Freyberger Gallery presents 'BLUE MARSH: Landscape Lost'

The Penn State Berks Freyberger Gallery will present "BLUE MARSH: Landscape Lost," an exhibit that explores the story of the Blue Marsh Dam project and the subsequent changes for the families who lived and worked in the area. An opening reception will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12. The exhibit is open from Sept. 12 to Oct. 31.  This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

During the building of the Blue Marsh Dam, more than 50 historic sites were in the area to be flooded; a few were moved, the rest were destroyed. A total of 64 farm families were displaced. Included in this exhibit are contemporary and historic photographs, paintings, artifacts, and documents that explore the memory of the unconstrained beauty of the landscape lost during the construction of the Blue Marsh Dam and Recreational Area. These historic and family photos, paintings, artifacts, and documents have never been gathered for one exhibit that focuses on the Blue Marsh Dam project and the use of eminent domain in Berks County.

The Freyberger Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, contact Marilyn Fox, gallery director, at 610-396-6140 or via email at

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Last Updated August 27, 2013