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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 satisfactory explanation for their sudden late appear­ance has been offered. Individuals familiar with locations, construction dates, builders or bibliographic references are urged to write: Nancy S. Shedd, R.D. 1, Petersburg, PA 16669.

 

Interviews and documents are needed for research focusing on Black soldiers during and following World War I. The study will illustrate the experience and role of Blacks during this time period. Information is also sought regarding those directly involved, such as priests, doctors, nurses and reporters. Veter­ans, relatives and those in possession of diaries, letters and personal papers are urged to write: Nina Mjagkij, 550 Lowell Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220.

 

Information concerning ancestors and descendants of dozens of old central Pennsylvania families – including Aurand, Bertsch, Kaup, Acker, Laber, Myers, Shope, Shellenberger and Strawser – is needed for both public and private genealogical research. Data regarding these and other families in the central counties may be shared with: Historical Center of Richfield, H.C.R. 63, Richfield, PA 17086.

 

In order to complete two major reference works, information is needed regarding the lives and careers of Philip Syng, Jr., (1703-1789) and Dr. Philip Syng Physick (1768-1837). Syng was a leading colonial silversmith known as “the Paul Revere of Phila­delphia”; locations of silver pieces in private and museum collections is required for the compilation of a national register of known or identified works. Dr. Physick, “the father of Ameri­can surgery,” was Syng’s grandson and a prominent Philadel­phia physician; knowledge of his personal papers, documents, furniture, silver and medical instruments, and their where­abouts is vital for his biography. Information should be directed to: Robert Girvin, 321 South Fourth St., Philadelphia, PA 19106.

 

Alfred (1851-1912) and Mary F. Carpenter (?-1933?) Paschall, Doylestown, were active members of the Lenape Camera Club at the turn of the century and participated in its outings and excursions. Any persons with information on, or photographs taken by, Mary Paschall should write: Naomi Dagen Bloom, 5504 Greenspring Ave., Baltimore, MD 21209.

 

The Pennsylvania Federation of Women’s Clubs is seeking artifacts, memorabilia, photographs, clothing and related materials for a major exhibition, “Celebrate Women – One Hundred Years of Service,” which will be featured at The State Museum of Pennsylvania from May 1986 through January 1987. Curators request that materials be made available on or before November 1, for exhibit planning and promotional literature. Individuals and organizations willing to lend or donate pieces for “Celebrate Women” are asked to write: Mrs. Chandler H. Crawford, 772 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444.

 

The Crawford County Historical Society is attempting to locate letters and records of Harm Jan Huidekoper and his descendants for study purposes. Huidekoper was the principal agent for the Holland Land Company in western Pennsylvania and, later, proprietor of the Huidekoper Land Company. He routinely corresponded with land agents and individuals actively involved with the Unitarian Church, higher education and literary publications. Correspondence should be addressed to: R.D. Ilisevich, Librarian, Crawford County Historical Society, 848 North Main St., Meadville, PA 16335.