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

The Somerset Historical Center’s annual “Mountain Craft Days” have been sched­uled for the weekend of September 6-8 [1985]. Interpretive exhibits will offer visitors a glimpse of the lives and culture of southwestern Pennsylvania’s pioneers and early settlers. Brochures may be obtained by writing: Somerset Historical Center, Box 238, R.D. 2, Somerset, PA 15501; or by telephoning (814) 445-6077.


The Free Library of Phila­delphia will offer “The Victo­rian City,” an exhibition delineating Philadelphia’s nineteenth century architec­ture, from September 22 to December 1 [1985]. Additional infor­mation may be obtained by writing: Free Library of Phila­delphia, Nineteenth and Vine Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19103; or by telephoning (215) 686-5425.


“Early Western Pennsyl­vania Textiles and Their Tools” is a major exhibit scheduled to open Saturday, October 5 [1985], at the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania in Pitts­burgh. The show continues through January 4, 1986. For more information, write: Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, 4338 Bigelow Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15213; or telephone (412) 681-5533.


“The Pennsylvania Farmhouse: An Enduring Tradition” is the topic of The Athenaeum of Philadelphia’s annual associates symposium which will be held Saturday, December 7 [1985]. The changing role and form of the rural structure and various restora­tion methods will be explored by an expert panel. For registration information, write: The Athenaeum, 219 South Sixth St., Philadelphia, PA 19106; or telephone (215) 925-2688.


The extensively restored village of Historic Fallsington, Bucks County, will host its annual “Historic Fallsington Day” on Saturday, October 12 [1985]. More information regarding the special activities and tours is available by writing: Historic Fallsington, 4 Yardley Ave., Fallsington, PA 19054; or by telephoning (215) 295-6567.


The legend of Tom Mix, the famous cowboy and film star born in Cameron County, will be celebrated during the sixth annual Tom Mix Festival the weekend of September 12-15 [1985] in Dubois, where he was raised. For a listing of special activities and events, write: Tom Mix Festival, Box 743, Dubois, PA 15801.


The Historical Society of Perry County will sponsor “Open Door Days” at its various historic properties on Saturday, September 8 [1985]. Properties open to the public include the Cochran-Anspach House in Millerstown; the Ludolph and Fair View churches, both in the vicinity of Loysville; and the Fetter House in Landisburg. Admis­sion is free but donations are welcome. For additional infor­mation, write: Historical Society of Perry County, P.O. Box 81, Newport, PA 17074; or telephone (717) 567-3079 or 589-3334.


As part of “Germantown Founders Week,” a reenact­ment of the battle of German­town will be staged at Cliveden, jurist Benjamin Chew’s country house, on Saturday, October 5 [1985]. For additional information regard­ing the reenactment, as well as the week’s festivities, write: Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144; or telephone (215) 848-1777. Cliveden is a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


As part of the Year of the Pennsylvania Writer celebra­tion, various works, letters and photographs of a repre­sentative group of central Pennsylvania writers will be on exhibit at the Centre Furnace Mansion, the Centre County Historical Society headquarters. The exhibit will be on view from September 16 through December 6 [1985]. Additional information is available by writing: Centre County Historical Society, 1001 East College Ave., State College, PA 16801; or by telephoning (814) 234-4779.


The Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site in Philadelphia is sponsoring “The Four Faces of Poe,” a series of four lectures designed for middle and high school students. The program begins September 4 [1985] and continues through June 1986. Information may be obtained by writing: Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site, 532 North Seventh St., Philadel­phia, PA; or by telephoning (215) 597-8780.


Wheatland, the Lancaster residence of Pres. James Buchanan, will hold its seventh annual “Fallfest” on Thursday, September 19 [1985]. Auctions and other activities will be held to benefit the mansion. For ticket and related information, write: “Fallfest,” Wheatland, 1120 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603; or telephone (717) 392-8721.


Crafts, an antiques auction, hay rides, a corn husking competition and walking tours comprise “Market Day” in Newtown, Bucks County. For information, write: Newtown Historic Association, Inc., P.O. Box 303, Newtown, PA 18940; or telephone (215) 757-8322 or 968-4004.


Quiet Valley Living Histor­ical Farm in the Poconos will host its eleventh annual Harvest Festival during the weekend of October 12-13 [1985]. The theme of this year’s event is “Waste Not, Want Not,” designed to demonstrate the frugal lifestyle of eighteenth and nineteenth century Pennsylvania farmers and rural settlers. To obtain additional information and schedules of events, write: Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, R.D. 2, Box 2495, Stroudsburg, PA 18360; or telephone (717) 992-6161.


The Heckler Plains Folklife Society, an association of Montgomery County residents dedicated to preserving and interpreting customs and traditions of the past, will sponsor the annual “Heckler­fest” on Saturday, September 28 [1985]. For additional information and traveling directions, write: Heckler Plains Folklife Society, 474 Main St., Harleysville, PA 19438.


A workshop entitled “Caring for Textiles in the Small Museum” will be conducted by the Mercer Museum, Doylestown, on Thursday, September 19 [1985]. To obtain registration information and an agenda, write: Mercer Museum, Bucks County Historical Society, Pine Street, Doylestown, PA 18901; or telephone (215) 345-0210.


On Sunday, September 22 [1985], a “Festive Fall Evening” will be hosted by the John Bartram Association at the famous colonial John Bartram house and garden in Philadelphia. Additional details are available by writing: John Bartram Association, Fifty-Fourth St. and Lindbergh Blvd., Phila­delphia, PA 19143; or by telephoning (215) 729-5281.


“Fort Hunter Day” will be observed at the historic Fort Hunter Mansion just north of the capital city on Saturday, September 15 [1985], from noon to 5 P.M. The day features an “old fashioned” country fair atmosphere replete with crafts demonstrations, farm animals and children’s games. Reduced admission is also offered. To receive additional information, write: Fort Hunter, 5300 North Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17110; or telephone (717) 599-5751.


Indiana University of Pennsylvania will offer a symposium entitled “History of the U.S. Working Class and the Contemporary Labor Movement” on Wednesday through Friday, October 23-25 [1985]. For registration materials, write: 1985 Symposium, Department of History, Indiana University of Pennsyl­vania, Indiana, PA 15705; or telephone (814) 357-2237.


Yielding a glimpse of frontier life, a fall crafts festi­val will be held the weekend of September 28-29 [1985] at the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site near Cresson. For information regarding activities and special events, write: Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Old U.S. Rt. 22, Cresson, PA 16630; or telephone (814) 886-8176.


The Lenni-Lenape Histori­cal Society, headquartered in Lehigh County, is presenting a special program entitled “A Time of Thanksgiving” on Saturday, October 13 [1985]. The day-long activities include Native American ceremonies, demonstrations, crafts and foods. For additional details, write: Lenni-Lenape Historical Society, Fish Hatchery Rd., R.D. 2, Allentown, PA 18103; or telephone (215) 797-2121 or 434-6819.


“The Quaker Presence in Monroe County,” an exhibit exploring the role of the Friends in the county’s history, may be seen from October 1 [1985] through December 31 [1985] at the Monroe County Historical Society in Strouds­burg. To obtain further infor­mation, write: Monroe County Historical Society, 900 Main St., Stroudsburg, PA 18360; or telephone (717) 421-7703.


The Goldie Paley Design Center of the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science is mounting an exhibit, “Phila­delphia Presents: A Look at the Apparel Industry,” focus­ing on quality designer garments manufactured in Philadelphia. The exhibit is open October 17 [1985] to December 21 [1985]. For more information, write: Goldie Paley Design Center, Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, 4200 Henry Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144; or telephone (215) 951-2850.


Crafts, musical entertain­ment, unusual foods and dancing provide a country flavor for Pennsbury Manor’s popular “Market Fair” which wiJJ be held the weekend of September 21-22 [1985] at the re­created estate of William Penn in Bucks County. Additional information is available by writing: Pennsbury Manor, 400 Pennsbury Memorial Rd., Morrisville, PA 19067; or by telephoning (215) 946-0400.


Billed as “western Pennsyl­vania’s colonial marketplace,” the annual Penn’s Colony Festival will be held the weekends of September 28-29 [1985] and October 5-6 [1985] in Prospect, Butler County. More informa­tion may be obtained by writing: Penn’s Colony Festi­val Association, R.D. 6, Butler, PA 16001; or by telephoning (412) 586-7602.


“Constitution Day” will be observed with special events conducted by Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, on Tuesday, September 17, 1985 marks the 198th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitu­tion. For additional details, write: NPS Visitor Center, Third and Chestnut Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19106; or telephone (215) 697-8974.


The second annual reenact­ment of the legendary White­marsh Encampment will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 2-3 [1985], at Hope Lodge in Montgomery County. The reenactment commemorates the Revolutionary Army’s six week encampment on the grounds of the early Georgian mansion during which it served as headquarters for the Middle Division Surgeon General. For hours and more information, write: Hope Lodge, 553 Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington, PA 19034; or telephone (215) 646-1595.


“Selected American Paint­ings From the Museum’s Collection, 1785-1945,” featur­ing the works of several important Pennsylvania artists, will open Saturday, September 15 [1985], at the Pennsyl­vania State University Museum of Art, State College. Pennsylvanians represented will be Rembrandt Peale and William Glackens, both of whom reflect the Common­wealth’s role in developing an American artistic identity. For visiting hours and additional information, write: Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802; or telephone (814) 865-7672.


The annual Belsnickel Craft Show, featuring more than one hundred craftsmen and accenting traditional Pennsyl­vania crafts, will be held Friday and Saturday, Novem­ber 29-30 [1985] at the Boyertown Area Junior High School. For information concerning the show, write: Boyertown Area Historical Society, 43 South Chestnut St., Boyertown, PA 19512.


On view through Novem­ber 22 [1985] at the Historical Society of Dauphin County, Harris­burg, is “Dauphin County’s Centennial: Souvenirs of 1885.” The exhibit examines the ways in which the county celebrated its one hundredth anniversary a century ago. Featured are actual objects originally included in the 1885 history exhibit, photographs, souvenir coins, original tickets and brochures, medallions and special edition books. More information is available by writing: Historical Society of Dauphin County, John Harris Mansion, 219 South Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17104; or by telephoning (717) 233-3462.


“Presenting Edith … A Portrait Through Her Wardrobe,” a display of turn of the century clothing drawn from the extensive wardrobe of Edith Kelly Fetherston, co­founder of Lewisburg’s Packwood House Museum, will be shown at the historic house museum from October 6 [1985] through November 17 [1985]. To obtain additional information, write: Packwood House Museum, 15 North Water St., Lewisburg, PA 17837; or telephone (717) 524-0323.


“Maps of the Great Lakes, 1669-1835,” a display of sixteen original maps, is on view from September 8 [1985] through October 27 [1985] at the Erie Historical Museum and Planetarium. For additional details, write: Erie Historical Museum and Planetarium, 356 West Sixth St., Erie, PA 16507; or telephone (814) 453-5811.


A one day conference devoted to the examination of records inventory and preser­vation, “Paper History,” will be conducted Saturday, September 21 [1985], at the Crawford County Historical Society in Meadville. For registration materials, write: Crawford County Historical Society, 848 North Main St., Meadville, PA 16335; or telephone (814) 724-6080.


The fall meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) will be hosted by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission at the Harrisburg Marriott from Thursday through Saturday, October 3-5 [1985]. The theme of the meeting is “Saving the Record.” For additional infor­mation and registration materials, write: Roland M. Baumann, MARAC Confer­ence, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, P.O. Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108-1026.


A workshop on making authentic eighteenth century holiday decorations will be conducted at Graeme Park, Montgomery County, on Wednesday, November 13 [1985], at 7:30 P.M. For registration information, write: Graeme Park, 859 County Line Rd., Horsham, PA 19044; or telephone (215) 343-0965.