LANSDALE — The Lansdale Historical Society has announced a pair of events planned for Founder’s Day events in August.
The Jenkins Homestead Art Show and Sale, 137 Jenkins Avenue, will be held on Founders Day, Saturday, August 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Take a tour of the Homestead and Research Center and see works by seven artists with Lansdale connections, including the late State Senator Edwin Hall, Albert Rue Bailey, Judy Boyles, George Clauser, Davis Gray, Marian Haas and Chuck Kinter.
Senator Hall’s watercolors will be on display as well as many for sale. Tours and exhibits are free, and proceeds from the sale of the artwork will benefit the Lansdale Historical Society. There will be a table with crayons and pictures for children to color and display in the ropes show before taking them home.
Then don’t miss the official opening ceremony for the 120-year-old SEPTA Lansdale Passenger Rail Station, marking its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. The ceremony will take place at the station, 80 West Main Street, on Sunday, August 28, at 1:00 p.m. There will be guest speakers and the history of the station will be on display inside the building. Light refreshments will be served.
Members of the historical society have been pushing for this official designation for years, and in December 2021, the National Park System announced that the station had been added to the registry. The station is the 159th Montgomery County property to be placed on the register and the third in Lansdale — the others being the Jenkins Manor (1977) and the Silk Mill Attic (2004).
Construction of the station began in 1902 and was completed in February 1903, to a standing ovation from the townspeople who visited the building on its opening day. It replaced a combined passenger and freight depot built in 1868 and received major restoration work in the 1990s after falling into disrepair for several decades. according to society. For more information about the Lansdale Historical Society at (215) 855-1872, visit www.LansdaleHistory.org or look for Lansdale Historical Society on Facebook.