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A catalogue raisonne of works by the Pennsylvania artist and teacher Daniel Garber (1880-1958) is currently being compiled by a gallery in conjunction with the Garber family. Correspondence, photographs and ephemera relating to Garber’s life and career are of interest, as are the whereabouts of his paintings, drawings and prints. Garber lived first in Philadelphia and later in Lumberville, Bucks County. Please write; Elizabeth East, Tag­gart and Jorgensen Gallery, 3241 P St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007; telephone (202) 298-7676; or FAX (202) 333-3087.


For a history of the 53rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry of the Civil War, information, letters, diaries, photographs and artifacts are being collected for study. Individuals or institutions able to provide information regarding this unit are encouraged to write: Richard A. Sauers, 317 South Front St., Apt. B, Harris­burg, PA 17104; or telephone (717) 236-7188.


Two identical white and turkey red quilts pieced by Methodist women’s groups (circa 1888 and 1898) are extant in Johnstown and Brookville. The signatures for each of the 36 blocks are on twelve white bias strips radiating from a three inch circle. Infor­mation regarding similar quilts, especially how and why they were made, is requested by: Carole Briggs, 45 Richards St., Brookville, PA 15825; telephone (814) 849-7833.


The Historical Society of Whitpain is seeking documents, photographs, correspondence, books, objects and artifacts relat­ing to Whitpain Township, Montgomery County, including the settlements of Blue Bell, Center Square and Broad Axe. Individ­uals with recollections of the township’s industries, schools, transportation, politics, churches, institutions, residences and early settlers are encouraged to write: Carolyn Wurzer, Historical Society of Whitpain, P.O. Box 311, Blue Bell, PA 19422.


Stoneware pottery enthusiasts whose collections include pieces made by Henry Glazier of Huntingdon, Huntingdon County, are asked to cooperate in compiling information for a catalogue recording all identified work. The potter is known to have used two markings: Henry Glazier, Huntingdon, Pa., sur­rounded by delicate curving lines; and H. Glazier, Huntingdon, Pa., in larger, plain letters. Glazier’s unmarked wares can often be recognized by decoration in a unusual glaze which ranges from brown, through red, to a distinct purple. The publication will accompany an exhibition scheduled for 1992-1993. Send all information to: Nancy S. Shedd, Huntingdon County Historical Society, P.O. Box 305, Huntingdon, PA 16652.


Information regarding the history and building of the Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia is being collected for research and study. Also of interest are biographical details on the Institute’s founder William Wagner and his descendants Samuel Tobias Wagner and Charles J. Stille, as well as on faculty and staff, particularly Joseph Leidy, Angelo Heilprin, Joseph Willcox and Henry Leffmann. Please write: Susan Glassman, Wagner Free Institute of Science, Montgomery Ave. and Seven­teenth St., Philadelphia, PA 19121; or telephone (215) 763-6529.


For a major exhibition and accompanying publication, the Historical Society of Berks County is seeking information on carvers and whittlers of southeastern Pennsylvania. Researchers are especially interested in learning about little known carvers and carvings originating in the Berks, Montgomeries and Bucks counties area. Information may be directed to: Ann W. Goda, Curator, Historical Society of Berks County, 940 Centre Ave., Reading, PA 19601; or telephone (215) 375-4375.