The Conlon collection features family photographs contributed by Cllr. Seán Conlon from County Monaghan.
Seán’s collection includes a range of photographs which chart his family’s emigration/migration from the 1870s up to the 1980s between Counties Monaghan, Tyrone and Armagh in Ireland, and further afield to Philadelphia. Born in London, Seán spent his childhood in Germantown and Five Points Philadelphia. He returned to live in Monaghan in 1972. He then spent a further 14 years in Philadelphia as an adult.
This collection includes early studio portraits, most notable a family portrait taken in 1895 where present is Sean’s paternal grandmother Liz Mullan as an infant. Also featured are a fine set of black & white documentary photographs made by local Philadelphia photographer (and Uncle) John Hamilton in the 1960s of a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Philadelphia where Tyrone Society and Clan na nGael banners are carried. Along with these are box brownie photographs, early colour photographs from the 1950s up until the mid 1980s. Along with providing a glance of four generations of this family, this collection also documents an element of the diaspora experience.