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

The Sun Inn Preservation Association will host its an­nual Martha Washington Strawberry Festival on June 11 [1988] at the restored eighteenth century hostelry. For addi­tional details, write: Sun Inn Preservation Association, 564 Main St., Bethlehem, PA 18018; or telephone (215) 866-1758.


“The Gift of the Past,” a display of selected donations to Historic Bethlehem’s collec­tions, including antique tools, fine and decorative arts and furnishings, is on view through July 17 [1988] as part of the tours of Bethlehem’s eight­eenth century industrial area. Featured on these tours are visits to the 1761 tannery and the 1762 waterworks. Addi­tional information is available by writing: Historic Bethle­hem, 459 Old York Rd., Bethle­hem, PA 18018; or telephoning (215) 868-6311.


A Civil War battle reenact­ment will be staged during the weekend of July 23-24 [1988] at the Colonial Pennsylvania Planta­tion, located in Ridley Creek State Park. The event will include military drills, firearms demonstrations, patrols, skir­mishes and medical proce­dures of the period. To obtain more information, write: Colo­nial Pennsylvania Plantation, Ridley Creek State Park, Me­dia, PA 19063; or telephone (215) 566-1725.


“Ironclad Intruder: U.S.S. Monitor,” describing the U.S. Navy’s victory in the most important naval battle of the Civil War, is on view at the Philadelphia Maritime Mu­seum through October 31 [1988]. The exhibition examines the histor­ical, symbolic and archaeologi­cal significance of the renowned vessel, the first shipwreck designated as a National Historic Landmark. To obtain additional informa­tion, write: Philadelphia Mari­time Museum, 321 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106; or telephone (215) 925-5439.


Through July 31 [1988], the Hunt Institute for Botanical Docu­mentation is presenting its sixth International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustra­tion. In preparation since 1983, the show features nearly one hundred works from through­out the world. The exhibit is located on the fifth floor of the Hunt Library Building on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University. For further infor­mation, write: Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890; or telephone (412) 268-2434.


More than thirty local and regional artists and craftsmen will exhibit their work during the annual art show of the Plymouth Meeting Historical Society the weekend of June 17-19 [1988]. The event will help restore the Dickinson-­Albertson Farmstead, an eight­eenth century Quaker farm. For additional details, write: Plymouth Meeting Historical Society, Dickinson-Albertson Farmstead, 2130 Sierra Rd., Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462; or telephone (215) 828-8111.


More than one hundred works on paper, models and sculptures have been selected for an exhibit entitled “The Fairmount Water Works, 1812-1860” on view at the Philadel­phia Museum of Art. Additional information is available by writing: Philadel­phia Museum of Art, Parkway at Twenty-Sixth St., Philadel­phia, PA 19101; or by telephon­ing (215) 763-8100.


Contrasting examples of nineteenth century and con­temporary crafts, the Hanover Area Historical Society’s ex­hibit, “A Local Craftspeople, Then and Now” will open on June 27 [1988]. Continuing through September 6 [1988], the display in­cludes paper cuttings, pots, woven textiles, baskets, stone­ware and fraktur. To obtain additional information, write: Hanover Area Historical Soci­ety, 113 West Chestnut St., Hanover, PA 17331; or tele­phone (717) 632-3207.


Blacksmithing, spinning, candle dipping, caning, pew­ter pouring, bread baking and pottery making will be demon­strated during the annual Colonial Crafts Day, June 4 [1988], sponsored by the 1696 Thomas Massey House in Broomall. For more information and traveling directions, write: 1696 Thomas Massey House, Lawrence and Springhouse Rds., P. O. Box 18, Broomall, PA 19008; or telephone (215) 876-3556.


Seventy exhibitors will show handmade crafts on the lawn of the historic 1740 Whitefield House in Nazareth on June 11 [1988], co-sponsored by Nazareth Heritage and the Moravian Historical Society. For further details, write: Arts and Crafts Festival, Whitefield House, Center and New Sts., Nazareth, PA 18064; or tele­phone (215) 759-7062.


Wyck, the historic house of the Rueben Haines family in the early nineteenth century, will host an exhibit entitled “A Camping We Will Go!” to showcase the family’s camping equipment acquired during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Opening July 1 [1988], the exhibit of unusual binoculars, portable chairs, tents and gear will continue through Septem­ber 30 [1988]. To obtain additional information, write: Wyck, 6026 Germantown Ave., Philadel­phia, PA 19144; or telephone (215) 848-1690.


Exhibitions of works by two popular artists, Arthur I. Kel­ler (1886-1924) and Henry C. Pitz (1895-1976), both of whom attracted critical acclaim as illustrators, are on view at the Brandywine River Museum . Featuring fifty works by each artist, the shows continue through September 4 [1988]. Addi­tional information may be obtained by writing: Brandy­wine River Museum, P. O. Box 141, Chadds Ford, PA 19317; or by telephoning (215) 388-7601.


Costumed craftsmen will demonstrate eighteenth cen­tury crafts on June 11 [1988] as part of “Muster Day,” an annual event hosted by the Peter Wentz Farmstead in Worcester. The restored structure will also be open for tours. Additional information is available by writing: Peter Wentz Farm­stead, P. O. Box 240, Worces­ter, PA 19490; or by telephoning (215) 584-5104.


Featuring reenactments of historic events and tours of the Passavant House Museum, the Zelienople Historical Society will host “Luncheon on the Lawn” during the weekend of July 21-22 [1988]. To obtain additional information regarding the two day program, write: Passavant House, 243 South Main St., Zelienople, PA 16063; or tele­phone (412) 452-6248 or 452- 9457.


From June 19 [1988] through Au­gust 7 [1988], an exciting survey of works which explore the sculp­tural possibilities of handmade paper is on exhibit at the Erie Art Museum. For further in­formation, write: Erie Art Museum, 411 State St., Erie, PA 16501; or telephone (814) 459-5477.


The many historic buildings and structures of Bethlehem, including those associated with the early Moravian com­munity, will participate in this year’s city-wide Musikfest, a celebration of music, crafts and art. The event will take place August 20-28 [1988]. For more infor­mation, write: Lehigh Valley Convention and Visitors Bu­reau, P. O. Box 2605, Lehigh Valley, PA 18001; or telephone (215) 861-0678.


The annual strawberry festival of the Burtner House in Natrona Heights will be held on June 18 [1988], featuring crafts demonstrations and sales, carriage rides and his­toric house tours. Further information is available by writing: Burtner House, Burtner Rd., P. O. Box 292, Natrona Heights, PA 15065. Admission is free.


The summer flower display at the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park will be open from June 25 [1988] to Octo­ber 1 [1988]. Additional information regarding admission and visit­ing hours is available by writ­ing: Phipps Conservatory, Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213; or by telephoning (412) 622-6915.


“Carousel Art from the Charlotte Dinger Collection,” an exhibit of fifty-five objects of carousel art, including a menagerie of carved carousel animals, remains on view at the Hershey Museum of American Life through July 18 [1988]. Assembled by the Museum of American Folk Art, New York, the examples of carousel art represent the most famous carvers and manufacturers in the history of the American carousel. For additional infor­mation, write: Hershey Mu­seum of American Life, 170 West HersheyPark Dr., Hershey, PA 17033; or tele­phone (717) 534-3439.


“A Continuing Legacy,” an exhibit examining the anthra­cite trade of northeastern Pennsylvania’s Panther Valley, will continue through July [1988] at the Canal Museum, located in Easton’s Hugh Moore Park. The exhibit focuses on the effects of the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company’s exten­sive mining operations on the development of communities in Schuylkill and Carbon counties, including Summit Hill, Lansford, Coaldale and Tamaqua. For additional de­tails, write: Canal Museum, Hugh Moore Park, 200 South Delaware Dr., P. O. Box 877, Easton, PA 18044-0877; or telephone (215) 250-6700.


“Artists by Artists,” an exhibition of twenty portraits of artists by some of the na­tion’s most acclaimed early American painters, is on view at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, through August 31 [1988]. Portraits by Rembrandt Peale, John Neagle, Thomas Sully, Henry Inman, John Meng, Robert Edge Pine, Gilbert Stuart and Thomas Buchanan Reed are featured in this show. For more information, write: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107; or telephone (215) 732-6200 or 732-6201. Admission is free.


“Artists by Artists,” an exhibition of twenty portraits of artists by some of the na­tion’s most acclaimed early American painters, is on view at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, through August 31 [1988]. Portraits by Rembrandt Peale, John Neagle, Thomas Sully, Henry Inman, John Meng, Robert Edge Pine, Gilbert Stuart and Thomas Buchanan Reed are featured in this show. For more information, write: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107; or telephone (215) 732- 6200 or 732-6201. Admission is free.


The Indian Steps Museum, York County, will present a two day program devoted to the Native Americans during the weekend of July 16-17 [1988]. For additional information, write: Indian Steps Museum, R. D. 1, Airville, PA 17302; or tele­phone (717) 764-4318.


To celebrate the installation of its Ailsa Mellon Bruce Gal­leries, the Carnegie Museum of Art is showing, through September 4 [1988], a special exhibit entitled “Decorative Arts: A Collecting History.” The exhibit traces the origins and develop­ment of its impressive collec­tion of decorative arts, founded in 1953 with a grant from the Sarah Scaife Founda­tion, and dramatically en­hanced with the gift of the Ailsa Mellon Bruce collection in 1970. Further information is available by writing: Carnegie Museum of Art, 4440 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213; or by telephoning (412) 622-3328.


The Fels Planetarium of the Franklin Institute is showing, through November 22 [1988], “Death of the Dinosaur,” a new pro­gram exploring the theories about the extinction of the dinosaur. For planetarium hours, write: Franklin Insti­tute, Twentieth and the Park­way, Philadelphia, PA 19103; or telephone (215) 448-1200.


The fourteenth annual Barkpeelers’ Convention will be held at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum the weekend of July 2-3 [1988]. In addition to per­iod entertainment and mu­seum exhibits, the event will offer demonstrations of black­smithing, broom making, hewing and bark peeling. For additional details, write: Penn­sylvania Lumber Museum, P. O. Box K, Galeton, PA 16922; or telephone (814) 435-2652.


Simon Gratz Days, a week­end of crafts demonstrations and exhibits of rural life, will be hosted by the Gratz Histor­ical Society on July 2-3 [1988]. The event will be held at the Gratz Fair Grounds. Additional information may be available by writing: Gratz Historical Society, Box 507, Gratz, PA 17030.


The annual Flag Day ob­servance at Philadelphia’s Betsy Ross House will be conducted on June 14 [1988]. The house, fully restored and fur­nished to reflect Betsy Ross’ fu11 and varied life, is open free to the public. For addi­tional information, write: Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19107; or telephone (215) 627-5343.


Showcasing swords, mili­tary uniforms and accessories, an exhibit entitled “Flashing Blades and Gold Braid: Ameri­can Military Accoutrements, 1776-1900,” is on display at the Packwood House Museum in Lewisburg through September 11 [1988]. Additional information may be obtained by writing: Packwood House Museum, 15 North Water St., Lewisburg, PA 17837; or by telephoning (717) 524-0323.


A reenactment of the Conti­nental Army’s departure from the encampment at Valley Forge will be staged at the Valley Forge National Histori­cal Park on June 19 [1988]. To obtain more information, write: Val­ley Forge National Historical Park, P.O. Box 953, Valley Forge, PA 19481-0953; or tele­phone (215) 783-7700.


Summerfest, a one day celebration of traditional arts and crafts, will be held July 24 [1988] at Meadowcroft, a restored Washington County rural community. For more informa­tion, write: Washington County Tourism, 59 North Main St., Washington, PA 15301; or telephone (412) 587-3412 or 222-8130.


An exhibit reflecting the life and faith of Mennonites in the most concentrated settlement in eastern Pennsylvania, “Mennonites of the North Penn Area,” is on view through November 27 [1988] at the Mennonite Heritage Center in Souderton. The exhibit fea­tures meetinghouse furnish­ings, folk art, books, communion cups, fraktur, and typical household items from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. Addi­tional information is available by writing: Mennonite Heri­tage Center, 24 Main St., Souderton, PA 18964; or by telephoning (215) 723-1700. There is no admission charge.


A demonstration by Proc­tor’s Batallion, Old Westmore­land Rifles, will be sponsored by the Westmoreland County Historical Society at Old Han­na’s Town as part of a living history program during the weekend of July 16-17 [1988]. The program, devoted to a Revolu­tionary War encampment, features marching and firing demonstrations. Admission is free. For more details, write: Westmoreland County Histori­cal Society, 102 North Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601; or telephone (412) 836-1800.


More than one hundred craftsmen attired in colonial period garb will demonstrate their techniques and skills during the seventeenth annual Fort Armstrong Folk Festival from August 3 [1988] through August 7 [1988]. The event will be held in Kittanning’s Riverfront Park on the banks of the Allegheny River. More details are availa­ble by writing: Fort Armstrong Folk Festival, 138 North Water St., Kittanning, PA 16201; or by telephoning (412) 543-6363.