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Willow Grove Park Association Collection, 1910, 1929

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Creator:
Willow Grove Park Association
Collector:
Cayton, Howard
Community Life, Div. of, NMAH, SI
Subject:
Cayton, Nathan
Sousa, John Philip 1854-1932
Physical description:
1 folder
Type:
Guidebooks
Collection descriptions
Membership cards
Place:
Pennsylvania
Montgomery County (Pa.)
Date:
1910
1910-1929
1910, 1929
1910-1930
1910-1920
Notes:
Willow Grove Park formally opened to the public in 1895 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries it was well known as a place of amusement, combining open lawns, orchards, woodlands, lakes, and streams with colonial style buildings. Open only during the summer season, attractions included a music pavilion, electric fountain, shoot-the-chutes casino, lakeside cafe, news-stand, photograph gallery, automobile race track, picnic groves, women's building, two carousels, captive flying machine, scenic mountain railway, athletic field, and an amphitheater with 30,000 seats where afternoon and evening free concerts were given. Some of the best bands and orchestras, including John Philip Sousa, performed there. The park no longer exists, and the area is now a shopping mall with a carousel theme. Throughout the mall are carousel horses suspended from the ceiling and historic photographs of the former park.
Summary:
2 items: a guide book, which briefly describes events for the 1910 season and includes photographic illustrations; and a 1929 membership card of the Willow Grove Park Association.
Cite as:
Willow Grove Park Association Collection, 1910, 1929, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Amusement parks
Local number:
1990.3023 (NMAH Acc.)
1989.3127 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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