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

A tour of historic houses and buildings in the Harmony-Zelienople area will be conducted by the Harmony Museum on Saturday, May 17 [1986], from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. The tour will also include the Har­mony Museum and the Ziegler log house in Harmony. For additional information, write: Harmony Museum, Main and Mercer Sts., Har­mony, PA 16037; or telephone (4l2) 452-7341.


A Bible reputed to be one of the oldest in the United States will be featured in a special Easter Week [1986] exhibit mounted by the Kittochtinny Historical Society of Franklin County. Printed in the early sixteenth century, the Bible was brought to America in 1740 by Chris­tian Lesher. For visiting hours and dates, write: Kittochtinny Historical Society, 175 East King St., Chambersburg, PA 17201; or telephone (717) 264-1667.


The eleven room Georgian Colonial residence built by Benjamin Parry in 1784, New Hope’s Parry Mansion, will open for the summer season on Friday, May 2 [1986]. Rooms of the historic residence are deco­rated in various period styles, ranging from Chippendale (circa 1775) through Eastlake (circa 1900). For more informa­tion, write: New Hope Histori­cal Society, P.O. Box 41, New Hope, PA 18938; or telephone (215) 862-5652.


The third annual courtyard sale will be held at the Sun Inn, Bethlehem, on Saturday, May 10 [1986], to benefit the historic structure. Additional details may be obtained by writing: Sun Inn Preservation Associa­tion, 564 Main St., Bethlehem, PA 18018; or by telephoning (215) 868-1758.


Objects drawn from the collections of the Pennsylvania Society of the Cincinnati make up an exhibit opening May 1 [1986] at the Brandywine Battlefield Park. The exhibit, continuing through September 30 [1986], fo­cuses on the society members who participated in the Battle of Brandywine. For more information, write: Brandywine Battlefield Park, P.O. Box 202, Chadds Ford, PA 19317; or telephone (215) 459-3753.


A quilt show will be held at the Blue Ball Tavern Museum in Little Buffalo State Park, Perry County, on Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8 [1986], from 1 to 4 P.M. The show is spon­sored by the Perry County Historical Society. For more information, write: Pauline Whitekettle, P.O. Box 81, New­port, PA 17074.


The National Pike Festival – spanning eighty­-seven miles of route 40, from West Alexander in Washington County to Addison in Somer­set County – will be held the weekend of May 17-18 [1986]. For more information, write: Washington County Tourism, P.O. Box 877, Washington, PA 15301; or telephone (412) 222-8130.


The eighth annual benefit concert, “Music at the Man­sion,” at the Boal Mansion Museum in Boalsburg, Centre County, will be held on Satur­day, May 3 [1986]. Proceeds of the concert benefit continued restoration of the landmark. Reservations are required. For additional information, write: Boal Mansion and Museum, Boalsburg, PA 16827; or tele­phone (814) 466-6210.


Sunday, May 4 [1986], will open Fort Hunter in Harrisburg and showcase the various restora­tion projects and exhibit instal­lations completed during the winter months. Additional information may be obtained by writing: Fort Hunter Man­sion, 5300 North Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17110; or by telephoning (717) 599-5751.


“Buggy Day” will be hosted by the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum Association in the Union County community on Saturday, May 24 [1986], from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. The day’s activities will center around the historic Heiss Carriage Works, an original buggy­-making complex which in­cludes the maker’s residence and shop. For additional infor­mation, write: Mifflinburg Buggy Museum Association, 523 Green St., Mifflinburg, PA 17844.


On Saturday, May 3 [1986], the Packwood House Museum will open its doors for a spe­cial community observance in culmination of the week-long Lewisburg Arts Festival. Spe­cial tours will be given of the twenty-seven-room Victorian­-era mansion in which special displays have been installed. To obtain additional details, write: Packwood House Mu­seum, 15 North Water St., Lewisburg, PA 17837; or tele­phone (717) 524-0323.


A slide lecture entitled “The Industrial Revolution in the Anthracite Region” will be given by Dr. Donald L. Miller, professor of history at Lafay­ette College, at the Lack­awanna Historical Society in Scranton on Wednesday, March 19 [1986], at 8 P.M. For more information, write: Lack­awanna Historical Society, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton, PA 18510; or telephone (717) 344-3841.


The Pennsylvania Federa­tion of Historical Societies will convene its annual meet­ing at the Historical Society of York County on Friday and Saturday, May 2-3 [1986]. Registra­tion information may be ob­tained by writing: 1986 PFHS Conference, Bureau of Ar­chives and History, Pennsylva­nia Historical and Museum Commission, P.O. Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108-1026; or by telephoning (717) 787-1902.


The Commonwealth’s Ninth Annual Conference on Black History will be held at Gannon University in Erie on Thursday and Friday, May 8-9 [1986]. The theme of this year’s con­ference is “The Black Experi­ence in Northwestern Pennsylvania.” For registration information, write: 1986 Black History Conference, Bureau of Archives and History, Penn­sylvania Historical and Mu­seum Commission, P.O. Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108-1026; or telephone (717) 787-1902 or 787-3253.


Saturday, May 10 [1986], has been designated “Restoration Day” at Friendship Hill National Historic Site, the preserved country estate in Fayette County of Jeffersonian diplo­mat, financier and statesman Albert Gallatin. The day of special programs will high­light the restoration of the historic Gallatin residence and explore the discoveries that have taken place. Additional details may be obtained by writing: Friendship Hill Na­tional Historic Site, c/o Fort Necessity NB, The National Pike, Box 528, R. D. 2, Far­mington, PA 15437; or by telephoning (412) 725-9190.


An exhibit of more than one hundred quilts, both contemporary and antique, will be on view at the Boyer­town Area Historical Society during the weekend of May 3-4 [1986]. Additional information and traveling directions are availa­ble by writing: Boyertown Area Historical Society, 43 South Chestnut St., Boyer­town, PA 19512; or by tele­phoning (215) 367-9843.


A lecture entitled “The Expatriates: James A. McNeill, John Singer Sargent and Members of the Eight” will be given by Dr. Paul Chew at the Westmoreland Museum of Art on Wednesday, April 23 [1986], at 1:30 P.M. Dr. Chew is the director of the museum. For registration information, write: Westmoreland Museum of Art, 221 North Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601; or telephone (412) 837-1500.


On Sunday, May 4 [1986], the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County will host a “Preservation Celebration: A Taste of Lancaster,” featuring nearly forty area restaurants which are donating their specialties for the evening event. The festivities will be held at the Trolley Barn, 529 North Prince Street, Lancaster. Res­ervations are required. For more information, write: His­toric Preservation Trust of Lancaster County, 123 North Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17603; or telephone (717) 291-5861.


Several historic sites and attractions in the Fort Wash­ington area of Montgomery County will present the Fort Washington Festival during the weekend of May 17-18 [1986]. Activities and special events will be offered by Hope Lodge, the Highlands, Fort Washington Historical Society, Fort Washington State Park, St. Thomas’ Church of White­marsh, Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, St. Paul’s Church and the Ger­mantown Academy. Addi­tional information is available by writing: “Fort Washington Festival,” Hope Lodge, 553 Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washing­ton, PA 19034; or by telephon­ing (215) 646-1595.


“Africa and the Africans,” an exhibit of works spanning the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries, is on view at the Library Company of Philadelphia until April 26 [1986]. Drawn from the Library Com­pany’s large collection of African-related items, the exhibit features early maps, depictions of the continent and its inhabitants, works by Africans and pieces by black American writers on Africa. The Library Company pur­chased its first significant African-related material in the 1760s. For more information, write: The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107; or telephone (215) 546-3181.


Through May 14 [1986], an exhibi­tion of vintage photographs by three distinguished Pennsyl­vania landscape photogra­phers, William Rau, James Bartlett Rich, and Francis Cooper, will be on display in the DuBois Gallery, Maginnes Hall, of Lehigh University in Bethlehem. Information re­garding the show, “Reflections of Nineteenth Century Penn­sylvania Landscape Photogra­phy,” is available by writing: Lehigh University Art Gal­leries, Chandler-Ullman Hall, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 18015; or by telephoning (215) 861-3615.


Saturday, April 26 [1986], will be celebrated as John James Audubon Day in honor of the famous naturalist’s two hun­dred and first birthday by the Valley Forge, Wyncote and Bucks County Audubon societies. Activities include tours of the museum and grounds by naturalists and volunteer interpreters, wildlife exhibits, crafts programs and films. To obtain additional information, write: Mill Grove, Audubon and Pawling Rds., Audubon, PA 19407; or telephone (215) 666-5593.


Old Bedford Village will host its annual May Day Celebration especially for children on Thursday, May 1 [1986], with pioneer-era games, crafts and foods. To obtain additional information, write: Old Bed­ford Village, P.O. Box 1976, Bedford, PA 15522; or tele­phone (814) 623-1156.


The Lenni-Lenape Histori­cal Society’s annual “Corn Planting Ceremony” will be held Sunday, May 4 [1986], at the society’s facilities in Lehigh County. For further informa­tion, write Lenni-Lenape Historical Society, Fish Hatch­ery Rd., R.D. 2, Allentown, PA 18103; or telephone (215) 797-2121 or 434-6819.


On view through July 31 [1986] at the Hunt Institute for Botani­cal Documentation in Pitts­burgh is an exhibition of seventy images entitled “Print­making in the Service of Bot­any.” The exhibit presents an analysis of selected techniques for the creation of printed botanical images from 1485 to 1985. For additional informa­tion, write: Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie-Mellon University, 5500 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213; or telephone (412) 578-2440.


Emphasizing techniques and sources for genealogical research in central and south­eastern Pennsylvania, Mary­land, Canada and Europe, the eighteenth annual Genealogy Conference, sponsored by the Lancaster Mennonite Histori­cal Society, will be conducted on Saturday, April 5 [1986], at the Lancaster Mennonite High School. Registration is re­quired. For additional infor­mation, write: Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Rd., Lancas­ter, PA 17602; or telephone (717) 393-9745.


Dozens of Pennsylvania’s finest craftsmen will exhibit crafts and reproductions of items – which were popular from 1624 to 1860 – at the Colo­nial Pennsylvania Plantation in Ridley Creek State Park on Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4 [1986]. For additional details, write: Colonial Pennsylvania Planta­tion, Ridley Creek State Park, Media, PA 19063; or telephone (215) 566-1725.


Pennsylvania’s Annual Historic Preservation Confer­ence will be held Tuesday through Thursday, May 13-15 [1986], at State College. In addition to major sessions and work­shops, tours will explore the historic countryside of Centre County. Registration informa­tion is available by writing: Bureau for Historic Preserva­tion, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, P.O. Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108-1026.


The mansions of Philadel­phia’s Fairmount Park will be opened for this year’s “Gastro­nomic Adventure,” a progres­sive dinner served by volunteers in period dress, on Friday evening, May 2 [1986]. Ad­vanced reservations are re­quired. For more information, write: Fairmount Park Council for Historic Sites, Philadel­phia Museum of Art, P.O. Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101; or telephone (215) 569-1591 or 787-5492.


The Penn Institute in Local History is a program specifi­cally designed for high school history and social studies teachers from throughout Pennsylvania. During the four week summer residential program – from July 7 to Au­gust 1 [1986] – methods for studying local political, social and eco­nomic history are examined and local history curriculum projects are developed. Partici­pants also receive a stipend and graduate history credits. For additional information, write: Penn Institute in Local History, 207 College Hall, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6379; or telephone (215) 898-7697 or 898-5097.


A Shad Festival, commem­orating the yearly shad run, one of the spring highlights for Bethlehem’s early Mora­vian settlers, will be held Sunday, May 4 [1986], by the Dela­ware River Fishermen’s Asso­ciation and Historic Bethlehem, Inc. Demonstra­tions of shad smoking, lec­tures describing the life cycle of the shad and renditions of Moravian music will also be offered. The festival will be held in Bethlehem’s eighteenth-century industrial area. For more information, write: Historic Bethlehem, 501 Main St., Bethlehem, PA 18018; or telephone (215) 868-6311 or 691-5300.


The Stephen Foster Memo­rial, a museum and research library of American music, will present a concert and exhibi­tion of poignant Civil War songs from both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line on Sunday, April 13 [1986], at 2 P.M. For addi­tional details, write: Stephen Foster Memorial, University of Pittsburgh, Forbes and Bige­low Blvds., Pittsburgh, PA 15260; or telephone (412) 624-4100 or 624-4101.


“Steps to Mars,” a new show at the Fels Planetarium of the Franklin Institute through June 22 [1986], explores the planning and emotional and physical hardships of long­term space missions. For showing times and dates, write: Franklin Institute, Twentieth St. and the Park­way, Philadelphia, PA 19103; or telephone (215) 564-3375.


An open house will be held at the Lincoln Building of Historic Yellow Springs on Sunday, May 11 [1986]. Built in 1823 but substantially redesigned and rebuilt following a fire in 1899, the structure originally served as one of several hotels to accommodate visitors who flocked to the picturesque village to partake of the famed mineral springs. For additional details, write: Historic Yellow Springs, Art School Road, P.O. Box 627, Chester Springs, PA 19425.