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

“American Naive Paintings from the National Gallery of Art” is an exciting exhibit on view at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, from March 21 [1987] through May 17 [1987]. The show features masterpieces from the National Gallery’s outstanding holdings of American art. To obtain additional information, write: Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pitts­burgh, PA 15213; or telephone (412) 622-3313. Admission is charged.


One hundred artists will exhibit their latest work during the fourteenth annual Historic Yellow Springs art show, Sat­urday, April 25 [1987], through Sun­day, May 3 [1987]. Historic Yellow Springs served as the summer campus of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1916 to 1952. For more informa­tion, write: Historic Yellow Springs, P.O. Box 627, Art School Rd., Chester Springs, PA 19425; or telephone (215) 827-7414.


The annual celebration commemorating the contribu­tions of valiant Revolutionary War patriot Kazimerz Pulaski will be hosted by the Sun Inn Preservation Association, Bethlehem, from Friday through Sunday, April 24-26 [1987]. For details of the popular three day event, write: Sun Inn Preservation Association, 564 Main St., Bethlehem, PA 18018; or telephone (215) 866-1758.


John Toland, former opera­tor of the Delaware Market in Wayne, will present an illus­trated talk about the historic site at the Tuesday, April 14 [1987], meeting of the Radnor Histori­cal Society. The program be­gins at 8 P.M. at the society’s headquarters, the Finley House. For more information, write: Radnor Historical Soci­ety, 113 Beachtree Lane, Wayne, PA 19087; or telephone (215) 242-3063. The meeting is open free to the public.


The Zoological Society of Philadelphia, touted as “America’s First Zoo,” will host a special children’s celebration during the weekend of May 2-3 [1987]. For more information, write: Zoological Society of Philadel­phia, Thirty-Fourth St. and Girard Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104; or telephone (215) 243-1100.


On Sunday, June 7 [1987], The Grange, a popular southeast­ern Pennsylvania historic site, will open its doors to the pub­lic for its annual “Spring Open House.” The event, which will be held from 1 to 4 P.M., is free. For more information, write: The Grange, Myrtle Ave. and Warwick Rd., Haver­town, PA 19083; or telephone (215) 449-7775.


“Canal Day,” celebrating the history of Saltsburg and the Pennsylvania Canal, will be conducted by Historic Salts­burg on Saturday, June 6 [1987], from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Tours of the Indiana County community’s historic areas, including struc­tures and the canal bed, will be offered. There is no admis­sion charge. For additional information, write: 1987 Canal Day, 805 Salt St., Saltsburg, PA 15681; or telephone (412) 639-9092.


The ninth annual Confer­ence on Historic Preservation in Pennsylvania will be con­ducted by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Com­mission, Thursday through Saturday, April 30 [1987] to May 2 [1987], at the Yorktowne Hotel in York. In addition to major sessions, workshops, special events and tours will be offered. For regis­tration information, write: Bureau for Historic Preserva­tion, PHMC, P.O. Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108-1026; or telephone (717) 787-4363 or 783-8946.


More than two weeks of tours through selected Phila­delphia residences, gardens, public buildings and historic neighborhoods are part of Philadelphia Open House 1987, which will be held in the city from May 1 [1987] through May 19 [1987]. Ten different neighbor­hoods, such as Society Hill, Rittenhouse Square, German­town and Chestnut Hill, will be explored during this year’s event. For more information, write: Friends of Indepen­dence National Historical Park, c/o INHP, 311-313 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106; or telephone (215) 636-3319.


“Music at the Boal Man­sion,” featuring period music and refreshments, will be hosted by the Centre County historic attraction on Saturday, May 9 [1987]. Performances will be offered at 4 and 8 P.M. Reser­vations are required. For more information, write: Boal Man­sion, Boalsburg, PA 16872; or telephone (814) 466-6210.


The seventh annual crafts show and sale at the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, a living history museum re­creating farm life during the second half of the eighteenth century, will be held the week­end of May 16-17 [1987]. Admission is charged. For more details and traveling directions, write: Colonial Pennsylvania Planta­tion, Ridley Creek State Park, Media, PA 19063; or telephone (215) 566-1725.


The National Park Service has mounted an exhibit enti­tled “Early Nineteenth Cen­tury Women of Letters” at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, Philadelphia, to celebrate National Women’s History Month. The show, open free to the public through March 30 [1987], examines the lives and works of Poe’s con­temporary female authors. For additional information, write: Edgar Allan Poe NHS, 532 North Seventh St., Philadel­phia, PA 19123; or telephone (215) 597-8780.


A comparative exhibit of the life of an American soldier from the Revolutionary War through World War I is on view at the Dauphin County Historical Society through June 30 [1987]. Entitled “When Called To Serve,” the display features uniforms, weapons, accoutrements, documents, records, photographs and maps. Visiting hours are Mon­day through Friday, Noon to 4 P.M. For more information, write: Dauphin County Histor­ical Society, 219 South Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17104; or telephone (717) 233-3462. The society is headquartered in the historic John Harris Mansion overlooking the Susquehanna River. There is an admission charge.


“Bloomingdays,” a show­case of spring wildflowers at Friendship Hill, the country estate of Jeffersonian states­man Albert Gallatin, will be highlighted by nature walks during the weekend of April 11-12 [1987], and Saturdays, April 11 and 25 [1987]. The walks begin promptly at 2 P.M. Friendship Hill, administered by the National Park Service, is lo­cated midway between Union­town and Morgantown, West Virginia. To obtain additional information, write: Friendship Hill National Historic Site, Box 149-A, R.D. 1, Point Marion, PA 15474; or telephone (412) 725-9190.


“John James Audubon: Science Into Art,” an exhibit illustrating the “scientific free­doms” unleashed by the United States Constitution on the career and achievements of the great nineteenth century naturalist, will open Saturday, May 16 [1987], at the museum of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Audubon’s special relationship to Phila­delphia, including his contro­versial election to membership in the Academy, will also be explored in the exhibit. “John James Audubon: Science Into Art” continues through Sep­tember 27 [1987]. For more details, write: Academy of Natural Sciences, Logan Square, Nine­teenth and Parkway, Philadel­phia, PA 19103; or telephone (215) 299-1000.


“Joyce Kozloff: Visionary Ornament,” showcasing tile works, drawings and models, is on view at the Goldie Paley Gallery, Moore College of Art, in Philadelphia through April 17 [1987]. Organized by the Boston University Art Gallery, the exhibit is open free to the public. Visiting hours are Tues­day through Friday, 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.; Saturday, Noon to 4 P.M. More information is avail­able by writing: Goldie Paley Gallery, Moore College of Art, Twentieth and the Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103; or by telephoning (215) 568-4515.


“The History of Montgom­ery County” is the title of a lecture which will be given by Howard W. Gross at the Mon­day, May 4 [1987], meeting of the Plymouth Meeting Historical Society. The meeting, to be held at the Plymouth Friends Meetinghouse, will begin at 8:00 P.M. To obtain more infor­mation, write: Plymouth Meet­ing Historical Society, Box 167, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.


On view at the Merrick Art Gallery in New Brighton, from April 12 [1987] through April 26 [1987], is an exhibition of recent works by the Associated Valley Artists and Craftsmen of Beaver County entitled “Valley Artists IX.” There is no admission charge. For more information, write: Merrick Art Gallery, Fifth Ave. at Eleventh St., New Brighton, PA 15066: or tele­phone (412) 846-1130.


A talk entitled “The Life and Times of W.W. Griest” will be given by James Jolly for the members and guests of the Lancaster County Historical Society on Tuesday, April 14 [1987], at 8 P.M. The meeting is open and free to the public. To ob­tain more information, write: Lancaster County Historical Society, 230 North President Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603; or telephone (717) 392-4633.


On Tuesday, April 28 [1987], the Cumberland County Histori­cal Society, Carlisle, will host a presentation by Robert L. Emerson entitled “The Rober­deau Expedition of 1778.” The talk will focus on the prepara­tion for, and launching of, a frontier lead mining operation from Carlisle. The program, beginning promptly at 7:30 P.M., will be held in Todd Hall. Additional information is available by writing: Cum­berland County Historical Society, 21 North Pitt St., P.O. Box 626, Carlisle, PA 17013.


“Gourmet Gala: A Presen­tation Celebration,” featuring outstanding culinary creations of thirty of Lancaster County’s finest restaurants, will be sponsored by the Historic Preservation Trust on Sunday, April 26 [1987], at the Trolley Barn, 529 North Prince Street in Lancaster. Admission will benefit the county-wide, non­profit organization dedicated to preserving the county’s architectural heritage. Infor­mation regarding reservations is available by writing: His­toric Preservation Trust of Lancaster County, 123 North Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17603; or by telephoning (717) 291-5861.


Through May 31 [1987], “The Pennsylvania Families of Perching Birds,” will remain on display at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, located in center-city Harrisburg. The exhibit examines the important group of birds, including their most distinctive attributes, origins, evolution and classifi­cation. The museum is located at Third and North streets, just north of the State Capitol. Admission is free. Visiting hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.; Sunday, Noon to 5 P.M. For more information, write: The State Museum of Pennsylva­nia, P.O. Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108-1026; or telephone (717) 783-9901.


Through May 31 [1987], “The Pennsylvania Families of Perching Birds,” will remain on display at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, located in center-city Harrisburg. The exhibit examines the important group of birds, including their most distinctive attributes, origins, evolution and classifi­cation. The museum is located at Third and North streets, just north of the State Capitol. Admission is free. Visiting hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.; Sunday, Noon to 5 P.M. For more information, write: The State Museum of Pennsylva­nia, P.O. Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108-1026; or telephone (717) 783-9901.


Community and domestic crafts of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries will be demonstrated by skilled crafts­men during the fourteenth annual Mercer Museum Folk Fest in Doylestown, on Satur­day and Sunday, May 9-10 [1987]. Continuous entertainment includes period music, danc­ing, quilting, sheep shearing and a military encampment. The museum is administered by the Bucks County Historical Society; admission is charged. For more information, write: Mercer Museum, Pine St., Doylestown, PA 18901; or telephone (215) 345-0210.


An international conference on American and popular music will be held on the cam­pus of the University of Pitts­burgh, Wednesday through Sunday, April 1-5 [1987]. In addition to topical sessions, the confer­ence features exhibits, per­formances, discussions and special activities. The confer­ence marks the fiftieth an­niversary of the Stephen Foster Memorial and the bicentennial of the university. For more registration information, write: Stephen Foster Memorial, University of Pittsburgh, Pitts­burgh, PA 15260; or telephone (412) 624-4100.


Exhibits addressing the nineteenth century ways of baking bread and churning butter are on view, from April 4 [1987] through May 31 [1987], at the Penn­sylvania Dutch Folklife Mu­seum, Lenhartsville. In addition to an ongoing slide show, costumed guides will demonstrate “old fashioned” techniques. Samples will also be available. For more informa­tion, write: Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Culture Society, Lenhartsville, PA 19534; or telephone (215) 562-4803 or 682-7432. The museum is located five miles east of Ham­burg and eighteen miles west of Allentown.


A one day regional history conference addressing two centuries of transportation in southwestern Pennsylvania will be held Saturday, March 14 [1987], on the campus of Washing­ton and Jefferson College, Washington. Topics include the importance of the Monongahela and Ohio rivers as gateways to the West; the early history of the National Pike; and the growth and decline of railroading. Infor­mation regarding the agenda and registration may be ob­tained by writing: Washington County Historical Society, 49 East Maiden St., Washington, PA 15301; or by telephoning (412) 225-6740.


A two day outdoor fair featuring arts and crafts of the nineteenth century will be held on the grounds of the historic Mount Washington Tavern, located at the Fort Necessity National Battle­field, the weekend of May 16-17 [1987]. The tavern was an important stagecoach stop along the old Natogal Pike. Special talks will be given on the importance of the Cones­toga wagon, the use of herbs and nineteenth century toys and games. Fair hours are 10:30 A.M. to 5 P.M. To obtain additional details, write: Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Box 528, R.D. 2, Farmington, PA 15437; or telephone (412) 329-5512.


The Lake Shore Railway Historical Society will offer a public program featuring films, slide shows and presen­tations on railroads, past and present, at its museum in North East, Erie County, on Saturday, April 18 [1987], at 8:00 P.M. Admission is free. For addi­tional details, write: Lake Shore Railway Historical Soci­ety, Wall and Robinson Sts., P.O. Box 571, North East, PA 16428; or telephone (814) 825-2724.


Art works, including oils, acrylics, drawings, photo­graphs and sculpture, will comprise the fifty-ninth annual juried exhibition of the Art Association of Harrisburg, on view from April 25 [1987] through May 30 [1987]. The exhibition attracts entries from throughout the United States. Additional details may be obtained by writing: Art Association of Harrisburg, 21 North Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17101; or by telephoning (717) 236-1432. Admission is free.


More than one hundred quilts, both antique and con­temporary, will be exhibited during the Boyertown Area Historical Society’s annual quilt show the weekend of May 2-3 [1987]. This year’s exhibit features a display of unusual quilts designed in the Perkiomen Valley style. To obtain additional information, write: Boyertown Area Histori­cal Society, 43 South Chestnut St., Boyertown, PA 19512. There will be an admission charge.


An exhibit entitled “Five Regional Photographers Look­ing At Southwestern Pennsyl­vania” will be on view at the Westmoreland Museum of Art from May 10 [1987] through June 7 [1987]. Visiting hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 A.M. to 5 PM.; Sunday, 1 to 5 P.M. Ad­mission is free. For more infor­mation about the exhibit or the museum’s public programs, write: Westmoreland Museum of Art, 221 North Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601; or telephone (412) 837-1500.


An all day conference on genealogy and family history for beginners will be held Saturday, May 2 [1987], at the Histor­ical Society of Pennsylvania in center-city Philadelphia. Par­ticipants will learn about new methods, strategies and re­sources available for tracing family roots. Additional infor­mation is available by writing: Historical Society of Pennsyl­vania, 1300 Locust St., Phila­delphia, PA 19107; or by telephoning (215) 732-6201.