Aging Gracefully: Bala Cynwyd’s Lower Merion Academy Turns 200

May 4, 2012 by  

The Lower Merion School DistrictLower Merion Historical Society, and Lower Merion Academy trustees have celebrated the bicentennial of the Lower Merion Academy.

Buildings come and go, but the Academy, located in in Bala Cynwyd has hung around. To celebrate the building’s longevity and value to the community, a number of area organizations, including the Lower Merion Historical Society and the Lower Merion School District held a Bicentennial Gala on April 28, 2012.

The event was held not only to celebrate the school’s long history, but also to raise money. Proceeds from tickets, which cost $75 to the general public and $67.50 for members of the Historical Society, will go towards the Cynwyd Train Station’s capital campaign. The train station is the starting point for the Cynwyd Heritage Trail.

For any organization celebrating such a momentous event, poster printing is an excellent way to drum up interest in such an event. Posters can also provide people with useful and engaging facts about the school building. For example, the Academy was the first public school constructed in the area. It was run by Quakers, who allowed any student to attend, regardless of the student’s race, religion or financial status.

Like the Lower Merion Academy, the Cynwyd Train Station has a long history. It dates back to 1890. The funds will restore the brickwork on the outside of the train station and repair the first floor inside. The money raised will also be used to put a stormwater system in place.