As part of the 2016 National Speleological Society Convention, July 16–23 in Ely, the Ely Art Bank will host an exhibit of photos taken at Lehman Cave.

John and Mary Walker, owners of Walker Electric Studio, took some of the earliest known photos of Lehman Caves in the 1920s, shortly after President Harding created Lehman Caves National Monument.

The photos were sent to Washington, D.C, where they were placed in the archives of the Library of Congress. A recent find at the Smithsonian Museum of the 30 photographs taken inside Lehman Caves 50 years ago has resulted in an art exhibit that will be on display at the Ely Art Bank.

New photos have been taken at the same location so the exhibit will show “Then and Now” photos of the same spot in the cave. A reception to showcase the photo exhibit will be held at the Ely Art Bank on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. The Art Bank is located at 399 Aultman Street.

The exhibit will be on display until July 30. The photos will then become a permanent exhibit at Lehman Caves after the conference and will show what happened in the cave during the last 50 years.

All are welcome to stop by and see the photos. The photo exhibit and the new mural of Lehman Caves are a wonderful example of the use of art to tell our history that the Ely Renaissance Society is featuring to attract visitors to the area.

Several other art exhibits are planned during the year at the Ely Art Bank. More on this can be found at