Slatington History Preservation Committee to Sponsor Third Annual Cemetery – Times News Online



Posted on September 22, 2021 8:03 AM

They will be able to stroll in the sun and, along the way, visit the graves of several prominent families and individuals who have helped the village of Slatedale prosper.

The Slatington History Preservation Committee will present “A Walk Among Slatedale Notables” at 2 pm Saturday at Slatedale Cemetery, 8648 Brown St., Slatedale.

Dick Smith, Chairman of the Slatedale Cemetery Board, will give a brief history of the cemetery, followed by presentations on the Wilson German family, the Joseph German family, the Reuben Kern family, the James P. Kern family, the Peter Kern family, Dr. Ralph Sowden family, and the Francis Shenton family. The rainy date is Sunday.

The donations will go towards the site of the future museum, according to Robert Stettner, treasurer of the group.

Stettner said the plan is to eventually have a museum in the area that would showcase the slate industry, agriculture and schools in the Northern Lehigh area.

Stettner said this will mark the cemetery’s third march to showcase each of the cemeteries in the Northern Lehigh area.

“We are presenting Slatedale this year,” Stettner said. “We’re going to highlight some of the families and individuals who have helped him grow and develop faster.”

Stettner noted that in 2019, “A March with Slatington Businessmen” was held at Union Cemetery. In 2018, “A Walk Among The Slate Barons” took place at Fairview Cemetery.

“In 2020 COVID took over, but now we’re back on track and in cemeteries,” he said. “They can attend and learn a bit of history.”

He said the group was also working on several other books, including Berksie Railroad and the 40th Anniversary of the 1982 Northern Lehigh High School State Basketball Team.

Stettner said the committee plans to organize walks to Friedens Cemetery in 2022, and possibly Heidelberg Township in 2023.

Judy Gellis-Snyder, President, explained the historical importance of cemeteries.

“We are very fortunate that the cemeteries are very well maintained,” Snyder said. “We are grateful to have these cemeteries.

For more information, contact Snyder at 610-767-5935, [email protected], or visit them on Facebook.

The Slatington History Preservation Committee will present “A Walk Among Slatedale Notables” at 2 pm Saturday at Slatedale Cemetery. Pictured, left to right, Susan Kern, public relations; Robert Stettner, treasurer; Judy Gellis-Snyder, President; and Tim Snyder, first vice-president. TERRY AHNER / NEWS TIMES


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