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

Landscape paintings and drawings of Bethlehem and the extensive buildings and works of the Bethlehem Steel Company, rendered by artist Michael Schemeley, will be on display at the Annie S. Kem­erer Museum, Bethlehem, from October 10 [1986] until Novem­ber 23 [1986]. More information is available by writing: Annie S. Kemerer Museum, 427 North New St., Bethlehem, PA 18018; or by telephoning (215) 868-6868.


The Heritage Center of Lancaster County invites the public to bring hand-painted or printed Pennsylvania Ger­man fractur to the museum for free curatorial identification and conservation advice. The center will photograph each fractur for its permanent re­search files. The “Fractur Har­vest” will be conducted on Saturday, September 27 [1986], at the center’s headquarters on Penn Square in downtown Lancas­ter. Additional information may be obtained by writing: Heritage Center of Lancaster County, Penn Square, P.O. Box 997, Lancaster, PA 17603; or by telephoning (717) 299-6440.


The battle of Germantown will be reenacted on Saturday, October 4 [1986], the date on which it actually occurred two hundred and nine years ago, as the climax of Germantown’s Founders Week. Sponsor of the event, the Upsala Founda­tion, will also host a “Country Fair.” Additional information and traveling directions are available by writing: Upsala Foundation, 6430 German­town Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19119; or by telephoning (215) 886-4857.


“Support the War Effort: Philadelphia and the Home­front, 1917-1919,” an exhibit exploring the city’s role in supporting the war effort through arms production at the Frankford Arsenal and the Navy Yard, propaganda rallies and bond drives, will open September 26 [1986] at the Philadel­phia Branch of the National Archives. For additional infor­mation, write: National Archives – Philadelphia Branch, Room 1350, Ninth and Market Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19107; or telephone (215) 597-3000.


The Highlands Historical Society will fill all three floors of its two hundred year old mansion in Fort Washington with skilled craftsmen during the fifth annual country crafts show the weekend of October 18-19 [1986]. For additional details, write: Highlands Historical Society, 7001 Sheaff Lane, Fort Washington, PA 19034; or telephone (215) 641-2687.


The Dutot Museum, a Poconos attraction, will spon­sor its twenty-second annual “Flaming Foliage Arts and Crafts Show” during the week­ends of October 4-5 [1986] and 11-12 [1986]. The event will feature local artists and craftsmen. Addi­tional details are available by writing: Dutot Museum, Main St., Delaware Water Gap, PA 18327; or by telephoning (717) 476-0046.


“Southwestern Pennsylva­nia’s Covered Bridge Festival,” celebrating seven historic cov­ered bridges in Washington County and a roofed span in Greene County will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sep­tember 20-21 [1986]. For more infor­mation, write: Washington County Tourism, P.O. Box 877, Washington, PA 15301; or telephone (412) 222-8130.


During the first three week­ends in October [1986], the Wayne County Chamber of Com­merce will sponsor “Fall Foli­age Rail Tours” on the Stourbridge Line. The fifty­-mile journey begins in Hones­dale and passes through some of Pennsylvania’s most scenic and historic countryside before reaching Lackawaxen-on­-Delaware, where visitors may visit writer Zane Grey’s home and museum and the Dela­ware and Hudson aqueduct bridge, a National Historic Landmark. To obtain more information, write: Wayne County Chamber of Com­merce, 865 Main St., Hones­dale, PA 18431; or telephone (717) 253-1960.


“Altoona: In Our Own Image,” an exhibit celebrating Altoona’s days as the world’s largest railroad shop complex, will feature two hundred rare photographs recovered from the Pennsylvania Railroad’s collection of glass-plate nega­tives. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Com­mission, the exhibit will be on view at the Railroaders Me­morial Museum through De­cember 31 [1986]. More information is available by writing: Railroad­er’s Memorial Museum, 1300 Ninth Ave., Altoona, PA 16602; or by telephoning (814) 946-0834.


On Friday, October 31 [1986], historic Pennypacker Mills will host an old fashioned Halloween party in the tradi­tion of the turn-of-the-century affairs given by the Penny­packer family for the commu­nity of Schwenksville, Montgomery County. For more details, write: Pennypacker Mills, 5 Haldeman Rd., Sch­wenksville, PA 19473; or tele­phone (215) 287-9349.


Special holiday tours of the Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum, 639 Terrace Street, Meadville, will feature a dis­play of decorated Christmas trees in twelve of the 1843 historic mansion’s twenty­-seven rooms. “Trees of Christ­mas” will be open during Thanksgiving week, Novem­ber 22-30 [1986], together with a holiday boutique offering original and unusual gifts. More information may be obtained by writing: Crawford County Historical Society, 848 North Main St., Meadville, PA 16335; or by telephoning (814) 724-6080.


The integral role of the watercolor in the history of art is the subject of an exhibition, “Watercolors!,” which may be seen at the Museum of Art of the Pennsylvania State Uni­versity, University Park, from October 19 [1986] through January 18, 1987. For additional informa­tion, write: Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802; or telephone (814) 865-7672.


The Print Club, Philadel­phia, will present the sixty­-second annual International Competition of Prints and Photographs, a juried competi­tion; the works will be on display at The Print Club from October 22 [1986] through November 29 [1986]. To obtain more informa­tion, write: The Print Club, 1614 Lattimer St., Philadel­phia, PA 19103; or telephone (215) 735-6090.


A talk concerning John Mitchell, one of the foremost labor leaders in the United States, will be given by Bloomsburg University history professor James Sperry on Sunday, October 26 [1986], at Eckley Miners’ Village. The program begins promptly at 3 P.M. For further information, write: Eckley Miners’ Village, R.R. 2, P.O. Box 236, Weatherly, PA 18255; or telephone (717) 636-2070.


Wednesday, September 17 [1986], is the one hundred and ninety-ninth anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. To cele­brate the anniversary, Friend­ship Hill National Historic Site, Fayette County, will sponsor a special program highlighting western Pennsyl­vania’s role in the historic event on Sunday, September 14 [1986], at 2 P.M. For more informa­tion, write: Friendship Hill NHS, c/o Fort Necessity NB, P.O. Box 258, R.D. 2, Farm­ington, PA 15437; or telephone (412) 725-9190.


The annual Fall Flower Show at Phipps Conservatory in Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, will be held November 9-30 [1986]. More information is available by writing: Phipps Conserva­tory, Schenley Park, Pitts­burgh, PA 15213; or by telephoning (412) 622-6915.


Pennsbury Manor, the re­created country plantation of William Penn, will host the twenty-first Pennsbury Forum on Friday and Saturday, Octo­ber 24-25 [1986]. The theme of this year’s academic symposium is “Quakers in the Delaware Valley.” For program and regis­tration information, write: Pennsbury Manor, 400 Penns­bury Memorial Rd., Morris­ville, PA 19067; or telephone (215) 946-0400.


“Stop, Look, and Listen: Railroads in York County,” an exhibition chronicling the development of railroads in the county during the nine­teenth century, is on view at the Historical Society of York County through November 16 [1986]. To obtain additional details, write: Historical Society of York County, 250 East Market St., York, PA 17403; or tele­phone (717) 848-1587.


“Ethnic Images in the Com­ics,” an exhibit tracing the use of ethnic stereotypes, is on display at the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, Philadel­phia, through January 25, 1987. Since comics are a per­suasive form of popular culture, changes in the depiction of ethnic characters have af­fected and reflected the changes in popular attitudes. For additional information write: Balch Institute for Eth­nic Studies, 18 South Seventh St., Philadelphia, PA 19106; or telephone (215) 925-8090.


Special holiday tours of Lancaster’s elegant Rock Ford Plantation-festively decorated with greens-will be offered on Saturday and Sunday, November 29-30 [1986]. To obtain additional information, write: Rock Ford Plantation, 881 Rock Ford Rd., Lancaster, PA 17603; or telephone (717) 392-7223.


“Mellinger/Kriner Photo­graphs, 1880-1910,” a collection of photographs of rural life and country scenes in western Lancaster County, will be displayed at the Sykes Gallery of Millersville University, from September 29 [1986] through October 24 [1986]. An opening recep­tion, September 29, will be open to the public. Informa­tion is available by writing: Art Department, Millersville Uni­versity, Millersville, PA 17551; or by telephoning (717) 872-3298.


On Saturday, November 1 [1986], the Chester County Historical Society and West Chester University will present their 1986 fall conference at the university. This year’s sympo­sium is entitled “Collectors and their Collections: Obses­sion, Instinct, Taste?” For reg­istration information, write: Chester County Historical Society, 225 North High St., West Chester, PA 19380; or telephone (215) 692-4800.


“Fort Hunter Day” will be held at the Fort Hunter Man­sion, just north of Harrisburg on the banks of the Susque­hanna River, on Sunday, Sep­tember 21 [1986]. For more information, write: Fort Hunter Mansion, 5300 North Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17110; or telephone (717) 599-5751.


The Sun Inn Preservation Association, in conjunction with Moravian College, will sponsor a symposium to ex­plore the cultural interchange between the Indians and the Moravians, at Bethlehem on Friday and Saturday, Septem­ber 26-27 [1986]. “American Indians and the Moravians: A Meeting of Culture” will include related exhibits and field trips in its program. For registration in­formation, write: Sun Inn Preservation Association, 564 Main St., Bethlehem, PA 18018; or telephone (215) 866-1758.


The Welsh Valley Preserva­tion Society will offer a special interpretive tour of Lansdale’s seventeenth-century Morgan Log House the week of No­vember 22-30 [1986]. The Morgan Log House, built in 1695 and recently restored, is located on Weikel Road in Towamencin Township near Kulpsville. For additional information regard­ing the special tour, write: Welsh Valley Preservation Society, P.O. Box 261, Kulps­ville, PA 19443; or telephone (215) 368-2480.


“Popular Pastimes” is the theme of an exhibit at the Perelman Antique Toy Mu­seum, Philadelphia, that con­tinues through September 20 [1986]. For additional details, write: Perelman Antique Toy Mu­seum, 270 South Second St., Philadelphia, PA 19106; or telephone (215) 922-1070.


An old fashioned crafts fair – complete with examples of folk art, local history ex­hibits and demonstrations­ – will be held by the Middletown Area Historical Society and the Middletown Area Arts and Crafts Guild on Sunday, October 19 [1986]. Tours of the Ferry House and the Lib­erty Band Hall, two commu­nity landmarks, will be conducted. For more informa­tion, write: Middletown Area Arts and Crafts Guild, 44 West Water St., Middletown, PA 17057; or telephone (717) 944-0232.


“Chairs: 1924-1957” is the theme and subject of an exhi­bition mounted by the Whar­ton Esherick Museum, Chester County, which will open October 1 [1986] and continue through December 31 [1986]. Twelve handcrafted chairs by Wharton Esherick (1887-1970), Pennsyl­vania sculptor and craftsman, combine wood and leather in art nouveau, art deco and free form styles. To obtain addi­tional details, write: Wharton Esherick Museum, Horseshow Trail, P.O. Box 595, Paoli, PA 19301; or telephone (215) 644-5822.


The annual crafts festival, “Laernswaert” – Pennsylvania German for “worth learning” – will be held at the Peter Wentz Farmstead, Wor­cester, Montgomery County, on Saturday, October 4 [1986], from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Wherever possible, craftspeople will invite visitor participation. Additional details are available by writing: Peter Wentz Farm­stead, Schultz Rd., Worcester, PA 19490; or by telephoning (215) 584-5104.


On Sunday, November 1 [1986], the Shippensburg University Fashion Archives will sponsor its first “Workshop for Area Clothing Collectors and En­thusiasts,” featuring basic conservation techniques for admirers of vintage and col­lectible modern fashions. For registration and detailed pro­gram information, write: Ship­pensburg University Fashion Archives, Shippensburg, PA 17257; or telephone (717) 532-1239.


The Burtner House, Na­trona Heights, will open for tours on Saturday, October 11 [1986], in celebration of farm life prior to 1850 and as part of “A Har­vest Time Festival.” More infor­mation regarding these activities is available by writ­ing: Burtner House Restora­tion, P.O. Box 292, Natrona Heights, PA 15065; or by tele­phoning (412) 224-7537.


Best-selling author E.L. Doctorow will deliver the second in a series of four U.S. Constitution bicentennial lectures sponsored by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. The lecture will be given Friday, September 19 [1986], at 5:30 P.M. in the auditorium of the Visitors Center at Inde­pendence National Historical Park, Philadelphia. For addi­tional details, write: Pennsyl­vania Humanities Council, Suite 818, 401 North Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19108; or telephone (toll free) 1-(800) 462-0442.


A selection of rare and antique soup tureens, on loan from the Campbell Museum Collection, will be on display at the Hershey Museum of American Life from Septem­ber 13 [1986] through October 19 [1986]. The collection includes tureens made of silver, porcelain and china. For additional informa­tion, write: Hershey Museum of American Life, P.O. Box 170, Hershey, PA 17033; or tele­phone (717) 534-3439. The museum is located adjacent to HersheyPark. Admission is charged.