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Horace Bonham (1835-1892) was a York genre, landscape and portrait painter who worked in oil, watercolor and pen and ink. Several of his works – known to have been exhibited at the Penn­sylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, National Academy of Design and in Louisville, Chicago and Boston – are missing and unac­counted for. An art historian is searching for his paintings­ – usually signed in full signature or initialed (H.B.) – and requests individuals or institutions knowing the whereabouts of any Bonham works to write: Carol A. Kearney, 1101 Farquar Dr., York, PA 17403; or telephone (717) 843-7026.


The cinematic career of Siegmund “Pop” Lubin in Pennsylva­nia was discussed and illustrated in an article entitled “The For­gotten Filmmaker” which appeared in the winter 1986 edition of this magazine. The author wishes to identify individuals and institutions possessing knowledge of Lubin’s studios or those holding photographs, correspondence or movie memorabilia pertaining to any Lubin studio. The information will be incorpo­rated into ongoing research. Please write: Linda Kowall, 60 By­berry Rd., Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006; or telephone (215) 947-8349.


Newspaper project staff of The Pennsylvania State University Library are asking individuals and organizations to share information regarding collections of old newspapers for possible inclusion in a statewide checklist that is being compiled. Of par­ticular interest are collections spanning several years or single issues which could prove to be unique. Newspapers themselves are not being collected. Correspondence may be sent to: Rebecca Wilson, W308 Pattee Library, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802.


A circa 1820-1840 tall case clock – typical of a Lancaster County maker, with six “chimneys” and made of cherry with tiger maple details – has a dial signed by Charles S. Walters of Lewistown. The owner is seeking information regarding Walters and his work and is asking persons able to share such information to write: Carol B. Buonato, 101 East Locust Lane, Kennett Square, PA 19348.


Of the six pillars which graced the State Capitol destroyed by fire in 1897, the whereabouts of five have been determined. Two flank the east side of Harrisburg’s Market Street Bridge; one was erected in McElhattan, Clinton County; one was placed between Jersey Shore and Antes Fort; and one stood in a Jersey Shore cemetery. Persons with knowledge of the sixth pillar are asked to share lhe information with: Charles E. Reedy, P.O. Box 365, Turbotville, PA 17772.


Although documents on the life of Stewart Culin (1858-1929), renowned ethnologist and museum director, were available for an article which appeared in the summer 1985 edition of this magazine, the author is seeking relatives of Culin to interview and to locate additional papers and photographs relating to his celebrated career. Please write: Simon Bronner, American Stud­ies Department, The Pennsylvania State University – Capitol Campus, Middletown, PA 17057; or telephone (717) 948-6039.


The Valley Forge Historical Society publishes The Valley Forge Journal, a scholarly biannual publication. The historical society invites historians and writers to submit manuscripts pertaining to Valley Forge, the American Revolution and the development of patriotism and symbolism in American history. Submissions should be sent to: Editor, The Valley Forge Journal, Valley Forge Historical Society, P.O. Box 122, Valley Forge, PA 19481.