Rollo Coaster Creations – A Fun Family Event

Jump on board and create your very own Rollo Coaster on Saturday, May 18 at the Ligonier Valley Library, beginning at 10:30am! In addition to some fun, hands-on time, children and their families will get to have a Meet and Greet with at least one Idlewild character, enjoy some light refreshments, and possibly win a family 4 pack for one free day at Idlewild.

This event is free, but limited to 20 children and their parents. Families must be registered to attend. Register Online or in person, or call the library at 724-238-6451.

While you are here for the event, stop downstairs and check out the 2019 Historic Photography Show, “Memories of Idlewild Park.” The exhibit will be on display in the Pennsylvania Room and Hallway starting with an opening reception on April 16 and continuing through July 9.

Historic Photography Show – Memories of Idlewild Park

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.