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

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is currently, through Wednesday, April 18 [1984], presenting an exhibition examining the development of photography as a fine art in nineteenth­-century Philadelphia. “Philadelphia Pictorial Photography and the Salons” illustrates the works of many early photog­raphers who participated in the city’s photographic salons and studios. Cameras, equipment and memorabilia of the period are also on display. Galleries of PAFA are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 A.M. to 5 P.M., and Sunday, 1 P.M. to 5 P.M. Admission to the Academy, located at Broad and Cherry Sts., is charged.


The Chester County Historical Society is presenting an exhibition of samplers and silk embroideries executed by young girls during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries entitled “Of Youth’s Gay Season Usefully Employed.” The show will continue through December. Other upcoming events include the society’s annual antiques show which will open with a preview party on Friday, May 4 [1984], and will conclude Sunday, May 6 [1984].


“Early Photography in Pennsylvania,” a one-day symposium dealing with the value of photographs and photographs as art objects and socio-historical documents, will be conducted on Saturday, March 31 [1984], at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park. Information is available by writing Ron Avillion, The Pennsylvania State University, 410 Keller Building, University Park, PA 16802, or telephoning (814) 865-0313.


Four speakers will discuss artists from different parts of the Commonwealth during a one-day symposium at the William Penn Memorial Museum, Harrisburg, on Saturday, March 31 [1984]. “Regional Artists in Pennsylvania,” featuring original research and previously unpublished data, is designed for students, teachers and persons seriously interested in the fine arts of Pennsylvania. The symposium will acquaint registrants with lesser-known Pennsylvania artists and stimulate awareness of the broad spectrum of the state’s art. For additional information, contact the event’s co-sponsor, the Friends of the William Penn Memorial Museum, at (717) 787-6590, or Donald Winer, the museum’s curator of fine arts, at (717) 783-9904.


“Tourists in an Industrial Scene: Mauch Chunk, Penn­sylvania,” an exhibit documenting the history of the Carbon County tourist resort and anthracite transportation center from 1829 to the present, will be featured throughout the Wyoming Valley through July 15 [1984]. The exhibition will be on view at the Anthracite Museum of Scranton through April 1 [1984]; the Wyoming Historical and Geological Society, Wilkes-Barre, from April 14 to May 31 [1984]; and the Eckley Miners’ Village, near Weatherly, from June 15 to July 15 [1984]. For more information, write the Anthracite Museum, Bald Mountain Rd., R.D. 1, Scranton, PA 18504, or the Wyoming Historical and Geological Society, 49 South Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.


Philadelphia Queen Anne furniture, free- and mold-blown glass, silver, festive table settings, antique Persian rugs and restoration are but several of the topics of the Cumberland County Historical Society’s fourth annual antiques forum in Carlisle on Friday and Saturday, April 27-28 [1984]. Registration in­formation regarding “Open House: Interior Furnishings” may be obtained by writing P.O. Box 626, 21 North Pitt St., Carlisle, PA 17013.


More than eighty craftsmen will demonstrate their eighteenth­- and nineteenth-century skills during the eleventh annual Mercer Museum Folk Fest on Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13 [1984]. The event will be held each day, from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M., rain or shine, on the museum grounds on Pine Street in Doyles­town. Special activities include folk music and dancing, wagon rides, militia drills, sheep shearing and a quilting bee. Proceeds benefit the Bucks County Historical Society, admin­istrator of the Mercer Museum, and its various educational pro­grams. For information, telephone (215) 345-0210.


The fourteenth annual German Script Seminar will be conducted by the Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, Northampton County, June 11-22 [1984]. The course consists of intensive training in reading German script as it is still used in Europe and in certain areas of the United States. Classes are small and registration is limited, allowing for individual attention. The course will be given by staff members of the Moravian Archives; a reading knowledge of German is the only prerequisite. For more information, write: The Moravian Archives, 41 West Locust St., Bethlehem, PA 18018; or telephone (215) 866-3255. The deadline for registrations is May 10 [1984].