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Erratum: In the winter 1982 issue of PH, ownership of Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, Fallingwater, was mistakenly credited to the National Trust for Historic Preservation (see “Pennsylvania’s Architectural Heritage: The Preservation Movement in the Keystone State, 1950-1981”). In fact, the home was donated in 1963 by its owner, Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., to the Western...
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Erratum: The subheading appearing on page 21 of the spring 1983 issue of PH in the article “Made in America, 1800-1900: Fine Ceramics from Commission Collections” by Gail M. Getz should read as follows: “The Centennial and the Eclectic Decades, 1870-1900.”   As part of the Tricentennial celebration in Philadelphia, the Univer­sity of Pennsylvania will host the...
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Frequently, PH receives requests from readers who are searching for back issues which are out of print. In order to assist them in locat­ing extra copies which may be available through other readers, we list their names and addresses, indicating the specific editions they are seeking. Should anyone have information concerning any of the back issues listed below. we ask that you contact the...
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The American Council of Learned Societies is planning 10 release a “catch up” volume or the Dictionary of American Biography to in­clude sketches of persons from all periods or American history who were omitted from the original volumes. All scholars knowing of his­torical figures who should be included in this volume should send sug­gestions to John A. Garraty, Editor, Dictionary of...
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Erratum: In the summer 1982 issue of PH “The Volunteer Bands of Hummelstown, 1869-1927” by Thomas Houts (page 9) was credited as having been “the first Pennsylvania entry ever to receive a national award” in the National History Day contests (1981). It should be pointed out, however, that in the 1980 competition Julie Humbert of Lancaster placed second with her junior...
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To document the life and career of Henry Chapman Mercer, the Bucks County Historical Society is seeking persons who knew Mercer, were guests in his Fonthill residence in southeast­ern Pennsylvania, or can provide oral history on or photo­graphs of the Moravian Tile Works operator or his tile installa­tions. Persons with recollections or photographs are asked to contact Linda F. Dyke, Assistant...
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Sally R. Sims, user education librarian at Ohio State University, is seeking information on the architectural firm of Allison and Allison, best known in Pennsylvania for the design of Navarre (now Becht) Hall on the campus of Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Anyone knowing the location of buildings designed by Allison and Allison is asked to contact Ms. Sims at 1858 Neil Avenue Mall,...
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The Pennsylvania State Archives is interested in collecting biographical information and photographs taken by Ira J. Stouffer, an Altoona postcard photographer active around 1915. Stouffer traveled to historic sites in central Pennsylvania and photographed them in hope of commercial success. He usually identified his work with the symbol “S” within a circle. The information is needed...
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Erratum: The article “It All Started in Pennsylvania” (PH, Sum­mer 1983), by James E. DiLisio, stated “On several occasions, the price of oil dropped to one cent per barrel.” It has been brought to our attention, however, that since 1859 the lowest price oil was ever to hit was 10 cents per barrel. On page 19 of the same article, references to the Pennsylvania and Erie...
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For a study supported by a grant from the Early American Industries Association, locations and possible origins are needed for log buildings described as “employing vertical corner posts into which horizontal wall logs are tendoned.” A historic sites survey conducted in Huntingdon County several years ago identified thirty-two such structures dating between 1855 and 1875. No...
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