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.

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!

12/01/2019
The Knauss Homestead

The Knauss Homestead

We are excited for Old Fashion Christmas this year. On Friday December 6th from 6-8pm Sarajane Williams will be playing the harp for your listening pleasure while enjoying wine and cheese. Sarajane was taught by Dorothy Knauss, a descendant. The House will be decorated as it would have been in the period of the House built in 1777. Stroll the grounds and stop by the barn to see a horse carriage built in 1865 with a lighted Christmas Tree.
On Saturday the House will be open from noon to 4pm. Children will be able to make their own Christmas Tree ornament to the placed on the Children's Christmas Tree on the Emmaus Triangle Park at 4:30p. Come visit us. We would love to see you.

12/01/2019

Due to ice (and maybe snow) the museum will be closed today, Sunday, December 1.
Next Sunday it will be closed and we invite you to come to the log house in Wescosvillle December 8 for the annual Christmas open house, with luminaria, candles in the windows, cookies, and companionship. Open 4 to 7 -- come after dark if you want to experience the lovely warm light of the candles.

11/30/2019

Sunday, December 1, the museum will be closed if the weather turns as bad as predicted. Please check on Facebook before leaving to visit us.

11/26/2019
11/23/2019

The museum at Camp Olympic is open this Sunday, November 24, from 1 to 4.

11/17/2019

The museum is open today, Nov 17.

Quakers: The Quiet Revolutionaries
11/15/2019

Quakers: The Quiet Revolutionaries

One hundred years ago, on November 14, 1917, just days after women in New York State were accorded the right to vote, an incident occurred in Virginia that became known as the “Night of Terror.” Thirty-three members of Quaker Alice Paul’s National Woman’s Party, in prison for picketing the White House, were brutalized at the hands of more than 40 prison officials and guards. According to a newspaper report, the women were chained and beaten, some by having their heads smashed into iron bed frames. A 74-year old suffragette was stabbed with part of her broken picketing banner. Lucy Burns, co-founder of the Party with Alice Paul, was beaten and left chained to a cell door with her hands above her head all night, then stripped and left in an unheated cell the next day.

In the end, treatment such as this served only to highlight the cause of women’s suffrage. In less than three years, these determined women celebrated the ratification of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing all American women the right to vote. We remember them with honor and respect.

11/12/2019
Drop spindle spinning vs European suspended Spinning

Drop spindle spinning vs European suspended Spinning

A short video on two different types of suspended spinning: Drop spindle spinning which is popular with modern crafters and European style suspended spinning...

Commissioner Ron Beitler
11/11/2019

Commissioner Ron Beitler

Below is a photo of a local World War 2 vet I took at the Macungie VFW a few years ago. Lower Mac has numerous areas honoring vets including this memorial at Post 9264. 2 of our original village parks in East Texas & Wescosville were founded as memorials. There also is a wonderful brick ribbon memorial at the Lower Macungie Library maintained by a local Eagle Scout and his family the Webers. I'll be visiting local memorials today and sharing pictures I take.

Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when Armistice with Germany went into effect. 7 Lower Mac residents served in the Great War at 4 different fronts including the Meuse-Argonne offensive. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to remember their stories at our Veterans Day program.

Lower Macungie Township
Lower Macungie Township Historical Society

We had a nice turnout at today's Veteran's program at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center. The Macungie VFW pro...
11/10/2019

We had a nice turnout at today's Veteran's program at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center. The Macungie VFW proudly displayed flags from the various branches of the armed services, Rich Gorton was the MC, and Richard Buss gave a moving presentation about WWI vets from LMT.

Henning's Market
11/10/2019

Henning's Market

THE HENNING FAMILY WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS ITS APPRECIATION TO ALL VETERANS FOR THEIR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY! On MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11th, All Veterans will receive A FREE DINNER BUFFET between 3:00 PM & 8:30 PM at the Henning's Market All You can Eat Fresh Market Buffet with Veterans ID or proof of service. Come Early, Space is Limited.

Pennsylvania Trails of History
11/10/2019

Pennsylvania Trails of History

Is there a significant piece of PA history that should be commemorated with a historical marker? The ⏰ is ticking. Here's what you need to know. 👉 https://phmc.info/2K59Uyb

Pennsylvania Trails of History
11/09/2019

Pennsylvania Trails of History

Is there a significant piece of PA history that should be commemorated with a historical marker? The ⏰ is ticking. Here's what you need to know. 👉 https://phmc.info/2K59Uyb

11/08/2019

Reminder: the museum will be closed this Sunday, November 10. That's the day we observe Veterans Day and honor our local veterans at the LMT community center.

Friends for the Protection of Lower Macungie
11/06/2019

Friends for the Protection of Lower Macungie

The Lower Macungie Library referendum last night passed at all 10 township voting precincts and by almost 500 votes in total. What does this mean?

A .25 millage levy will be instituted to support the Lower Macungie Library. The funding stream can only be used for yearly operations of the library. Cannot be tapped for anything else. Because of the township homestead program, the local property tax is heavily weighted towards commercial properties. Homeowners get a discount. This is unique in the Lehigh Valley to Lower Mac.

For homeowners, just like the regular millage homestead reduction will apply. So, some township homeowners will continue to pay no local township property tax since with homestead the tax applies as a sliding scale. Homes assessed under around 120,000 will pay nothing. (this includes mobile home communities and some townhome communities)

Make sure if you qualify for homestead that you are enrolled for the discount. The criteria is your home must be your primary residence.

A big benefit supporters such as Vote Yes for Lower Macungie Library argued is that commercial properties such as warehouses and large shopping centers will now help fund our public library. Before the referendum passed the library was funded primarily from the wage tax so businesses contributed nothing directly.

The combined millage will remain among the lowest property tax rates for a suburban community of our size in the state. It's clear that here in Lower Mac we get excellent value for our money.

One thing is certain. The Lower Macungie Library is the best library in the Lehigh Valley. And you can honestly argue among the nicest in the state. If you haven't been there recently, you need to visit it. Especially if you are a family with kids. The youth programs are outstanding. Many of them free.

A Mountain Road barn has a nice new roof! Thanks to owner Jim Butt for preserving an important part of our township's hi...
11/06/2019

A Mountain Road barn has a nice new roof! Thanks to owner Jim Butt for preserving an important part of our township's history!

Friends for the Protection of Lower Macungie
11/06/2019

Friends for the Protection of Lower Macungie

The Lower Macungie Library referendum last night passed at all 10 township voting precincts and by almost 500 votes in total. What does this mean?

A .25 millage levy will be instituted to support the Lower Macungie Library. The funding stream can only be used for yearly operations of the library. Cannot be tapped for anything else. Because of the township homestead program, the local property tax is heavily weighted towards commercial properties. Homeowners get a discount. This is unique in the Lehigh Valley to Lower Mac.

For homeowners, just like the regular millage homestead reduction will apply. So, some township homeowners will continue to pay no local township property tax since with homestead the tax applies as a sliding scale. Homes assessed under around 120,000 will pay nothing. (this includes mobile home communities and some townhome communities)

Make sure if you qualify for homestead that you are enrolled for the discount. The criteria is your home must be your primary residence.

A big benefit supporters such as Vote Yes for Lower Macungie Library argued is that commercial properties such as warehouses and large shopping centers will now help fund our public library. Before the referendum passed the library was funded primarily from the wage tax so businesses contributed nothing directly.

The combined millage will remain among the lowest property tax rates for a suburban community of our size in the state. It's clear that here in Lower Mac we get excellent value for our money.

One thing is certain. The Lower Macungie Library is the best library in the Lehigh Valley. And you can honestly argue among the nicest in the state. If you haven't been there recently, you need to visit it. Especially if you are a family with kids. The youth programs are outstanding. Many of them free.

11/05/2019

Happy election day! LMT Commissioner Ron Beitler is encouraging us to vote "Yes" for the proposed new library tax. He said it could also affect all future grant funding - including grants for the LMTHS.

11/02/2019

Come visit the museum at Camp Olympic this Sunday, November 3, between 1 to 4. If you are a member, ask to pick up your copy of our new book. Others may receive the book by joining the society.
On Sunday, November 10, the museum will be closed as we will be at the Lower Macungie Community Center for our annual commemoration of Veterans Day.

The Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center
10/29/2019

The Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center

Time is running out to visit the collaborative exhibit “Hex Signs: Sacred and Celestial Symbolism in Pennsylvania Dutch Barn Stars” at Glencairn Museum! The last day is Sunday, November 3, so schedule your trip down to visit this beautiful display of artifacts on Barn Stars!

Lehigh Valley History
10/29/2019

Lehigh Valley History

In 1939, the residents of East Texas, Wescosville, Trexlertown, Spring Creek, and Minesite combined efforts to build a playground. It included a baseball diamond, sandpit, and play equipment. The 3-acre property was donated by George Butz of East Texas.

10/27/2019

The museum at Camp Olympic will be open this Sunday, 1 to 4. Come visit.

Thomas Brendle Symposium • The Goschenhoppen Historians
10/22/2019
Thomas Brendle Symposium • The Goschenhoppen Historians

Thomas Brendle Symposium • The Goschenhoppen Historians

Thomas R Brendle Folklife Symposium Early Pennsylvania Medicine: Curing the Sick   November 2, 2019 Red Men’s Hall – Green Lane, Pennsylvania Patrick J. Donmoyer, Allen Viehmeyer, Dr. George Davis, Wayne Skilton   Public presentations of the Pennsylvania Dutch folk culture in the Goschenhoppen...

30 Truths About The Woman In the Iron Coffin
10/21/2019
30 Truths About The Woman In the Iron Coffin

30 Truths About The Woman In the Iron Coffin

In 2011, construction workers in Queens, New York made a horrifying discovery. A backhoe hit unexpected metal, which drew the attention of the workers. When they went to investigate, they found shredded metal and mummified human remains. Fearing they’d discovered the site of a homicide, the worker...

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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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