Shorts

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

Stenton, the essentially unaltered country home of James Logan, who represented the Penn family in America from 1701 to 1751, will be fea­tured Tuesday, September 29 [1987], through Wednesday, Septem­ber 30 [1987], 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. This is part of Germantown Found­ers Week, which runs Satur­day, September 26 [1987], through Sunday, October 4 [1987], and is sponsored by Historic Ger­mantown Preserved. High­lighted this year at Stenton, maintained by the Colonial Dames of America, is one of the earliest documented green­house structures to survive in America, as well as the privy, kitchen and barn, circa 1797. For additional information, write: Stenton, Eighteenth and Windrim Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19140; or telephone (215) 329-7312.

 

A history trip to Ligonier will be sponsored by the His­torical Society of Western Pennsylvania, the weekend of October 16-18 [1987]. The society’s “Annual Autumn History Weekend” will include a range of trips to historic sites and a series of lectures on the history of the area. Participants will be housed at the Lord Ligonier Inn in the heart of Historic Ligonier. Sites to be included on the tour are Hanna’s Town and Fort Ligonier. For more information, write: Historical Society of Western Pennsylva­nia, 4338 Bigelow Blvd., Pitts­burgh, PA 15213; or telephone (412) 681-5533.

 

The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Land­marks will present two lec­tures on the development of the Federal style in commemo­ration of the bicentennial of the Constitution. “Gardens of the Young Republic: Focus on Philadelphia” will be given Wednesday, September 30 [1987], at 5 P.M. in the auditorium of Trinity Lutheran Church at 19 West Queen Lane, Philadel­phia, and will feature Eliza­beth P. McLean, a consultant and lecturer on garden history. “Symbols of the New Nation: The Search for an American Identity” will be presented Wednesday, October 21 [1987], at 5 P.M. at the Waynesborough Country Club on Waynesborough and Darby-Paoli Roads, and features E. McClung Flem­ing, author of numerous artic­les in the area of American Studies. The lectures will focus on the architecture, furniture, gardens and sym­bolism of the period and refer specifically to the historic houses administered by the society, Powell House, Hill­-Physick-Keith House, Grum­ble Thorpe and Waynes­borough. Early reservations are recommended. To obtain more information, write: The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks, 321 South Fourth St., Philadel­phia, PA 19106-4218; or tele­phone (215) 925-2251.

 

Rock Ford Plantation will conduct a “Holiday Candle­light Tour” on Saturday, No­vember 28 [1987], and Sunday, November 29 [1987], from 3 to 9 P.M. The plantation house is deco­rated in the Colonial manner. Rock Ford Plantation is lo­cated in Lancaster County Park. To obtain more informa­tion, write: Rock Ford Planta­tion, Box 264, 881 Rock Ford Rd., Lancaster, PA 17603; or telephone (717) 392-7223.

 

The Caleb Pusey House, believed to be the only extant house in Pennsylvania that William Penn visited, will host three fall events this year: a talk on “Andrea Palladio, Oas­sic Architect of the Late Six­teenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries,” by Dr. Carlos Al­len, professor of history at Widener University, Saturday, October 10 [1987], at 2 P.M. at Up­land Baptist Church, Third and Main Sts., Upland; a discussion of “Colonial Ameri­can Christmas” lead by Susan Lucas, Education Director at the Caleb Pusey House, on Saturday, November 14 [1987], at 2 P.M., at Upland Baptist Church; and an Open House at the Pusey House, commem­orating William Penn’s Christ­mas visit there, on Sunday, December 27 [1987], at 2 P.M. Caleb Pusey was a friend and busi­ness partner of William Penn and managed a grist and saw mill for early settlers. To obtain more information, write: Caleb Pusey House, 15 Race St., Upland, PA 19015; or tele­phone (215) 876-9206.

 

“In Pursuit of Sport,” an exhibit focusing on sports in America through the eyes of its artists from the 1800s to the decade following World War II, will run through Sunday, November 22 [1987], at the Brandy­wine River Museum. Hours are 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. daily. The exhibit features more than sixty paintings and drawings depicting both soli­tary and organized sporting events by such artists as George Catlin, Arthur F. Tait, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Frederic Remington, James Mc Aulille, Edmund Troye, William Smedley, Char­lotte Harding, Arthur B. Frost and N. C. Wyeth. T. J. Hill­man’s large painting of the First Trotting Race, 1831, at Hunting Park, Philadelphia, and William Smedley’s Golfing Scene are added attractions. Admission is charged. The museum is located on route 1 in Chadds Ford, just west of route 100. For additional de­tails, write: Brandywine River Museum, P. O. Box 141, Chadds Ford, PA 19317; or telephone (215) 388-7601.

 

The Fall Flower Show at Phipps Conservatory in Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, will be held from Sunday, Novem­ber 8 [1987], through Sunday, No­vember 29 [1987]. Admission is charged. For additional infor­mation, write: Phipps Con­servatory, Schenley Park Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15213; or tele­phone (412) 622-6915.

 

Opening Friday, October 9 [1987], and continuing through Sun­day, October 11 [1987], the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation in Ridley Creek State Park will be the site of “Harvest Feast,” an eighteenth century dinner served in the plantation’s au­thentic farmhouse with music, hearth fires and candlelight. Reservations are required. For more information, write: Colo­nial Pennsylvania Plantation, Ridley Creek State Park, Me­dia, PA 19063; or telephone (215) 566-1727.

 

The National Archives­-Philadelphia Branch has re­cently [in 1987] opened an exhibit entitled “‘Tis Done! We Have Become A Nation,” commemo­rating the bicentennial of the Constitution. The feature of the exhibit is Pennsylvania’s original ratification document signed on December 12, 1787. The exhibit also includes twenty facsimiles of docu­ments from the National Ar­chives. These posters chronicle the conception, creation and implementation of the Consti­tution. The National Archives­-Philadelphia Branch is located in the Robert N. C. Nix, Sr., Federal Building. To obtain additional information, write: National Archives-Philadel­phia Branch, Room 1350, Ninth and Market Sts., Phila­delphia, PA 19107; or tele­phone (215) 597-3000.

 

Terpsichore Antiqua, a society in support of historic dance, will perform at the British Fair of Greater Philadel­phia, Saturday and Sunday, October 10-11 [1987]. The dancers will don court garb of velvets and satins for “All in a Garden Green: Dances from Elizabe­than England.” For more infor­mation, telephone (215) 446-6356.

 

On Thursday, September 17 [1987], Philadelphia will be the site of Constitution Day in celebra­tion of the two hundredth anni­versary of the signing of the landmark document. The day’s events include a “grand federal procession.” the largest parade ever mounted in the United States, which will start from the four points of the compass and conclude oppo­site the Liberty Bell; a rally for the Constitution led by the president, Chief Justice and leadership of Congress; and a “Celebrate America” picnic. All activities are free. For more information, write: Philadel­phia Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, Suite 2020, 1515 Mar­ket St., Philadelphia, PA 19102; or telephone (toll-free) 1-800-523-2004.

 

A “Haunted Trail” will be open to the public in the his­toric gardens of Old Economy Village, Ambridge, Friday, October 23 [1987], through Sunday, October 25 [1987], and Friday, Octo­ber 29 [1987], through Sunday, Octo­ber 31 [1987]. Admission is charged. For more information, write: Harmonie Associates, Old Economy Village, Fourteenth and Church Sts., Ambridge, PA 15003; or telephone (412) 266-1803.

 

The Hershey Museum of American Life will host “The Best of American Illustration: Selections from the Delaware Art Museum,” an exhibit com­prising over seventy-five works by American illustrators such as N. C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, Violet Oakley and Maxfield Parish. The show continues through Sunday, October 18 [1987]. Admission is charged. To obtain more information, write: Hershey Museum of American Life, P.O. Box 170, Hershey, PA 17033; or tele­phone (717) 534-3439.

 

On October 17 [1987], eight his­toric buildings in Lewisburg will be open to the public from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. The tour will trace Lewisburg’s architectural heritage beginning in 1795 through 1880. Admission will be charged. Tickets will be available October 17 [1987] in the Union County Courthouse lobby, South Second and Saint Louis Streets. For additional information, write: Lewisburg Chamber of Commerce, 418 Market St., Lewisburg, PA 17837; or telephone (717) 524-2815.

 

Old Bedford Village in Bedford will hold its “Great Pumpkin Festival” on Satur­day, October 24 [1987], and Sunday, October 25 [1987]. The event includes the judging of record-breaking pumpkins in the village square, a totem pole of pump­kins, samples from a variety of pumpkin foods, and the op­portunity to carve or paint a jack-o-lantern. Admission is charged. For more informa­tion, write: Old Bedford Vil­lage, P.O. Box 1976, Bedford, PA 15522; or telephone (814) 623-1156.

 

“Surveying the Constitu­tional City,” an exhibit spon­sored by the Philadelphia Contributorship, the nation’s oldest property insurance company, will run through Wednesday, September 30 [1987], at the firm’s headquarters in center-city Philadelphia. The exhibit is presented in con­junction with the celebration of the bicentennial of the Con­stitution, and features surveys of selected properties insured by the Philadelphia Contribu­torship in 1787, as well as those of important institu­tions, commercial establish­ments, and homes of wealthy merchants and less affluent laborers. For more informa­tion, write: The Philadelphia Contributorship, 212 South Fourth St., Philadelphia, PA 19106; or telephone (215) 627-1752.

 

From Sunday, October 4 [1987], through Sunday, November 22 [1987], the Annie S. Kemerer Museum in Bethlehem will sponsor “Treasures from the Kemerer Collection,” a repre­sentative selection of fine and decorative arts highlighting the museum’s collections. “Treasures” includes nine­teenth century regional paint­ings, as well as eighteenth and nineteenth century American period furniture, glass, ce­ramics, silver and folk art. The exhibit is open free to the public. To obtain more infor­mation, write: Annie S. Ke­merer Museum, 427 North New St., Bethlehem, PA 18018; or telephone (215) 868-6868.

 

Brilliant fall foliage and the crisp aromas of the harvest season combine to form the perfect setting for the Autumn Leaves Craft Show. This is the last outdoor furnace festival, which will be held at Lock Ridge Furnace Museum in Alburtis on Sunday, October 3 [1987]. Featured will be crafts, country foods, entertainment and tours of the furnace. The Lehigh County Historical Society, the Lock Ridge Histor­ical Society and Lehigh County are sponsors of the event. For more information, write: Lehigh County Histori­cal Society, Old Court House, Hamilton and Fifth Sts., Allen­town, PA 18101; or telephone (215) 435-1074.

 

A “Flag Symposium,” spon­sored by the Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Commit­tee, will be held Thursday and Friday, October 29-30 [1987], in the House Caucus Room of the State Capitol. Papers will be presented on five topics, in­cluding issues and perspec­tives on the study of flags; the role of conservation and con­servators; approach and cost considerations; approaches to the preservation of entire collections; public and private funding; and training and availability of textile conserva­tors. For more information, write: The Capitol Preserva­tion Committee, Room 144, Main Capitol, House P.O. Box 231, Harrisburg, PA 17108; or telephone (717) 787-2743. Reg­istration is required.

 

In honor of the one hun­dred and twenty-fourth anni­versary of Lincoln’s Gettys­burg Address, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania will hold its annual observance with brief memorial services at the Gettysburg National Ce­metery on Thursday, Novem­ber 19 [1987], at 1:30 P.M. For more information, write: Gettysburg Travel Council, 35 Carlisle St., Gettysburg, PA 17325; or tele­phone (717) 334-6274.

 

A “Fall Colors Walk” will be conducted at Fort Necessity National Battlefield on Satur­day, October 10 [1987], at 2 P.M. Walkers will meet at the Visi­tors’ Center and be guided through the Fort Necessity area by a park ranger for one hour to enjoy the autumn display of color. Fort Necessity National Battlefield, located in southwestern Pennsylvania, commemorates the battle that was George Washington’s first military encounter and the beginning of the French and Indian War. For additional information, write: Fort Neces­sity NB, RD 2, Box 528, Far­mington, PA 15437; or telephone (412) 329-5512.

 

The Packwood House Mu­seum will present “Regional Painted Furniture,” an exhibit depicting the regional aspect of all forms of Central Pennsyl­vania furniture, from October 9 [1987] through November 20 [1987]. On view will be corner cupboards, benches and chests. The mu­seum is located in Lewisburg, approximately sixty-five miles north of Harrisburg. For more information, write: Packwood House Museum, 15 North Water St., Lewisburg, PA 17837; or telephone (717) 524-0323.

 

“Harriet Lane Johnston: The Triumphs and Tragedies of a Victorian First Lady,” an exhibit focusing on the life of a Victorian woman in her varied roles as wife, mother, philan­thropist, patron of the arts, and niece and ward of Pres. James Buchanan, opens at Wheatland, Lancaster, on Thursday, November 5 [1987], and continues through Wednesday, December 16 [1987]. Visiting hours are 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. More information may be obtained by writing: Wheatland, The James Buchanan Foundation, 1120 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603.

 

A “bicentennial sympo­sium” on philosophical and pragmatic aspects of the Con­stitution will be presented Saturday, October 17 [1987], by the Library Company of Philadel­phia. A panel of five histo­rians, political scientists and legal scholars will explore the question of how theories of government and law were affected by practical and politi­cal considerations in the strug­gling new nation during the framing of the Constitution. The symposium is open to the public free of charge and is sponsored by the Indepen­dence Foundation. For more information, write: Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107; or telephone (215) 546-3181.

 

Rooms of a Federal­-Georgian historic house­-museum decorated by seven Pittsburgh area professional designers will highlight “A Victorian Christmas at Passa­vant House,” to be held Satur­day, November 28 [1987], through Tuesday, January 1, 1988. Ad­mission will be charged, and a ten percent discount for groups of ten or more will be offered. For reservations, write: Zelienople Historical Society, P.O. Box 45, Zelieno­ple, PA 16063; or telephone (412) 452-9457.