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

“Blake to Beardsley: The Artist as Illustrator,” recalling the nineteenth century as “the golden age of illustration,” is an exhibit continuing through Sunday, January 8, 1989, at Philadelphia’s prestigious Rosenbach Museum and Library. The exhibit includes original drawings, an selected from the museum’s extensive holdings, by William Blake, Aubrey Beardsley, Gustave Dore, William Makepeace Thackeray and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. For additional infor­mation, write: Rosenbach Museum and Library, 2010 DeLancey Pl., Philadelphia, PA 19103; or telephone (215) 732-1600.


Scranton’s Everhart Mu­seum is showing, through Saturday, December 31 [1988], selec­tions from the permanent collection of the Art Students League. Additional informa­tion is available by writing: Everhart Museum, Nay Aug Park, Scranton, PA 18510; or by telephoning (717) 346-7186.


Continuing through Satur­day, January 28, 1989, at Clive­den, the residence of noted Philadelphia jurist Benjamin Chew in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, is an exhibition of colorful and painstakingly crafted quilts. For more information, write: Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144; or telephone (215) 818-1777. Cliveden is a co-stewardship property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


Crazy work pieces – those highly stylized, individual, inventive and colorful needle art projects popular during the Victorian era – will be on display at the Monroe County Historical Society, Strouds­burg, from Tuesday, January 3, 1989, through Friday, March 31 [1989]. “Victorian Crazy Work” includes both antique exam­ples, such as doll quilts and table covers, and contempo­rary patterns. For more infor­mation, write: Monroe County Historical Society, Ninth and Main Sts., Stroudsburg, PA 18360; or telephone (717) 421-7703. There is no admission charge.


A delightful extravaganza celebrating the amazing and powerful prehistories, “Dino­saur Days” will be hosted by the Academy of Natural Sci­ences, Philadelphia, during the weekend of January 21-22 [1989]. The festival for children fea­tures performances, movies, live animal shows, a special Dinosaur Art Room and trea­sure hunts. For more informa­tion, write: Academy of Natural Sciences, Nineteenth St. and the Parkway, Logan Sq., Philadelphia, PA 19013; or telephone (215)299-1012. Ad­mission is charged.


David Orr, archaeologist for the National Park Service, will present a talk entitled “Recent Archaeology at Valley Forge” at The University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropol­ogy, Philadelphia, on Satur­day, December 10 [1988], at 2:30 P. M. The lecture, one of the museum’s Digging Deeper Lectures Series, is free with admission donation. Addi­tional information may be obtained by writing: The Uni­versity Museum, University of Pennsylvania, Thirty-Third and Spruce Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19104; or by telephoning (215) 898-4000.


“Show Towels and Sam­plers of Southeastern Pennsyl­vania,” an exhibit featuring antique needlework, particu­larly the embroidery of nine­teenth century Mennonite women, will be on view at the Mennonite Heritage Center in Souderton from from Sunday, December 18 [1988], through Sun­day, February 26, 1989. In addition to examples of needlework – whose motifs reflect the deep spiritual orien­tation of the local church communities – the exhibit will also include period sewing tools and implements. For more information, write: Men­nonite Heritage Center, 24 Main St., Souderton, PA 18964; or telephone (215) 723-1700. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.


The Art Association of Harrisburg’s annual member­ship exhibition, “Figuratively Speaking,” will be open to the public from Saturday, January 21 [1989], through Saturday, Febru­ary 25, 1989. The show will include both realistic and expressionistic works, ranging from portraits and nudes to figures in landscapes or inte­rior settings. For more infor­mation, write: Art Association of Harrisburg, 21 North Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17101; or telephone (717) 236-1432.


Several one day workshops will be offered by Penny­packer Mills, once the resi­dence of Gov. Samuel W. Pennypacker, in Schwenksville this winter. On Saturday, January 14, 1989, a fraktur painting workshop will teach participants the centuries-old style of Pennsylvania German manuscript illumination, and a course in basket making will be offered on January 28 [1989] and February 18 [1989]. A workshop, entitled “Victorian Valentines,” will be offered on Saturday, February 4 [1989]. Advance registra­tion is required. To obtain additional information, write: Pennypacker Mills, 5 Halde­man Rd., Schwenksville, PA 19473; or telephone (215) 287-9349.


On Wednesday, December 14 [1988], Paul A. Chew, director of the Westmoreland Museum of Art, Greensburg, will give a talk entitled “Christmas Theme in Art.” The lecture begins at 7:30 P. M. An exhibi­tion of selections from the institution’s extensive perma­nent collection will be on view from Sunday, January 29, 1989, through Sunday, Febru­ary 26 [1989]. Admission to both the lecture and the exhibit is free. More information is available by writing: Westmoreland Museum of Art, 221 North Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601; or by telephoning (412) 834-6770.


The Atwater Kent Mu­seum, the history museum of the City of Philadelphia, has recently opened an exhibition of trade cards to illustrate the phenomenon of Victorian consumerism. Drawn from the museum’s vast collections, “Practical Lithography: The Nineteenth Century Trade Card” depicts the ways in which Philadelphia’s lithogra­phers kept pace with printers in New York and Boston be­tween 1870 and 1900. “Practi­cal Lithography” will continue through Wednesday, April 26, 1989.


Antique toys, ornaments, crafts and music boxes will be on view during “Celebration of Christmas Past,” hosted by the Somerset Historical Soci­ety on Saturdays, December 11 [1988] and 18 [1988]. Visiting hours are 1 to 5 P.M. Additional informa­tion may be obtained by writ­ing: Somerset Historical Center, Box 238, R. D. 2, Som­erset, PA 15501; or by tele­phoning (814) 445-6077.


The Chadds Ford Historical Society will present the third annual “Candlelight Christ­mas in Chadds Ford” on Fri­day, December 2 [1988], from 5:30 to 10 P.M. Open to tour visitors are the Barns-Brinton House, Brandywine Battlefield, the 1704 House and the Ora Le­Carr Residence. Additional information regarding reserva­tions is available by writing: Chadds Ford Historical Soci­ety, Box 27, Chadds Ford, PA 19317; or by telephoning (215) 891-5211 or 388-7376.


The Mount Washington Tavern at Fort Necessity Na­tional Battlefield in south­western Pennsylvania will be open from Monday through Saturday, December 26-31 [1988], from 10:30 A.M. to 5 P.M. The park, administered by the National Park Service, com­memorates the battle at Fort Necessity, the first military encounter of George Washing­ton and the beginning of the French and Indian War. For more information, write: Fort Necessity National Battlefield, National Park Service, Box 528, R. D. 2, Farmington, PA 15437; or telephone (412) 329-5512. Admission is charged.


“Christmas in Historic Newtown,” a one day walking tour of historic residences and public buildings decorated for a colonial era Christmas, will be sponsored by the Newtown Historic Association on Satur­day, December 3 [1988], from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M . For more de­tails, write: Newtown Historic Association, Court Inn, Court St. and Centre Ave., New­town, PA 18940; or telephone (215) 968-4004. Admission will be charged.


An open house commemo­rating William Penn’s visit to the Caleb Pusey House in Upland during the Christmas season of 1699 will be hosted by this historic house museum on Saturday, December 31 [1988], from 2 to 4 P.M. Additional information regarding the event is available by writing: Caleb Pusey House, 15 Race St., Upland, PA 19063; or by telephoning (215) 874-5665.


“The Toy Train,” an exhibit of miniature railroads, sugar plums, children’s tea sets, hobby horses and antique toys evoking memories of Christ­mases gone by, will be on view at the Fort Hunter Mansion, just north of Harrisburg, through Friday; December 23 [1988]. The eighteenth century man­sion, decorated for the holi­days, will be open daily from Noon to 7 P.M. For additional details, write: Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, 5300 North Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17110; or telephone (717) 599-5751.


Offering visitors an oppor­tunity to enjoy a number of select works depicting the historic landscape of the Bran­dywine Valley, the Brandy­wine River Museum in Chadds Ford will present a display of works by Thomas Doughty, Jasper Cropsey, William Trost Richards, Wil­liam Michael Harnett, John Frederick Peto and N. C. Wyeth. The exhibit will be on view from Saturday, January 14 [1989], through Sunday, March 19 [1989]. For more details, write: Bran­dywine River Museum, P.O. Box 141, Chadds Ford, PA 19317; or telephone (215) 388-7601 or 459-1900. There is an admission fee.


The Dauphin County His­torical Society will present two lectures at its elaborately restored headquarters, the John Harris Mansion, this winter. Local historian Merlo Hartzell will give a talk enti­tled “The First One Hundred Years of the Historical Society of Dauphin County” on Mon­day, January 16, and Edward K. Smith, local historian and collector, will discuss the early years of radio in Harrisburg on Monday, February 20 [1989]. Both programs begin at 8 P.M. For more information, write: Dau­phin County Historical Soci­ety, 219 South Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17104; or tele­phone (717) 233-3462. The public is invited free of charge.


The Buhl Science Center’s thirty-fifth annual display of its popular miniature railroad and village is on view through Sunday, February 26 [1989]. The fascinating layout features dozens of miniature anima­tions. Visiting hours are: Mon­day to Thursday, 1 to 5 P.M.; Friday, 1 to 9:30 P.M.; Satur­day, 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 P.M. For more information, write: Buhl Sci­ence Center, Allegheny Sq., Pittsburgh, PA 15212; or tele­phone (412) 321-4302


Both the interior and exte­rior of the Passavant House in Zelienople, a federal style historic house museum ad­ministered by the Zelienople Historical Society, have been decorated by Pittsburgh area professional decorators and designers for this year’s holi­day event entitled “Christmas at Passavant House.” The exhibit will remain on view through Wednesday, January 4, 1989. To obtain further in­formation, write: Zelienople Historical Society, Passavant House, 243 South Main St., Zelienople, PA 16063; or tele­phone (412) 452-9457.


Seven historic houses in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, the largest municipal park in the world, will be decorated for the holidays in themes reminiscent of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Open for special tours be­tween Friday, December 2 [1988], and Sunday, December 11 [1988], are Cedar Grove, Sweetbriar, Laurel Hill, Mount Pleasant, Lemon Hill, Strawberry Man­sion and Woodford. To obtain additional information, write: Park House Guides Office, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101; or telephone (215) 787- 5449.


Each room of the 1696 Thomas Massey House in Broomall will be decorated in a style of an ethnic group living in the area during the seventeenth and eighteenth centu­ries for an open house on Sunday, December 11 [1988]. “Colo­nial Christmas” will feature rooms decorated in the Mora­vian, English, Quaker and Swedish traditions. For more information, write: 1696 Thomas Massey House, Law­rence and Springhouse Rds., P. O. Box 18, Broomall, PA 19008; or telephone (215) 876-3556.


Saturday, December 10 [1988], marks the annual Holly Festi­val hosted by the Scott Arbo­retum of Swarthmore College. This year’s event includes a lecture on the identification of hollies and their use in land­scaping, a propagation work­shop and a guided tour through the arboretum’s Frorer Holly Collection. The festival will be held in the Rushmore Room of the Friends Meetinghouse located on the college campus. For additional details, write: Scott Arboretum, Swarthmore Col­lege, Swarthmore, PA 19081; or telephone (215) 328-8025. A registration fee will be charged.


A biennial survey of con­temporary photography in Pennsylvania, highly regarded by both artists and art critics, will open at the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley on Sunday, January 15, 1989. Continuing through Saturday, March 25 [1989], “Pennsylvania Pho­tographers VI” will include the work of celebrated photogra­phers in the Commonwealth, including Larry Fink, Ray Metzger and Nancy Helle­brand. To obtain more infor­mation, write: Allentown Art Museum, P.O. Box 117, Allen­town, PA 18105; or telephone (215) 432-4333.


On view through July 1989 is an exhibit at the Westmore­land County Historical His­torical Society entitled “Winning the Great War: Westmoreland County in World War I.” The exhibit features uniforms, weapons, documents, memorabilia, posters and graphics. A brief catalogue accompanies the exhibit. More information is available by writing: West­moreland County Historical Society, 103 North Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601; or by telephoning (412) 836-1800.


“Christmas at Fonthill” will be sponsored by the Bucks County Historical Society at the historic Doylestown resi­dence of Henry Chapman Mercer during the weekend of December 9-10 [1988]. In addition to holiday decorations, the event features entertainment and refreshments. For more infor­mation, write: Fonthill Mu­seum, Bucks County Historical Society, East Court St., Doylestown, PA 18901; or telephone (215) 348-9461. Res­ervations are required.


“Intentions and Tech­niques: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Photography,” highlighting new acquisitions and a collection of cameras and camera equipment, will be on view during the month of February [1989] in the DuBois Gallery of Lehigh University in Bethlehem. Additional information may obtained by writing: Lehigh University Art Galleries, Chandler-Ullmann Hall, Bethlehem, PA 18015; or by telephoning (215) 758-3615. Admission is free.


Costumed guides will offer tours of the LeMoyne House, administered by the Washing­ton County Historical Society, from Thursday through Sun­day, December 8-11 [1988]. The house, once the residence of Pennsylvania’s noted aboli­tionist Francis J. LeMoyne, will be decorated for the holi­days. For additional informa­tion, write: Washington County Historical Society, 49 East Maiden St., Washington, PA 15301; or telephone (412) 225-6740.


From Saturday, December 10 [1988], through Saturday, Decem­ber 31 [1988], the Gettysburg home of Pres. and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower will be lavishly festooned with Christmas decorations, including several originally owned by the First Family. Visiting hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 8:30 A.M. to 4 P.M. Additional information is available by writing: Eisenhower National Historic Site, National Park Service, Gettysburg, PA 17325-2998; or by telephoning (717) 334-1124. There is an admis­sion fee.