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

“Martin Puryear,” an exhibi­tion representing a major mid­-career retrospective of the American sculptor, will remain on view through Sunday, January 3, 1993, at the Phila­delphia Museum of Art. The exhibit surveys Puryear’s work to the present, focusing on forty of his relief and three­-dimensional pieces. Puryear’s contribution to contemporary sculpture is his synthesis of the modern tradition with his admiration for, and knowledge of, non-Western architecture, sculpture, and craft. For more information, write: Philadel­phia Museum of Art, P. O. Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101; or telephone (215) 787-5431. Admission is charged.


Pieces by Elliott Barowitz, Mary Malott, Larry Rosing, and Tim Yohn will be featured in an exhibition entitled “Red, Gray, and Blue: Political Works by Four U. S. Artists Over Fifty” at the Design Arts Gal­lery in Philadelphia from Mon­day, January 11, through Friday, February 12, 1993. To obtain additional information, write: Design Arts Gallery, Nesbitt College of Design Arts, Drexel University, Thirty­Third and Market Sts., Phila­delphia, PA 19104; or telephone (215) 895-2386.


“The Ninety-Fifth Annual Exhibition of the Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts” continues through Sunday, January 17, 1993, at the Berman Museum of Art on the campus of Ur­sinus College. Additional information may be obtained by writing: Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, P. O. Box 1000, Collegeville, PA 19426-1000; or by telephoning (215) 489-4111.


Offering participants an opportunity to explore historic fishing legend and lore – in addition to sampling a savory Susquehanna River Valley traditional repast – a “Fish Fry” will be hosted by the Landis Valley Museum on Saturday, February 13, 1993. Local ex­perts will discuss Susque­hanna River traditions and the folkways of life along the river during the famous shad runs. An exhibit will showcase re­lated artifacts drawn from the museum complex’s extensive collections. Admission in­cludes a baked shad dinner; reservations are encouraged. For additional information, write: Landis Valley Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601; or telephone (717) 569-0401.


Free admission to the his­toric properties administered by the Historical Society of York County is being offered to the organization’s members, friends, and neighbors on Wednesday, December 16. In addition to its museum, the society also operates the Golden Plough Tavern (157 West Market Street) and the Bonham House (152 East Mar­ket Street), all of which will be decorated for the holiday sea­son. For more details, write: Historical Society of York County, 250 East Market St., York, PA 17043; or telephone (717) 848-1587.


Troops will march to Wash­ington’s Headquarters at Bran­dywine Battlefield Park on Sunday, February 14, 1993, for the general’s birthday celebra­tion. “General Washington” will inspect troops and receive guests, while the First Conti­nental Regiment of Foots will demonstrate eighteenth cen­tury military drills and reenact Squire Cheyney’s ride to warn the American leader of British maneuvers. “General Wash­ington’s Birthday Celebration” will be held from Noon to 4 P. M. For more information, write: Brandywine Battlefield Park, P. O. Box 202, Chadds Ford, PA 19317; or telephone (215) 459-3342.


Opening Sunday, March 7, 1993, at the Philadelphia Mu­seum of Art is an exhibition, “The Impressionist and the City: Pissarro’s Series,” featur­ing eighty works of art illus­trating Camille Pissarro’s interests during the last dec­ade of his life. In the 1890s, Pissarro embarked on a series of city views that heralded a period of great energy, vitality, and prodigious output that was to endure until his death in 1906. Depicting densely populated city scenes-from market place to harbor – the works selected for “The Im­pressionist and the City” stand as outstanding records of the nature of urban life in fin de siecle France. The exhibit con­tinues through June 6, 1993. For additional information, write: Philadelphia Museum of Art, P. O. Box 7646, Philadel­phia, PA 19101; or telephone (215) 787-5431. There is a charge for admission.


“Collectors’ Choice: Schoenhut Dolls and Toys,” an exhibit drawn from the collec­tions of members of the Schoenhut Collectors Club, will be on view at the Atwater Kent Museum in Philadelphia through January 1993. Founded in 1872 by German toy maker Albert Schoenhut, the A. Schoenhut Company, advertised as “the largest and best-equipped toy factory in the world,” manufactured children’s play things until it closed in 1935. The company was located in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. For more information, write:
Atwater Kent Museum, 15 South Seventh St., Philadel­phia, PA 19106; or telephone (215) 922-3031. Admission is free.


“Preserving the Past, Pre­senting the Future,” is the theme of the 1993 Philadelphia Flower Show, which will be conducted by the Pennsylva­nia Horticultural Society from Sunday, March 7, through Sunday, March 14 [1993]. Featuring fifty major exhibitors, the event will be held at the Phila­delphia Civic Center. To obtain additional information, write: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 325 Walnut St., Phila­delphia, PA 19106; or tele­phone (215) 625-8253. There will be a charge for admission.


Organized to celebrate the five hundredth anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the New World, “Virgin Landscapes, Native Cultures: The Artist-Explorer in North America” is on view at the Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes­-Barre, through Sunday, No­vember 29 [1992]. The exhibition showcases the work of artists who discovered, for themsel­ves, the uncolonized conti­nent, sometimes braving difficult and primitive condi­tions. The selection of paint­ings, watercolors, and prints, spanning the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, includes works of art by Albert Bier­stadt, Frederic Edwin Church, George Catlin, Titian Peale, and John James Audubon. More information is available by writing: Sordoni Art Gal­lery, Wilkes University, 150 South River St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766; or by telephoning (717) 831-4325.


The Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh will host its an­nual holiday flower show daily through Friday, January 8, 1993. For more information, write: Phipps Conservatory, Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213; or telephone (412) 622- 6915. There is a charge for admission.


The ninth edition of Phila­delphia’s popular culinary program, “The Book and The Cook,” will be held from Thursday through Sunday, March 25-28, 1993, showcasing the talents of both city chefs and internationally recognized cookbook authors. Additional information is available by writing: Philadelphia Visitors Center, Sixteenth Street and J. F. K. Boulevard, Philadel­phia, PA 19102; or by telephon­ing (toll free) (800) 537-7676.


“The Old Curiosity Shop: Relics and Curios from a Victo­rian Museum” will remain on view at the Hershey Museum of American Life through Sunday, February 28, 1993. The exhibit offers visitors a glimpse at a typical nineteenth century museum’s “relics and curios” room filled with a diverse – and exotic – collection of antiquities, specimens, and curiosities from around the world. For more information, write: Hershey Museum of American Life, 170 West HersheyPark Dr., Hershey, PA 17033; or telephone (717) 534-3439. Admission is charged.


The Moravian Historical Society is showing a selection of objects and artifacts, each of which is a small but genuine piece of American history, through October 17, 1993. On view are a lock of George Washington’s hair; a piece of the catafalque which covered President Lincoln’s coffin on the train ride from Washing­ton, D. C., to Springfield, Illinois; a section of the first transatlantic cable; and a string of Native American wampum. Additional informa­tion may be obtained by writ­ing: Moravian Historical Society, Whitefield House, 214 East Center St., Nazareth, PA 18064; or by telephoning (215) 759-5070. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.


Special tours of the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site will be given by the Na­tional Park Service during January (to celebrate the poet’s January 19, 1809, birthday) and March 1993 (to observe Poetry Month). The historic site is located at 532 North Seventh Street. For visiting hours and tour information, write: Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, Independence National Historical Park, 311-313 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106; or telephone (215) 597-8780.


“The American Country House”is the title and subject of an exhibition opening on Monday, December 7 [1992], at The Athenaeum of Philadelphia. The institution holds extensive collections of drawings, photo­graphs, and manuscripts relat­ing to the patronage of Mr. and Mrs. Edward T. Stotes­bury and their grand country houses. “The American Coun­try House” will continue through Friday, April 30, 1993. For more details, write: The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, East Washington Sq., Philadel­phia, PA 19106-3794; or tele­phone (215) 925-2688.


During the weekend of December 12-13 [1992], Hope Lodge will welcome visitors with holiday candlelight tours in the early evening hours. Tours of the eighteenth century manor house will be given on Saturday from 6 to 8 P. M., and on Sunday from 4 to 8 P. M. For more information, write: Hope Lodge, 553 Beth­lehem Pk., Fort Washington, PA 19034; or telephone (215) 646-1595. Hope Lodge is ad­ministered by the Pennsylva­nia Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC). There is a charge for admission.


The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is featuring, through Sunday, January 10, 1993, a show entitled “Natural World Photographic Competi­tion.” On view are this year’s prize-winning photographs, as well as selected entries submit­ted by both amateur and pro­fessional photographers. Additional information may be obtained by writing: The Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213; or by telephoning (412) 622-3328. There is a charge for admission.


The Brandywine River Museum will host its annual­ – and popular – “A Brandywine Christmas” through Sunday, January 3, 1993. The traditional exhibit will feature the muse­um’s train display, Ann Wyeth McCoy’s prized antique doll collection, and special holiday decorations. For more informa­tion, write: Brandywine River Museum, P. O. Box 141, Chadds Ford, PA 19317; or telephone (215) 459-1900 or 388-7601. Admission is charged.


An exhibition of vintage calendars issued by the Penn­sylvania Railroad will be on view through Thursday, De­cember 31 [1992], at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg, Lancaster County. “The Spirit of the Railroad: Pennsylvania Railroad Calen­dar Art, 1925-1958,” showcases thirty-four calendars distrib­uted by the railroad during its heyday. In addition to calen­dars, the exhibition includes an original oil painting, Speed and Security, by Harold Brett, which was used on the Penn­sylvania Railroad’s first calen­dar in 1925. The painting was recently discovered in a private collection in Washington, D. C. Most of the Pennsylva­nia Railroad’s calendar illustra­tions were created by Grif Teller, who painted his first scene for the 1928 calendar (see “Grif Teller Paints the Pennsy” by Dan Cupper in the winter 1990 edition of this magazine). For more informa­tion, write: Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, P. O. Box 15, Strasburg, PA 17579; or tele­phone (717) 687-8628. The museum is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Admission is charged.


An Edwardian era holiday will be re-created at Penny­packer Mills, a turn-of-the­-century Colonial Revival style country house of Gov. Samuel W. Pennypacker in Montgom­ery County on Saturday, De­cember 12 [1992]. The mansion will be specially decorated for the season. For more information, write: Pennypacker Mills, Montgomery County Depart­ment of History and Cultural Arts, 5 Haldeman Rd., Sch­wenksville, PA 19473; or tele­phone (215) 287-9349. Admission is free.


Chronicling the history of Shenango China, one of the country’s best known commer­cial wares, “A Lasting Legacy” will remain on view through the month of December at the Lawrence County Historical Society in New Castle. The exhibit documents the manu­facturing and marketing of Shenango China through photographs, artifacts and objects, and records. For addi­tional information, write: Lawrence County Historical Society, P. O. Box 1745, New Castle, PA 16103-1745; or tele­phone (412) 658-4022. There is an admission fee.


“Christmas at Fort Hunter,” the seasonal display at Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, will be on view from Tuesday, December 1 [1992], through Wednes­day, December 23 [1992]. The historic house will be decorated for the holidays in the style in which it would have been trimmed by John and Helen Reily, the last residents. Costumed guides will also interpret holi­day decorations and customs. Visiting hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 7 P. M. For more information, write: Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, 5300 North Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17110; or tele­phone (717) 599-5751.


Quilts and antique chil­dren’s toys from the collections of the Historical Society of Dauphin County will remain on exhibit through March 1993 at the John Harris/Simon Ca­meron Mansion in Harrisburg. For additional details, write: Historical Society of Dauphin County, John Harris/Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 South Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17104; or telephone (717) 233-3462. There is a charge for admission.


“A Candlelight Christmas” will be staged during the weekend of December 11-12 [1992] at Old Economy Village in Am­bridge. The village will be decorated for the holidays with natural and traditional materials. For more details, write: Old Economy Village, Fourteenth and Church Sts., Ambridge, PA 15003; or tele­phone (412) 266-1803. Admis­sion is charged.


The Peter Wentz Farmstead in Montgomery County will be decorated in the manner of an eighteenth century holiday during the month of Decem­ber. For additional informa­tion, write: Peter Wentz Farmstead, P. O. Box 240, Worcester, PA 19490; or tele­phone (215) 584-5104. Admis­sion is free.