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

An exhibit entitled “Ameri­can Art from the Collection of Vivian and Meyer P. Potamkin” is on view through October 1 [1989] at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and includes works by Horace Pippin, Georgia O’Keefe, Red Grooms, Winslow Homer, John Sloan, Maurice Prender­gast, Childe Hassam, Marsden Hartley and Arthur Dove. Additional information is available by writing: Pennsyl­vania Academy of the Fine Arts, Broad and Cherry Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19102; or by telephoning (215) 972-7642. There is a charge for admis­sion.


A nocturnal ride on Strasburg’s “Ghost Train” will be the feature attraction of “Tales of the Rails,” an Hallow­een excursion to be held Octo­ber 28 [1989] and organized by the Railroad Museum of Pennsyl­vania. The program also in­cludes a lantern light visit to the Railroad Museum in which special effects and costumed volunteers will bring to life traditional tales of suspense associated with America’s railroads. There is an admis­sion fee. For more information, write: Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, P.O. Box 15, Strasburg, PA 17579; or tele­phone (717) 687-8628.


Beginning November 4 [1989], the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, will feature an exhibit entitled “Impression­ism: Selections from Five American Museums.” In addition to works from The Carnegie’s own collection, the show will draw together Im­pressionist and Post­-Impressionist masterpieces from the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, St. Louis Art Museum and Toledo Museum of Art. Twenty artists will be represented, including Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh. The exhibit runs through December 31 [1989]. There is an admission fee. For further information, write: Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213; or telephone (412) 622- 3328.


“Two Centuries of Railroad­ing,” an exhibit on view at the Lackawanna Historical Socie­ty’s Catlin House Museum in Scranton, is a visual history consisting of documents, pho­tographs and memorabilia pertaining to the “steam era” railroads which served North­eastern Pennsylvania from 1829 through 1959. Artifacts displayed in the exhibit in­clude rare photographs of an interior of a locomotive repair shop, diagrams of typical locomotives, information about railroad advertising and a model of The Spitfire, the first steam locomotive to run on the tracks of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad in 1851. Several rail­roads are represented in the collection, including the Delaware, Lackawanna, Erie, New York, Ontario and Western, Central of New Jersey rail­roads. For additional informa­tion, write: Lackawanna Historical Society, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton, PA 18510; and telephone (717) 344-3841.


“The Art of Rose O’Neill” will be on view at the Brandywine River Museum from September 9 [1989] through November 19 [1989]. The exhibit forms a comprehensive survey of one of America’s foremost illustrators, including more than sixty examples of Rose O’Neill’s pen, brush and ink illustrations. Additional infor­mation may be obtained by writing: Brandywine River Museum, P. O. Box 141, Chadds Ford, PA 19317; or by telephoning (215) 388-7601.


On October 15 [1989], the Bradford House Historical Association will host a reen­actment of David Bradford’s escape from militia ordered to seize him for his involvement in the Whisky Rebellion. The dramatic portrayal will be followed by candlelight tours of the mansion lasting until 9 P.M. Additional information can be obtained by writing: Bradford House, 175 South Main St., P.O. Box 537, Wash­ington, PA 15301; or by tele­phoning (412) 222-3604.


“Bellefonte Collects,” an exhibition on display through October 22 [1989] at the Palmer Museum of Art on the main campus of the Pennsylvania State University, features fine and decorative arts from Bellefonte homes and artists thematically organized around the Victorian parlor setting. The collection pays tribute to this historically important Pennsylvania community which was once the home to thriving iron and rail indus­tries. Admission is free. For additional information, write: Palmer Museum of Art, Curtin Rd., University Park, PA 16802; or telephone (814) 865-7672.


Approximately seventeen examples from the Philadel­phia Museum of Art’s perma­nent collection of quilts will be on display in an exhibit enti­tled, “As Pieces Here to Pieces Join: Applique Quilts, 1800-1900,” which will open on October 19 [1989] and continue through the end of the year. The majority of the quilts were crafted in the Philadelphia area, but other examples origi­nated in nearby Pennsylvania German and Maryland com­munities. The exhibition is scheduled to coincide with the centennial meeting of the American Folklore Society in Philadelphia, October 19-23. For further details, write: Phil­adelphia Museum of Art, Parkway at Twenty-Sixth St., Philadelphia, PA 19101; or telephone (215) 763-8100.


“Art/Artifact: African Art in Anthropology Collections,” a traveling exhibition originating from the Center for African Art in New York, will be on view at the Carnegie Museum of Art from September 30 [1989] until December 10 [1989]. In addition to displaying more than one hundred African objects, in­cluding carved masks, hunting tools and furniture, the exhibi­tion attempts to examine the ways in which museum pre­sentations of these works influence viewers’ perceptions of them – as art or artifact. The collection is divided into a nineteenth century curiosity room, a natural history mu­seum display and diorama, an art museum, and a contempo­rary art gallery. More informa­tion may be obtained by writing: Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pitts­burgh, PA 15213; or by tele­phoning (412) 622-3328.


“A Sampling of Quilts,” an exhibit sponsored by the Wom­en’s Committee of the Bucks County Historical Society will be on view at the Elkins Gal­lery of the Mercer Museum from October 19 [1989] through Octo­ber 22 [1989]. Displayed items in­clude quilts crafted by county residents and several drawn from the museum collection. For further details, write:
Bucks County Historical Soci­ety, 1722 Turk Rd., Doyles­town, PA 18901; or telephone (215) 348-2873.


A series of concerts featur­ing a unique assortment of holiday music have been planned for the month of December by the Hershey Museum of America.n Life. The talented Harbor Lights barbershop quartet opens the series on December 2 [1989] and will be followed the next afternoon by the music of Euphuba Tuba. The Messiah College Handbell Choir will perform favorites on the evening of December 9 [1989]. The final two shows, scheduled for the weekend of December 16-17 [1989] will feature Moravian Trom­bone Choir and the bagpipe band The Hawk Mountain Highlanders. All shows are free with general admission. For more information about the concerts or other Christ­mas attractions write: Hershey Museum of American Life, 170 West HersheyPark Dr., Hershey, PA V033; or tele­phone (717) 534-3439.


Fort Ligonier Days, October 13-15 [1989], marks the two hundred and thirty-first anniversary of the Battle of Fort Ligonier, a key engagement of the French and Indian War fought on October 12, 1758. The three day event features a living history encampment which will reconstruct frontier life, military tactics, drills and battle strategy. Activities in town include craft demonstra­tions, antique window dis­plays, and an afternoon parade. For further informa­tion, write: Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce, 120 East Main St., Town Hall, Ligonier, PA 15658; or tele­phone (412) 238-4200.


The Cumberland County Historical Society, Carlisle, is sponsoring its eighth annual Antiques Forum with this year’s theme, “The A,B,C’s of Collecting,” on Friday and Saturday, October 20-21 [1989]. Na­tionally known authorities, including Irwin Richman, professor and author of Penn­sylvania Painters, will present six lecture sessions, each fol­lowed by a question and an­swer period. Coinciding with the forum will be a special exhibit featuring the paintings of Pennsylvania impressionist, Esther Crome and a dinner Friday evening with guest speaker Wendell Garret, editor of The Magazine Antiques. For registration information, write: Cumberland County Historical Society, 21 North Pitt St., P.O. Box 626, Carlisle, PA 17013; or telephone (7V) 249-7610.


On October 7 [1989], the Hans Herr House will host “Snitz Fest,” a celebration of the role the apple has played in the history of Lancaster County. The festival will feature dem­onstrations of apple foodways and crafts, and a tasting of historic apple varieties from the museum’s own orchard. Foods available at the Fest will in­clude apple snitz (dried ap­ples), cider, apple butter, apple dumplings and sausages smoked over apple wood in the museum’s eighteenth century smokehouse. To ob­tain additional information, write: Hans Herr House, 1849 Hans Herr Dr., Willow Street, PA 17584; or telephone (717) 464-4438.


The Ann Wyeth McCoy collection of antique dolls will be displayed from November 24 [1989] through January 7 [1989], in life­like, holiday scenes at the Brandywine River Museum’s annual “A Brandywine Christ­mas.” Although the arrange­ment of the collection is kept secret until the opening, past displays have shown the dolls decorating their own tree and skating on a moonlit pond. Other popular displays for Christmas include a working O-gauge model train layout and the famous “critters, an­gels and stars” created by the museum’s volunteers. To ob­tain further details, write: Brandywine River Museum, P. O. Box 141, Chadds Ford, PA, 19317; or telephone (215) 459-1900 or 388-7601.


“Homespun,” a large ex­hibit of handwoven Pennsylva­nia German textiles will be on display October 20-22 [1989] and 27-29 [1989], at the Goschenhoppen Folklife Museum in Green Lane. Household, decorative, agricultural and clothing tex­tiles will appear along with related tools in folk cultural settings. For further informa­tion, write Goschenhoppen Historians, Goschenhoppen Folklife Museum, Box 476, Green Lane, PA 18054.


“Making Their Mark: Women Artists Move into the Main Stream, 1970-1985,” an exhibit opening at the Pennsyl­vania Academy of the Fine Arts on October 20 [1989], is the first national exhibition to highlight the impact of women artists on the mainstream of contempo­rary American art. The exhibi­tion includes one hundred and fifty works by more than fifty painters, sculptors and photographers, as well as tapes and documentation by video and performance artists. Among the artists included in the show are Alice Aycock, Jennifer Bartlett, Nancy Graves, Eva Hesse, Barbara Kruger, Elizabeth Murray and Miriam Shapiro. For more details, write: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Broad and Cherry Sts., Phila­delphia, PA 19102; or tele­phone (215) 972-7642.


The Stoy Heritage Guild of the Lebanon County Histori­cal Society is sponsoring a “Crafts and Trains” show on November 19 [1989]. The museum will feature one of central Pennsylvania’s largest and finest operating trains displays and crafts, including fraktur, scherenschnitte, tinsmithing, scratchboard, calligraphy, chalkware and reverse paint­ing on glass. Further details may be obtained by writing: Lebanon County Historical Society, 924 Cumberland St., Lebanon, PA 17042; or by telephoning (717) 272-1473.


“Tune In – Philadelphia Radio, 1920-1950,” an exhibit opening October 25 [1989] at the Atwater Kent Museum, will celebrate the golden age of radio in Philadelphia. The exhibit will explore radio in­vention, manufacturing and broadcasting, and will high­light local and national pro­grams, personalities, stations, and advertisements from the city’s past. Admission is free. Additional information may be obtained by writing: Atwater Kent Museum, 15 South Sev­enth St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 or by telephoning (215) 686-3630.


The Moravian Museum and the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts are sponsor­ing lantern walking tours of historic Church Street in Bethlehem, on the evenings of December 5, 12 and 19 [1989]. The tours, led by costumed guides, will explain to visitors the history of the area. The lantern-light walk ends at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts with a free tour of the galleries and refreshments. There is an admission charge and reservations must be made early. To make reserva­tions and obtain further de­tails, write: Moravian Museum, 66 West Church St., Bethlehem, PA 18018; or tele­phone (215) 867-0173.


The Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania will host a three-part lecture series entitled “The Long Turn: The Tempering of a Mill Town,” examining the story of Homestead, one of the largest steel mill towns in American history. Paul Krause, author of The Road to Homestead, will deliver the first lecture, “The Untold History of a Workers’ Republic,” on October 4 [1989]; Curtis Miner will present “The Mill Expansion of 1941,” on November 1 [1989]; and June Granatir Alexander will con­clude the series on December 6 [1989] with “Homestead Slovaks: The Immigrants’ Story.” There is an admission fee for non­members. For further informa­tion write: Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, 4338 Bigelow Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15213; or telephone (412) 681-5533.


“Greetings from the Canals of the Delaware Valley,” a spe­cial exhibit of picture postcards illustrating life along the tow­path canals from 1900 to 1935, is on view until October 31 [1989] at the Canal Museum in Easton. The exhibit is part of a large collection of eight hundred and forty postcards purchased by donations from members of the the Hugh Moore Historical Park and Museums, private foundations and canal-related societies. The postcards offer views of the Lehigh, Delaware, Morris, Delaware and Raritan, and Schuylkill canals. Addi­tional information may be obtained by writing: Canal Museum, 200 South Delaware Dr., Easton, PA 18044; or by telephoning (215) 250-6700.