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2017 Public Program & Open House Schedule
Join us at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
across the street from Church School for Programs
and at the Church School for Open Houses!
(use the GPS address: 2165 State Route 212, Coopersburg, PA)
March 19, 2017 -- J.C Woodworking : "J.C. Woodworking is the result of a passion for both history and woodworking. From flooring, siding or a mantle to a complete barn frame, we find the earliest most beautiful and unique materials left from Early America." Mr. Jay Chaikin, co-owner of J.C. Woodworking, LLC, will talk about this passion and some of the unusual and unique artifacts his company discovered while dismantling historic barns and homes. If you own an old barn or historic home, this is not to be missed!
April -- no program this month but we do have an Open House on April 29, 2017
May 21, 2017 -- Topic to be announced early in 2017
July 29, 2017 -- Open House
September 30, 2017 -- Open House
(Springfield Township Supervisors recently voted down funding for a 2017 Community Day in favor of a 275th Anniversary Celebration & Community Day in 2018. So, we will not be manning a booth in 2017.)
October 15, 2017 -- Topic to be announced in 2017
November 19, 2017 -- Remembering Dr. Ott on the 100th Anniversary of his Death...What do artifacts recovered by Pennsylvania Historical Recovery Services from the former Ott Homestead in Pleasant Valley tell us about the Ott Family and life on the farm?
Springfield Township Historical Society Board Member Patricia (Pat) Jamann will share the artifacts unearthed during 2015-16 and what they add to the Ott Story.
The Church School
Small Archival Repository &
Research Library Project
Photos from the 2015 Church School Project
Work on the Church School Archives continues as we seek to make the treasures in Church School available to the community and researchers outside the community.
The most recent Data Sheets from 2016
are the last 2 images on this page.
Published works and the massive genealogical files in the
Church School Archives will be added to this list in 2017.
The Church School Story
Church School is the third school building to exist on its present site. 1892 is inscribed in the doorstep, making the present building over one hundred twenty years old. It was erected on the foundation of the 1860 building that had replaced the original 1816 building.
The cornerstone and some of the wall of the original building are embedded in the south wall of the present building.
Shutters and some "shutter dogs" are original to the exterior of the present building. Original interior features are window moldings, wainscoting, chair rails, blackboards, and chalk trays. The original school bell still rings from the louvered bell tower.
Church School was used by the Palisades School District first as an elementary classes one room school.
It was the 1957-58 school year when Church School became kindergarten only. For the next 24 years, through its final year school year, 1980-81, Church School was kindergarten only.
Prior to use by the Palisades School District, it was used by the Springfield Township School District. The last kindergarten classes were held in 1981.
In 1982, Church School became the home of the Historical Society.
Later, in 1998, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Pleasant Valley gave ownership of Church School and its property to the Society.
There is a special fund set up to provide for repair and maintenance to Church School.