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

The descendants of natural­ist John Bartram and members of the John Bartram Associa­tion will celebrate the centennials of the association and the family reunion during the weekend of June 25-27 [1993]. The event will feature tours of Historic Bartram’s Garden, speakers, bus tours, and a gala picnic on the grounds to commemorate the family’s first reunion in 1893. To obtain additional details, write: Historic Bartram’s Garden, Fifty-Fourth St. and Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19143; or telephone (215) 729-5281.

 

On Sunday, May 23 [1993], an old fashioned country fair and circus will be re-created on the grounds of Wheatland, the Lancaster home of Pres. James Buchanan following his retirement from national politics. For more information, write: Wheatland, The James Buchanan Foundation for the Preservation of Wheatland, 1120 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603; or telephone (717) 392-8721.

 

From Thursday, July 1 [1993], through Friday, October 1 [1993], the Civil War Library and Museum in Philadelphia will show an exhibit, “Gettysburg: The Battle That Saved Phila­delphia,” featuring artifacts, uniforms, portraits, and weaponry related to the Civil War. For more details, write: Civil War Library and Mu­seum, 1805 Pine St., Philadelphia, PA 19103; or telephone (215) 735-8196.

 

Some of the finest examples of contemporary American woodcarving will be featured in an exhibition of bird sculptures by Grainger McKoy, opening Saturday, June 5 [1993], at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford. McKoy’s sculp­tures, on view through Monday, September 6 [1993], are innovative, highly realistic renderings of birds in motion and at rest. For additional details, write: Brandywine River Museum, P. O. Box 141, Chadds Ford, PA 19317; or telephone (215) 388-2700. Admission is charged.

 

A major quilt symposium, co-sponsored by the Oral Traditions Project and Franklin and Marshall College, will be held at the Lancaster college from Thursday, June 10 [1993], through Sunday, June 13 [1993]. A distinguished panel of scholars, textile historians, and collectors will discuss a number of topics, including the care of antique woven items; textiles and needleworking tools in south­eastern Pennsylvania; designs during the Great Depression; the use of flour, feed, and tobacco sacks as materials in the early twentieth century; and fabrics and the Amish quilt tradition. Special events and tours will be offered in conjunc­tion with this year’s event. For advance registration informa­tion, write: 1993 Quilt Symposium, Special Events Office, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA 17604; or telephone (717) 291-3982.

 

Home of a prosperous eighteenth century farmer, and the headquarters of Gen. George Washington during September and October 1777, the Peter Wentz Farmstead in Montgomery County will sponsor “Musket Day” on Saturday, June 5 [1993]. Throughout the day, visitors will see demonstrations of traditional arts and crafts of eighteenth century Pennsylvania German settlers. For more information, write: Peter Wentz Farmstead, P. O. Box 240, Worcester, PA 19490; or telephone (215) 584-5104. Admission is free.

 

A highly acclaimed exhibit on loan from the Leigh Yawkley Woodson Art Museum, Wisconsin, “Birds in Art,” is on view through Saturday, July 3 [1993], at The Carnegie Museum of Natural History. More than sixty pieces by international artists depict numerous species and a multitude of environments, activities, and landscapes. For more information, write: The Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213; or telephone (412) 622-3328. There is an admission charge.

 

A seminar on Native American culture, a trades demonstration area, and a reenactment of the 1763 battle of Bushy Run will be offered during the weekend of August 8-9 [1993] at Bushy Run Battlefield, located two miles east of Harrison City. Highlighting this year’s commemorative event, marking the two hundred and thirtieth anniversary of the battle, will be the portrayal of the negotiations and the signing of the Treaty of Muskingum of 1764. To obtain additional information, write: Bushy Run Battlefield, Bushy Run Rd., Jeannette, PA 15644; or tele­phone (412) 527-5584. There is an admission fee.

 

Opening at the Pennsylva­nia Academy of the Fine Arts on Saturday, June 12 [1993], is an exhibition of works exploring the many ways in which American painters depicted landscapes both at home and abroad. “Nature’s Way: Nineteenth Century Land­scape Painting” showcases grand panoramas and intimate sketches by artists such as Thomas Doughty, Jasper Cropsey, John Frederick Kensett, and William Trost Richards. Drawn from the institution’s permanent collection, “Nature’s Way” runs through January 2, 1994. Additional information is available by writing: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118 North Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19103; or by telephoning (215) 972-7600. Admission is charged.

 

“Ahead of Fashion: Hats of the Twentieth Century,” featuring more than two hundred hats, the first of its kind in the United States to celebrate the art and craft of twentieth century millinery, will open at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Saturday, August 21 [1993]. Continuing through Sunday, November 7 [1993], “Ahead of Fashion” will feature extravagant creations of turn-of-the-century makers; hats by America’s famous “big three,” Lily Dache, Sally Victor, and Mr. John; innova­tive designs by Schiaparelli, Balenciaga, and Halston; and examples by creative contem­porary hat makers. For more details, write: Philadelphia Museum of Art, P. O. Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101- 7646; or telephone (215) 763-8100 or 787-5431.

 

The twenty-third annual 1993 German Script Seminar will be offered by the Moravian Archives from Monday, June 7 [1993], through Friday, June 18 [1993]. The intensive two week training course in reading old German script used in both Europe and America requires familiarity with German. For registration material, write: Moravian Archives, 41 West Locust St., Bethlehem, PA 18018; or telephone (215) 866-3255. Tuition is charged.

 

“Treasure Amidst Trash and Tragedy: The Discovery of Pres. and Mrs. James Madison Memorabilia in Wescosville, Lehigh County,” is the title of a talk which will be given by Charles Hafner on Wednes­day, June 16 [1993], at the Lehigh County Historical Society. The noontime talk is part of the society’s brown bag lunch series. For more details, write: Lehigh County Historical Society, Old Courthouse, Hamilton and Fifth Sts., Allentown, PA 18101; or telephone (215) 435-4664. Admission is free.

 

Examples of nineteenth century textiles drawn from the collections of the Baldwin­-Reynolds House Museum and contemporary works by members of the Crawford County Embroiderers’ Guild will be on view at the house museum in an exhibition entitled “Stitches in Time: Plain and Fancy,” opening Friday, July 2 [1993]. Organized by the Crawford County Histori­cal Society, which administers the Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum, “Stitches in Time” will feature examples of beadwork, samplers, coverlets, and sewing implements and accessories. The exhibition will continue through Sunday, August 1 [1993]. For more informa­tion, write: Crawford County Historical Society, 848 North Main St., Meadville, PA 16335; or telephone (814) 724-6080. The Baldwin-Reynolds House is located at 639 Terrace Street in Meadville.

 

On Saturday, June 19 [1993], the Philadelphia Art Alliance will open “Silverpoint Etcetera: Contemporary American Meta]point Drawings,” an exhibition investigating the subtleties and mysteries of metalpoint drawings created by acknowledged masters, such as Paul Cadmus, and younger artists attracted by this challenging medium. “Silverpoint Etcetera” will run through Sunday, August 1 [1993]. For more information, write: Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 South Eighteenth St., Philadel­phia, PA 19103; or telephone (215) 545-4302.

 

Maritime paintings, includ­ing the work of Thomas Birch, James E. Buttersworth, Thomas Moran, and Fred Cozzens, will be on view from Tuesday, May 25 [1993], through Tuesday, August 17 [1993], at the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art in an exhibition entitled “Sails Unfurled: Maritime Paintings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Laird U. Park, Jr.” Also featured in “Sails Unfurled” are marine artifacts, including a boatswain’s call by silversmith Hester Bateman and a late nineteenth century ship’s cluonometer. Additional information may be obtained by writing: Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, P. O. Box 1000, Collegeville, PA 19426-1000; or by telephoning (215) 489-4111.

 

“The Change Upon the Land: The Impact of a Mill” is the title of a new permanent exhibit opening at the Newlin Grist Mill in Glen Mills on Saturday, June 12 [1993]. The exhibit analyzes the social and eco­nomic influences of water-powered mills in the Delaware Valley during the eighteenth century. The debut of “The Change Upon the Land: The Impact of a Mill” will be accompanied by a weekend of activities and special programs. To obtain more information, write: Newlin Grist Mill, U. S. Route 1 and South Cheyney Rd., Glen Mills, PA 19342; or telephone (215) 459-2359. Admission is charged.

 

The popular Bark Peelers’ Convention will be hosted by the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum during the weekend of July 3-4 [1993] on the grounds of the Potter County attraction. Additional information is available by writing: Pennsylva­nia Lumber Museum, P. O. Box K, Galeton, PA 16922; or by telephoning (814) 435-2652. There is a charge for admission.

 

Kunstfest at Old Economy Village will be held on Satur­day and Sunday, July 10-11 [1993]. The annual event features crafts demonstrations, special guided tours of the complex’s historic buildings and structures, and period entertainment. To obtain more information, write: Old Economy Village, Fourteenth and Church Sts., Ambridge, PA 15003; or telephone (412) 266-1803. Admission is charged.

 

More than seventy-five quilts will be on view at West Overton Museums in “The West Overton Quilt Show: A Southwestern Pennsylvania Exhibition,” from Sunday, June 6 [1993], through Sunday, June 27 [1993]. For more information about the museums, including the Overholt Homestead, Distillery Museum, and Henry Clay Frick Birthplace, write: West Overton Museums, West Overton Village, Scottdale, PA 15683; or telephone (412) 887-7910. There is a charge for admission.

 

The Sordoni Art Gallery’s twentieth anniversary exhibi­tion, showcasing works from the permanent collection, will open Sunday, May 30 [1993], and continue through Sunday, July 25 [1993]. For additional information, write: Sordoni Art Gallery, 150 South River St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766; or telephone (717) 824-4651. Admission is free.

 

An open house, featuring a display of flags that chronicle important periods and significant development in American history, will be hosted by the Hanover Area Historical Society on Satur­day, June 12 [1993], from 1 to 3 P. M. For more details, write: Hanover Area Historical Society, 105 High St., Hanover, PA 17331; or telephone (717) 632-3207. Admission is free.

 

“From Settlement to County: The First Hundred Years of Dauphin County” will remain on view through Friday, June 4 [1993], at the Histori­cal Society of Dauphin County in Harrisburg. The exhibit features an extraordi­nary selection of documents and objects, including charters granted to the Harris family by members of the Penn family, the letter by John Harris, Jr., which formally established the settlement of Harrisburg along the Susquehanna River, and one of two known flintlock pistols by J. P. Beck, a master gunsmith, who created this pistol for Col. Robert Clark, an officer during the American Revolutionary War. “From Settlement to County” has been installed in the society’s John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion in center-city. For more information, write: Historical Society of Dauphin County, 219 South Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17104; or telephone (717) 233-3462. Admission is charged. Crafts demonstrations, military encampments, period music, and traditional refresh­ments will be featured during the Landis Valley Fair on Saturday and Sunday, June 5-6, at the Landis Valley Museum. For additional details, write: Landis Valley Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601; or telephone (717) 569-0401 or 569-6195. There is an admis­sion charge.

 

Author, lecturer, and antiques appraiser John A. Shuman III will present a talk entitled “Gaudy-A Real Dutch Treat” on Wednesday, May 26 [1993], at the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley, headquartered in Ephrata, Lancaster County. He will give a slide presentation illustrating the various decorative motifs used on the brilliantly colored and decorated china manufactured in England and favored by early settlers in southeastern Pennsylvania. The program will begin promptly at 7:30 P. M. at the Eicher Arts Center on Cocalico Street. For additional information, write: Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley, 249 West Main St., P. O. Box 193, Ephrata, PA 17522; or telephone (717) 733-1616.

 

Mifflinburg Buggy Days will be held by the Mifflinburg Heritage and Revitalization Association on Saturday and Sunday, May 29-30 [1993], at the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum, 523 Green Street, Mifflinburg. The annual event celebrates and interprets the community’s history as a carriage and buggy manufac­turing center. Museum tours, crafts demonstrations, enter­tainment, and buggy and carriage rides will be featured. For more information, write: Mifflinburg Heritage and Revitalization Association, 300 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg, PA 17844; or telephone (717) 966-1666 or 966-0233. There is an admission fee.