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Historic Photography Show – Memories of Idlewild Park

Apr 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Ligonier Valley Library’s Pennsylvania Room will open its 18th annual Historic Photography Show with a reception from 6:00-7:30 pm on Tuesday, April 16.

This year’s exhibit will celebrate the history of Ligonier’s beloved amusement park, Idlewild and SoakZone. Idlewild has charmed people across Western Pennsylvania and beyond since its origins as a 19th century picnic grove for the Ligonier Valley Rail Road. The Historical Photography Show will show how the Mellon family’s scenic picnic grounds evolved into a traditional amusement park in the 20th century and how Idlewild continues to delight generations as an award-winning family attraction today. Established in 1878, Idlewild and SoakZone is recognized as the oldest operating amusement park in Pennsylvania and the third oldest in the United States

Local historian and author Jennifer Sopko will guest curate the Historic Photography Show, bringing together a fascinating collection of photographs and memorabilia discovered during the research for her 2018 book Idlewild: History and Memories of Pennsylvania’s Oldest Amusement Park. 

The show will take place in the Pennsylvania Room and Hallway and will continue through July 9. All programs associated with the show, including the opening reception, are free and open to the public. No registration required.

The mission of the Historical Photography Show is to present a facet of Ligonier Valley history that is interesting, educational and may have been overlooked in the past. The photographs and documents copied become a permanent part of the Pennsylvania Room collection, an invaluable resource for researchers.

If you have photographs, documents and/or memorabilia to share with this exhibit, please call the library at 724-38-6451 or stop by the Pennsylvania Room, located on the lower floor. The Room is generally open Tuesday-Saturday and closed on Mondays. Call the library for hours.


Ligonier Valley Library
120 West Main Street
Ligonier, PA 15658 United States
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