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

“Tricks of the Trade: Apprenticeships in the Traditional Arts,” an exhibition ex­ploring the relationships between master artists and artisans and their apprentices will be shown at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh, from Wednesday, January 10, through Friday, February 23, 1996. “Tricks of the Trade” documents more than one hundred part­nerships in a variety of traditional and ethnic art forms, such as Hmong metal­-smithing, Pennsylvania German broom making, Rumanian spinning, African American tap dancing, and Khmer folk dancing. For additional details, write: Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, 1815 Metropolitan St., Pittsburgh, PA 15233; or telephone (412) 322-1773.


“American Masterpieces: Tall Case Clocks of the Eighteenth Century,” a select group of tall case clocks that repre­sent the finest of the period, is on view at the Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, Lancaster County. The exhibi­tion showcases an astronomical tall case clock by David Rittenhouse (see “The Missionary and the Clockmaker: A Saga of Two Brothers-in-Law” by James P. Myers Jr. in the winter 1994 issue) and a four-sided tall case clock by Joseph Ellicott. “American Masterpieces: Tall Case Clocks of the Eighteenth Century” will continue through Saturday, March 30, 1996. For more information, write: Watch and Clock Museum, National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, 514 Poplar St., Columbia, PA 17512; or telephone (717) 684-8261. Admission is charged.


Opening Wednesday, March 13, 1996, at Philadelphia’s Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum is “Three Generations of African American Sculptors: A Study in Paradox,” which addresses not only the artists’ creations as works of art but examines their im­pact on America’s art world. The exhibit, which will continue through September 29, will include sculptures by Meta Warrick Fuller, Selma Burke, May Howard Jackson, Beulah Woodard, Edmonia Lewis, Augusta Savage, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, and Elizabeth Catlett. For more information, write: Afro­-American Historical and Cultural Museum, 701 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19106; or telephone (215) 574-0380.


A permanent exhibition, “Valley of Work: Images of Industry in Western Pennsylvania,” has recently been in­stalled in the renovated Barclay Gallery of the Westmoreland Museum of Art. The exhibition, developed to commemo­rate the region’s strong industrial heritage, features works of art by Roy Hilton (1892-1963), Joseph Pennell (1857-1926), Otto Kuhler (1894-1976), Aaron Henry Gorson (1872-1933), Martin B. Leisser (1845-1940), Joseph Stella (1877-1946), Thomas Hart Benton (1899-1975), and Johanna K. Woodwell Hailman (1871-1958), among others. Additional information may be obtained by writing: Westmoreland Museum of Art, 221 North Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601-1898; or by telephoning (412) 837-1500. Admission is free.


On Saturday, April 20, 1996, the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania and the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society will cosponsor a joint conference, “Northampton County: An Important Gateway to the West,” in Easton. For registration information, write: Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, or Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society, 101 South Fourth St., Easton, PA 18042; or telephone (215) 545-0391 or (610) 253-1222.


Opening Monday, January 29, 1996, at the Rothman Gallery of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster is “The Academy Drawings of Caroline Peart (1870-1963).” The exhibition will run through Friday, May 10 [1996]. Additional information may be obtained by writing: Rothman Gallery, Franklin and Marshall College, P. O. Box 3003, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003; or by telephoning (717) 291-3981. Admission is free.


For more than two centuries, Robert Burns (1759-1796) has been one of the world’s best-loved and most-quoted poets. In 1996, the Burns International Festival, based in Scotland, will observe the two hundredth anniversary of the fa­mous Scottish bard’s death. In the United States, the Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia, is showing “Robert Burns: The Poet’s Progress,” which features selections from its unpar­alleled collections of books, songs, manuscripts, poems in draft, correspon­dence, and related memorabilia. “Robert Burns: The Poet’s Progress” continues through Sunday, April 14, 1996. For more details, write: Rosenbach Museum and Library, 2010 DeLancey Pl., Philadelphia, PA 19103; or telephone (215) 732-1600. There is an admission fee.


“Draw Me A Story: Original Art by Pennsylvania illustrators,” scheduled to open on Tuesday, March 12, 1996, at The University Museum, located on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will feature works by artists living or working in the Keystone State whose illustrations have received national and international recognition in the visual interpretation of children’s lit­erature. Continuing though Sunday, April 14 [1996], “Draw Me A Story” offers visitors a close look at original drawings, sketches, and paintings by individuals whose work has appeared in books for young people. Additional information is available by writing: The University Museum, Sutton Hall, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA 15705-1087; or by telephoning (412) 357-7930. Admission is free.


Founded in 1827, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, headquartered in Philadelphia, organizes the world’s largest and most prestigious indoor flower show each year. In 1996, the soci­ety will celebrate Philadelphia’s rich and distinctive horticultural heritage with an extravaganza entitled “This Land Is Your Land … Philadelphia in Flower.” The Philadelphia Flower Show, open from Sunday, February 25, to Sunday, March 3 [1996], will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center at Twelfth and Arch Streets in center-city. For more in.forma­tion, write: 1996 Philadelphia Flower Show, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 325 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106-2777; or telephone (215) 625-8253. Admission is charged.


Prints, textiles, ceramics, and metals representing William Penn (1644-1718) and his meeting with the American Indians, and symbolizing the principles of peace, harmony, and tolerance upon which the Commonwealth was founded, will be shown in a major exhibition at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. Opening Sunday, April 14, 1996, and continuing through Sunday, October 20, “An Image of Peace: The Penn Treaty Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Meyer P. Potamkin” showcases works of art, objects, and artifacts recently do­nated to The State Museum by the well known Philadelphia collectors. For more information, write: The State Museum of Pennsylvania, P. O. Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108-1026; or telephone (717) 787-4979. Admission is free.


Continuing through Sunday, February 25, 1996, at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown is “Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American Art,” an exhi­bition which offers visitors an overview of contemporary works of art. Additional details may be obtained by writing: James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine St., Doylestown, PA 18901; or telephone (215) 340-9800. There is an admission charge.


More than fifty works by W. W. Denslow, renowned illustrator of chil­dren’s books and co-producer of The Wizard of Oz will be on view at the Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, beginning Saturday, March 16, 1996. Entitled “W. W. Denslow: The Other Wizard of Oz,” the exhibition will run through Sunday, May 19 [1996]. For more details, write: Brandywine River Museum, P. 0. Box 141, Chadds Ford, PA 19317; or telephone (610) 388-2700. Admission is charged.


Many trees, shrubs, and vines with brightly colored foliage, especially those in historic landscapes or in garden restorations, can be integrated into mixed borders as “cutback” plants. The “cutback” style of growing changes the ways specimens look and grow. On Sunday, February 11 [1996], at 2 P. M., the Scott Arboretum, on the grounds of Swarthmore College, will present a lec­ture by William Hartlage, “Cutback Trees, Shrubs, and Vines: The How and Why.” The presentation, free and open to the public, will be held in the college’s Lang Performing Arts Center. For more information, write: Scott Arboretum, Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081-1397; or tele­phone (610) 328-8025.


Landscape paintings by Walter Emerson Baum (1884-1956) of Sellersville, a prolific painter, writer, and founder of the Allentown Art Museum, will be shown at the Allentown Art Museum from Saturday, March 16, through Sunday, June 16, 1996. The artist is particularly noted for his affinity for watercolor, a medium he used through­out his career. His work was shown at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and National Academy of Design. The exhibit, “Sunlight and Shadow: The Art of Walter E. Baum,” will feature fifty-five oil and watercolor paintings tracing Baum’s career and illustrating his distinctive impressionist style. “Sunlight and Shadow” will be accompanied by a monograph by Martha Hutson-Saxton, guest curator of the exhibit. For more 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.


As a member of the U. S. Navy’s pho­tographic unit, Wayne Miller was among the first troops to occupy Japan during World War II. An exhibition of his work during that period, “Wayne Miller: Photographs of Tokyo, Yokohama, and Hiroshima-1945,” is on view at the Palmer Museum of Art at The Pennsylvania State University in State College. The exhibition continues through Sunday, March 10, 1996. Additional information is available by writing: Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802-2507; or by telephoning (814) 865-7672. The museum is free and open to the public.


Freelance photojournalist David H. Wells portrays the strong spectrum of Arab-Jewish relations in “Distant Relations: The Evolving Relationship Between Arabs and Jews,” slated to open at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on Saturday, April 13, 1996. Wells made the photographs in this exhibition between 1992 and 1994. For additional information, write: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Thirty-Third and Spruce Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19104; or telephone (215) 898-4000 or 898-4045. There is an admission fee.