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For a major exhibition exploring the impact of the Works Pro­gress Administration (WPA) and other agencies of Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal throughout the Commonwealth, The State Museum of Pennsylvania is seeking artifacts, objects and information. Slated to open in 1990, the exhibition will explore the WPA’s role in Pennsylvania through tools used, clothing worn, artworks created and photographs made during the pro­gram. Historians believe many of these items remain in private hands, and curators are attempting to locate and identify appro­priate pieces which may be studied, borrowed or donated for this exhibition. Individuals and institutions able to assist in this search are asked to write: Christine Yanick, Education Depart­ment, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, P.O. Box 1026, Harris­burg, PA 17108-1026; or telephone (717) 787-5493.

 

The keeping of scrapbooks was a popular pastime for many Americans, and researchers are seeking references to this hobby between 1750 and 1950 in correspondence, diaries, memoirs, advice books on leisure time, family history and the like. Infor­mation about scrapbooks compiled in Pennsylvania or by Penn­sylvanians containing personal memorabilia, general ephemera or those dedicated to special subjects is also welcome. Please write: Deborah A. Smith, Strong Museum, 1 Manhattan Sq. , Rochester, N.Y. 14607; or telephone (716) 263-2700.

 

The painter and illustrator Edmund M. Ashe (1869-1942) taught at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh from 1920 to 1939. He painted not only in Pennsylvania, but also in the Cumberland Mountains near his summer house in New Milford, Connecticut. Individuals and institutions able to provide information about Ashe’s life or work are asked to write: Robert H. Smith, College of Wooster, Wooster, OH 44691; or telephone (216) 263-2000.

 

The residents of West Overton Village, between 1839 and 1919, and the employees of the Overholt Distillery, founded in 1838 and dosed by Prohibition in 1919, are currently the subject of research. “Old Overholt” was the brand name given by the dis­tillery to its rye whiskey after the death of the company’s founder, Abraham Overholt in 1870. Prior to 1870, the whiskey was known as “Monogahela” and “A. Overholt & Co. Pure Rye Whiskey.” Coke and steel magnate Henry Clay Frick, grandson of Abraham Overholt, was born in the village in 1849, and Frick’s daughter founded the Westmoreland-Fayette Historical Society in 1928 to operate the West Overton Museums that chronicle the distilling industry. Details regarding the rural industrial village and the Overholt Distillery, as well as knowledge of photo­graphs, drawings and artifacts, may be shared with: Kimberly Bringe, Education Coordinator, West Overton Museums/West Overton Village, Scottdale, PA 15683; or telephone (412) 887-7910.

 

The Encyclopedia of the Colonial Wars of America, in the series War of the United States, seeks contributions on a wide array of topics for the period spanning 1500 to 1763. Entries will discuss the military, diplomatic and strategic significance of Indian na­tions, European colonies, forts, battles, wars, treaties and indi­viduals. Send inquiries to: Allan Gallay, Department of History, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 98225; or tele­phone (206) 676-3000.