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

An exhibition of prints, pastels, drawings, and oil paintings by J. Howard Iams (1897-1964) to commemorate the bicentennial of the Whiskey Rebellion (see “The Whiskey Boys Versus the Watermelon Army” by Jerry Clouse in the spring 1991 issue, and “The Tax Collector of Bower Hill” by Chadwick Allen Harp in the fall 1992 edition) is on view at the Westmoreland Museum of Art in Greensburg. An artist with a lifelong interest in local history, Iams often chose as his subjects the houses, farms, taverns, and mills of southwestern Pennsylvania. “Selected Works by J. Howard Iams Commemo­rating the Whiskey Rebellion Bicentennial” will continue through Sunday, November 27 [1994]. For more details, write: Westmoreland Museum of Art, 221 North Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601; or telephone (412) 837-1500. Admission is free.


An amusing exhibition of thirty-six works that examines attitudes towards worth, wealth, power and greed, “Realm of the Coin: Money in American Art, 1960-1990,” is currently on view at the Allentown Art Museum. The twenty-five artists whose pieces are featured in this exhibit worked during a thirty year period of relative prosperity in America, and explored the appearance and meaning of money from varied perspec­tives, reflecting the role that money plays in American culture. “Realm of the Coin: Money in American Art, 1960-1990,” which continues through Sunday, July 24 [1994], includes works of art by Laurie Anderson, Edward Kienholz, and Andy Warhol. To obtain additional information, write: Allentown Art Museum, Fifth and Court Sts., P. O. Box 388, Allentown, PA 18105-0388; or telephone (610) 432-4333. There is a charge for admission.


“Idyllic Days,” an exhibit of paintings by Wharton Esherick (1887-1970), known for his sculptural furnishings, examples of which have been featured at World’s Fairs in New York, Brussels, and Milan, is on view at the Wharton Esherick Studio through Sunday, August 28 [1994]. Renowned as “the dean of American craftsmen,” Esherick created oil paintings, wood­cuts, prints, highly stylized furniture in wood, and sculpture in stone, ceramic, and wood. Additional details are available by writing: Wharton Esherick Studio, Horseshoe Trail, Malvern, PA 19355; or by telephoning (610) 644-5822. There is an admis­sion fee.


The Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation will conduct a conference, “Financ­ing a Historic Property,” on Saturday, September 3 [1994]. For conference agenda and registra­tion information, write: Pittsburgh History and Land­marks Foundation, 1 Station Sq., Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1170; or telephone (412) 471-5808.


More than one hundred craftspeople will demonstrate traditional skills during Mountain Craft Days, Friday through Sunday, September 9-11 [1994], at the Somerset Historical Center. The three day event will also feature period entertainment and refresh­ments. For more information, write: Somerset Historical Center, Box 238, R. D. 2, Somerset, PA 15501; or telephone (814) 445-6077. Admission is charged. The Somerset Historical Center is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.


On Sunday, October 9 [1994], Allentown’s Museum of Indian Culture will host a family program, “A Time of Thanks­giving,” featuring traditional crafts demonstrations, special activities, and refreshments. Additional information is available by writing: Museum of Indian Culture, Fish Hatchery Rd., R. D. 2, Allentown, PA 18103-9801; or by telephoning (610) 797-2121.


On view through Sunday, August 14 [1994], at the Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, is “Early American Wrought Iron from the Collection of James C. Sorber.” The exhibi­tion showcases more than one hundred and fifty distinctive pieces of wrought iron from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, drawn from one of the country’s most comprehen­sive collections. For more details, write: Brandywine River Museum, P. O. Box 141, Chadds Ford, PA 19317; or telephone (610) 388-2700. Admission is charged.


Continuing on view at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania through Saturday, July 23 [1994], is a major exhibition entitled “Cross­roads: Center City Philadelphia.” The exhibit focuses on twentieth century developments, showing Philadelphia’s downtown sections as enduring cultural and commercial links to the larger community. “Cross­roads: Center City Philadelphia” includes maps, artifacts and objects, photo­graphs, prints, and documents. For more information, write: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107; or telephone (215) 732-6200. Admission is charged.


More than fifty ethnic attraction?from food to entertainment-will be part of the Johnstown FolkFest ’94, Friday through SW1day, September 2-4 [1994], in the Cambria County community. To obtain more information, write: Johnstown FolkFest ’94, Johnstown Area Heritage Association, P. O. Box 1889, Johnstown, PA 15907; or telephone (814) 539-1889 or (800) 237-8590.


“Harvest Days,” celebrating the bounty of Pennsylvania German rural heritage by featuring nearly one hundred traditional harvest time activities, living history programs, and crafts demon­strations, will be held during the weekend of October 8-9 [1994] at the Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster. For more informa­tion, write: Landis Valley Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601; or telephone (717) 569-0401. There is an admission fee.


A reenactment of the 1863 occupation of the anthracite region by the Union Army to quell resistance to the Civil War draft will be conducted at Eckley Miners’ Village in Luzerne County on Saturday and Sunday, August 27-28 [1994]. Activities will include firing demonstrations, camp demon­strations, and re-creations of recruiting practices. More information is available by writing: Eckley Miners’ Village, P. O. Box 236, R.R. 2, Weatherly, PA 18255; or by telephoning (717) 636-2070.


“Mills, Millers, and Mill­stones” is the theme of the twenty-ninth annual Chadds Ford Days which will be held by the Chadds Ford Historical Society during the weekend of September 10-11 [1994]. This year’s theme reiterates the importance of water-powered mills to Delaware County during the eighteenth century, which produced grist, gunpowder, lumber, paper, and textiles. Tours of the society’s John Chads House, circa 1725, will also be offered. For more information, write: Chadds Ford Historical Society, P. O. Box 27, Chadds Ford, PA 19317; or telephone (610) 388-7376. There is a charge for admission.


Through December [1994], the Historical Society of York is showing “From Morning Till Night: Has Household Technol­ogy Eased Women’s Work?” The exhibit examines household technology from the late nineteenth century to the present, and discusses the innovations that have changed women’s work over the course of a century. For more informa­tion, write: Historical Society of York County, 250 East Market St., York, PA 17403; or tele­phone (717) 848-1587. Admission is charged.


A traveling exhibit of works of art by recipients of the Crafts, Visual Arts, and Art Criticism Fellowships awarded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in 1991 and 1992 will open at The State Museum of Pennsylvania on Saturday, September 11 [1994]. “Hard Choices III,” on exhibit through Sunday, November 13, features more than seventy pieces. For more information, write: The State Museum of Pennsylvania, P. O. Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108- 1026; or telephone (717) 787-4978. Admission is free.


During the weekend of July 30-31 [1994], Fort Roberdeau Historic Site will sponsor Revolutionary War Days, an annual event featuring reenactments of eighteenth century military encampments, as well as traditional crafts demonstrations and period activities for children For more information, write: Fort Roberdeau Historic Site, Box 391, R. D. 3, Altoona, PA 16602; or telephone(814)946-0048. The forty-seven acre complex is located eight miles northeast of Altoona. Admission is charged.


“The Artist and the Baseball Card” is on exhibit at the Erie Art Museum through Sunday, September 4 [1994]. For this show, artists and illustrators­ – including Al Jaffe, Victor Juhasz, Randall Enos, and Mort Drucker – created their own large-format versions of baseball cards. More than one hundred and fifty works of art are included in “The Artist and the Baseball Card.” Additional information may be obtained by writing: Erie Art Museum, 411 State St., Erie, PA 16501; or by telephoning (814) 459-5477. Admission is charged.


Exploring the contributions made by Pennsylvanians on the home front during World War II, an exhibition entitled “World War II: The Pennsylvania Home Front” has been organized by The State Museum of Pennsylvania for the Mobile Museum which will tour the Keystone State through 1997 (see “No Summer Solstice: War Stories of the Home Front Survivors” by Catherine Quillman in the fall 1993 edition). For additional informa­tion, write: The State Museum of Pennsylvania, P. O. Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108-1026; or telephone (717) 787-4978.


“A Day in the Warsaw Ghetto: A Birthday Trip in Hell,” featuring more than eighty photographs taken in September 1941 by Heinz Jost, a German army officer, is on view through Saturday, July 9 [1994], at The University Museum of Archae­ology and Anthropology. Jost’s photographs – among the few surviving photographs of the Warsaw Ghetto-provide a rare (and disturbing) visual record of life and death of the Ghetto’s Jewish inhabitants, de facto prisoners of war. “A Day in the Warsaw Ghetto” is traveling nationally under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) through March 1995. For more information, write: The University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropol­ogy, University of Pennsylvania, Thirty-Third and Spruce Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19104; or telephone (215) 898-4000 or 898-4045. There is a charge for admission.


On Thursday, August 25 [1994], Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site will observe “National Parks Day” by offering free admission to all visitors. The National Park Service was established on August 25, 1916. For additional information, write: National Park Service, P. O. Box 1080, Gettysburg, PA 17325-1080; or telephone (717) 334-1124.


A parade and concert will be given by the First Highland Watch Bagpipe Band on Sunday, August 14 [1994], at Wash­ington Crossing Historic Park in Bucks County. The program begins at 2 P. M. For more information, write: Washington Crossing Historic Park, P. O. Box 103, Washington Crossing, PA 18977; or telephone (215) 493-4076.


On Wednesday, September 21 [1994], Dr. Marshall Becker will present a talk entitled “Archae­ology of the Lenape and Other Indians of the Delaware Valley” as part of the Lehigh County Historical Society’s noontime brown bag program series. To obtain more details, write: Lehigh County Historical Society, Old Courthouse, Hamilton and Fifth Sts., Allentown, PA 18101; or telephone (610) 435-4664. Admission is free.


The Packwood House Museum in Lewisburg is showing, through Sunday, September 11 [1994], an exhibition entitled “Nineteenth Century American Coverlets.” The exhibit showcases pieces made in Union County drawn from the museum’s extensive coverlet collection, as well as pieces lent by private collectors. Additional information is available by writing: Packwood House Museum, 15 North Water St., Lewisburg, PA 17837; or by telephoning (717) 524-0323. There is an admission fee.