The Genius Belt

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1 – 2 pm
$10 member | $20 non-member |$5 student with valid ID

By David Leopold, director of the Studio of Ben Solowey

Walking down the streets of Doylestown or New Hope in the 1930s or 40s, you might have glimpsed humorist Dorothy Parker at a lunch counter or satirist S. J. Perelman at the hardware store. Maybe you ran into James Michener, Oscar Hammerstein, or Pearl Buck while in town, too. Cheap real estate, proximity to Philadelphia and New York City, and the lure of country living attracted creative minds to the region, earning Bucks County the nickname of “the genius belt.” David Leopold discusses the people and places that contributed to the creative haven fueling this nickname.