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

“Making History,” a major exhibit illustrating how evidence from the past is discovered in documents, books, artifacts, objects, and photographs at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, will remain on view through Saturday, May 27 [1995]. The exhibit will also examine the ways in which selections drawn from the society’s extensive holdings have been used to interpret the city’s history, stage histori­cal reenactments, preserve older and historic buildings and structures, and offer information about family genealogy and neighborhood history. For more information, write: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust St., Philadel­phia, PA 19107; or telephone (215) 732-6200. There is an admission charge.

 

On Friday, April 21 [1995], “Early American Manuscripts from the Ephrata Cloister” will open at The State Museum of Pennsylvania. Continuing through June 11 [1995], the exhibition will be supple­mented by special activities such as musical performances and workshops. For details, write: The State Museum of Pennsylvania, P. O. Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108-1026; or telephone (717) 787- 4979 OR TDD (800) 654-5984. Admission to the museum is free, but a fee will be charged for workshops.

 

From Saturday, April 29 [1995], through Sunday, May 7 [1995], Historic Yellow Springs will present its twenty-second annual art show, featuring the works of nearly two hundred regional artists, including painters, engravers, and sculptors, among others. For more information and traveling directions, write: Historic Yellow Springs, Art School Rd., P. O. Box 627, Chester Springs, PA 19425; or tele­phone (610) 827-7414. Admission is free.

 

Three exhibitions will make up the Heritage Center Museum of Lancaster County’s exhibition schedule for 1995. “The Susquehanna: Visions of Solitude” offers an in-depth look at the artists who depicted the Susquehanna River between 1800 and 1945, including Julius Augustus Beck, Lloyd Mifflin, and Edmund Darch Lewis (see “Susquehanna’s Painters” by Irwin Richman in the fall 1994 issue). Other exhibits include “To the Glory of God: Church Pewter of the Pennsylvania Germans,” organized by guest curator and pewter scholar Donald Herr; and “Be Seated: Chairs of Lancaster County,” showcasing examples dating from the early eighteenth century to the 1930s. The exhibitions will open on Friday, April 31 [1995], and continue to the end of the year. For more details, write: Heritage Center Museum of Lancaster County, 13 West King St., Lancaster, PA 17603-3813; or tele­phone (717) 299-6440. Admission is free.

 

Eighteen conservatories will brim with colorful flowers and exotic plants from throughout the world during “Welcome Spring,” staged by Longwood Gardens through Sunday, April 30 [1995]. “Acres of Spring,” during which more than one thousand acres come to life with blossoming flowers, shrubs, and trees, will be open to visitors from Saturday, April 1 [1995], through Friday, May 26 [1995]. For more details, write: Longwood Gardens, P. O. Box 501, Kennett Square, PA 19348-0501; or telephone (610) 388-1000. There is an admission fee.

 

An exhibit exploring the ways in which people perceive and learn about the past, “Pieces of History,” is on view at the Lehigh County Museum, Allentown, through Sunday, July 2 [1995]. The museum is administered by the Lehigh County Historical Society. For more information, write: Lehigh County Museum, Old Courthouse, Hamilton and Fifth Sts., Allentown, PA 18101; or tele­phone (610) 435-4664. Admission is free.

 

Continuing through Sunday, May 14 [1995], at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg is an exhibition of several dozen portraits by Philadelphia photog­rapher John W. Mosley (1907-1969). On loan from the Charles L. Blockson Afro­American Collection of Temple University, the images are featured in an exhibit entitled “Famous Faces: The Photography of John W. Mosley” (see “His Eye Was On the Positive” by Richard D. Beards in the winter 1990 edition of Pennsylvania Heritage). During his career, Mosley photographed countless celebrities who visited Philadelphia, such as Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Paul Robeson, Marian Anderson, Carl Sandburg, Sammy Davis Jr., Josephine Baker, and four presidents, including Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower. For more information, write: The State Museum of Pennsylvania, P. O. Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108-1026; or telephone (717) 787-4979 or TDD (800) 654-5984.

 

Philadelphia’s University City Historical Society will host its annual “Adopt-a-Grave Picnic and Walkabout” at the historic Woodlands Cemetery on Sunday, April 16, 1995. The program re­creates the nineteenth century practice of visiting the gravesides of relatives and friends, as well as those of notables, interred in the “rural cemeteries” of the day, which were well known for their scenery and as “pleasant resorts for the living.” Participants will visit the burial sites of renowned Italian opera composer Natalie Perrelli (1816-1867), railroad builder J. Edgar Thomson (1808-1874), and Japanese political reformer Tasui Baba (1850-1885). Additional details are available by writing: The Friends of the Woodlands, 4000 Woodland Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104; or by telephon­ing (215) 387-3019. Admission is free, but reservations are requested.

 

“Behind the Marquee: Philadelphia Theater Buildings, 1900-1932,” an exhibit celebrating the richness and diversity of the city’s theaters during the gilded age of opulent movie palaces, has been extended through Friday, May 26 [1995], by the Athenaeum of Philadelphia (see “Currents” in the fall 1994 issue of Pennsylvania Heritage). For more informa­tion, write: Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 South Sixth St., Philadelphia, PA 19106; or telephone (215) 925-2688. Admission is free.

 

“A Way of Life: Pennsylvania German Culture and Traditions,” an exhibition drawn from the Pennsylvania Folklife Collection of the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, will open on Friday, April 21 [1995]. Selections from the museum’s collection of farming tools, furnishings, household items, textiles, clothing, fraktur, and books will be exhibited in the context of their use by the Pennsylvania Germans, a historic and vital community. The exhibition runs through Sunday, September 3 [1995]. To obtain additional information, write: Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, Box 1000, Main St., Collegeville, PA 19426-1000; or telephone (610) 409-3500.

 

Continuing through Friday, June 30 [1995], at the Civil War Library and Museum in Philadelphia is an exhibition entitled “The Look of the Ladies: Clothing During the Civil War.” For additional details, write: Civil War Library and Museum, 1805 Pine St., Philadelphia, PA 19103; or telephone (215) 735-8196. There is a fee for admission.

 

Nearly one hundred magnificent examples of silver, pewter, ceramic, and porcelain soup tureens from around the world will be showcased in a major exhibition, “Kings and Queens and Soup Tureens: The Campbell Museum Collection,” opening on Saturday, April 22 [1995], at the Westmoreland Museum of Art in Greensburg. “Kings and Queens and Soup Tureens” will remain on view through Sunday, June 11 [1995]. For more information, write: Westmoreland Museum of Art, 221 North Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601-1898; or telephone (412) 837-1515. Admission is free.

 

The eighteenth annual Conference on Black History in Pennsylvania will be held in West Chester on Friday and Saturday, May 12-13 [1995]. The theme of this year’s event is ” African American Leadership in Pennsylvania.” Keynote speaker is Lani Guinier, law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, author of The Tyranny of Majority: Fundamental Fairness in Representative Democracy, and founder of Commonplace, a national nonprofit center to connect citizens, communities, and ideas. For agenda and registration information, write: 1995 Conference on Black History, Division of History, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, P. O. Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108-1026; or telephone (717) 787-3034 or TDD (800) 654-5984.

 

“Tatham Mound: A Time Capsule of Native American History,” opening on Monday, May 1 [1995], at the Reading Public Museum, will remain on view through Saturday, July 1 [1995]. During the weekend of July 8-9 [1995], the museum will sponsor “American Indian Weekend,” which will feature a variety of “hands-on” activities and interactive programs. Additional details are available by writing: Reading Public Museum, 500 Museum Rd., Reading, PA 19611; or by telephoning (610) 371-5838 or 777-2702. There is an admission charge.

 

The Erie Art Museum is presenting, through Wednesday, April 19 [1995], an exhibi­tion entitled “Revealed Forms: Direct Carvings by Jose de Creeft, Lorrie Goulet, Vincent Glinsky, and Cleo Hartwig.” Direct carving is the process by which a sculptor single-handedly creates works by carving directly into natural material, such as stone or wood. While the process may seem unremarkable today, at the turn of the century direct carving (from the French taille directe) was a rallying cry for modernists who were rebelling against the academic tradition. Nineteenth century academic sculptors generally modeled their originals in clay and then had them translated into bronze, marble, or pottery by skilled assistants. For more information, write: Erie Art Museum, 411 State St., Erie, PA 16501; or telephone (814) 459-5477. Admission is charged.

 

A two-hour slide presentation and formal tour of Pottsgrove Manor, entitled “Restoration of a Restoration,” will be conducted on Saturday, April 29 [1995], at the Montgomery County historic house­-museum. The program, which analyzes the county’s recent restoration of Pottsgrove Manor, built in 1752 by ironmaster John Potts, will begin promptly at 1 P. M. Participation is limited and pre-registration is required. For additional details, write: Pottsgrove Manor, 100 West King St., Pottstown, PA 19464; or telephone (610) 326-4014. Admission is free.

 

A comprehensive exhibition of paintings created during the 1920s by Guy Pene du Bois (1884-1958) will open at the Sordoni Art Gallery in Wilkes­-Barre on Sunday, May 21 [1995]. A student of William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri, the artist was a profound observer of society; his paintings of the urbane “Smart Set” of the period are simultane­ously sympathetic and critical, and provide rare insights into the Roaring Twenties. “Guy Pene du Bois: The Twenties at Home and Abroad” will continue through Sunday, August 13. For more information, write: Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes University, 150 South River St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766; or telephone (717) 831-4325.

 

“Making a Case for Cloth: Publishers’ Cloth Case Bindings, 1830-1890,” which traces the development of publishers’ cloth case bindings and identifies the forces responsible for revolutionizing the publishing and bookbinding trades, opens on Monday, April 17 [1995], at the Library Company of Philadelphia and runs through Friday, September 29 [1995]. Additional information is available by writing: Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107-5698; or by telephoning (215) 546-3181.