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Needed by the Heritage Center of Lancaster County for a major exhibition exploring the social history and material culture of firefighting in Lancaster County during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are photographs, paintings and prints, equipment, uniforms, accessories, badges, programs, member­ship rosters and presentation pieces. Also being requested for research is information related to individual fire companies throughout the county. Persons able to share artifacts, as well as data, are requested to write: Patricia J. Keller-Connor, Director, Heritage Center of Lancaster County, Penn Square, Box 997, Lancaster, PA 17603; or telephone (717) 299-6440.


Pennsylvania’s oldest military school, the Carson Long Mili­tary Institute in New Bloomfield, is currently collecting informa­tion and artifacts tracing the history of the Institute, established in 1919, as well as that of its predecessor, the New Bloomfield Academy, founded in 1837 (see “Perry County: A Sportsman’s Paradise” by Duane E. Good in the winter 1988 issue). The items sought­ – letters, photographs, medals, records, commemorative pieces and documents – will be added to the recently established mu­seum on the campus. Individuals able to share such information and artifacts are asked to write: Maj. Kenneth P. Stuart, Com­mandant of Cadets, Carson Long Military Institute, Box 98, New Bloomfield, PA 17068; or telephone (717) 582-2121.


The editors of Pennsylvania History, the journal of the Pennsyl­vania Historical Association (PHA), are actively soliciting manu­scripts on all aspects of the Commonwealth’s history and culture, from the colonial period to the present. Research notes and methodological articles are welcome. Correspondence may be directed to: Michael J. Birkner, Editor, Pennsylvania History, Department of History, Millersville University, Millersville, PA 17551.


Henry Walton (1804-1865), a native of Saratoga Springs, New York, was a painter, lithographer and, possibly, a mapmaker, who worked in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions of New York, and in the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania, between 1836 and 1851. Information regarding his life and, especially, his career is being collected by a visiting curator for the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art in Ithaca, New York. Individuals and institutions are encouraged to write: Leigh Rehner Jones, 50 Balmville Rd., Newburgh, NY 12550; or telephone (914) 561-3958.


Commercial grape culture in northwestern Pennsylvania, particularly in Erie County, is currently the subject of research. Sought is information regarding local wineries and bottlers, as well as equipment used to process and store locally produced wine and grape juice. Please write, with information, to: Susan Beates Hansen, Cashiers House, Erie County Historical Society, 417 State St., Erie, PA 16501; or telephone (814) 454-1813.


The Encyclopedia of Jewish American History and Culture, to be published by Garland Publishing Company, seeks contributors to write comprehensive essays on a wide variety of topics. Addi­tional information regarding the work and its possible subjects may be obtained by writing: Jack Fischel, Department of History, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Millersville, PA 17551.