Lower Saucon Township Historical Society
PO Box 176, Hellertown, PA 18055
610-625-8771
Email us at LSHistorical@yahoo.com

Located outside of Hellertown, PA
at 4216 Countryside Lane
in the Township of Lower Saucon


Meeting information and directions


Welcome to the Home Page for LSTHS

*** Schoolhouse Member Picnic, July 12, 2014    Scroll down this page for more info! ***

Time did not stand still in Lower Saucon Township and as farms and buildings passed from owner to owner there were significant changes that took place. Many early century buildings were lost or destroyed while others went through alterations or additions.



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Many of these buildings lost key parts of their architecture and to rebuild those missing elements has been a real challenge. In most cases, reconstructions are only accomplished with early photos or sketches and after hours of architectural research and archaeological work.

Our older buildings are psychologically important reference points in a changing urban environment. These diverse remnants tell us where we came from as a township and as people. They help give Lower Saucon Township its sense of place and identity. And once they are gone, they are gone forever.

lutz franklin bell tower"You can't stop progress," we are told, but we can redefine what "progress" is. It need not mean plundering our past for things bigger and better. As we approach the 21st century, we must make room for the preservation of human values which includes a more intelligent stewardship of the history that is written in the building blocks of our township.

Learn more about Lower Saucon on our history page.


Upcoming Events

NOTICE: Schoolhouse Member Picnic   July 12, 2014
at the Schoolhouse!!!

Notice: Apple Festival !!!   Sat. Oct 4, 2014, 10 - 3 PM
(see Calendar page for details)

Come out, support us and have a good time!
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Pictures from the 2013 Open House at Lutz-Franklin Schoolhouse (November 30, 2013)

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Recent Dedication of Ella's Garden (October 5, 2013)
  

   


2013-14 Officers, Board of Directors

Officers
President - Sue Horiszny
Vice President - Jody Hijazi
Treasurer - Frank Fabian
Secretary - Sally Murphy

Board of Directors
Rita Ernst
Frank Fabian
Shelley Goldberg
Judy Heydt (
Education, Docent, Alumni, Apple Festival)
Jody Hijazi (
Archives, Adopt-a-Road)
Sue Horiszny (
Development, Education, Kingston Park)
Sally Murphy (
Alumni)
John Ortwein
Josh Popichak
Fran Robb (
Acquisitions/Exhibits, Facilities)
Gwen Singer (
Education, Docent)


2013-14 Advisory Board

Advisory Board
Dr. Patricia Coughlin
Priscilla deLeon
Ron Horiszny
Michael Karabin
Dr. Richard Kingston
Thomas Maxfield
Ken Raniere
Karen Samuels
Christine Ussler
Sandra Yerger

Committee Chairs
Joan Ruth -
Membership
Woody Eyer -
Abitibi Green Team
Dan Ruth -
Archive Room/Website
Karen Samuels -
Public Relations, Newsletter

 

Please Drop off all of your:

 Junk mail, Magazines, Shopping catalogs,  Newspaper, Office and school papers.

 NOT Allowed: PHONE BOOKS, Plastic, Glass, Metal, Cardboard, Trash

This is a great way to support your community and environment by reducing the amount of waste sent to the landfill. 40% of everything in the landfill is paper - let's change that.

The different types of paper do not have to be separated and you do not have to remove staples! You may save and dispose of your recycling materials in either paper or plastic grocery bags; however, if you use plastic bags please do not tie them shut as they tend to jam the shredding machine.Lutz Franklin school

_____Recycling Program Updates
 
Paper retriever bin ____

Paper retrieval bins have been placed in the Saucon Valley area as a fundraiser for the Lower Saucon Township Historical Society. The bright yellow and green bins are located at:

Lower Saucon Township Municipal Complex
Hellertown Borough Hall
Saucon Valley School District Campus
Dewey Fire Company
Hellertown Borough parking lot across from the Post Office
Hellertown Water Authority's office
NEW!! SeWyCo Fire Co (enter from Rt. 378)

According to Abitibi's statistics, we help save 17 trees per recycled ton. We've now recycled over 1,100,000 pounds of paper and have saved over 9383 trees!

One ton of recycled paper absorbs 250 pounds of carbon dioxide, saves 7000 gallons of water, and saves 4000 kilowatt hours of energy.



Learn more about LSTHS and our area history by checking out past editions of our newsletter.
NOTE: The newsletter files are large - we only recommend viewing them if you have a high-speed connection.
Summer 2014 Newsletter (CURRENT)
Spring 2014 Newsletter
Winter 2013 Newsletter (Current-1)
Winter 2013 Newsletter (Current-2)
If you enjoyed looking at our newsletter, learn how to become a member and have a copy mailed to you quarterly.

sunflowerBon-Ton Community Days
BonTon Community Day Booklets available from LSTHS!!
From now through March 1st, your local, non-profit organizations are partnering with the Bon-Ton family of stores through the sale of coupon booklets, good toward store merchandise. With 100% of booklet sales benefiting the organizations, you can feel good going shopping and great about giving back.

This valuable coupon booklet can be purchased for just $5 each, good toward great merchandise at the Bon-Ton family of stores during the special Two Day Community Day Sale on February 28 - March 1.


Go to Bon-Ton Community Days for more information.
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Attention eBay Sellers
LSTHS is registered with Mission Fish as
Lower Saucon Township Historical Society.
Through this, you may donate all or a portion of the proceeds from any item you sell on eBay to LSTHS. Check out this link to eBay to find out how to sell your items through this program.
 

email Email us at Lutzfran@lutzfranklin.com or LShistorical@yahoo.com

Mission Statement
The Lower Saucon Township Historical Society seeks to preserve and maintain the Lutz-Franklin Schoolhouse as an example of 19th century Pennsylvania architecture, to utilize it as a place of public education, to acquire, conserve and archive artifacts, manuscripts, photographs, recordings and ephemera relevant to the history of Lower Saucon Township and to make them available for research, study and education.

Web Design by L.Ray

© 2004-2013 LSTHS

How to get to Lutz Franklin School:
mapDirections


How to get to Seidersville Hall:
Our monthly meetings
are held the 2nd Wednesday each month at 7:00pm at Seidersville Hall located at the Lower Saucon Township Municipal Complex at 3700 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bethlehem, PA. To get there:

FROM THE NORTH

From Route 22 take PA 378 South towards Bethlehem. After crossing the Hill-to-Hill bridge, with its steel superstructure, continue south on Route 378 up the mile-long hill to the top. After crossing the top of the hill and starting down the hill about 1 block, bear to the right onto the two-lane road (Old Philadelphia Pike) and continue past the stop intersection for about two city blocks to Town Hall on the right.

FROM THE SOUTH From Route 309, turn onto Route 378 North and continue northward for about three miles. After you pass under the I-78 overpass, turn left at the traffic signal on to Black River Road. At the stop sign turn right onto Old Philadelphia Pike. Continue northbound for about two city blocks to Town Hall on the left.
FROM I-78 Interstate 78 West to Hellertown/Bethlehem Exit 67. Follow Route 412 South, which becomes Main Street in Hellertown. Turn right at traffic light at Water Street, which becomes Friedensville Road after crossing Saucon Creek. Follow Friedensville Road to Hickory Hill Road. Continue straight ahead to Route 378. Continue through the traffic signal to the stop sign at Old Philadelphia Pike. Turn left and continue downhill on Old Philadelphia Pike for about two city blocks to Town Hall on the right.



 
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