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

Photographer and local historian Louis Buehler will give a talk entitled “Here and There with a Camera” on Wednesday, November 20 [1991], at Allentown’s historic Old Courthouse, administered by the Lehigh County Historical Society. The speaker will show rare footage of the 1955 flood in Allentown. For more details, write: Lehigh County Histori­cal Society, Old Courthouse, Fifth and Hamilton Sts., Allen­town, PA 18101; or telephone (215) 435-4664. The program, which begins at Noon, is free and open to the public.


The Civil War Library and Museum is showing an exhibi­tion entitled “Philadelphia in the Civil War” through Tues­day, December 31 [1991]. Objects on view have been selected from the museum’s vast collections of artifacts, military uniforms, books, and ephemera chroni­cling the Civil War period. For additional details, write: Civil War Library and Museum, 1805 Pine St., Philadelphia, PA 19103; or telephone (215) 735- 8196. Admission is charged.


Laerenswaert (or “worth learning”) Day, during which craftsmen demonstrate tradi­tional eighteenth century crafts and skills, will be hosted on Saturday, October 5 [1991], by the Peter Wentz Farmstead, which served in 1777 as Gen. George Washington’s headquarters both before and after the Battle of Germantown. For more information, write: Peter Wentz Farmstead, P. O. Box 240, Worcester, PA 19490; or telephone (215) 584-5104. Ad­mission is free.


The Germantown Histori­cal Society has recently mounted a major exhibition, “Always in Style: Fashions of a Germantown Family, 1900-1930,” which showcases the dresses and accessories worn by members of one local family during the first three decades of this century. Most of the dresses were worn by Katherine Loder Wiener, a lifelong resident of German­town, or by members of her family; all reflect the changing taste of an important period in domestic fashion. “Always in Style” will continue through January 5, 1992. For more information, write: German­town Historical Society, 5501 Germantown Ave., Philadel­phia, PA 19144-2291; or tele­phone (215) 844-0514 or 844-8428.


Drawn from both private collections and the holdings of the Erie Art Museum, “In Harmony with the Earth,” continuing through Sunday, October 13 [1991], features Native American pottery, baskets, weavings, as well as photo­graphs by Edward S. Curtis, renowned for his images of Indians during the early twen­tieth century. For more details, write: Erie Art Museum, 411 State St., Erie, PA 16501; or telephone (814) 459-5477.


Demonstrations of tradi­tional crafts, including black­smithing, candlemaking, and quilting, will highlight the Elk County Historical Society’s “Fall Festival” on Saturday, October 5 [1991]. Additional informa­tion is available by writing: Elk County Historical Society, 109 Center St., Ridgway, PA 15853; or by telephoning (814) 776-1032 or 773-5801. There is no charge for admission.


“The Great Pumpkin Festi­val” will be hosted during the weekend of October 26-27 [1991] by Old Bedford Village, a living history complex which depicts frontier life from 1790 through the end of the nineteenth century. For more information, write: Old Bedford Village, P.O. Box 1976, Bedford, PA 15522; or telephone (814) 623-1156. Admission is charged.


“Contemporary Artifacts,” the eleventh annual exhibition highlighting objects which celebrate Jewish ritual and tradition, will open Wednes­day, September 25 [1991], at the National Museum of Ameri­can Jewish History. On view will be one hundred works by more than forty artists, includ­ing ceremonial clothing, ce­ramics, textiles, candleholders, and lamps. “Contemporary Artifacts” will continue through Monday, December 30 [1991]. Additional information may be obtained by writing: National Museum of American Jewish History, 55 North Fifth St., Philadelphia, PA 19106; or by telephoning (215) 923-3811 or 923-5978.


A festival celebrating the role of the apple in Lancaster County’s history, “Snitz Festi­val,” will be hosted by the 1719 Hans Herr House on Saturday, October 12 [1991]. The event features not only demonstrations of apple foodways and crafts, but offers visitors the rare oppor­tunity to sample historic vari­eties of apples grown in the historic house museum’s or­chard. To obtain additional details, write: 1719 Hans Herr House, 1849 Hans Herr Dr., Willow Street, PA 17584; or telephone (717) 464-4438. There is an admission fee.


Quilts from Bucks County and surrounding areas will be featured in a special exhibition at the Mercer Museum open­ing Thursday, October 17 [1991], and continuing through Sunday, October 20 [1991]. The four day event, “A Garden of Quilts,” will also include selections from the holdings of the Bucks County Historical Society. For additional information, write: Mercer Museum, Historical Society of Bucks County, 84 Pine St., Doylestown, PA 18901; or telephone (215) 45-0210 or 348-2873.


More than one hundred and twenty-five posters, prints, caricatures and car­toons, and ephemera make up “The Picture of Health: Posters, Caricatures, and Ephemera on Medicine and Pharmacy from the William H. Helfand Collection” opening at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Saturday, September 21 [1991]. “The Picture of Health” will conclude on Sunday, Decem­ber 1 [1991]. For more information, write: Philadelphia Museum of Art, P.O. Box 7646, Philadel­phia, PA 19101-7646; or tele­phone (215) 787-54.31. Admission is charged.


The Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, overlooking the Susquehanna River north of Harrisburg, has mounted two exhibitions which will remain on view during weekends through Tuesday, December 31 [1991]. “The Carriage Trade” high­lights the carriages, sleighs, and sulkies used by the Reily family, the last occupants of the historic house-museum, more than a century ago.”Helen’s Secrets,” an exhibit of proper ladies’ undergarments, all of which were owned by Harrisburg socialite Helen Boas Reily, features examples of clothing which would have been worn at about the turn­-of-the-century. For more infor­mation, write: Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, 5300 North Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17110; or telephone (717) 599- 5751. Admission is free.


“The History of Northeast­ern Pennsylvania: The Last One Hundred Years,” a one day symposium sponsored by the Luzerne County Commu­nity College, will be held on Friday, October 11 [1991]. Registra­tion information is available by writing: Social Science/History Department, Luzerne County Community College, Prospect St. and Middle Rd., Nanti­coke, PA 18634; or by tele­phoning (717) 821-1512.


During the weekend of October 5-6 [1991], the tenth annual “Heritage Days” will be cele­brated by the Warrior Run-Fort Freeland Heritage Society. The event features crafts dem­onstrations, period entertain­ment, military reenactments, and special exhibits. For more information, write: Warrior Run-Fort Freeland Heritage Society, R.D. Turbotville, PA 17772; or telephone (717) 538-1928 or 54.6-6669. There is an admission charge.


Demonstrations of tradi­tional crafts, including wood­carving, weaving, pottery throwing, theorem painting, and paper cutting, will be conducted by the Lebanon County Historical Society during the weekend of No­vember 16-17 [1991]. Additional infor­mation is available by writing: Lebanon County Historical Society, 924 Cumberland St., Lebanon, PA 17042; or by telephoning (717) 272-1473. There is a charge for admission.


Illustrating the history of immigration to the United States through major ports on all coasts, including Philadel­phia, New Orleans, and San Francisco, from 1820 to the present, a major exhibition entitled “Freedom’s Doors: Immigrant Ports of Entry to the United States” will remain on view at the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies through September 1992. For more information, write: Balch Insti­tute for Ethnic Studies, 18 South Seventh St., Philadel­phia, PA 19106; or telephone (215) 925-8090. Admission is by donation.


“Favored Bethlehem,” an exhibition commemorating the two hundred and fiftieth anni­versary of the founding of Bethlehem, is on view through January 1992 at the Moravian Historical Society. Examining the community’s contributions to music, art, education, and commerce, “Favored Bethle­hem” showcases a violin made in Bethlehem (and possibly the first in the United States), paintings by local artists, and vintage photographs of Bethle­hem. For more information, write: Moravian Historical Society, 214 East Center St., Nazareth, PA 18064; or tele­phone (215) 759-5070. Admis­sion is free.


“Dedication Day,” the one hundred and twenty-eighth anniversary of Abraham Lin­coln’s Gettysburg Address dedicating the National Ceme­tery, will be observed by the National Park Service with a ceremony and luncheon on Tuesday, November 19 [1991], at Gettysburg National Military Park. For more information, write: Gettysburg National Military Park, P.O. Box 1080, Gettysburg, PA 17325-1080; or telephone (717) 334-1124.


“Holidays with the Presi­dents,” featuring holiday deco­rations representative of the administrations of Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy, and George Bush, will be on view from Saturday, December 7 [1991], through Monday, January 13, 1992, at the Packwood House Museum in Lewisburg. More information is available by writing: Packwood House Museum, 15 North Water St., Lewisburg, PA 17837; or by telephoning (717) 524-0323. Admission will be charged.


Diane B. Reed, chief of the PHMC’s Publications and Sales Division, will present a talk entitled “iron Furnaces of Pennsylvania” on Tuesday, October 8 [1991], at Cornwall Iron Furnace in Lebanon County. For more details, write: Corn­wall Iron Furnace Associates, P.O. Box 251, Cornwall, PA 17016; or telephone (717) 272-9711.


“A Time of Thanksgiving,” an outdoor event portraying Native American ceremonies and customs, will be held at the Museum of Indian Culture on Sunday, October 14 [1991]. For further details, write: Museum of Indian Culture, Lenni­-Lenape Historical Society, Fish Hatchery Rd., R.D. 2, Allen­town, PA 18103-9801; or tele­phone (215) 797-2121.


On Saturday, November 2 [1991], The University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropol­ogy will present a symposium entitled “Digging Philadel­phia: Archaeology of a City.” The program explores the depth, breadth, and impact of archaeology in Philadelphia. Additional information is available by writing: The Uni­versity Museum of Archaeol­ogy and Anthropology, Thirty-Third and Spruce Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19104; or by telephoning (215) 898-4000. A registration fee is charged.


Through Wednesday, Octo­ber 30 [1991], the National Archives – Mid-Atlantic Region is exhibiting “Inventing a Na­tion: A History of the U. S. Patent System,” which traces the history of the patent proc­ess through the display of rare documents, court records, and original models and proto­types of inventions. “Inventing a Nation” also reveals the ways in which the courts shaped patent laws, and encouraged the progress of science, industry, and technology by protect­ing the rights of inventors. For more details, write: National Archives – Mid-Atlantic Re­gional Office, William Penn Post Office Annex, Ninth and Market Sts., Room 1350, Phila­delphia, PA 19104; or tele­phone (215) 597-3000. Admission is free.


An academic conference on the architecture, fraktur, print­ing, and music of Ephrata Cloister to commemorate the two hundred and fiftieth anni­versary of the completion of the complex’s Saal (or meetinghouse) will be con­ducted on Friday and Satur­day, September 27-28 [1991]. Noted scholars and historians will discuss, in-depth, the religious community’s diverse contribu­tions to both state and national history. For more information, write: Ephrata Cloister Associ­ates, 632 West Main St., Ephrata, PA 17522; or tele­phone (717) 733-4811 or 733- 6600. There is a fee for registration.


Rare and unusual games, toys, and objects enjoyed by children of days gone by will be showcased in a new exhibi­tion opening Tuesday, Novem­ber 5 [1991], by the Monroe County Historical Association. “Childhood in Monroe County,” on view at the Stroud Community House, will continue through Tuesday, December 31 [1991]. For more information, write: Mon­roe County Historical Associa­tion, 900 Main St., Stroudsburg, PA 18360; or telephone (717) 421-7703. Ad­mission is charged.


“Pennsylvania’s Ethnic Heritage: A Patchwork of Culture,” the latest exhibition installed in The State Museum of Pennsylvania’s Mobile Mu­seum, addresses the Common­wealth’s ethnic diversity through the display of objects and artifacts accompanied by insightful interpretation. Geared for the general public, the traveling exhibit will tour Pennsylvania’s sixty-seven counties during the next three years. For additional information on these tours, write: Mobile Museum, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, P.O. Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108-1026; or telephone (717) 783-9882.


Skirmishes, military drills, and colonial period crafts will highlight a re-creation of Gen. George Washington’s 1777 encampment at Whitemarsh during a reenactment at Hope Lodge slated for the weekend of November 2-3 [1991]. In addition to offering glimpses of camp life during the Revolutionary War, the event will also include interpretations of the military’s eighteenth century medical practices. To obtain additional details, write: Hope Lodge, 553 Bethlehem Pk., Fort Wash­ington, PA 19034; or telephone (215) 646-1595. There is a charge for admission.


On Wednesday, October 2 [1991], Roger Moss, author and execu­tive director of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, will present an illustrated slide lecture devoted to the country villas built on the banks of the Schuylkill River during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries at The Woodlands. Following his talk, the speaker will autograph copies of his most recent book, The Ameri­can Country House. For more information, write: The Wood­lands, Fortieth St. and Wood­land Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104; or telephone (215) 387-3407. An advance reservation fee is required.


Opening Sunday, Novem­ber 3 [1991], at the Woodmere Art Museum is an exhibition of works by members of the Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The exhibit will continue through Sunday, January 5, 1992. Addi­tional information may be obtained by writing: Wood­mere Art Museum, 9201 Ger­mantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118. Admission is free.