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

Original works of art by Charles Demuth (1883-1935) will be on view at the Demuth Foundation in Lancaster from Sunday, February 1, through Sunday, March 22, 1998. In addition to selections drawn from the foundation’s permanent collection, the exhibit will feature paintings and memorabilia lent by private collectors. For more informa­tion, write: Demuth Foundation, 114 East King St., Lancaster, PA 17602; or tele­phone (717) 299-9749. Free.


Continuing at the James A. Michener Art Museum through Sunday, February 8, 1998, “New Realities: Hand-Colored Photography, 1839 to the Present,” is the first comprehensive look at this innova­tive art form and features more than eighty images spanning the entire his­tory of hand-altered photography. For more information, write: James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine St., Doylestown, PA 18901; or telephone (215) 340-9800. Admission.


“Loud And Clear: Resonator Guitars and the Dopyera Brothers’ Legacy to American Music” opens to the pub­lic on Wednesday, December 31, 1997 at the Erie Art Museum. The exhibit surveys the artistry and craftsmanship of brothers John and Rudy Dopyera, Slovak immigrants, who created instruments, in­cluding round-neck guitars, lap guitars, banjos, mandolins, balalaikas, and ukuleles. “Loud and Clear” will run through Sunday, April 19, 1998. Additional details may be obtained by writing: Erie Art Museum, 411 State St., Erie, PA 16501; or by telephoning (814) 459-5477. Admission.


Analyzing the role of writing as a weapon in colonial struggle, “Words and Deeds: Natives, Europeans, and Writing in Eastern North America, 1500-1850,” on exhibit at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia, examines the influence of words on the percep­tions formed by Native Americans and whites of both themselves and each other. Continuing through Sunday, March 8, 1998, “Words and Deeds” fea­tures selections from the museum’s renowned collection of Americana and Native American artifacts and objects lent by various institutions. Additional information is available by writing: Rosenbach Museum and Library, 2010 Delancey Pl., Philadelphia, PA 19103; or by telephoning (215) 732-1600. Admission.


On Saturday, March 14, 1998, the fourteenth annual Canal History and Technology Symposium will be held at Lafayette College in Easton. Presenting research papers on transportation and industrial history, topics of this year’s symposium include James Buchanan Eads and his proposed ship railroad; moveable canal dams; Frederick W. Taylor and his work at the Bethlehem Iron Company; and the history of the Hazard Wire Rope Factory. The sympo­sium is sponsored by the college and the National Canal Museum. For registration materials, write: National Canal Museum, Hugh Moore Historical Park and Museums, 30 Centre Sq., Easton, PA 18042-7744; or telephone {610) 559-6613. Registration.


The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia will conduct its thirteenth annual Old House Fair at the 33rd Street Armory during the weekend of March 21-22, 1998. This year’s event will include opportunities for attendees to meet with arti­sans, restoration specialists, and architects; demonstra­tions of woodgraining and marbleizing interior surfaces; and a lecture series on historic house and garden topics, such as how to hire an architect and designing a period garden. For more information, write: Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, 1616 Walnut St.-Suite 2310, Philadelphia, PA 19103; or telephone (215) 546-1140. Admission.


Opening Tuesday, February 3, 1998, “Decorative Dining: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Pottery and Porcelain” showcases rare examples drawn from the holdings of the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem. The exhibit will continue through Saturday, April 18. More informa­tion may be obtained by writing: Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, 66 West Church St., Bethlehem, PA 18018; or by telephoning (610) 867-0173. Admission.


Personal belongings of President Abraham Lincoln’s first Secretary of War and his family are showcased in an exhibi­tion mounted by the Historical Society of Dauphin County, “Simon Cameron: In the Eye of the Civil War” The exhibit also fea­tures letters to Cameron telling of Russia’s reaction to the Emancipation Proclamation. “Simon Cameron: In the Eye of the Civil War” continues through Tuesday, June 30, 1998. For more details, write: Historical Society of Dauphin County, John Harris/Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 South Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17104; or telephone (717) 233-34-02. Admission.


Philadelphia’s Moore College of Art and Design is celebrating its one hundred and fiftieth anniversary with several exhibi­tions, one of which, “The Philadelphia Ten,” examines the work of a group of women painters and sculptors who exhib­ited together between 1917 and 1945. All thirty members of the Philadelphia Ten studied art in the city’s schools, and all but three of the original members of the group were graduates of the Philadelphia School of Design for Women, now Moore College of Art and Design. “The Philadelphia Ten” will be on view from Wednesday, January 28, through Sunday, March 15, 1998, in the college’s Goldie Paley Gallery. For more in­formation, write: Moore College of Art and Design, Twentieth Street and the Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1179; or telephone (215) 568-4515. Free.


The first full-scale study of photography in western Pennsylvania and one of the most ambitious photographic journals of any American city, “Pittsburgh Revealed: Photographs Since 1850” is currently on view at the Carnegie Museum of A.rt. The exhibition features more than four hundred vintage images by more than one hundred photographers, including luminaries such as Charles “Teenie” Harris, Lewis Hine, Alvin Langdon Coburn, W. Eugene Smith, and Margaret Bourke-White. “Pittsburgh Revealed: Photographs Since 1850” contin­ues through Sunday, January 25, 1998. Additional information is available by writ­ing: Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080; or by tele­phoning (412) 622-3131. Admission.


From Saturday through Monday, February 14-16, 1998, Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton will offer a pro­gram entitled “Coal, Steam, and Threads.” The three-day event will celebrate the Lackawanna Valley’s anthracite, railroad­ing, and textile industries with special interpretive activities, demonstrations, and storytelling. For more information, write: Steamtown National Historic Site, 150 South Washington Ave., Scranton, PA 18503; telephone (717) 340-5252; or visit the Steamtown National Historic Site website. Admission.