Slatington History Preservation Committee to sponsor third annual cemetery walk
They’ll get to take a stroll in the sun, and along the way, visit the graves of several prominent families and people who helped the village of Slatedale thrive.
The Slatington History Preservation Committee will present “A Walk Among Slatedale Notables” at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Slatedale Cemetery, 8648 Brown St., in Slatedale.
Dick Smith, president of the Slatedale Cemetery Board, will give a brief history of the cemetery, followed by presentations on the Wilson German family, Joseph German family, Reuben Kern family, James P. Kern family, Peter Kern family, Dr. Ralph Sowden family, and Francis Shenton family. The rain date is Sunday.
Donations will go toward the location 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 highlight the slate industry, farming and schools in the Northern Lehigh area.
Stettner said this will mark the third cemetery walk aimed to showcase each of the cemeteries in the Northern Lehigh area.
“We’re featuring Slatedale this year,” Stettner said. “We’re going to highlight some of the families and individuals that helped it grow and develop faster.”
Stettner noted that in 2019, “A Walk with Slatington Businessmen” was held in Union Cemetery. In 2018, “A Walk Among the Slate Barons” was held in the Fairview Cemetery.
“In 2020, COVID took over, but now we’re back on track and out in the cemeteries,” he said. “They can attend and learn some history.”
He said the group is also working on several more books, including Berksie Railroad, and the 40th anniversary of the 1982 Northern Lehigh High School state runner-up basketball team.
Stettner said the committee plans to hold cemetery walks in Friedens in 2022, and possibly Heidelberg Township in 2023.
Judy Gellis-Snyder, president, explained the historical significance of the cemeteries.
“We’re very fortunate that the cemeteries are very well-kept,” Snyder said. “We’re grateful that we have these cemeteries.”
For more information, contact Snyder at 610-767-5935, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit them on Facebook.