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  • HATT reaches membership milestone | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    Churches Family Histories Camp Comfort Ice Harvest News Links Resources Passport to History About HATT Membership Bylaws Minutes Officers Contact Us Hide Menu HATT reaches membership milestone December 29 2013 The Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township HATT reached a milestone recently in accepting its 200th member Michael Dembinski of Mountain Authentic Properties a developer of historically designed residential properties HATT s 199th new member is John Abel John is involved in several historical groups including the board of directors of the Monroe County Historical Association HATT membership has grown over 40 percent in 2013 to 203 members and 200 percent since 2011 HATT has grown in activities and participation as well During 2013 there were 15 dates of historically based presentations and tours with as many as 120 people attending these individual events HATT ended the 2013 season with its gift to the community the Home for the Holidays concert on December 21 with almost 300 people in attendance This January in cooperation with the Clymer Library HATT will launch the new Local History section at the library Publications covering the history of our area and region are will make up this new department Many books will be available for loan while others will be reserved for reading and research at the library The committee is also developing a wish list of publications to continually grow this resource for the community Ongoing historical displays by HATT are located at the Pocono Pines Post Office and the Clymer Library HATT s computerized archival records system focuses on scanning and maintaining photographs and documents for long term preservation HATT s award winning website shows extensive historical accounts of Tobyhanna Township and continues to grow its content The group also supports community activities with its participation in the Tobyhanna Township Community Days and

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  • April 14, 2016 | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    the programs for the next two meetings The May 12 program presented by Bruce Denlinger will be a presentation about Ben Franklin s Religion That meeting will be at the Clymer Library at 5 30 p m The June 9 meeting presented by Gene Kerrick will be held at the Stoddardsville Heritage Center and Cemetery This event will require reservations with four groups of up to 15 people will be given tours through the center and cemetery Information about this event will be available at the May meeting and on the web site Presentation Jeanne introduced Martha Capwell Fox from the National Canal Museum in Easton who gave a presentation entitled The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Cradle of the American Industrial Revolution In Carbon County in 1792 Philip Ginder literally stumbled onto anthracite coal under a fallen tree He showed his find to Jacob Weiss who bought land in Carbon County in order to quarry the coal close to the surface It was then discovered that there were large amounts of anthracite coal in the ground in Mauch Chunk Columbia County and the Wyoming Valley three regions which would soon become an energy storehouse for the United States as coal replaced firewood for heating By 1827 it was known that for anthracite coal to burn hot and well an updraft was needed Once the coal could be heated well it became useful for heating and for smelting iron In 1832 coal was transported to Easton and Philadelphia by means of rivers ditches and a gravity railroad In 1838 David Thomas a Welshman was persuaded to come to Pennsylvania to construct an anthracite fired furnace which was needed to make large quantities of high quality iron The iron steel industries remained important to the region throughout the 19th century

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  • November 12, 2015 | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    p m Clymer Library 115 Firehouse Road Pocono Pines Pa Attendees 38 Speakers Dr William Lewis Lincoln s Friends and Foes in Northeastern Pennsylvania and Maddie Lewis Fishing Creek Confederacy The meeting was called to order by Rick Bodenschatz He welcomed members and guests and thanked them for attending Rick announced the Lion s Club wreath placement and ceremony in honor of Veterans Day this Sunday 2 p m at the Pocono Lake Cemetery right next door He also announced the upcoming ticket sessions for HATT s Home for the Holidays concert on Saturday December 12 Our first speaker was then introduced by Rick Dr William Lewis who presented Lincoln s Friends and Foes in Northeastern Pennsylvania The presentation was based on his book released earlier this year It is remarkable that President Lincoln had so many political supporters as well as detractors in the northeastern part of Pennsylvania ranging through the coal regions of Hazelton and Jim Thorpe to the Scranton and Wilkes Barre areas and on into Wayne County Dr Lewis then introduced his daughter Maddie Lewis for the second presentation of the day Maddie a 9th grade student repeated her 2014 History Day performance about the Fishing Creek Confederacy an event that occurred in Columbia County during the Civil War She portrayed a 19th century farmer and draft resister during the Civil War when about 100 people was arrested for resisting the draft and opposing the Union It was a distinguished performance and conveyance of historical fact Certificates of appreciations were presented to Dr Lewis and Maddie Lewis after they answered several questions from the audience Rick closed the meeting by asking everyone to remember all of our veterans who have served our country and our freedom HATT member and veteran Ike Olsen led the audience in

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  • October 7, 2015 | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    attendance Rick Bodenschatz welcomed the attendees and introduced HATT member Mike Gondell who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance Rick announced the November 12 5 30 p m HATT meeting with the programs Fishing Creek Confederacy and Lincoln s Friends and Foes at the Clymer Library He also announced that HATT s sponsored Home for the Holidays a Community Musical Celebration is scheduled for Saturday December 12 at 1 p m being presented at the Pocono Lake United Methodist Church Tickets are free and ticket issuing sessions will be announced soon Also two free books were given to each attendee written and donated by a Harrisburg resident covering stories of the Civil War The attendees then enjoyed a wonderful meal of prime rib pan seared salmon or chicken Cardamuro topped off with a decadent chocolate ganache cake desert Before the introduction of our program speakers Rick recognized Director and Program Chair Fred Lehrer for his three years of service to HATT Rick noted that Fred has provided HATT with both his wisdom as well as his talents A gift certificate was presented to Fred and Holly for one of their favorite restaurants in Jupiter Fla Rick then introduced Dr William V Lewis Jr who then introduced Mae Thomas both then presenting the evening program of Pennsylvanian s on the Titanic Dr Lewis gave an interesting and fact filled presentation of the background and tragedy of the Titanic as well as some of the famous passengers who went down with the ship Mae Thomas whose mother and infant brother were passengers and survived captivated the audience with stories of family remembrances associated with the sinking This included the unfortunate loss of other relatives who were onboard the luxury liner Mae spoke in length of her memories of her family and

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  • September 16, 2015 | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    George Washington president from 1789 1797 was chosen as our first president because he was a non controversial nonpartisan quiet formal individual He was a good delegator and he realized that the president needed to be separate from the Congress and he set the example for future presidents Thomas Jefferson No 3 1801 1809 a writer of the Declaration of Independence favored small government with strong state control Alexander Hamilton favored business and industry a national bank and a strong federal government Thus began the two party system of today As president Jefferson was for the common man cutting taxes and supporting states rule John Quincy Adams No 6 1825 1829 was filled with bold ideas that never happened Andrew Jackson No 7 1829 1837 a frontiersman liked small government but he opened up the idea of patronage James Buchanan No 15 1857 1861 of Pennsylvania is thought of as being ill prepared to be president and likely the worst one in our history Abraham Lincoln No 16 1861 1865 was our first president to be a member of the Republican Party we know today His goal was to preserve the union at all cost Theodore Roosevelt No 26 1901 1909 was a high profile individual who worked to break up conglomerates Warren Harding No 29 1921 1923 was elected because he looked the part when in fact he had no idea how to govern or lead Franklin D Roosevelt No 32 1933 1945 who served as president for 12 years helped the common man by having government help them Harry S Truman No 33 1945 1953 was popular at first but was very unpopular by the end of his years in office Jimmy Carter No 39 1977 1981 was elected because he was a humble man and from outside

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  • August 13, 2015 | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    members and guests The monthly meeting and annual picnic was held at the Austin T Blakeslee Natural Area on Route 115 south of Blakeslee on Thursday August 13 Scarlett Rehrig opened the meeting introducing Jim Forcella who led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance Scarlett then welcomed all members and guests and explained the day s meal of grilled rainbow and brook trout caught in the Tobyhanna Creek by friends these past couple of months Scarlett then introduced Fred Lehrer who announced upcoming HATT events including his program The White House on Thursday August 27 at 5 30 p m and the September meeting on September 16 at 10 30 a m entitled The American Presidency being presented by Dr Brian Alnutt Both are being held at the Clymer Library Fred also announced that registrations are now being accepted for HATT s annual dinner scheduled for Wednesday October 16 at 5 30 p m Dr William Lewis will present Pennsylvanians on the Titanic For the program of the day Fred introduced John L Styk author of Barrett and Back From Buck Hill to Vietnam and Back John presented his program covering the history of The Flood of 1955 John experienced the flood as a child in Barrett Township The devastation left lasting impressions of destruction while the community held its spirit and support His father was involved in rescue efforts as the streams flooded the villages of Barrett Homes and businesses were destroyed lives were lost and families were displaced First Hurricane Connie hit the region soaking the ground and causing significant run off The next week Hurricane Diane unleashed itself causing the massive destruction experienced on August 18 and 19 1955 dropping 10 inches of rain in a 24 hour period John spoke of landslides typhoid shots and

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  • July 30, 2015 | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    Flood of 1955 On August 27 at 5 30 p m Fred Lehrer will discuss The White House Wednesday September 16 at 10 30 a m Dr Brian Alnutt will lecture on the American Presidency Rick Bodenschatz introduced state Sen Mario Scavello and historian Kenn Anderson who led the Pledge of Allegiance SPEAKER Rick Bodenschatz gave a presentation entitled Sullivan s Expedition in Tobyhanna Township In 1779 during the Revolutionary War the Sullivan Expedition created the first road through the Poconos The road went through Tobyhanna Township and into New York State The year before Gen George Washington realized he needed more troops to aid the fight against the British Tories and six native American nations A road had to be cleared to get troops and supplies from Easton to New York The road building which began in May was an arduous task due to cold rain dense forest bears and rattlesnakes Hungry Hill located nearby is remembered as a location on the trail where the road builders were without food Part of the old trail now goes along Old 940 to Pocono Lake Supply and on to the Arrowhead Community Five hundred troops were needed to complete the road which was accomplished by June 15 1779 On June 18 the troops began their march from Easton The parade which took 14 hours to pass through Tobyhanna Township was made up of 3 800 troops cows wagons horses and munitions They met the Clinton brigade in upstate New York Along the way they destroyed 40 towns and 160 000 bushels of corn needed by the native American nations The Sullivan Trail led to the development of the Pocono region and the capturing of the natural resources Sen Mario Scavello presented a copy of legislation signed by the governor naming the

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  • July 7, 2015 | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    in the Monroe County area arrived in 1727 The first arrivals were farmers In the early 1800s lumbering became an important resource as the need for building materials increased The lumber was first sent to the cities via the water and then by railroad By the 1900s all the trees had been cut down and the area became an ice producing location The dams were built to create man made lakes and the frozen ice was used to refrigerate food products As early as the 1830s tourists began coming to the area for the clean air and water The large resorts were built in the early 1900s and the mid 1950s brought the honeymoon resorts and skiing to the area Today Monroe County remains a wonderful place to live and visit because of the good water quality recreational activities and open space The Nature Conservancy continues to monitor and protect the natural resources so the area will maintain a healthy environment for humans and wildlife Following a question and answer period Rick presented Roger with a certificate of appreciation Business Meeting Rick reminded the attendees of the Community Day celebration taking place on Saturday July 11 from 2 p m to dusk He said he would be the speaker at the next HATT meeting on July 30 at 5 30 p m His topic is Sullivan s Expedition in Tobyhanna Township The August meeting our annual picnic will be on August 13 Attendees are asked to bring a side dish if their last name starts with an A through L or a dessert if their last name starts with an M through Z Rick mentioned that the annual house tour being held on August 5 is a major fundraiser for Clymer Library Rick spoke to those individuals that stayed for

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