News and Notes

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

On the Cover

This style of silo architecture was a distinctive feature of Tioga County barns between 1880 and 1900. Although many industries have contributed to the regions economic development, agriculture has consistently provided the area with a reliable source of income. Since the county s beginning, farming has remained a fundamental part of its economy, a tradition which continues today with dairying and corn growing for silage leading the agribusiness of the region.

The cover watercolor, done specifically for this issue, was painted by Steven A. Bower, a resident of Tioga County since 1965. In 1975 his works were shown in the Watercolor USA Exhibition and in 1977-78 he exhibited in the American Watercolor Society Annual. The artist is known throughout the county, in part for his typical rural scenes such as the one seen here reminiscent of the county s farming past and symbolic of a hopeful future.

 

Note to Readers

Recently, Pennsylvania Heritage adopted a new mailing system. A closer look at the mailing label on this issue of the magazine will reveal an added bit of information. In the upper right-hand corner of the label appears a coding, com­posed in part by a four-digit number. That number notes when your current subscription expires and indicates the last issue you are scheduled to receive. The first two digits give the issue (Spring – 03, Summer – 06, Fall – 09, Winter – 12); the last two digits indicate the year. Should you have any questions concerning the renewal date on your sub­scription or the address which appears on the mailing label, please write to the Circulation Manager, Pennsylvania Heritage, PHMC, Box 1026, Harrisburg 17120.

We hope this la test attempt to improve service to you, the reader, will help to keep you better informed on the status of your subscription to Heritage.

 

Regional Museum Recently Opened

California State College, in the southwestern corner of the state, will be the home of a new museum devoted to the understanding and appreciation of the region covering Washington, Fayette, Greene and western Westmoreland counties. The museum will include exhibits on the area’s geology, flora and fauna, Indian background and eighteenth­- and nineteenth-century history. Major emphasis, however, will be placed on the region’s ethnic population and early coal mining activities. Plans now call for the museum to open its doors in the Reed Arts Center, once the college library, by mid-summer.

The museum is truly the result of regional support. In addition to the building, part of the funding for exhibits and the museum’s operating expenses have been provided by the college, while the Friends of the Museum of South­western Pennsylvania, headed by Representative A. J. Demedio, have given invaluable assistance. Further financial support is being organized through the efforts of the museum’s director, Dr. Bruce Weston (also the director of the college’s Department of Slavic Studies) who supervised fund raising as well as exhibit construction. In the early stages, support from a NEH grant enabled the project to receive consulting aid from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History which allowed for planning to be completed by the end of 1979.

As part of its program, the museum has already released the first issue of its annual publication, Southwestern Penn­sylvania. Consisting chiefly of oral histories obtained from miners of Hungarian, Polish and Slovak descent, the first edition describes life in Daisytown, a coal patch. The interviews which provide the material for the issue were origi­nally collected as a project of CSC’s Ethnic Heritage Center and the PHMC’s Division of History.

For further information about the Museum of South­western Pennsylvania or the publication, Southwestern Pennsylvania, contact Dr. Weston at the Department of Slavic Studies, California State College, California, PA 15419.

 

Special Anniversary Institute

Each summer since 1956, collectors, students, teachers, antique dealers and the interested public have gathered at “Institute” held at the Pennsylvania Farm Museum outside of Lancaster to discuss Pennsylvania’s rural life and culture. For twenty-four years. the history and development of the Commonwealth’s rural heritage have been presented through informal seminars and “hands on” workshops providing four informative, yet enjoyable, summer days.

This June 23-26 [1981], the 25th Special Anniversary Institute will, in many ways, be like a family reunion – a gathering of old friends and new acquaintances, lively entertainment, picture taking and plenty of food and refreshments. An outstanding faculty will present seminars on formal and painted furniture; musical instruments; the history of photography; agricultural technology to the age of steam; archeology on the eve of settlement; and the conservation of paper, wood and photographs. Craft workshops will be presented in introductory and advanced tinsmithing, wood­graining, tatting, tinsel painting, cooking on the hearth and tin plate stove, introductory and advanced bandboxes, and the making of three-dimensional figures in pottery. The museum’s Visitor Center will also feature a special exhibit of period, musical instruments.

Registration for the 25th Special Anniversary Institute is $70. For more information write to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Institute, Box 1026, Harrisburg 17120, or call the Pennsylvania Farm Museum at (717) 569-0401.