Delaware County's historic town of Lansdowne celebrates the 125th Anniversary of its founding with a rare and moving exhibit at the Lansdowne Arts Board’s 20*20 House, every weekend from June 2nd through July 9th. Admission is free, and the hours are noon to 4pm each Saturday and Sunday.

Titled “Within a Square Mile: Lansdowne at 125” the opening reception is June 2nd from 4 to 6pm.  Curated by local resident Matt Schultz, the exhibit draws on his personal collection of historic photographs, trophies, uniforms and other Lansdowne-related materials collected over 40 years. 

Schultz is the author of “Views of Lansdowne,” co-author of “Lansdowne Remembers the World Wars,” and Executive Producer of the historic documentary, “There is a town…Lansdowne.” He said, “The exhibit touches on several topics covered in my previous efforts, however, there will be little overlap in images and objects that have been shown in those earlier efforts.”

The vintage photo at the top of this story and the 'Dewey for President' picture above, were taken by Robert Hovell.  

At the core of the exhibit is a series of photographs recorded by the late Robert Hovell who lived in Lansdowne from 1939 to 1982. 
Mr. Hovell was very active in the Boy Scout Troop at St. Philomena’s Church and an avid talented amateur photographer. Schultz credited Hovell’s niece Jeanne Connell with stepping forward with this treasure trove of local history. Scanning the negatives Schultz, who knew Mr. Hovell, said, “Bob’s photographs provide a unique glimpse what it must have been like to grow up in Lansdowne during World War II. He captured parades and public events during the 1940s with a sharp eye on composition.”

Class of 1962 Yearbook
The exhibit will also examine the history of Lansdowne High School and Lansdowne-Aldan High School, community traditions, and other local lore.

The 20*20 House is located at 20 Lansdowne Court, in Lansdowne, PA. Easily accessible by public transportation, the 20*20 House is one block from the Lansdowne stop on the Media / Elywn SEPTA train line.

The Lansdowne Arts Board is dedicated to bringing artists of all career stages into the community to help develop Lansdowne as a leading center for artistic living. The 20*20 House is the new venue to launch this mission, featuring two beautiful floors of gallery with natural light and historic architecture. 

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