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Student Jenna Frey wears a 1941 Slatington band hat. She is a member of the Northwestern Lehigh High School band. Student Jenna Frey wears a 1941 Slatington band hat. She is a member of the Northwestern Lehigh High School band.
Hale Arslan was asked by the Belsnickel what she learned in school. Hale Arslan was asked by the Belsnickel what she learned in school.
Lucas Vassallo watched the trains go by. Vassallo said he liked the vehicles that were added to the exhibit. Lucas Vassallo watched the trains go by. Vassallo said he liked the vehicles that were added to the exhibit.
Katie Flower told about the cadaver box that was filled with ice to preserve a body until the ground thawed. The ice harvesting tools such as the large saw were next to the box. Katie Flower told about the cadaver box that was filled with ice to preserve a body until the ground thawed. The ice harvesting tools such as the large saw were next to the box.
The metal road sign donated by Linda and Terry Rehrig showed directions to Lynnport and Rabert’s Corner. The metal road sign donated by Linda and Terry Rehrig showed directions to Lynnport and Rabert’s Corner.
Press photos by Elsa KerschnerMolly Boushell dials a Kempton phone used for bank business with the Kempton exchange. A second phone covered the New Tripoli area. Press photos by Elsa KerschnerMolly Boushell dials a Kempton phone used for bank business with the Kempton exchange. A second phone covered the New Tripoli area.
Jayden Gillette makes change on a machine. Visitors were to try and get 89 cents and then return it for the next person. Jayden Gillette makes change on a machine. Visitors were to try and get 89 cents and then return it for the next person.
Jim Warfel helps students use an official bank stamp which made their returned scavenger papers legal. Jim Warfel helps students use an official bank stamp which made their returned scavenger papers legal.
Madelyn Rader visits with Santa Claus who was handing out oranges instead of candy canes. Santa was assisted by Zachary Leith. Madelyn Rader visits with Santa Claus who was handing out oranges instead of candy canes. Santa was assisted by Zachary Leith.
A table in the board room offered cookies, veggies, candy and punch. A table in the board room offered cookies, veggies, candy and punch.
A security guard in the guise of Santa Claus watched visitors from the safety of a barred window as they came into the bank. A security guard in the guise of Santa Claus watched visitors from the safety of a barred window as they came into the bank.

Eighth graders hunt for history at open house

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by Elsa Kerschner ekerschner@tnonline.com in Local News

Northwestern Lehigh Middle School eighth graders received lists of items to find in the old bank building museum during the Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society’s annual Christmas open house in New Tripoli.

When they found something on their list, the students were to listen to the docent’s explanation and then ask a question.

At that point, the docent would stamp their paper. One visit to a display was required but many of the students collected more.

The papers were then given to Jim Warfel who helped them put an official bank stamp on it.

The stamp was similar to a notary’s proving a document is legal.

Warfel was also helping visitors to the Dec. 2 open house use a machine that doled out change.

They were to collect 89 cents in change and return it to the machine for the next person.

Craig Weaver, who is instrumental in restoring the Ontelaunee Park train, spent four hours setting up his G model trains at the old bank, now home to the historical society’s museum.

He said the hardest part was leveling everything because the ground has a slight slope. A small circular track featured a single car whizzing around delivering presents within the larger garden size track.

When the Belsnickel, the Pa. German Santa Claus, visited with the eighth graders, they were expected to either tell him what they learned in school or sing a song. Their favorite song was “Jingle Bells.”

Justin Arifaj told visitor Ontelaunee Park had swim suits to rent. After they were returned, the next person would rent them still wet from the previous person. Arifaj pointed out the large pool at the park was dug with the use of horses.

He also told those gathered around him the graduation certificates on display were important because not many students graduated high school as they had to work at a young age to help their families.

Willard Snyder was in the old bank vault where he told visitors about the emergency breathing apparatus if someone would get accidentally locked in.

He also discussed the money that used to be printed locally.

In the boardroom, there was a huge table filled with cookies, candies, veggies and punch.

Over the table was the large check given to the Leaser Lake restoration project when it received $4,800,000 from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the work.

The check, dated Sept. 28, 2006, was signed by former Gov. Edward G. Rendell.