Two important figures in establishing the Michener Art Museum as a world-class destination for arts and culture have recently passed, but their legends live on in what they created.
“Fambrough was a major force in establishing the high quality of Jazz Night all these years,” continues Siokalo. “He performed here on many occasions for Jazz Nights, as well as off-site concerts such as the Meet the Michener at Roman Jeweler event. He performed exhibition related events like Jazz Age in Paris, family jazz concerts, summer outdoor sculpture garden series concerts, blues night, our 10th anniversary concert, and ran a jr. jazz camp here many summers ago.”
From 1972 – 1976 Lindley served as a county commissioner. He was also a member of the board of Bucks County Community College.
As Bucks County Commissioner, Lindley created the Bucks County Council on the Arts. Every other week that group would meet in Denver’s office and explores ways to promote the arts in Bucks County. One of the council’s ideas was to expand exhibition opportunities for artists. The Artmobile of Bucks County Community College was a direct outgrowth of an arts council idea that first surfaced in 1974 and the Artmobile is still on the road today.
Another idea of the Art Council was to develop a museum right here in Bucks County. Those ideas stimulated the establishment of the Rodman House, the direct predecessor to the Michener Art Museum.
“There is no doubt that Denver is the museum’s godfather,” says Katsiff. “His passion for the arts and his support helped to create this museum.”