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

On Saturday, May 14, 1994, guides at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site will demonstrate traditional sheep­-shearing methods with both period and modern hand-held tools. They will also discuss the importance of farms and farming practices to an 1830s industrial community. To obtain additional details, write: Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, 2 Mark Bird Ln., Elverson, PA 19520; or tele­phone (610) 582-8773. There is a charge for admission.

 

“Meet the Neighbors,” an exhibition of works by artists living or working in the Manayunk and East Falls sections of Philadelphia, will be on view at the Paley Design Center from Friday, May 27 [1994], through Sunday, September 11 [1994]. For more information, write: Paley Design Center, Philadel­phia College of Textiles and Science, 4200 Henry Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144; or telephone (215) 951-2860. Admission is free.

 

Paintings, drawings, and prints depicting America’s Industrial Revolution are on view at the Westmoreland Museum of Art, Greensburg, in an exhibition entitled “Valley at Work: Scenes of Industry.” The exhibition, which will continue through Sunday, May 8 [1994], features works drawn from the museum’s permanent collec­tion. Additional information is available by writing: Westmoreland Museum of Art, 221 North Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601-1898; or by telephon­ing (412) 837-1500. There is no charge for admission.

 

Visitors to the Peter Wentz Farmstead on Saturday, June 4 [1994], will see, firsthand, skills and arts of eighteenth century Pennsylvania Germans as demonstrated by costumed craftspeople for the historic house-museum’s annual “Muster Day.” The Peter Wentz Farmstead was the home of a prosperous eigh­teenth century German farmer and the headquarters of Gen. George Washington in fall 1777. There is no charge for admission. For more informa­tion, write: Peter Wentz Farmstead, Skippack Pk. and Shearer Rd., Worcester, PA 19490; or telephone (610) 584-5104.

 

In honor of the three hundred and fiftieth anniver­sary of the birth of William Penn, the Atwater Kent Museum will conduct a tour whose subject will be “The William Penn Connection: Pennsbury Manor and Historic Fallsington” on Saturday, May 24 [1994]. Built on the banks of the Delaware River, Pennsbury Manor is a forty-three acre plantation which includes a manor house, a bake and brew house, and lush gardens. The nearby village of Historic Fallsington recalls the Quaker settlements of Penn’s day; the historic village features the Moon-Williamson House, built in 1685, the Burgess-Lippincott House, built in four stages from the early eighteenth century to 1829, three meeting­houses, and dwellings reflecting architectural styles of the eighteenth and nine­teenth centuries. For tour details, write: Atwater Kent Museum, 15 South Seventh St., Philadelphia, PA 19106; or telephone (215) 922-3031. Reservations are required.

 

At Pennypacker Mills a forthcoming exhibit entitled “Eggciting in Every Way: Victorian Easter Greeting Cards of the Pennypacker Family” will feature a selection of late nineteenth century greeting cards belonging to the family of Samuel W. Pennypacker, who served as Pennsylvania’s governor from 1903 to 1907. “Eggciting in Every Way” will be on view during the month of April [1994]. For more details, write: Pennypacker Mills, 5 Haldeman Rd., Schwenksville, PA 19473; or telephone (610) 287-9349. Admission is free.

 

“Moving the Masses: Pennsylvania’s Trolleys and the Electric Age” will open at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, Washington, on Saturday, April 30 [1994]. Continuing through Sunday, October 30 [1994], the exhibition features historic and vintage photographs, objects, and interactive “hands-on” compo­nents that dramatically illustrate the relationship between the development of the electric age and electric railways, or “the trolley era.” “Moving the Masses” will graphically depict the trolley era’s social and economic impact on the Keystone State. The oldest trolley museum in the Com­monwealth, the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this spring. For more information, write: Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, 1 Museum Rd., Washington, PA 15301; or telephone (412) 228-9256. Admission is charged.

 

More than one hundred craftspersons will demonstrate traditional skills during the nineteenth annual Colonial Arts and Crafts Fair sponsored by the Middletown Area Histori­cal Society during the weekend of June 11-12 [1994]. The event will be held in the community’s Hoffer Park. For more information, write: Middletown Area Historical Society, P. O. Box 248, Middletown, PA 17057; or telephone (717) 944-3420. Admission is free.

 

“Archives Week” will be observed by the Pennsylvania State Archives from Sunday through Saturday, May 22-28 [1994], with genealogical workshops and extended research hours. Additional information may be obtained by writing: “Archives Week,” Pennsylvania State Archives, P. O. Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108-1026; or by telephoning (717) 783-3281. Admission is free.

 

On Sunday, May 1 [1994], Allentown’s Museum of Indian Culture, administered by the Lenni-Lenape Historical Society, will conduct its annual cornplanting ceremony. For more details, write: Museum of Indian Culture, Lenni-Lenape Historical Society, Fish Hatch­ery Rd., R. R. 2, Allentown, PA 18103; or telephone (610) 797-2121.

 

The Mid Atlantic Air Museum in Reading will host the fourth annual World War II Commemorative Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5 [1994], with an encampment, a re­creation of a front line USO concert, and temporary exhibits. Additional informa­tion is available by writing: Mid Atlantic Air Museum, Reading Regional Airport, Box 9381, R. D. 9, Reading, PA 19605; or by telephoning (610) 372-7333. There is an admis­sion charge.

 

Featuring objects selected from private collections and non-museum institutions, “Centuries of Contrast: Secret Treasures of Lancaster County” will open at the Heritage Center Museum, located on center-city Lancaster’s Penn Square, on Friday, April 29 [1994]. The exhibi­tion, which continues through mid-November, will show previously unexhibited objects and artifacts, all of which were crafted in Lancaster County. To obtain additional informa­tion, write: Heritage Center Museum, 13 West King St., Lancaster, PA 17603; or telephone (717) 299-6440. Admission is free.

 

“The Evolution and Classification of the Pennsyl­vania Bank Barn” is the topic of a talk to be given on Wednesday, April 13 [1994], by Robert F. Ensminger (see “Bookshelf” in the fall 1992 issue) at the Chester County Historical Society. The forebay bank barn, commonly known as “the Pennsylvania barn,” is one of the most important architectural structures brought to North America from Europe. The illustrated lecture will begin promptly at 7:30 P. M. For registration information, write: Chester County Historical Society, 225 North High St., West Chester, PA 19380-2691; or telephone (610) 692-4800.

 

On view at the Berman Museum through Sunday, May 15 [1994], is a selection of botanical watercolors by Jacqueline Broughton. Noted for their elegance and scientific accuracy, the flowers are first drawn from life in hard pencil and put through transparent washes in an attempt to achieve life-like representa­tions. To obtain additional details, write: Berman Mu­seum of Art, Ursinus College, P. O. Box 1000, Collegeville, PA 19426-1000; or telephone (610) 489-4111.

 

Opening Wednesday, June 15 [1994], at the Jefferson County Historical and Genealogical Society is an exhibition entitled “The Schools of Jefferson County, 1803-1917.” The exhibition will continue through May 1995. For more information, write: Jefferson County Historical and Genea­logical Society, P. O. Box 51, Brookville, PA 15825; or telephone (814) 849-0077. Admission is free.

 

The fifth annual Conference on Local and Transportation History will be held at California University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, April 23 [1994]. For registration information, write: 1994 Conference, Department of History and Urban Studies, California University of Pennsylvania, 250 University Ave., California, PA 15419-1394; or telephone (412) 938-4053 or 938-7856.

 

An exhibit of antique, vintage, and contemporary wedding gowns, “Something Old, Something New,” will be on view at the Blair County Historical Society from Saturday, May 7 [1994], through Sunday, June 26 [1994]. “Something Old, Something New,” traces the changes in wedding fashions and customs from the late nineteenth century through the present by featuring dresses drawn from the historical society’s hold­ings and private collections. To obtain additional information, write: Blair County Historical Society, P. O. Box 1083, Altoona, PA 16603; or tele­phone (814) 942-3916. Admission is charged.

 

“Permanent Paper: Works from the Collection” will remain on view at the Palmer Museum of Art of The Pennsylvania State University through Sunday, May 15 [1994]. For more information, write: Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 1680)- 2507; or telephone (814) 865-7672. There is no admis­sion charge.

 

The Moravians were the first Protestant denomination to organize a mission move­ment, and as early as the 1730s were sending missionaries from Germany to the Virgin Islands, South Africa, Greenland, and the North American colonies. A forth­coming exhibit, “Into All the World,” opening Sunday, May 15 [1994], at the Moravian Historical Society, headquartered in Nazareth, examines the various places in which the Moravian Church has estab­lished missions, including Nicaragua, Honduras, South Africa, Tanzania, and Alaska. “Into All the World” will continue through January 1995. For more information, write: Moravian Historical Society, Whitefield House, 214 East Center St., Nazareth, PA 18064; or telephone (610) 759-5070.

 

The Landis Valley Mu­seum will host the annual Institute of Pennsylvania Rural Life and Culture from Tuesday through Friday, June 21-24 [1994]. This year’s event features more than eighteen workshops and seminars devoted to Pennsylvania’s traditional crafts, arts, skills, and folklore and folklife. Registration is required. For additional details, write: Landis Valley Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601; or telephone (717) 569-0401.

 

As the second phase of the four year reinstallation of its entire European holdings, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will open a suite of sixteen newly renovated spaces this spring containing paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts from the mid-nineteenth century to 1900. Many of the paintings are among the most famous of the museum’s extensive collections, including Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Edgar Degas’ Ballet Class, and Paul Cezanne’s Grandes Baigneuses. For more details regarding the opening of these galleries, write: Philadelphia Museum of Art, P. O. Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101; or telephone (215) 684-7860. There is a charge for admission.

 

Elfreth’s Alley Association, Philadelphia, will celebrate its sixtieth annual Fete Days Open House on Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5 [1994]. In addition to tours of private residences on Elfreth’s Alley, craftspersons will demonstrate eighteenth century skills. For more information, write: Elfreth’s Alley Association, 126 Elfreth’s Alley, Philadelphia, PA 19106; or telephone (215) 574-0560. Admission is charged.

 

The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation’s popular crafts show and colonial fair, featuring demonstrations, entertainment, and reenact­ments, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22 [1994]. For more details, write: Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, Ridley Creek State Park, Media, PA 19603; or telephone (610) 566-1725.