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

The seventeenth annual Conference on Black History will be conducted by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission on Friday and Saturday, May 13-14, 1994, in Erie. The theme of this year’s event is “African Americans at Work in Pennsyl­vania.” For additional information, write: 1994 Conference on Black History, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, P. O. Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108-1026; or telephone (717) 787-3034.

 

Opening Tuesday, January 18, 1994, at the Palmer Museum of Art, located on the campus of The Pennsylvania State University at State College, is an exhibition entitled “Permanent Paper: Works from the Palmer Museum Collection.” The exhibit will continue through Sunday, May 15 [1994]. For more information, write: Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16801-2507; or telephone (814) 865-7672. Admission is free.

 

Opening Sunday, February 13, 1994, at the Moravian Historical Society is an exhibition entitled “John Valentine Haidt: Life of Christ.” The exhibition features paintings portraying the life of Jesus Christ by John Valentine Haidt (1700-1779), the first artist in the American colonies to execute religious works with oils. A Moravian missionary, Haidt painted these works of art to assist fellow missionaries in their teaching of Native Americans. Perhaps better known for his portraits of the early Moravians who settled Bethlehem and Nazareth, Haidt also painted a number of religious subjects and scenes from the Bible. “John Valentine Haidt: Life of Christ” will remain on view through Sunday, April 10 [1994]. For more information, write: Moravian Historical Society, 214 East Center St., Nazareth, PA 18064; or telephone (215) 759-5070. Admission is charged.

 

“Martin Luther King, Jr., and Pennsylvania,” an exhibit chronicling the civil rights leader’s long association with the Keystone State, will open on Thursday, January 20, 1994, at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. In 1948, King began his study for the ministry at Crozier Theological Seminary in Chester and established friendships that lasted throughout his lifetime (see “Some Questions for Examin­ing Pennsylvania’s Black History” by Julian Bond in the winter 1994 issue). As leader of the movement for racial equality and civil rights, King visited Pennsylvania often to combat injustice and raise money for his cause. In addition to photographs, the exhibit, which will continue through Sunday, February 27 [1994], will be accompanied by a video entitled Pennsylvania Remem­bers Dr. King. Additional information is available by writing: The State Museum of Pennsylvania, P. O. Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108-1026; or by telephoning (717) 787-4980. Admission is free.

 

The Gettysburg Seminar, commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of World War II, will be hosted by the Eisenhower National Historic Site on Saturday, March 5, 1994. Entitled “The Eisenhower Leadership Style: D-Day and Beyond,” the seminar will examine Dwight D. Eisenhower’s role as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during the war, and the evolution of his leadership style during his presidential and retirement years. For registration information, write: Eisenhower National Historic Site, P. ). Box 1080, Gettysburg, PA 17325-1080; or telephone (717) 334-1124. A registration fee is charged.

 

“Ten African American Quilters,” on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art during the months of February and March 1994, will feature twenty boldly-patterned quilts made by ten Black women from the southern United States, where quilting tradi­tions have been handed down by generations of women who trace their ancestry to Africa. Many of the quilts to be featured in this exhibit are characterized by strips of vibrant colors, large designs, asymmetry, and multiple patterns. Additional informa­tion is available by writing: Philadelphia Museum of Art, P. O. Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101; or by telephoning (215) 684-7863 or 684-7860. Admission is charged.

 

Nearly two hundred regional artists will show their works in all media and styles during the twenty-first annual Yellow Springs Art Show, on view from Saturday, April 30 [1994], through Sunday, May 8, 1994. The popular show recalls the importance of fine art to the historic village, the site of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ country school from 1916 to 1952. For more information, write: Historic Yellow Springs, Art School Rd., Chester Springs, PA 19425; or telephone (215) 827-7414. Admission is free.

 

Opening Thursday, January 6, 1994, at the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, Philadelphia is an exhibit entitled “Bridges and Boundaries: African Ameri­cans and American Jews.” Organized by the Jewish Museum in New York, in collaboration with the Na­tional Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), “Bridges and Boundaries” chronicles the relationship between African Americans and American Jews in the twenti­eth century, revealing a dramatic and complex story of cooperation and conflict. Through more than three hundred artifacts, photographs, and works of art, the exhibition explores the themes of ethnicity, shared cultural beliefs, and visions of social justice. The exhibit continues through Sunday, March 13 [1994]. To obtain more information, write: Afro-American Histori­cal and Cultural Museum, 701 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19106; or telephone (215) 574-0380 or 572-0381. There is a charge for admission.

 

The Mercer Museum will host its twentieth annual Folk Fest during the weekend of May 14-15, 1994. A nationally acclaimed festival featuring more than one hundred craftspersons demonstrating skills and trades of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the event will also offer entertainment and special events for children. Additional information is available by writing: Mercer Museum, Bucks County Historical Society, 84 South Pine St., Doylestown, PA 18901-4999; or by telephoning (215) 345-0210. There is an admission fee.

 

On Saturday, February 19, 1994, The University Museum will observe “World Culture Day: A Celebration of African Cultures,” with crafts demon­strations, music and dance, films, workshops, and children’s activities. For more information, write: The University Museum, Univer­sity of Pennsylvania, Thirty-Third and Spruce Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19104; or telephone (215) 898-4000. Admission is charged.

 

Linda Ferber, chief curator and curator of American paintings and sculpture for the Brooklyn Museum, will present a talk entitled “Vistas of Beauty: Artists and the Wissahickon” on Friday, January 28, 1994, at The Library Company of Philadel­phia. The lecture, which begins at 6 P. M., will focus on the landscape painters who were inspired by the Wissahickon Valley, including William Trost Richards, whose oil painting, Wissahickon, is included in The Library Company’s current exhibition, “A Walk on the Wild Side: The Wissahickon Creek, 1800-1940.” Bringing together – for the first time – the visual and textual work of artists and writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries who captured the landscape and life along the creek corridor, the exhibition continues through Friday, March 18, 1994 (see “A Walk on the Wild Side: Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Creek” by Susan Oyama in the fall 1993 issue of Pennsylvania Heritage). For more details, write: The Library Company of Philadel­phia, 1314 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107-5698; or telephone (215) 546-3181. Admission is free, but pre­registration is requested.

 

Maps, photographs, prints, and documents will illustrate the City of Philadelphia’s downtown sections as endur­ing-and continually evolving-cultural and commercial links to the larger community in an exhibition opening on Friday, January 21, 1994, at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. “Crossroads: Center City Philadelphia” will explore several historic neighborhoods, including Society Hill, Old City, Chinatown, Rittenhouse Square, the South Street area, and others. The exhibition will continue through Thursday, July 21 [1994]. Additional informa­tion is available by writing: Historical Society of Pennsyl­vania, 1300 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107; or by telephoning (215) 732-6201. There is an admission fee.

 

The Monroe County Historical Association will sponsor a genealogy workshop on Saturday, March 19, 1994, at the Stroud Community House in Stroudsburg. Four “how to” sessions for tracing family genealogies will be offered, including using courthouse records, historical association collections, and New Jersey documents; and understanding computer programs for genealogical research. For registration information, write: Monroe County Historical Association, Stroud Community House, 900 Main St., Stroudsburg, PA 18360; or telephone (717) 421-7703. A registration fee will be charged.

 

“A Man Named George: The Pullman Porter in Penn­sylvania” is the title of a program to be presented by the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg, Lancaster County, on Friday, January 29, 1994, at 2 P. M. The presentation will trace the history of the railroad porters, their daily duties, and their efforts to unionize. Following the program, a tour will be given of a fully equipped circa 1930 Pullman Car. For more information, write: Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, P. O. Box 15, Strasburg, PA 17579; or telephone (717) 687-8628.

 

Old Economy Village will welcome spring with “Gartenfest” during the weekend of May 14-15, 1994. Area flower clubs, nurseries, gardeners, and potters will participate in the event. For more details, write: Old Economy Village, Fourteenth and Church Sts., Ambridge, PA 15003; or telephone (412) 266-1803. Admission is charged.

 

In honor of Women’s History Month, March 1994, the Westmoreland Museum of Art will mount an exhibition of works of art created by women entitled “Women’s Work: From the Permanent Collec­tion.” The exhibition will open on Saturday, February 19 [1994], and continue through Thursday, March 10 [1994]. For additional information, write: Westmoreland Museum of Art, 221 North Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601; or telephone (412) 837-1500. Admission is free.

 

Opening Saturday, January 22, 1994, at Longwood Gardens is an exhibition entitled “Gardens of the Brandywine Valley: The Photographs of Gottlieb Hampfler.” The exhibit, continuing through Monday, February 28 [1994], will feature more than one hundred and fifty photographs of local gardens made by the renowned photographer during the past fifty years. Additional infor­mation may be obtained by writing: Longwood Gardens, P. O. Box 501, Chadds Ford, PA 19348-0501; or by telephon­ing (215) 388-6741.

 

Continuing through Sw1day, April 11, 1994, “Masterworks of American Art, 1750-1950,” at the Penn­sylvania Academy of the Fine Arts showcases more than two centuries of the institution’s best-loved paintings and sculptures. On view are more than eighty works of art by such noted artists as Thomas Eakins, Thomas Doughty, Asher B. Durand, John Frederick Kensett, Cecilia Beaux, Thomas Sully, Georgia O’Keefe, Martin Johnson Heade, Bessie Potter Vonnoh, and Winslow Homer. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue. Additional information may be obtained by writing: Pennsyl­vania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118 North Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102; or by telephoning (215) 972-7600. There is an admission charge.

 

A special selection of illustrations from the perma­nent collection of the Brandywine River Museum will be on view at the Chadds Ford institution from Satur­day, January 15 [1994], through Sunday, March 13, 1994. Highlighting works from the literary classics, “For Book Lovers: Illustrations from the Collection” will feature illustrations that appeared in children’s favorites such as Treasure Island and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. For additional information, write: Brandywine River Museum, P. O. Box 141, Chadds Ford, PA 19317; or telephone (215) 459-1900 or 388-7601. There is a charge for admission.

 

The Lebanon County Historical Society will host its annual Union Canal Tunnel Fair during the weekend of May 14-15, 1994, in Lebanon. For more details, write: Lebanon County Historical Society, 924 Cumberland St., Lebanon, PA 17042; or telephone (717) 272-1473. Admission is free.

 

On Friday, March 11, 1994, the Historical Society of Berks County will open an exhibi­tion devoted to the history of firefighting and firefighters in the Berks County seat. For more information, write: Historical Society of Berks County, 940 Centre Ave., Reading, PA 19601; or tele­phone (215) 375-4375.

 

Opening Saturday, March 19, 1994, at the Lore Degenstein Gallery of Susquehanna University is an exhibition entitled “Joseph Priestley’s American Legacy.” The show will continue through Sunday, May 15 [1994]. For more information, write: Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA 17870-1001; or telephone (717) 372-4291 or 372- 4119. Admission is free.

 

Bethlehem’s Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts will open an exhibition of antique and vintage postcards on Friday, January 14, 1994. “Wish You Were Here: A Century of Postcards” will include views of local busi­nesses and industries, trolleys, public gardens, monuments, and neighborhoods. The exhibit will continue through Sunday, March 27 [1994]. For more details, write: Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, 427 North New St., Bethlehem, PA 18018; or telephone (215) 868-6868. Admission is charged.