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

An exhibition of nearly one hundred works of art by Jose­phine W. Pennypacker (1872-1962), daughter of Gov. Samuel W. Pennypacker (1843-1916), will be on view from Saturday, May 30 [1992], through May 1993 at Pennypacker Mills, the family’s residence in Montgomery County. For additional information, write: Pennypacker Mills, 5 Halde­man Rd., Schwenksville, PA 19473; or telephone (215) 287-9349. Admission is free.


The thirteenth annual Yel­low Springs Crafts Festival will be held at the historic Chester County village during the weekend of June 13-14 [1992]. For additional information, write: Historic Yellow Springs, Art School Rd., Box 627, Chester Springs, PA 19425; or tele­phone (215) 827-7414.


Currently on view at the Westmoreland Museum of Art is an exhibition entitled “J. Howard Iams: Collection of Paintings, Pastels, and Prints Illustrating Pennsylvania’s Whiskey Rebellion, 1791-1794.” The exhibition continues through Sunday, July 26 [1992]. More information is available by writing: Westmoreland Mu­seum of Art, 221 North Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601; or by telephoning (412) 837-1500.


Frank Whelan, a feature writer for Allentown’s daily newspaper, The Morning Call, will present a talk entitled “The Lehigh County Small Town and Its History” on Wednesday, June 17 [1992], at the Lehigh County Museum. The one hour program, part of the Lehigh County Historical Society’s ongoing noontime lectures series, complements an exhibition entitled “Ten Small Towns in Lehigh County.” the exhibition con­tinues though Sunday, Sep­tember 6 [1992]. For more details, write: Lehigh County Histori­cal Society, Old Courthouse, Hamilton and Fifth Sts., Allen­town, PA 18101; or telephone (215) 435-4664. Admission is free.


Colonial Arts and Crafts Fair sponsored by the Middletown Area Historical Society on Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14 [1992]. The event will be held in the community’s Hoffer Park. For more information, write: Middletown Area Historical Society, Middletown, PA 17057; or telephone (717) 944-3420 or 948-3069. Admission is free.


Re-creating the history and romance of the canal era, the 1992 Canal Festival, hosted by the Hugh Moore Historical Park and Museums, will be held at the Hugh Moore Park, Easton, on Saturday, July 11 [1992]. For more information, write: Hugh Moore Historical Park and Museums, P.O. Box 877, Easton, PA 18044-0877.


Sheep-shearing and border collie herding demonstrations will highlight Fiber Day on Sunday, May 24 [1992], at the Somer­set Historical Center. The annual event demonstrates how fibers of various animals, including goat, sheep, and rabbit, are essential in the making of products for family, home, and farm. For more information, write: Somerset Historical Center, Box 238, R. D. 2, Somerset, PA 15501; or telephone (814) 445-6077. Ad­mission is charged.


“Conservation Day” will be hosted by the Zoological Soci­ety of Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Zoo, the coun­try’s oldest zoo, on Saturday, June 6 [1992]. In addition to perform­ances and musical presenta­tions, zoo keepers will discuss endangered rain forest plants and animals. To obtain more information, write: Zoological Society of Philadelphia, Thirty-Fourth St. and Girard Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104; or telephone (215) 243-1100.


On view through Sunday, June 14 [1992], an exhibition entitled “Severin Roesen: A Nine­teenth Century Still Life Painter” at the Sordoni Art Gallery will showcase works by the famous German artist who arrived in the United States in1848 and continued to paint in the European still life tradition. Additional informa­tion is available by writing: Sordoni Art Museum, Wilkes University, 150 South River St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766; or by telephoning (717) 824-4651. There is no charge for admission.


“Town and Gown: Conflicts and Issues in Historic Preservation,” a symposium co-sponsored by the Pennsyl­vania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) and the Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), will be held in the capital city on Friday and Saturday, June 12-13 [1992]. The conference will explore the dynamics between institutions of higher learning and the communities in which they are located, focusing on the effects of campus expansion. For registration information, write: “Town and Gown,” Bureau for Historic Preservation, Pennsyl­vania Historical and Museum Commission, P.O. Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108-1026; or telephone (717) 787-4363 or 780-2459.


“Hans and Magdalena Muller: Tracking This Elusive Palatine Family,” Un­published Ship Lists of the Pre-Revolutionary War Era,” and “Federal Immigration Records: Past and Present Genealogical Uses” are topics which will be discussed during the three day Palatines to America National Genealogy Conference, which will be held in Lancaster from Thursday through Saturday, June 18-20 [1992]. For agenda information, write: 1992 Palatines to America National Genealogy Confer­ence, P.O. Box 280, Strasburg, PA V579; or telephone (717) 687-8234. Registration is required.


On view through August [1992] at the Library Company of Penn­sylvania is an exhibition enti­tled “Anne Hampton Brewster, Nineteenth Century Author and ‘Social Outlaw.'” Anne Hampton Brewster (1818-1892), who bequeathed her library of two thousand volumes to the Library Company, was an important poet, critic, novelist, and journalist. For additional information, write: Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107-5698; or telephone (215) 546-3181.


A celebration of the “Penn­sylvania Dutch” way of life­ – the forty-third annual Kutztown Folk Festival – will be held by the Pennsylvania Folklife Society from Saturday, June 27 [1992], through Sunday, July 5 [1992], in the Berks County community. More than two hundred craftspersons will demonstrate traditional skills of the eighteenth and nine­teenth centuries. For more information, write: Pennsylva­nia Folklife Society, 461 Vine Ln., Kutztown, PA 19530; or telephone (215) 683-8707. There is a charge for admission.


A nature walk and brunch will be offered by Fort Hunter Mansion and Park on Sunday, June 27 [1992]. For reservation infor­mation, write: Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, 5300 North Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17110; or telephone (717) 599-5751.


More than two dozen quilts are featured in the Historical Society of York County’s re­cently installed exhibition, “From Heart and Hand: York County Quilts, 1750-1950.” Highlighting the exhibit are several important acquisitions by the society, including a signature quilt inscribed by William Wagner, an early nine­teenth century York engraver, as well as selections drawn from private collections. “From Heart and Hand” will remain on view through spring 1993. For more information, write: Historical Society of York County, 250 East Market St., York, PA 17403; or telephone (717) 848-1587.


The Peter Wentz Farmstead will host its annual Muster Day, featuring dozens of craftspersons in period cos­tume demonstrating eight­eenth century arts and crafts of the Pennsylvania Germans, on Saturday, June 6 [1992]. The farm­stead was the home of a pros­perous eighteenth century farmer and served in 1777 as Gen. George Washington’s headquarters, during which he decided to engage the British at Germantown. For more details, write: Peter Wentz Farmstead, P.O. Box 240, Wor­cester, PA 19490; or telephone (215) 584-5104. Admission is free.


Examining the impact of technological development on trades as diverse as photogra­phy, carpentry, farming, and medicine, “Tools of the Trade” will remain on exhibit at the Chester County Historical Society through Saturday, May 23 [1992]. Showcased are tools used by county residents and labor-saving devices of earlier eras that have transformed the tasks of daily life in America. Additional information is available by writing: Chester County Historical Society, 225 North High St., West Chester, PA 19380; or by telephoning (215) 692-4800. There is a charge for admission.


Opening Friday, July 31 [1992], at the Allentown Art Museum is an exhibit entitled “Jack Savitsky” that will showcase more than two dozen works of art by Jack Savitsky (1910-1991), a renowned naive painter of Lansford, Carbon County, who drew the subject matter for his art from his own experience as a coal miner, as well as from the miners and mining communities of northeastern Pennsylvania. Savitsky’s paintings and draw­ings depict a world of primary colors that is far from the bleak landscape or experience that is often associated with mining regions. “Jack Savitsky” con­tinues through October 18 [1992]. For more details, write: Allentown Art Museum, Fifth and Court Sts., P.O. Box 388, Allentown, PA 18105-0388; or telephone (215) 432-4333. There is a charge for admission.


On Sunday, July 19 [1992], Eckley Miners’ Village will host “Patch Town Day” re-creating a Sunday community picnic which would have been held in Pennsylvania’s anthracite region in the nineteenth cen­tury. This year’s event will feature games and recreational activities of the late nineteenth century, “hands on” demon­strations, an authentic 1860s era “Punch and Judy Show,” and a circa 1850 game of Town Ball re-enacted by the Knicker­bocker Base-Ball Club of Cooperstown. For more infor­mation, write: Eckley Miners’ Village, R.R. 2, Box 236, Weatherly, PA 18255; or tele­phone (717) 636-2070. Admis­sion is charged.


Kunstfest, a summer crafts festival featuring demonstra­tions of traditional arts and skills, will be hosted by Old Economy Village during the weekend of July 11-12 [1992]. More than one hundred craftsper­sons will participate in the event. For more information, write: Old Economy Village, Fourteenth and Church Sts., Ambridge, PA 15003; or tele­phone (412) 266-1803. There is a charge for admission.


A walking tour concentrat­ing on the community’s his­toric sites and structures will be conducted by the Beaver Area Heritage Foundation on Saturday, July 4 [1992]. For more details, write: Beaver Area Heritage Foundation, P. O. Box 147, Beaver, PA 15009; or tele­phone (412) 774-3392.


A major multimedia show­case of more than five hundred artifacts ranging from the mid­-seventeenth to the mid­-twentieth centuries – including William Penn’s wampum belt, Charles Willson Peale’s portrait of Benjamin Franklin, and James Wilson’s handwritten draft of the U.S. Constitution – has been in­stalled at the Historical Soci­ety of Pennsylvania as a semi-permanent exhibition. “Finding Philadelphia’s Past: Visions and Revisions” also features a state-of-the-art video interactive depiction of turn-of­-the-century Philadelphia. For more details, write: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107; or telephone (215) 732-6201. Admission is charged.


Tours of six award-winning historic properties in Adams County will be offered by Historic Gettysburg-Adams County on Saturday, June 13 [1992]. Additional information may be obtained by writing: Historic Gettysburg-Adams County, 12 Lincoln Sq., Gettysburg, PA 17325; or by telephoning (717) 334-8188. Admission is charged.


During the weekend of July 25-26 [1992], Fort Roberdeau will be the site of Revolutionary War Days, an event showcasing an eighteenth century field camp, complete with tactical and weaponry demonstrations, period crafts and cooking, and skirmish reenactments. Fort Roberdeau, a forty-five acre site located in Sinking Valley, features a reconstructed 1778 fort, an archaeology center, and related attractions. For more information, write: Fort Roberdeau, Blair County Courthouse, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648; or telephone (814) 946-0048 or 695-5541. Admis­sion is charged.


A series of ethnic festivals have been scheduled through­out the summer months at the Boal Mansion Museum and Columbus Chapel in Boals­burg, Centre County, to high­light the various groups that have taken part in the shaping of America. “Heirs of Colum­bus: The People of America” will continue through mid­-August [1992]. For a calendar-of­-events, write: Boal Mansion Museum and Columbus Chapel, Boalsburg, PA 16827; or telephone (814) 466-6210.


Brandywine Battlefield Park will conduct its summer history camp from Monday, June 15, through Friday, July 24 [1992]. Children ages six through thirteen will learn about colo­nial and military life during the eighteenth century in one week sessions. For more infor­mation, write: Brandywine Battlefield Park, P.O. Box 202, Chadds Ford, PA 19317; or telephone (215) 459-3342. Ad­vance registration is required.


A Civil War Reenactment featuring offering visitors a first-hand glimpse at military camp life, drills, and maneu­vers will be held during the weekend of July 25-26 [1992] at the Colonial Pennsylvania Planta­tion. To obtain a schedule of the weekend events, write: Colonial Pennsylvania Planta­tion, Ridley Creek State Park, Media, PA 19063; or telephone (215) 566-1725. Admission is charged.


“We’ll Deliver: The United States Merchant Marine Con­voy System During World War II” is on view through August [1992] at the National Archives­ – Mid-Atlantic Region, Phila­delphia. The exhibition focuses on the use and dan­gers of the Convoy System employed during the war and features log books, photo­graphs, rare film footage, and ship models. For additional information, write: National Archives – Mid-Atlantic Re­gion, Room 1350, William Penn Post Office Annex, Ninth and Market Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19107; or telephone (215) 597-3000. Admission is free.


The City of Philadelphia will observe Flag Day on Sun­day, June 14 [1992], at the Betsy Ross House. The annual event fea­tures guest speakers and en­tertainment. Additional information may be obtained by writing: Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19106; or by telephoning (215) 627-5343. Admission is free.