PETER A.B. WIDENER AND HIS LYNNEWOOD HALL ESTATE IN ELKINS PARK
Thursday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church in Springfield
Bethlehem Pike and East Mill Road, Flourtown
Roddy Davis, a resident of Springfield Township for 64 years,will share photographs and stories, including photograph albums and a rare volume that documents the artwork in Mr. Widener’s private Art Gallery. Peter Arrell Brown Widener started his working career as a butcher. His fortune was built on hard work and good luck.He had several partners, including J.P. Morgan and Mr. William Elkins; Mr.Elkins sold groceries to the government for the Union Civil War troops in the Philadelphia area. They pooled their money and bought up fledgling traction companies.They accumulated trolley companies in Philadelphia, Boston, New York and Chicago. Mr. Widener used some of his wealth to purchase the works of world renowned artists. Needing more space for his art collection was one of the reasons he moved from Broad St. & Girard Ave., Philadelphia, to the countryside in Elkins Park.
The Springfield Township Historical Society program is free and open to the public.