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The Pennsylvania Ethnic Heritage Studies Center is initiating an Occasional Paper Series in Pennsylvania Ethnic Studies and is actively soliciting studies or research concerned with any topic relevant to ethnicity and immigration in Pennsylvania. Pros­pective manuscripts should be of sufficient length and depth to yield a monograph of twenty to seventy pages in the finished volume. illustrations and maps are welcome. Those wishing to share their research and findings should write: Joseph T. Makarewicz, Pennsylvania Ethnic Heritage Studies Center, 4G31 Forbes Quadrangle, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260; or telephone (412) 624-4936.

 

An anthology of writings by and about Slavic-American women and the effects of their heritage on their lives is currently being compiled. The researcher is especially interested in hearing from Slavic women who emigrated to America, American­-born women with a Slavic ancestry and women who claim some link to the Slavic culture or community (by marriage, mixed ancestry, neighborhood contacts, etc.). Suggested themes include fiction or non-fiction works on education, family, work, politics, friendships, religion, rituals, ethnic identity and other aspects of Slavic women in American society. Contributors should address their correspondence to: Eileen Lotozo, 2033 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA 19130.

 

For a future magazine article, information is needed regarding James Cameron and his summer house at King’s Gap, nine miles south of Carlisle. The magnificent structure is situated on the South Mountain overlooking the Cumberland Valley. The author is eagerly seeking historical documentation and photo­graphs of the 1900-07 period during which the land was acquired and the residence constructed. James Cameron lived at King’s Gap from 1907 to the late 1940s. Photographs and recollections of social events and functions are also desirable. Information should be shared with: Hilary R. Vida, King’s Gap Environmental Education and Training Center, 500 King’s Gap Rd., Carlisle, PA 17013; telephone (717) 486-5031.

 

Harrisburg artists Ira Deen, Walter Huber and Alden Turner are the subjects of research by the fine arts department of The State Museum of Pennsylvania. Photographs of works and, especially, of the artists are welcome. All biographical and career material is needed to fully study the artists and their styles. Please address correspondence to: Donald A. Winer, Curator of Fine Arts, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, P.O. Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108-1026; or telephone (717) 783-9904.

 

Biographical information concerning Emil Gelhaar – an artist discussed in the story of Bethlehem’s artistic heritage in the winter 1985 issue – is being compiled by Mrs. Jonathan Jones, 730 Thirteenth Ave., Bethlehem, PA 18018. Mrs. Jones is primarily interested in Gelhaar’s Bethlehem years, from 1892 to 1930, and is seeking the locations of paintings, photographs, correspondence and exhibition catalogs that will assist her research.

 

Schuylkill County, especially Pottsville, gunsmiths of the nineteenth century are the subject of research by a countian. Especially sought is information regarding early tools, signed models, patents, drawings and biographies of makers. Persons able to share this information are encouraged to write: John E. Cullen, 1933-A West Market St., Pottsville, PA 17901.