Open House - Volunteer Guides and Field Trip Docents
Members of the Hellertown Historical Society Education Committee will host an entertaining and informative two-hour introduction to volunteering as a Society tour guide or student field trip docent on Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, rain or shine.
The day begins with a presentation on Hellertown’s history inside the Tavern Room on the west side of the 1767 Heller-Wagner Grist Mill, a venue used today for events of all types but whose original purpose remains a mystery. The slide presentation will answer many questions: Who were the people who founded Hellertown? Where were they from and what brought them here? What was life like in a tiny wilderness settlement in the late 1700s? Why did Hellertown grow and prosper in the 19th century, and what was life like in the borough in the 1900s?
Following the presentation, guests will exit the Tavern Room and enjoy an outdoor interpretation of other buildings in the complex: the Wash House, Heller-Wagner Grist Mill, Miller’s House, and the pole barn on the north side of Walnut Street where extensive collections of local agricultural equipment ad blacksmith and carpenter tools are housed.
Then it’s indoors to the second floor of the Grist Mill Museum, and a tour of exhibits that depict various aspects of home, social, and cultural life in 19th- and 20th-century Hellertown.
The morning wraps up back inside the Tavern Room with light snacks and beverages and a discussion on what’s required to become an HHS tour guide or student field trip docent.
Let us know you’re coming, or ask additional questions by contacting Education Committee Chair, Dennis Scholl, at DScholl165@gmail.com.
Annual Saucon Valley Easter Egg Hunt
The Annual SV Easter Egg Hunt will be held March 30, 2024 in Dimmick Park, Hellertown. The hunt begins promptly @ 10AM. Parents are encouraged to arrive with their children to their age-appropriate areas well in advance of the start time. A map of the area will be posted later. Enter 570 Durham Street, Hellertown PA 18055 for GPS. Please check back for updates as this event is still under-going planning.
HHS Speaker Series Continues...
The next Speaker Series will pertain to the history of Civil Defense preparedness and history. The presentaion will be held at Hellertown Historical Society’s Tavern Venue in the lower level of the historic c.1760’s Heller-Wagner Grist Mill, 150 W. Walnut Street Hellertown PA 18055. The event will be held on April 25, 2024, doors open @ 6PM, the presentation begins @ 6:30PM. The event is free to attend and all are welcome. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered.
Hellertown-Lower Saucon Heritage Day - Save the Date!
A joint History-Heritage Day is planned for May 18 beginning at 10AM through 3PM with Hellertown Historical Society, Lower Saucon Township Historical Society and Saucon Valley Conservancy-Michael Heller Homestead. Both Hellertown Historical Society and Michael Heller Homestead sites will be open on this day with Lower Saucon Township Historical Society at the Hellertown Historical Site. Hellertown Historical Society is located at 150 West Walnut Street Hellertown PA 18055. The Saucon Valley Conservancy-Michael Heller Homestead is located at 1892 Friedensville Road Bethlehem PA 18055. Both the Hellertown Historical Society and the Heller Homestead are within a short walk of each other via the Saucon Rail Trail. Free off-street parking may be found at each site and at Water Street Park adjacent to the Saucon Rail Trail Water Street Access. All three organizations will present various historic activities and displays based on their respective interests. This event is still in the planning stages therefore please check back when more information becomes available.