Historic Photography Show

The Ligonier Valley has a proud history that the Pennsyvlania Room showcases every year with their Historic Photography Show. In addition to photographs, the exhibits include memorabilia and artifacts relating to that year's theme. Special programs are also planned around the theme of the show.


"The Korean war began on June 25, 1950, when some 75,000 soldiers from the North Korean People’s Army poured across the 38th parallel, the boundary between the Soviet-backed Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the north and the pro-Western Republic of Korea to the south. This invasion was the first military action of the Cold War. By July, American troops had entered the war on South Korea’s behalf. As far as American officials were concerned, it was a war against the forces of international communism itself. After some early back-and-forth across the 38th parallel, the fighting stalled and casualties mounted with nothing to show for them. Meanwhile, American officials worked anxiously to fashion some sort of armistice with the North Koreans. The alternative, they feared, would be a wider war with Russia and China–or even, as some warned, World War III. Finally, in July 1953, the Korean War came to an end. In all, some 5 million soldiers and civilians lost their lives in what many in the U.S. refer to as “the Forgotten War” for the lack of attention it received compared to more well-known conflicts like World War I and II and the Vietnam War. The Korean peninsula is still divided today." (Excerpt from https://www.history.com/topics/korea/korean-war)

The Historic Photography Show will feature photographs of veterans from the Ligonier Valley who fought during the Korean War and images from the era. The show will also include memorabilia from the era. Events to watch for:

  • Opening Reception on Tuesday, September 14 from 4:00 to 6:30 PM
  • Korean War Footlocker Program on Tuesday, October 19 at 6:00 PM
  • Honoring our Veterans Slideshow will run continuously in the Pennsylvania Room on November 10, 12, and 13

*All events are subject to change or cancellation. Please verify the program's dates and times by checking our website and/or calling the Ligonier Valley Library at 724-238-6451 - especially if you are travelling from a great distance. The Pennsylvania Room is closed on Mondays. For an updated schedule of days and times for the show, visit our Faces of Ligonier: Veterans of the Korean War Era Facebook event

The Photography Show’s History and Mission

The Pennsylvania Room staff and volunteers began doing the photography shows in 2002 with the Ligonier Valley Rail Road. The exhibits have covered a wide array of local Ligonier Valley history. Binders for each of the Historic Photography Shows are available in the Pennsylvania Room and feature photos and documents that were on display for the show - staff and volunteers continue to add to them. The show has been held every year since 2002 except for 2020. The 2021 show is now the 19th exhibit. 

The mission of the 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. 

If you would like to volunteer to help with the Historic Photography Show or have items you are willing to donate for one of the shows, please visit the Pennsylvania Room or contact the Pennsylvania Room's Archivist by calling the Library at 724-238-6451 or emailing paroom@ligonierlibrary.org.