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‘Long Way Home’ exhibit returns as memorial to museum founder Lankton


CLINTON – To commemorate the life of the Museum of Russian Icons’ founder, Gordon Lankton, the exhibit “The Long Way Home: A Photographic Journey,” is being revived. Featuring more than 40 photographs taken by Lankton during a life-changing motorcycle trip to 24 different countries across Europe and Asia in the mid-1950s, the exhibition will be on view July 29 through Oct. 3.

The show was originally on display in July 2020, when the museum reopened after the pandemic.

Gordon Lankton, Frankfurt, Germany, Nov. 6, 1956, photographer unknown. This is one of the images in 'The Long Journey Home,' returning to the Museum of Russian Icons in July.

On Nov. 6, 1956, armed with a camera, maps, passport, C-Rations, a budget of $5 per day ($3 food, $1 sleeping, $1 for gas and everything else) and little else, 25-year-old Lankton left Frankfurt, Germany, on an NSU motorcycle and began an adventure that would influence the path he would take for the next 50 years. 

This trip from Germany to Japan prompted him to reflect on international relations and conceptualize the worldwide corporation and museum that he would one day build.  



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