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Kline replica unveiling tonight in Lehighton

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    Franz Kline’s mural “Lehighton” was unveiled Sunday at the Allentown Art Museum.

Published October 12. 2017 05:20AM

Lehighton Area Middle School is set to unveil a replica of Franz Kline’s “Lehighton” mural tonight.

A dedication ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the middle school auditorium.

The replica, made possible through the generosity of William and Joyce Schwab, will hang near the main entrance to the middle school.

The original mural, gifted to the Lehighton American Legion, was sold last year to the Allentown Art Museum.

According to museum officials, the deal included the creation, publishing, and distribution of curriculum guides on the mural to all regional schools to ensure that the mural continues to have educational significance for generations to come. It also included teacher training in Lehighton on how to use the guides and include the mural in their lesson plans.

Kline’s painting, which was completed between 1945-1946, depicts landmarks from the borough of Lehighton, and is said to show Kline’s home at 300 S. Ninth St.

Born in 1910 in Wilkes-Barre, Kline spent his teenage years living in Lehighton. He attended Lehighton High School and Girard College in Philadelphia before heading to Boston University in 1931. In the 1950s, he achieved fame as an artist in New York City, but Carbon County was a big influence on his work.

The middle school will be a busy place Thursday night. In addition to the Kline replica unveiling, the school’s parent teach organization is holding a scholastic book fair starting at 6 p.m. Building tours will also be available starting at 6 p.m.

Refreshments will be available following the Klein presentation.

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