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press photos by elsa kerschnerDoug Daniel dusts desks as the St. Paul’s Schoolhouse is prepared for summer visitors. press photos by elsa kerschnerDoug Daniel dusts desks as the St. Paul’s Schoolhouse is prepared for summer visitors.
Wayne Mery of Hope Lutheran Church reaches high to dust in preparation for the Lehigh Township Historical Society’s open house. Wayne Mery of Hope Lutheran Church reaches high to dust in preparation for the Lehigh Township Historical Society’s open house.
While Helene Mery helps prepare and clean for the society’s opening, she sees one of the items featured — a snake skin. While Helene Mery helps prepare and clean for the society’s opening, she sees one of the items featured — a snake skin.

Hope Lutheran helps historical society prepare for opening

Thursday, May 12, 2016 by Elsa Kerschner ekerschner@tnonline.com in Local News

Wayne Mery was reaching high as he helped dust the Lehigh Township Historical Society’s displays and shelving as members and volunteers prepared for a May 8 opening. Mery said it was the second time in the year members of Hope Lutheran Church helped.

“We want to show people we are involved in the community,” he said.

One hundred people helped out at places such as the food bank, cleaning the cemetery, making blankets, helping Forgotten Felines and Fidos, making get well cards and through many other ways.

While he was reaching high to dust, his mother, Helene, was following him around the room dusting things on the lower parts of the displays.

“You see so many things you wouldn’t normally see during a visit,” she said.

Kent Hittinger, who was vacuuming, said he remembered sleeping on the pool table when Leslie and Judith Tuttle owned the park. He worked in the arcade, and sometimes it got late until it closed.

The park was built by James Soleday in 1929 and went through several hands until First National Bank bought it at a sheriff’s sale.

Lehigh Township Recreation System was the next owner and still owns it, leasing it to the historical society.

Beverly Putt was archiving new donations to the museum that passed the 10,000 mark near Christmas of 2015.

The one-room St. Paul’s Schoolhouse is leased from St. Paul’s Indianland Church. It also was being cleaned with the help of Hope Lutheran Church members. The school will have its open house 1-4 p.m. Aug. 6 or by appointment.

Ken Marsh, who had been helping, was telling volunteers the flooring came from a trolley barn in Danielsville. They applied an ebony stain because the old schools all had dark floors.

A daughter of David Miller, a volunteer, was confirmed in the school, so he said there must have been some church activities in the building. The society had to completely rebuild the vestibule and re-point the brick. Until it was ready to be opened, $50,000 was invested in its restoration.

The outhouses were rebuilt with wood taken from a barn. Miller helped get the wood and said much of it was boards up to 16 inches wide by 16 feet long. They were heavy to take down, he mentioned.

Marsh donated a 1900s stove for the schoolhouse from his cellar.