Lower Macungie Township Historical Society

Lower Macungie Township Historical Society Our Vision: to collect, preserve, and celebrate the history of Lower Macungie Township of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.
A HISTORY OF LOWER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP Second Edition - 1996 Over twenty years ago, during the nation’s Bicentennial celebration, volunteers decided to record as much as possible of the disappearing past of Lower Macungie Township. Thanks to the many longtime residents who shared family histories and allowed their old photos to be copied, a large, well-illustrated book was published. ‘A History of Lower Macungie Township’ contains over 370 pages, more than 500 photographs, and 12 maps. It has recently been reprinted with some additions, including a comprehensive index that greatly facilitates genealogical research. The book has chapters on early settlement, farmsteads (mostly photographs), agriculture and family life, mills, iron mining and the iron industry, railroads and trolley lines, education, churches, communities, and civil history. Histories of Macungie and Alburtis are included in the chapter on communities. Early records in the chapter on Civil History include the tax list from 1762 and the names on the county assessor’s list of 1781. A History of Lower Macungie Township may be purchased at the Lower Macungie Township Municipal Building, 3400 Brookside Road, during regular business hours, or directly from the Lower Macungie Township Historical Society. Copies are also available from the Macungie Historical Society at the Macungie Institute, 510 East Main Street, Macungie. The cost is $24.95 (plus 6% sales tax for Pennsylvania residents) for soft cover or soft cover with spiral binding editions, or $39.95 (plus 6% sales tax for Pennsylvania residents) for the hard cover edition. Members of the historical society are entitled to a discount of $5 off the regular price of any book purchased. Mail orders should include $5 for shipping and handling. Please make checks payable to LMTHS and send along with your name and address to LMTHS, Post Office Box 3722, Wescosville, Pennsylvania 18106. Copies of the book are also available at all meetings of the Macungie and Lower Macungie Township historical societies.
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About the LMT historical society The history of Lower Macungie Township, in western Lehigh County, is being preserved today by a group of dedicated local residents who have seen much of the traditional township landscape disappear in recent years. We can still see many barns and old stone homes, often beautifully restored to suit our modern way of life. But the farmsteads themselves are in most cases no longer active, and housing developments have taken over much of the farmland. The Lower Macungie Township Historical Society was formed in 1989, initially to save a log house built in about 1790 from demolition. The log house, in the village of Wescosville along busy Route 222, a former King's Highway, was moved a hundred yards west into a township park, where it is being maintained by the society. Plans are to restore the interior as funds become available. The society is developing an Historic Structures Inventory and conducts a public lecture series on local history in conjunction with the Macungie Historical Society and Kalmbach Memorial Park. All photographic images on this site are provided by Focus On This Photography & Kevin Shoemaker. Protected by copyright.

Mithril
02/20/2020

Mithril

Brandywine River Museum of Art
02/17/2020

Brandywine River Museum of Art

Happy Presidents Day!

To celebrate we’re sharing the story of N. C. Wyeth’s “In a Dream I Meet General Washington” a favorite of Brandywine River Museum of Art visitors. In 1930, atop scaffolding to complete a mural of George Washington for a bank in Trenton, New Jersey, N.C. Wyeth lost his balance and almost fell 30 feet to the marble floor. The shock resulted in a dream that haunted him until he committed his vision to canvas. In that dream, Wyeth watched the Battle of Brandywine unfold before him as Washington narrated. The site of the battle is not far from Wyeth’s studio, and with his lifelong love of history he was familiar with details of the encounter.

To dispel the dream which he described as "amazingly vivid," Wyeth painted himself on shaky scaffolding in the foreground, palette and brushes in hand, speaking to Washington. British and American troops march across an autumnal colored landscape, and Major General Lafayette appears in the woods on the left. In the lower left corner, young Andrew Wyeth, accompanied by his dog, sits sketching as he often did in his father’s studio.

Image credit:
N. C. Wyeth (1882–1945)
In a Dream I Meet General Washington
1930
Oil on Canvas
72 3/8 x 79 in.
Purchased with funds given in memory of George T. Weymouth, 1991

Bert Winzer, WWII hero, still going strong and loving the ladies.
02/17/2020

Bert Winzer, WWII hero, still going strong and loving the ladies.

WWII Veteran Bert Winzer greeted visitors at our museum today.

WWII Veteran Bert Winzer greeted visitors at our museum today.
02/16/2020

WWII Veteran Bert Winzer greeted visitors at our museum today.

Lehigh Valley History
02/10/2020

Lehigh Valley History

Leather Corner Post Hotel, 6855 Horseshoe Road, Orefield PA, was built in 1861. Today it is a restaurant where patrons entertain each other playing the Boom-ba.

02/09/2020

The museum will be open from 1 to 4 this afternoon, Sunday Feb 10.

The Idea Room
02/03/2020

The Idea Room

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It's A Pennsylvania Thing
02/03/2020

It's A Pennsylvania Thing

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02/03/2020
The Battle for Crebilly Farm

The Battle for Crebilly Farm

Toll Brothers, one of the most sued (and litigious) development corporations in America, is attempting to develop Crebilly Farm on which part of the Battle o...

02/01/2020

Thinking of visiting the Lower Macungie museum at Camp Olympic Park? We are open this Sunday, and almost every Sunday, from 1 to 4. We are in the lower level of the small barn that the township rents out for events.

01/26/2020

The Lower Macungie museum at Camp Olympic will be open 1 to 4 pm this Sunday.

01/22/2020
Zionsville Antique Mall

Zionsville Antique Mall

We hope you’ve all been enjoying our “Ask Jimmy” videos and learning something new or maybe seeing something different. Here he is again in Episode #8.

Dendochronologist Michael Worthington retrieved a 10.25" core sample from our Kemmerer summer kitchen fireplace lintel t...
01/19/2020

Dendochronologist Michael Worthington retrieved a 10.25" core sample from our Kemmerer summer kitchen fireplace lintel this afternoon. Stay tuned for results in a few weeks!

01/18/2020

Weather -permitting, the Lower Macungie museum at Camp Olympic will be open Sunday from 1 to 4. If we have to close because the roads or parking lot are unsafe, we'll post it here.

01/11/2020

The museum at Camp Olympic is open tomorrow, Sunday (1/12), from 1 to 4.

01/11/2020

Sunday, January 19 - 1-2 pm
Dendrodating the lintel from the summer kitchen of the Kemmerer House - featuring Michael Worthington and Greg Huber - at the Bartholomew Center at Camp Olympic. Join us!

01/05/2020

The museum at Camp Olympic is open today, Sunday, from 1 to 4.

Lower Macungie Fire Department
01/02/2020

Lower Macungie Fire Department

It is with heartfelt sorrow that we announce the unexpected passing of Fire Marshall Brent A. McNabb this morning.

Brent was a valuable and active member of The Lower Macungie Fire Department, who served the citizens of the area, for over 40 years. The McNabb family has been a generational staple of this fire department with Brent serving alongside his father Allen, his son Gabe, his son-in-law Joe and his brother-in-law Jim during his career.

He has served in many roles during the past 43 years in the fire service, to include: Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief and President. He also had a major role in pre-plans and the design and building of many of the LMFD fire trucks you see today. His experience, expertise and dedication will not be forgotten.

To the McNabb family, we offer our love, prayers and sympathy. Please know that Brent’s service to his community will not be forgotten.

LMFD Fire Team.

01/02/2020
12/28/2019

Sunday, December 29, the Lower Macungie museum will be open from 1 to 4 p.m.

National Infantry Museum
12/26/2019

National Infantry Museum

#OnThisDayInHistory On this 25th day of December in 1914, just after midnight on Christmas morning, the majority of German troops engaged in World War I cease firing their guns and artillery and commence to sing Christmas carols. At certain points along the eastern and western fronts, the soldiers of Russia, France, and Britain even heard brass bands joining the Germans in their joyous singing.

At the first light of dawn, many of the German soldiers emerged from their trenches and approached the Allied lines across no-man’s-land, calling out “Merry Christmas” in their enemies’ native tongues. At first, the Allied soldiers feared it was a trick, but seeing the Germans unarmed they climbed out of their trenches and shook hands with the enemy soldiers. The men exchanged presents of cigarettes and plum puddings and sang carols and songs. There was even a documented case of soldiers from opposing sides playing a good-natured game of soccer.

The so-called Christmas Truce of 1914 came only five months after the outbreak of war in Europe and was one of the last examples of the outdated notion of chivalry between enemies in warfare. In 1915, the bloody conflict of World War I erupted in all its technological fury, and the concept of another Christmas Truce became unthinkable.

Plan a visit to the National Infantry Museum's gallery World at War: 1920-1947. It contains the largest collection of artifacts on display in the museum.

http://nationalinfantrymuseum.org/project/world-at-war/

12/25/2019
12/25/2019

We wish all our members, family and friends a very Merry Christmas! Wishing everyone a prosperous and healthy 2020.

12/22/2019

The museum will be open from 1 to 4 this Sunday, December 22. If you are tired of shopping, come over and stop in for a while, sit down, and let's talk about the past.

The oak summer bean from the Kemmerer house somehow managed to survive the demo! We're hoping to display a portion of it...
12/18/2019

The oak summer bean from the Kemmerer house somehow managed to survive the demo! We're hoping to display a portion of it in the museum.

The fireplace lintel from the Kemmerer house summer kitchen was placed in our museum today, thanks to assistance from Ja...
12/18/2019

The fireplace lintel from the Kemmerer house summer kitchen was placed in our museum today, thanks to assistance from Jason Grate and Greg Huber! Stop by the Bartholomew Museum (at Camp Olympic) to see it. We'll be open this Sunday (12/22) 1-4 pm.

Going, going...gone.
12/18/2019

Going, going...gone.

Lower Macungie Township Historical Society
12/17/2019

Lower Macungie Township Historical Society

Demo of the beautiful Kemmerer house on Indian Creek Rd. began today. Luckily, we were able to salvage the huge, oak fireplace lintel from the summer kitchen. Barn historian Greg Huber says it's the 2nd largest he's ever seen: 7'10" x 19" x 14".

According to barn historian Greg Huber, "For a beam to have a 19½ inch depth – that means that it had to have come from ...
12/16/2019

According to barn historian Greg Huber, "For a beam to have a 19½ inch depth – that means that it had to have come from a tree – in this instance an OAK tree – at least 3 feet 3 inches in diameter at its butt end. To me this means that the timber came from – most likely – a white oak – and probably 3 ½ to up to about 4 feet in diameter. This fireplace lintel is, far and away, our most precious artifact we have in the collection. It says so much about the history of our locale – before the European white man came here to America and the time after that.

Demo of the beautiful Kemmerer house on Indian Creek Rd. began today. Luckily, we were able to salvage the huge, oak  fi...
12/16/2019

Demo of the beautiful Kemmerer house on Indian Creek Rd. began today. Luckily, we were able to salvage the huge, oak fireplace lintel from the summer kitchen. Barn historian Greg Huber says it's the 2nd largest he's ever seen: 7'10" x 19" x 14".

12/14/2019

The museum will be open on Sunday, December 15. Come in for a chat about history.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Postcard History
12/13/2019

Southeastern Pennsylvania Postcard History

Homes along Kings Highway, at the intersection with Fountain Road (the old Route 100); Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church at the top of the hill, Old Zionsville. Though modernization has brought about the removal of the roadside fences and macadamization of the road, the structures seen here still remain.

Christmas at the log house.
12/09/2019

Christmas at the log house.

12/08/2019

Reminder: The Bartholomew Center at Camp Olympic will be closed today. Please join us in Wescosville today to celebrate "Christmas at the Log House" instead (4-7 p.m.).

The Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center
12/06/2019

The Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center

Our demonstrators truly help the Heritage Center site come alive. From cooking to presentations to music, we love having our friends visit and share their passions with you. Come out to the farm on December 7th from 10am until 4pm during Christmas on the Farm! Get in the holiday spirit!

Address

3120 S. Cedar Crest Boulevard
Emmaus, PA
18049

General information

Join us! If you are not already a member of the Lower Macungie Township Historical Society, please consider joining at one of the membership categories listed below. You may also use this form to renew your membership for the current calendar year. Your annual contribution will help to preserve the history of Lower Macungie Township and support entertaining and educational programs for adults and children. As a member, you will receive notices of meetings, seasonal newsletters with information about volunteer opportunities, and announcements of upcoming programs. Membership also entitles you to purchase an unlimited number of copies of A History of Lower Macungie Township at $5.00 off the regular price. Annual dues are: $ 10.00 · Individual; $ 15.00 · Family $ 25.00 · Sustaining $ 50.00 · Patron $ 250.00 · Life $ 50.00 · Business.

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Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

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Christmas at the Log House. It was warm and there tonight 🎄
Christmas at the log house
What might you have on the Trexler, Fogel, Grim and Breinig families from the mid-1700's to date? Warm Regards, John Marshall, descendant of these families listed above and others from the area.
I just wanted to take a brief moment to congratulate you all once again on the grand opening of The Bartholomew Center for Preservation of Lower Macungie Township History. The museum looked absolutely amazing! I have been in professional museums that didn't look nearly as good! The way things were laid out, the information they provided were just amazing. If you want the true test I will tell you I feel like my son really got a feeling for what life was like for our ancestors which is the most you could ask of any historical society and museum. He asked me questions the entire way home about the family and how they lived in Lower Macungie back in the 1700s and 1800s which was wonderful. He talked all through dinner about what he saw and was so eager to tell his siblings about it. I'm sorry I did not get to speak to each of you personally today but from the bottom of my heart thank you once again for all of the tireless work you and your volunteers have done to preserve the area that essentially breathed life to my family in America and congratulations on this amazing accomplishment!