Lower Saucon Township Historical Society
PO Box 176, Hellertown, PA 18055
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 Education /

School Visits Page


Coal bucket

The coal bucket is an important part of our Heritage Education Program.  The coal bucket is filled with activities for the classroom teacher to use pre- and post- visit to the schoolhouse.  Children have a chance to look at an eighth grade diploma, grade cards, and pictures of students from the 1930s – 1950s.  The children can read journal entries from a student in 1952.  The student’s October, 1952 entry told that lights had been put in the school for the first time.

There are many items in the coal bucket for the students to manipulate.  The coal bucket has a piece of coal, a reader, and a fountain pen for the students to examine and touch.  The coal bucket includes marbles and jacks for the classroom children to play.
A timeline spanning the years of the Lutz-Franklin School is also included.  Along with the timeline, pictures of the three schoolhouses, important dates in history, and pictures of famous inventions, have been included to tape on the timeline.  

A copy of "A Country Schoolhouse" by Lynne Barasch is in the coal bucket.  After reading the story to the students, the teacher will have the students compare and contrast the one-room schoolhouse experience to their present day classroom.


The Lutz-Franklin Schoolhouse is open for classroom visits during the school year. 

Teachers and students can step back in time to experience the learning environment of students who attended the one-room schoolhouse during the years 1930-1958.  Teachers and students are able to investigate the cultural, historical, geographic, and economic background of the school and its community.  Artifacts and documents, including textbooks, maps, and photographs, allow visitors to develop a chronology of the schoolhouse and to construct a timeline that reveals changes that occurred in education in Lower Saucon Township.
The Historical Society invites teachers and students to experience lessons at the one-room schoolhouse.  Teachers may also choose to conduct lessons and engage students in typical outdoor games of the period.  In addition, the Historical Society with Dr. Patricia Coughlin, Assistant Professor of Education at DeSales University, has developed lesson plans and materials for pre-and post- visit use.
The lesson plans and materials developed for third grade classes address the following Pennsylvania Academic Standards.

The Morning Call did an article about Lutz Franklin and also made a video. Check them out here: Morning Call Article and Video

kids on Lutz Franklin porch

School visits:

Mid-September to Mid-November,
April and May.

A suggested donation of $3.00 per child will be appreciated. For additional information or to schedule a visit contact: Email us or call Sue Horiszny
at 610-625-8771
inside of school


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.

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How to get to Lutz Franklin School:

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 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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