Guy McElroy, assistant director and curator at the Bethune Museum and Archives, was paralyzed when a car he was a passenger in went over a cliff two weeksago in New Mexico. Now friends are trying to raise money to transfer McElroy by Medivac helicopter to Washington Hospital Center, where there are facilities for rehabilitation; the Albuquerque hospital where he was taken has no such unit. The funds raised also will be used for his doctor bills and other treatment costs. Only $2,800 has been raised so far, though the cost just to move him here is $13,700. Donations can be sent to the Guy C. McElroy Special Fund (account number 00-164-591-9), Columbia First Federal, 1101 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20005.

Names in the News

James Billington, confirmed a few weeks ago by the U.S. Congress as the 13th librarian of Congress since the institution was established in 1800, won't be sworn in until mid-September, when current chief Daniel Boorstin retires. But Boorstin, who has served a dozen years in the post, won't fade into the stacks. A bill that's expected to pass will name him the librarian of Congress emeritus after he turns in his gold library card.

Mayor Marion Barry's nominees for appointment and reappointment to the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities were confirmed and sworn in last week at the District Building. While the list of commissioners is too long to give here, a changeover of note is the appointment of Pat Sheehy, executive director of the Source Theatre, as chairperson of the commission, succeeding cultural powerhouse Peggy Cooper Cafritz. Cafritz has served in that post for the past eight years.

The National Building Museum added two members to its board of trustees: Thomas O'Hara, vice president in the public affairs department of Prudential Insurance Co. of America, and Michael V. Prentiss, president of Cadillac Fairview Urban Development in Dallas.

Neil W. Horstman has been appointed resident director of Mount Vernon, effective Oct. 13. For the past five years, Horstman has served as executive director of the Historic Savannah Foundation.

George Fulginiti-Shakar becomes artistic director and conductor this week for the lesbian/gay marching and concert band, D.C.'s Different Drummers. Fulginiti-Shakar is associate music director for D.C. Cabaret's "A Dance Against Darkness: Living With AIDS." His debut comes at 2 p.m. Sunday, when the band plays for free at the Post Office Pavilion.

The Opera Company of Boston has announced appointment of its new president and CEO: Robert Canon, director of local programs for the National Endowment for the Arts. Canon founded that division of NEA in 1982.

Trickle of Wyeth Viewers

Despite all the advance hoopla, the twin Wyeth shows aren't packing in massive crowds. There was plenty of elbow room last weekend at both shows -- "An American Vision: Three Generations of Wyeth Art" at the Corcoran and "Andrew Wyeth: The Helga Pictures" at the National Gallery of Art. And on a couple of visits during the week, both places were ghost towns.

However, officials at both museums say they're pleased with attendance so far. The NGA show, which opened May 24, had attracted 368,929 visitors as of Aug. 9. That's an average of 4,000 a day on weekdays, 7,000 on Saturdays and Sundays. The Corcoran show, which opened July 4, has drawn 70,477 -- between 9,000 and 12,000 per week.

If you want to see the exhibits, there's time: The Corcoran show is open until the end of this month and the NGA's until the end of September.

Musical Thursday

By the New Age movement calendar, harmonic convergence -- when the earth is ready to move to the next celestial plane -- was due at dawn yesterday and today, but by our schedule of events, an amazing amount of harmonizing seems to be occurring on Thursday.

At noon, the Navy Band's "Country Current" will perform country and bluegrass for free at the National Air & Space Museum's west terrace. The group will be there weekly through Sept. 10 ... At the same time, two Afro-American gospel acts, Mattie Johnson and the Stars of Faith, will perform on the Library of Congress' Neptune Plaza ... At 6 p.m., a Caribbean art show will open at the District Building in honor of Caribbean Independence Week. It's a tribute to the late Marcus Garvey of Jamaica on his 100th birthday. The ambassador of Jamaica, Keith Johnson, will preside over the show and reception ... At 7:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., the Hirshhorn will host an ice-cream social with Mad Romance, a local jazz and swing singing quartet, which will hum standards from the '30s to the '60s. The cost is $10 for members of the Smithsonian Resident Associate program, $15 for nonmembers. Call 357-3030 ... And the people who make the whole world sing, the song writers, will be at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall at 8 p.m. Jonathan Edwards brings his friends -- Karla Bonoff, Jessie Colin-Young, Holly Near, Claudia Schmidt and Jesse Winchester -- to sing the music they wrote.