1960’s era Picturesque diorama artwork depicting Bucks County Colonial Life and the American Revolutionary Saga has found a home at the Bensalem Township Building Lobby! These unique displays were installed at the former Strawbridge and Clothier located at the Neshaminy Mall during the 1960’s. Many long-time Bensalem residents and visitors can tell a story or two about their experience with the dioramas. “They truly are a part of Bensalem and the unique history we hold”, said Mayor DiGirolamo. “As soon as we received information these precious fixtures were going to be demolished, the Bensalem Historical Society jumped into action! Between our administration, the Neshaminy Mall Management and the muscle of our Public Works Department, we were able to save these integral pieces of the past”, continued the Mayor.
For now, the diorama which re-enact the signing of the Declaration of Independence will now forever be a part of the Bensalem Township Building’s Lobby. Sally Sondesky along with Mayor Joseph DiGirolamo have been long-time members of the Bensalem Historical Society. “While I love all the scenes, I have a penchant for the signing of the Declaration of Independence”, said Sally Sondesky, President of the Bensalem Historical Society. “We celebrated Bensalem’s Tri-Centennial in 1992 (founded and incorporated in 1692) and re-created the entire signing scene with people, costumes, and an exact replica of Independence Hall, where the Declaration was signed. This was the birth of what people have come to know as our annual Pride Day Celebration or Fall Festival as it has affectionately been re-named over the years, so this one truly has a special place in my heart, described Sally.
While the township building is currently closed because of Covid Restrictions, it is our hope with some of the restrictions changing just recently to allow more openings, etc. of public places, will include the municipal facility located at 2400 Byberry Road and visitors can enjoy this beautiful piece of priceless history.
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