Historic Photography Show

Pennsylvania Room staff and volunteers are happy to announce the 2019 Historic Photography Show, “Memories of Idlewild Park.” The exhibit will open with a reception on Tuesday, April 16 from 6:00-7:30 pm and run through July 9. The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The 18th annual Historic Photography Show 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 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.

What are your memories of Idlewild? If you have photographs, documents and/or memorabilia that you would be willing to loan to the Pennsylvania Room for the show, please call the Ligonier Valley Library at 724-238-6451 or stop by the Pennsylvania Room, located on the lower floor. The Pennsylvania Room is open Tuesday-Saturday and closed on Mondays.

The Show’s History and Mission

Binders from each of the Historic Photography Shows are available in the Pennsylvania Room featuring photos and documents. Stop by during normal Pennsylvania Room hours to take a look. For more information about this and other aspects of the Pennsylvania Room call the Ligonier Valley Library at 724-238-6451 and ask to speak to Shirley Iscrupe or email her at lvlparoom@ligonierlibrary.org.

The mission of the Historic Photography Show (as well as the smaller shows held throughout the year) is to present a facet of Ligonier Valley history that is interesting, educational and may have been overlooked in the past. In addition, the photographs and documents copied become a permanent part of the Pennsylvania Room collection. This is an ideal manner of preserving our history and provides patrons with a strong base from which to conduct research.

The Historic Photography Show is an exhibit put on by the Ligonier Valley Library’s Pennsylvania Room staff and volunteers. If you would like to be a volunteer, please stop by or contact the library at 724-238-6451 or lvlparoom@ligonierlibrary.org.