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

Honoring the founders and pioneers of the United States, Old Bedford Village will sponsor “Settler’s Days Ethnic Celebration” during the week­end of July 14-15 [1990]. More infor­mation may be obtained by writing: Old Bedford Village, P.O. Box 1976, Bedford, PA 15522; or by telephoning (814) 623-1156. There is a charge for admission.


“Festival of Fountains,” a twelve week celebration com­bining magnificent pleasure gardens, powerful fountains and stirring music, continues through Saturday, September 1 [1990], at Longwood Gardens with concerts and special illumi­nated fountain displays. For dates and times of perform­ances and related special events, write: Longwood Gar­dens, P.O. Box 501, Kennett Square, PA 19348-0501; or telephone (215) 388-6741. Ad­mission is charged.


The Solanco Historical Society will host its annual crafts show on Saturday, Au­gust 18 [1990], with numerous dis­plays and demonstrations, as well as tours of the Robert Fulton Birthplace. To obtain more details, write: Solanco Historical Society, 1932 Robert Fulton Hwy., Quarryville, PA 17566. Admission is charged.


During the weekend of August 25-26 [1990], Eckley Miners’ Village will be placed under martial law as the living his­tory complex hosts its annual Civil War Encampment. The event offers visitors the oppor­tunity to see mid-nineteenth century camplife, including drills, military maneuvers and demonstrations. Additional information is available by writing: Eckley Miners’ Vil­lage, Box 236, R.R. 2, Weatherly, PA 18255; or by telephoning (717) 636-2070. Admission will be charged.


On view at the Hershey Museum of American Life through Monday, September 3 [1990], an exhibit entitled “Pennsyl­vania German Hex Signs” explores the mystery and beauty of this often misunder­stood regional folk art. Addi­tional information may be obtained by writing: Hershey Museum of American Life, 170 West HersheyPark Dr., Hershey, PA 17033; or by telephoning (717) 534-3439. There is an admission charge.


A Mennonite folk festival featuring demonstrations of eighteenth century rural crafts, “Heritage Day” at the 1719 Hans Herr House will be held on Saturday, August 11 [1990]. The event, which also marks the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the historic house museum, will also include special interpretive displays and commemorative activities. For more information, write: 1719 Hans Herr House, 1849 Hans Herr Dr., Willow Street, PA 17584; or telephone (717) 464-4438.


“Brandywine Perspectives,” a selection of fifty historical images, is on view through Sunday, October 14 [1990], at the Chester County Historical Society. The exhibit features images depicting the main artery of Chester County: the Brandywine Creek, long known to many through the paintings by artists of the distinctive Brandywine River School. Additional informa­tion may be obtained by writ­ing: Chester County Historical Society, 225 North High St., West Chester, PA 19380; or by telephoning (215) 692-4800. Admission is charged.


“Athletes: Photographs, 1860-1986,” showcasing more than seventy-five vintage pho­tographs by world renowned photographers Ansel Adams, Eadweard Muybridge, Annie Liebovitz, Bruce Weber, Rich­ard Avedon, Jacques-Henri Lartigue and Garry Winogard will open to the public on Saturday, August 18, at Wil­liamsport’s Little League Base­ball Museum. In addition to providing a social context for sports such as baseball, track and field, tennis and speed skating, the exhibit offers a survey of the history of pho­tography as fine art. “Athletes” will remain on view through Sunday, September 16 [1990]. For more information, write: Little League Baseball Museum, Williamsport, PA 17701; or telephone (717) 326-3607. Admission is charged.


The Institute of Contempo­rary Art’s exhibition, “Art as Artifact,” showcases works by more than a dozen artists who share a unique scientific or documentary approach to creating art about nature or the urban environment. On view through Sunday, August 12 [1990], “Art as Artifact” features sculpture, painting, photogra­phy, video and installations of unconventional materials. For more information, write: Insti­tute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 115 Meyerson Hall, Thirty-Fourth at Walnut Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19104-6311; or telephone (215} 898-7108.


The official commissioning of the recently restored United States Brig Niagara will be held on Saturday, August 18 [1990], in Erie. For details regarding the ceremonies and related activities, write: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Com­mission, P.O. Box 1026, Harris­burg, PA 17108-1026; or telephone (717) 783-9882 or (814) 871-4596.


Chinese ceramics, embroi­deries and carvings, Japanese prints, photographs and por­celains, and Tibetan thangkas are featured in an exhibition, “Oriental Art from the Perma­nent Collection,” on view at the Erie Art Museum through Sunday, October 14 [1990]. For addi­tional information, write: Erie Art Museum, 411 State St., Erie, PA 16501; or telephone (814) 459-5477. There is a fee for admission.


A detailed look at a local fraktur tradition is offered by an exhibit entitled “The Art of the Family: Monroe County Frakturs,” on view at the Mon­roe County Historical Society through Saturday, September 1 [1990]. Exhibition pieces were drawn from the society’s hold­ings, as well as from private collections. For more informa­tion, write: Monroe County Historical Society, 900 Main St., Stroudsburg, PA 18360; or telephone (717) 421-7703. Ad­mission is not charged, but donations are welcome.


A three part environmental installation by John Bromberg will remain on view at the Everhart Museum through Wednesday, August 15 [1990]. For additional details, write: Everhart Museum, Nay Aug Park, Scranton, PA 18510; or telephone (717) 346-7186 or 346-8370.


The Goschenhoppen Histo­rians will present its twenty­-fourth annual folk festival on Friday and Saturday, August 10-11 [1990], in East Greenville, Montgomery County. The focus of this year’s event is the itinerant in history and his impact on the small, local community. For additional information, write: Gos­chenhoppen Historians, Box 476, Green Lane, PA 18054; or telephone (717) 872-6474 or (215) 754-6013. There is an admission fee.


In celebration of the centen­nial year of the birth of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Eisenhower National Historic Site will host an Angus Field Day and Sale on Saturday and Sunday, August 18-19 [1990], during which park rangers will present talks on the president’s interest and participation in raising prize cattle on his Adams County farm. For additional informa­tion, write: Eisenhower Na­tional Historic Site, National Park Service, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2998; or telephone (717) 334-1124. Admission is charged.


“Pfaltzgraff: America’s Potter,” an exhibit tracing the 150-year history of the well known Pfaltzgraff Company, will continue through October [1990] at the Historical Society of York County. The exhibit chronicles the history of the nation’s oldest family-owned pottery and features excep­tional examples of its varied products, including early redware, salt-glazed stone­ware, art pottery and table articles. For more information, write: Historical Society of York County, 250 East Market St., York, PA 17403; or tele­phone (717) 848-1587. Admis­sion is charged.


Crafts demonstrations, exhibits and period entertain­ment will be offered by the Bradford Landmark Society during this year’s [1990] Crook Farm Country Fair at the restored Bradford County landmark. For more information, write: Bradford Landmark Society, 22 Taylor Dr., Bradford, PA 16701; or telephone (814) 362-2183. There is a fee for admission.


“Veterans Of All Wars,” a selection of memorabilia, equipment and flags of wars and conflicts in Americans participated, will be on exhibit at the Equinunk Historical Society through Monday, September 3 [1990]. To obtain addi­tional details, write: Equinunk Historical Society, P.O. Box 42, Equinunk, PA 18417; or tele­phone (717) 224-6722 or 224-4728. Admission is charged.


Pennypacker Mills Historic House Museum, a turn-of-the­-century Colonial Revival style mansion in Montgomery County, will host a “Victorian Tea” on Sunday, September 16 [1990]. The program will be held on the sweeping veranda of the mansion, which overlooks the scenic Perkiomen Valley. Guests are encouraged to dress in period attire. For res­ervation information, write: Pennypacker Mills Historic House Museum, 5 Haldeman Rd., Schwenksville, PA 19473; or telephone (215) 287-9349.


Lectures on quilts and quilt­ing, demonstrations and a display of more than two dozen quilts will be offered during the Qui1t Exhibit and Forum at Hope Lodge during the weekend of September 15-16 [1990]. For program information, write: Hope Lodge, 553 Beth­lehem Pike, Ft. Washington, D.C. 19034; or telephone (215) 646-1595 or 646-1641. Admis­sion is charged.


Dankfest, the pioneer crafts festival sponsored annually by the Harmony Museum, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, August 25-26 [1990], in the heart of the Harmony National Historic District, the first home of the Harmony Society established in 1804. To obtain additional information, write: Harmony Museum, Main and Mercer Sts., Harmony, PA 16037; or telephone (412) 452-7341. There is a charge for admission.


Continuing through Satur­day, September 22 [1990], at the Cumberland County Histori­cal Society, an exhibit entitled “Folk Art of the Cumberland Valley” explores the traditions and designs of local artisans through a wide array of quilts, carvings, trade signs, whirl-a­-gigs, firebacks, trivets, fraktur and paintings. For additional information regarding visiting hours, write: Cumberland County Historical Society, 21 North Pitt St., P.O. Box 626, Carlisle, PA 170D. Admission is free.


Circus Weekend, August 25-26 [1990], at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania will present Vidbels Old Tyme Circus, complete with trained animals, acrobats, sideshows and the big top, in addition to special exhibitions which recall cir­cuses that traveled the country by train. Additional informa­tion is available by writing: Railroad Museum of Pennsyl­vania, P.O. Box 15, Strasburg, PA 17579; or by telephoning (717) 687-8628.


Chadds Ford Days – billed as “an eighteenth century fair for twentieth century visitors” – will showcase “hands on” traditional crafts, demonstrations by more than seventy craftspersons and original works by Brandywine Valley artists. The theme of this year’s program, which will be held on Saturday and Sun­day, September 8-9 [1990], is Smith­ing at the Ford, examining the roles of the blacksmith, the tinsmith and the coppersmith who helped forge Colonial America. To obtain more infor­mation, write: Chadds Ford Historical Society, Box 27, Chadds Ford, PA 19317; or telephone (215) 388-7376. There is an an admission fee.


The Peter Wentz Farmstead will sponsor Laerenswaert (“Worth Learning”) Day on Saturday, October 6 [1990], with crafts demonstrations and special displays. For additional information, write: Peter Wentz Farmstead, P.O. Box 240, Worcester, PA 19490; or telephone (215) 584-5104. Ad­mission is charged.


Featuring views of Pennsyl­vania, the East Coast and Europe by Thomas Doughty, Martin Johnson Heade, San­ford Gifford, William Trost Richards, George Inness and others, “Nineteenth Century Landscape Painting” will con­tinue on exhibit at the Penn­sylvania Academy of the Fine Arts through Sunday, Septem­ber 16 [1990]. For more information, write: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Broad and Cherry Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19102; or telephone (215) 972-7642. Admission is charged.


“Documenting the Process: The 1940 Census” is a selection of thirty photographs taken by the U.S. Census Bureau to document the sixteenth census in 1940-1941. Taken by un­known government photogra­phers, the images record step-by-step the process of conducting the census a half century ago. Organized by the National Archives – Mid­-Atlantic Region, the exhibit is on view through December [1990] at the William Penn Post Office Annex at Eighth and Chestnut streets in center-city Philadel­phia. For information regard­ing visiting hours, write: National Archives – Mid­-Atlantic Regional Office, Ninth and Market Sts., Room 1350, Philadelphia, PA 19107; or telephone (215) 597-3000.


Newtown Historic Associa­tion’s annual Market Day, featuring more than sixty-five crafts demonstrations and historic house tours, will be held on Saturday, September 15 [1990], in the quaint Bucks County village. For more information, write: Newtown Historic Asso­ciation, P.O. Box 303, New­town, PA 18940; or telephone (215) 968-4004 or 860-3809.


Colonial Day, sponsored by the East Berlin Historical Society, will take place on Saturday, September 8 [1990]. The one day event will feature a street fair with craftspersons demonstration eighteenth century crafts and skills. Addi­tional may be obtained by writing: East Berlin Historical Society, East Berlin, PA 17316; or by telephoning (717) 259-7676. Admission is free.


Nearly twenty galleries in Harrisburg will open their doors to the public free of charge for Gallery Walk on Sunday, September 16 [1990]. Institu­tions participating in this year’s community-wide event include the Art Association of Harrisburg, Doshi Center for Contemporary Art, Historical Society of Dauphin County, The State Museum of Pennsyl­vania and the Governor’s Residence, in addition to com­mercial galleries. The partici­pating galleries will mount special exhibitions for the day, and most of the works of art will be available for purchase. For more information, write: Gallery Walk, Metro/Arts, P.O. Box 830, Harrisburg, PA 17108; or telephone (717) 238-1887.


“Colonial Festival Day,” an afternoon of recreation and leisure in the manner of the eighteenth century will be offered by the Colonial Penn­sylvania Plantation on Sun­day, August 19 [1990], from Noon to 5 P.M. To obtain additional information, write: Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, Rid­ley Creek State Park, Media, PA 19063; or telephone (215) 566-1725. Admission is charged.