagley Graduate Program Coordinator, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation, Box 3630, Wilmington, DE 19807.


The Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford is trying to locate objects made in the experimental arts and crafts community of Rose Valley between 1901 and 1916. This remarkable community contributed to the art, decorative arts and architecture of a large region and the museum is organizing an exhibition of the architecture, furniture and pottery produced in that community during the first decade of this century. Ann Barton Brown, the curator who is planning the display, would appreciate learning the whereabouts of any furniture and pottery produced in Rose Valley during this time. Please call (215) 388-7601 or write to the museum at Box 141, Chadds Ford 19317 with information.


Lynn Ann Brocklebank is researching the fraktur tradition in western Pennsylvania and is looking for signed or unsigned examples of the following artists from Westmoreland County: J. George Busyager (w. 1815-1841); J. A. von Alms (w. 1817-1818); and Friederich Hagemeister (w. 1825-1829). Anyone with knowledge of these artists or their work should contact Ms. Brocklebank at 5853 Northumberland St., Pittsburgh I 5217.