Shorts presents news briefs about current and forthcoming programs, events, exhibits and activities of historical and cultural institutions in Pennsylvania.

“Elocution, Orthography, and Mental Arithmetic: Victorian School Days,” an exhibit examining the nineteenth-century educational experience from the one-room rural schoolhouse to the sprawling urban university, is on view at Penny­packer Mills through Saturday, June 30, 2001. The exhibit interprets these experiences through objects and artifacts originally belonging to members of the Pen­nypacker family, which occupied the Montgomery County house. For more information, write: Pennypacker Mills, 5 Haldeman Rd., Schwenksville, PA 19473; telephone (610) 287-9349. Free.


A novel component of the plan for development of Hershey included the creation of several golf courses, which resulted in the community becoming recognized as a popular destination for golfers from throughout the Keystone State. On exhibit at the Hershey Museum from Friday, October 13 [2000], through Sunday, April 1, 2000, “Hershey: Golf Capital of the World” chronicles the history of the game in the Dauphin County community, beginning with its rise in popularity in the twenties, through Ben Hogan’s time as course pro in the forties, and into today’s new Tour. To obtain more details, write: Hershey Museum, 170 West HersheyPark Dr., Hershey, PA 17033; telephone (717) 534-3439; or visit the Hershey Museum website. Admission.


Popular for nearly a century and a half with the Lehigh Valley’s carriage trade, Appel Jewelers, of Allentown, is the subject of an exhibition that will be on view at the Liberty Bell Shrine Museum from Friday, November 24 [2000], through Saturday, January 6, 2001. “Appel Jewelers’ Window on Zion Church: 140 Years of Being Neighbors” traces the history of the store, which opened in 1860 as Massey’s, through photographs and memorabilia. From its location on Hamilton Street – directly opposite the church building housing the museum – Appel Jewelers has witnessed many historic events, changing fashions, and holiday seasons during the past one hundred and forty years. Additional information may be obtained by writing: Liberty Bell Shrine Museum, 622 Hamilton Street, Allen­town, PA 18101; or telephoning (610) 435- 4232. Free.


From Monday, January 15, through Sunday, February 18, 2001, the Bucknell Art Gallery will present an unusual show entitled “Dear Mr. Ripley: A Compendium of Curiosities from the Believe It or Not! Archives.” For more information, write: Bucknell Art Gallery, Elaine Lan­gone Center, Bucknell University, Lewis­burg, PA 17837; telephone (570) 577-3792; or visit the Bucknell Art Gallery website. Free.


“Quilts: The Fabric of Friendship,” opening Saturday, November 11 [2000], at the York County Heritage Trust, will show­case fifty quilts made in York County between 1800 and 1950. The exhibit, featuring pieced, appliquéd, graphic, souvenir, and fad quilts, will continue through Saturday, March 31, 2001. To obtain more information, write: York County Heritage Trust, 250 East Market St., York, PA 17403; telephone (717) 848-1587 or 812-1204. Admission.


Throughout her life, poet Marianne Moore (1887-1972) had portraits made by many of the stellar photographers of her day, including Bernice Abbott, Cecil Beat­on, Carl Van Vechten, Lotte Jacobi, Doris Ullmann, George Platt Lynes, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. From Thursday, October 12 [2000], through Sunday, February 4, 2001, the Rosenbach Museum and Library will offer visitors a look at an extraordinary selection of portraits of Moore, augmented with poetry, manuscripts, and objects that illuminate these images in an exhibition entitled “Sitting Pretty: Photography from the Marianne Moore Archive.” Additional information is available by writing: Rosenbach Museum and Library, 2010 DeLancey Pl., Philadelphia, PA 19103; telephone (215) 732-1600; or visit the Rosenbach Museum and Library website. Admission.


“Remember When?” is an exhibit mounted by the Centre County Historical Society that takes a look at the county’s two centuries of history through the people, places, events, and objects remembered in various communities. The exhibition illustrates the basic fact that the area’s history is its residents’ collective memory. “Remember When?” gives visitors an opportunity to recollect and contribute to this collective memory. Memory books are an important component of “Remember When?” and museum-goers are encouraged to record their memories, impressions, comments, and questions and answers about pieces on display. Reading these passages is an entertaining and educational part of the museum experience. “Remember When?” continues through Saturday, March 31, 2001. For more details, write: Centre County Historical Society, Centre Furnace Mansion, 1001 East College Ave., State College, PA 16801; telephone (814) 234- 4779; or visit the Centre County Historical Society website. Free.


On Wednesday, November 1 [2000], the Athenaeum of Philadelphia will unveil “Golden Age of Iron,” an exhibition of large format black and white photographs by Robert D. Golding which were commissioned as illustrations for architect Henry J. Magaziner’s forthcoming book on Philadelphia ironwork of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. The exhibition will continue through Wednesday, February 28, 2001. Golden Age of Iron will be released by the publisher, SkipJack Press, in November to coincide with the exhibi­tion. Additional information may be obtained by writing: Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 South Sixth St., Philadelphia, PA 19106; by telephoning (215) 925-2688; or by visiting the Athenaeum website. Free.


On Monday, October 30, the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation will open “Gifts of Winter,” an exhibit featuring works of art and books drawn from its holdings, as well as paintings created especially for this show. Artists whose works are included in “Gifts of Winter” are Cicely Mary Barker, Ferdi­nand Lucas Bauer, Elizabeth Dowle, Alan Magee, Kate Nessler, and Pierre-Joseph Redoute, among others. “Gifts of Winter” will continue through Wednesday, February 28, 2001. For more information, write: Hunt Institute for Botanical Documenta­tion, Hunt Library, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890; or telephone (412) 268-2440. Free.


“John James Audubon in the West: The Last Expedition,” an exhibition that explores the famous naturalist’s perilous journey along the Missouri River, from St. Louis to the Fort Union trading post, to document the mammals of the western United States, will be on view at the Academy of Natural Sciences from Saturday, October 28, through Sunday, Janu­ary 21, 2001. Audubon managed a family plantation near Philadelphia for several years before embarking on his career as an artist and naturalist (see “John James Audubon, Squire of Mill Grove and Genius of Art and Science” by Stephen May, Summer 1996). For more informa­tion, write: Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1195; telephone (215) 299-1000; or visit the Academy of Natural Sciences website. Admission.


From Thursday, October 19, through Sunday, November 26, the Payne Gallery, on the campus of Moravian College, will host an exhibition entitled “The Square Piano in Rural Pennsylvania, 1760-1830.” To obtain additional details, write: Payne Gallery, 1200 Main St., Bethlehem, PA 18018-6650; or telephone (610) 861-1680. Free.