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Posted on: February 23, 2022

Pennypacker Mills Announces New Exhibit, Stereographing America: A 3-D History of Stereographs

Viewing Stereocards with Lorgnette

SCHWENKSVILLE, PA – Starting Tuesday, March 1, visitors are invited to Pennypacker Mills to discover how Victorians entertained their guests with 3-D images using a stereoscope.

Before the easy entertainment of television or videogames, people found enjoyment using a stereoscope, a device that allows the user to view a pair of separate images as a three-dimensional image. This exhibit features several stereoscopes and numerous stereocards from the collection of Pennypacker Mills to explain the history behind this Victorian amusement.

Visitors are invited to experience the ‘magical illusion’ in person. All visitors will be able to view the stereographs in 3-D by using a lorgnette, which will be provided in the galleries. The exhibit will be held in the two second floor galleries and will be included on all guided tours. 

To book a guided tour of Pennypacker Mills to see the Stereographing America: A 3-D History of Stereographs exhibit, call (610) 287-9349 or email in advance. All tours must be confirmed by a staff member.

Visitors are required to wear a mask indoors and practice social distancing.

About Pennypacker Mills
Looking for an interesting place to visit that’s close to home? Pennypacker Mills is the answer! This historic site is open year-round for free guided tours of the home of Pennsylvania Governor Samuel Pennypacker and his family. Known for its collection of 18th and 19th century decorative arts, furnishings, personal and official documents, the story of this famous Pennsylvania family reflects the lives of those who lived in Montgomery County in the early 1900’s.

Pennypacker Mills is open Tuesdays thru Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays: 1 to 4 p.m., with the last tour at 3 p.m. each day. The site is closed on Mondays and county holidays. Tours take approximately one hour and are free, with a suggested donation of $2 per person.

Pennypacker Mills is operated by the Montgomery County Division of Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites. Pennypacker Mills is located off Route 73 (Skippack Pike) at 5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville, PA 19473. Follow Pennypacker Mills on Facebook.

Media Contact: Kelly Cofrancisco,

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