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

Roy Cleveland Nuse (1885-1975) played an integral part in both the Bucks County and the Philadelphia art scenes. As a teacher at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, coupled with his exhibitions throughout his long career, he influenced several generations of artists. He made many portraits and figure paintings of his six children, relatives, and neighbors. Nuse lived on two different Bucks County farms, in Pipersville and Rushland, and they, as well as the surrounding countryside, became his most cherished subjects for landscape paintings. Roy C. Nuse: Figures and Farms is an exhibit on view through Sunday, May 12 [2002], at the James A. Michener Art Museum, which features a selection of the artist’s landscape and figurative work drawn from numerous private and public collections. For more information, write: James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine St., Doylestown, PA 18901-4931; telephone (215) 340-9800; or visit the James A. Michener Art Museum website. Admission.


To celebrate the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Northampton County, the Historic Bethlehem Partnership asked thirty community leaders from various backgrounds and experiences to look at its museum collections and select one object or artifact that connects them to the past. The result, The Eyes Have It: Community Leaders Look at the Past, is a revealing exhibition that has been installed in two venues, the Moravian Museum and the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts. The Eyes Have It will continue through Tuesday, December 31 [2002]. For additional details, write: Historic Bethlehem Partnership, 459 Old York Rd., Bethlehem, PA 18018; telephone (610) 882-0450; or visit the His­toric Bethlehem Partner­ship website. Admission.


Opening Sunday, May 26, at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, is Robert Henri and His Influence, a selection of more than forty works of art drawn from the permanent collection of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Lincoln, Nebraska. The exhibit presents Henri’s work in the context of important artists he influenced in the early decades of the twentieth century, many of whom were associated with both The Eight and later with the so-called Ashcan School. Both groups were shaped and sustained by the energies of Henri. As an artist, teacher, and advocate for modern art, Robert Henri (1865-1929) influenced generations of artists not only with his paintings but also with his 1923 book, The Art Spirit. Henri’s associations with Pennsylvania include his study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under Thomas Anshutz and Robert Von­noh, and his teaching at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, now Moore College of Art and Design (see “The Per­fect Ten” by Page Talbott, Winter 2002). Robert Henri and His Influence continues through Sunday, July 21 [2002]. Additional information is available by writing: Westmore­land Museum of American Art, 221 North Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601-1898; tele­phone (724) 837-1500; or visit the Westmore­land Museum of American Art website. Admission.


On Thursday, May 16 [2002], historian and writer Thomas Dublin will give a talk entitled “The Career of George Harvan” at the National Canal Museum in Easton. Harvan, of Lansford, Carbon County, is considered by many to be the greatest living photographer of the Keystone State’s anthracite mining industry. His life and career have been interpreted by Dublin in When the Mines Closed: Stories of Struggles in Hard Times, published in 1998 by the Cornell University Press (see “Life After the Mines Closed” by Thomas Dublin, illustrated with photographs by George Harvan, Spring 1999). The lecture will begin at 7:30 P.M . For more information, write: National Canal Museum, 30 Centre Sq., Easton, PA 18042-7743; telephone (610) 559-6613. Free.


Republican Nominee for Governor 1902 – Judge Pennypacker will open Wednesday, May 1, at Pennypacker Mills, the Montgomery County residence of the Commonwealth’s governor from 1903 to 1907. The exhibition illustrates how a popular local judge, Samuel W. Pennypacker (1843-1916), defeated the favorites of his own Republican Party to claim the nomination, which resulted in a landslide victory in the gubernatorial campaign of 1902 (see “Muckraking the Governor: Samuel W. Pennypacker Battles Philadelphia’s Press” by William C. Kashatus in the spring 2002 issue). Continuing through January 31, 2003, Republican Nominee for Governor 1902 will feature period campaign memorabilia and ephemera. On Sunday, May 5, the historic house museum will host “Vote for Pennypacker!,” a family event that recalls the excitement of Pennypacker’s campaign a century ago. For more information, write: Pennypacker Mills, 5 Halde­man Rd., Schwenksville, PA 19473; telephone (610) 287-9349. Free.


Treasure Hunt: Recent Acquisitions of Works on Paper, on exhibit at the Carnegie Museum of Art through Sunday, June 2 [2002], presents sixty works selected from the more than sixteen hundred drawings, watercolors, prints, and photographs the museum has added to its collection in the last decade. On view are pieces created before 1945 by such renowned artists as Rembrandt, Gauguin, Picasso, Whistler, and Klimt, as well as photographs of western Pennsylvania subjects by Charles “Teenie” Harris, Clyde Hare, and Luke Swank. For more details, write: Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080; telephone (412) 622-3131; or visit the Carnegie Museum of Art website. Admission.


During the weekend of June 14-15 [2002], the Indian Steps Museum in Airville, York County, will host an eighteenth-century reenactment. The program, focusing on the French and Indian War period, will feature demonstrations of frontier skills, trades, and crafts, as well as entertainment of the era. Additional information is available by writing: Indian Steps Museum, 205 Jndian Steps Rd., Airville, PA 17302; or by telephoning (717) 764- 4318 or 755-3777. Free.