The Widener Family and Lynnewood Hall
Hosted By Springfield Township Historical Society
1710 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown, Pennsylvania 19031
The Springfield Township Historical Society will present a program on the Widener family and Lynnewood Hall, an Elkins Park mansion designed by Horace Trumbauer where Peter A.B. Widener, his family and servants moved in 1900. WHEN: Thursday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Bethlehem Pike and West Mill Rd., Flourtown WHO: Presenter will be Roddy Davis, a resident of Springfield Township for 64 years. His interest in local history goes back to a time when he helped his grandchildren do a family tree for a school assignment.He discovered that his roots go back to the founding of Cheltenham Township. PROGRAM: In this program he will share 160 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 work 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 program is free and open to the public.