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

“Women in Science,” a season of activities, including lectures and workshops, aug­ments a touring exhibition entitled “My Daughter, the Scientist,” on display at the Franklin Institute through January 4 [1987]. “My Daughter, the Scientist” examines the per­sonal and professional lives of twelve female scien­tists. For more information, write: Franklin Institute, Twentieth and the Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1194; or telephone (215) 448-1200. Ad­mission is charged.


Through June 30 [1987], an exhibi­tion entitled “Collectors and Their Collections: Obsession, Instinct, Taste?,” will be on view at the Chester County Historical Society in West Chester. The collections of prominent county families, such as the Bonsalls and the Brintons, are being publicly exhibited for the first time. Featured in the exhibit are arctic explorer Amos Bonsall’s mementos, as well as a vast array of dolls, fans, paper­weights, furniture and snuff boxes. For information, write: Chester County Historical Society, 225 North High St., West Chester, PA 19380; or telephone (215) 692-4800.


A biennial exhibition show­casing recent work by new and established photographers living or working in the Com­monwealth, “Pennsylvania Photographers: A Selection of Current Work,” will open Janu­ary 11 [1987] at the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley. The show will run through March 1 [1987]. Admission is free. For additional information, write: Allentown Art Museum, Fifth and Court Sts., P. O. Box 117, Allentown, PA 18105; or telephone (215) 432-4333.


Continuing through Sun­day, January 18 [1987], is an exhibit entitled “Winter Holidays” at the Port of History Museum at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia. To obtain additional informa­tion, write: Mayor’s Office of Communications, Room 214, City Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19107-1684; or telephone (215) 925-3804. The Port of History Museum is located at the inter­section of Delaware Avenue and Walnut Street.


Stephen Warfel, curator of archaeology for The State Museum of Pennsylvania and president of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, will present a talk entitled “Susquehannock Indians” at the Cornwall Iron Furnace on Tuesday, January 13 [1987]. The pro­gram begins promptly at 7:30 P.M. For more information, write: Cornwall Iron Furnace, P. O. Box 251, Cornwall, PA 17016; or telephone (717) 272-9711.


The Pocono Winter Carni­val, an annual event involving four counties of the Pocono Mountain region, will be held from Saturday, February 28 [1987], through Sunday, March 8 [1987]. For additional information, write: Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau, 1004 Main St., Stroudsburg, PA 18360; or telephone (717) 421-5791.


The Afro-American Histori­cal and Cultural Museum will commemorate Black History Month throughout February [1987] with exhibits, lectures and music. For additional details, write: Afro-American Histori­cal and Cultural Museum, Seventh and Arch Sts., Phila­delphia, PA 19106; or tele­phone (215) 574-0380.


The first retrospective exhi­bition of paintings by the late Jack Tworkov will be held by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, from January 30 [1987] to March 27 [1987]. The show features sixty of the abstract expressionist painter’s works, including the critically acclaimed Daybreak (1953) and Red Lode (1959). A catalogue accompanies the showing entitled “Jack Tworkov: Paint­ings, 1928-1982.” For more details, write: Pennsylvania. Academy of the Fine Arts, Broad and Cherry Sts., Phila­delphia, PA 19102; or tele­phone (215) 972-7600.


A special exhibit showcas­ing antiques and objects drawn from local private col­lections is on view at the His­torical Society of York County through January 31 [1987]. The show is augmented by items from the society’s extensive collec­tions. Visiting hours are Mon­day through Saturday, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.; Sunday, 1 to 4 P.M. There is an admission fee. To obtain further details, write: Historical Society of York County, 250 East Market St., York, PA 17403; or telephone (717) 848-1587.


Paintings by Lester Johnson comprise an exhibit at the Westmoreland Museum of Art in Greensburg, from January 17 [1987] through February 22 [1987]. Mu­seum visiting hours are Tues­day through Saturday, 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.; Sunday, 1 to 5 P.M. For additional information, write: Westmoreland Museum of Art, 221 North Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601-1898; or telephone (412) 837-1500.


“A Brandywine Christmas,” the popular holiday. display at the Brandywine River Mu­seum, Chadds Ford, will again this year feature the fabulous displays of antique dolls, model trains and trees deco­rated with handmade natural decorations. The holiday show will also include popular illus­trations for children by N. C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, Jessie Willcox Smith and Maxfield Parrish. For additional infor­mation and traveling direc­tions, write: Brandywine River Museum, P. O. Box 141, Chadds Ford, PA 19317; or telephone (215) 388-7601. “A Brandywine Christmas” con­tinues through January 4 [1987].


The Northamptontowne Militia will re-create an eight­eenth century military camp at Valley Forge National Histori­cal Park on Friday, December 19 [1986], from 6 to 9 P.M. Costumed interpreters will lead tours of the camp by lantern light while period music will be offered by camp musicians. The “march in” celebrates the two hundred and ninth anni­versary of the arrival of the Continental Army at Valley Forge. More information may be obtained by writing: Valley Forge National Historical Park, Valley Forge, PA 19141; or by telephoning (215) 783-7700. There is no admission fee.


“Pioneer Christmas,” a holiday program for children ages five to nine, will be con­ducted through December 19 [1986] at the Depreciation Lands Museum in Allison Park. Ad­mission is charged. For more information, write: Deprecia­tion Lands Museum, 4743 South Pioneer Rd., Allison Park, PA 15101; or telephone (412) 486-0563.


“Child’s Play: Toys and Dolls,” an exhibit on loan from the Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum in Rochester, New York, is on view at the Hershey Museum of American Life through August 1987. There is an admission charge. To obtain additional informa­tion, write: Hershey Museum of American Life, P. O. Box 170, Hershey, PA 17033; or telephone (717) 534-3439.


Basket-making classes will be offered at Pennypacker Mills on January 17 and 31 [1987], and February 18 [1987]. Participants will learn how to make egg baskets and Shaker-type bas­kets. Reservations are required. For registration and course information, write: Pennypacker Mills, 5 Halde­man Rd., Schwenksville, PA 19473; or telephone (215) 287-9349.


Candlelight tours of Fort Hunter Mansion, north of Harrisburg, will be given until December 23 [1986] by guides in nineteenth century dress who will interpret what life was like one hundred years ago. Other holiday and seasonal displays will also be offered. More information regarding the special tours and related pro­grams is available by writing: Fort Hunter, 5300 North Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17l10; or by telephoning (717) 599-5751 or 255-1369.


Phipps Conservatory’s fabulous holiday flower dis­play of thousands of poinset­tias, begonias, Christmas peppers and Jerusalem cherry trees (all grown and arranged by the conservatory staff) is open to the public through January 11 [1987]. Admission is charged. For additional infor­mation, write: Phipps Con­servatory, Schenley Park Dr., Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213; or telephone (412) 622-6915.


York’s 1870s Bonham House is decorated for a typical Victo­rian period Christmas celebra­tion, complete with elaborate holiday table settings, old­-fashioned decorations and antique toys. The decorated house will remain open to the public through January 10 [1987]; admission is charged. For more information, write: Bonham House, 152 East Mar­ket St., York, PA 17403; or telephone (717) 848-1857.


Chambersburg’s Old Jail, 175 East King Street, will be the setting for the second annual Franklin County Train and Dollhouse Show, the weekend of December 26-28 [1986]. The show will be hosted by the Kittochtinny Historical Society, the Chambersburg Garden Club and Franklin County Heritage, Inc. Additional in­formation is available by writ­ing: Kittochtinny Museum, The Old Jail, 175 East King St., Chambersburg, PA 17201; or by telephoning (717) 264-4524 or 267-3122.


The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts will offer a series of one-day workshops on the care and storage of art on paper, photo­graphs and library and archi­val material. “The Storage of Library and Archival Material” will be discussed on January 17 [1987], and “Matting and Framing Techniques” will be presented on February 14 [1987]. Each work­shop will include general in­formation on collection care, demonstrations, ample hands­-on training and a guided tour of the treatment facility. For registration information, write: Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, 264 South Twenty-Third St., Phila­delphia, PA 19103; or tele­phone (215) 545-0613. Enrollment is limited to twenty individuals for each work­shop.


The dazzling Christmas conservatory display at Long­wood Gardens, “Winter Won­derland,” is open to the public until January 4 [1987]. The continu­ing features of this annual event include topiary animals bedecked in holiday attire, thousands of poinsettias and more than one hundred musi­cal programs. For specific information regarding “Winter Wonderland,” write: Long­wood Gardens, P. O. Box 501, Kennett Square, PA 19348-0501; or telephone (215) 388-6741. There is an admission fee.


An exhibit depicting the Christmas and seasonal cus­toms of the Pennsylvania Ger­mans of Bucks and Mont­gomery counties is on view, through January 4 [1987], at the Men­nonite Heritage Center in Souderton. Entitled “Pennsyl­vania German Christmas and Winter,” the show describes the customs of several reli­gious traditions and groups, including Mennonites, Breth­ren, Lutheran, Reformed and Schwenkfelder. There is no admission charge. Visiting hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.; Sunday, 2 to 4P.M. More in­formation may be obtained by writing: Mennonite Heritage Center, 24 Main St., Souder­ton, PA 18964; or by telephon­ing (215) 287-6050.


Hummelstown’s brown­stone industry will be dis­cussed by Ben Olena as part of the public lecture series of­fered by the Historical Society of Dauphin County, Harris­burg, on Sunday, January 18 [1987], at 2 P.M. On Sunday, February 15 [1987], at 2 P.M., Evan J. Miller will address the visits made to Harrisburg by the nation’s presidents. The public is in­vited to both lectures free of charge. To obtain additional information, write: Historical Society of Dauphin County, John Harris Mansion, 219 South Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17104; or telephone (717) 233-3462.


To celebrate the one hun­dred and seventy-eighth birth­day of poet Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1847) on January 19 [1987], the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site will conduct special programs and tours throughout the entire month of January [1987]. Admission is free. Further information regarding these programs and group tours is available by writing: Edgar Allan Poe NHS, 532 North Seventh St., Philadel­phia, PA 19123; or by telephon­ing (215) 597-8780.


Each room of the Harmony Museum and the nearby Ziegler Log House is decorated for the Christmas holidays and illuminated only by candle­light and antique oil lamps. Costumed guides will also give special seasonal tours on Sun­day, December 14 [1986], at the his­toric Butler County attraction. Admission is free. For addi­tional information, write: Harmony Museum, Harmo­nist Historic and Memorial Association, P.O. Box 524, Main and Mercer Sts., Har­mony, PA 16037; or telephone (412)434-2445.


Ephrata Cloister will offer candlelight tours of the his­toric complex in Lancaster County, December 26-28 [1986]. The tours will be given in a first­-person interpretive format by the local chapter of the Stu­dent Historians of Pennsylva­nia, who write a new script each year based on actual events in the Cloister’s history. Additional information is available by writing: Ephrata Cloister, 632 West Main St., Ephrata, PA 17522; or by tele­phoning (717) 733-4811 or 733-6600. Admission is charged.


The year 1987 marks the two-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia (see “Not for Oneself, But for All” by Thomas A. Horrocks in the winter 1987 issue). To commemorate the bicentennial of the institution’s creation, a special exhibit has been mounted which portrays the founding and development of the nationally recognized landmark. For additional information regard­ing this exhibit and related activities, write: College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 South Twenty-Second St., Philadelphia, PA 19103; or telephone (215) 561-6050.


A one-day Women’s His­tory Conference will be held at The State Museum of Pennsyl­vania on Monday, March 9 [1987], in cooperation with the Pennsyl­vania Humanities Council. For registration information, write: Women’s History Conference, Bureau of Archives and His­tory, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, P.O. Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108-1026; or telephone (717) 787-3253.


A one-day conference deal­ing with the history of Penn­sylvania’s photographers will be held Saturday, January 18, 1987, at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. The conference is being held in conjunction with the on-going museum exhibit, “Sam Kuh­nert: Flying Photographer.” For additional information, write: Friends of The State Museum, P.O. Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108-1026; or telephone (717) 787-6590. A photography collectors, trade show will be conducted at a nearby hotel during the event.


The annual “Charles Dick­ens’ Christmas Party” – com­plete with readings from A Christmas Carol and The Pick­wick Papers – will be hosted by the magnificent Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion in Philadel­phia on Sunday, December 14 [1986]. There will be an admission fee. To obtain additional details, write: Ebenezer Maxwell Man­sion, 200 West Tulpehocken St., Philadelphia, PA 191.JA; or telephone (215) 438-1861. Built in 1859, the suburban villa has been painstakingly restored to its original grandeur.


Dr. George Huganir will present a lecture entitled “A Study of Social Change in Norristown: Italian Immigrant Women, 1900-1950,” at the January 5 [1987] meeting of the Plym­outh Meeting Historical Soci­ety. The program will be held at the Plymouth Friends Meet­ing House at 8 P.M. For addi­tional information, write: Plymouth Meeting Historical Society, Box 167, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462; or tele­phone (215) 828-8111.


From February 15 [1987] through March 1 [1987], a selection of water­colors by Beaver County native Tammy Bauder will be on display at the Merrick Art Gallery in New Brighton. The museum is open free to the public. More information is available by writing: Merrick Art Gallery, Fifth Ave. and Eleventh St., New Brighton, PA 15066; or by telephoning (412) 846-1130.