Walk through history as we guide you to things to learn, places to discover, and events that help connect us to our rich heritage.
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Our World Heritage preparations center around restoring, upgrading the infrastructure, and beautifying of our assets—the historic buildings and sites in our care. Safe and accessible buildings to comfortably accommodate our local and international visitors are critical. At the same time, our treasured buildings must be preserved so they continue to meet the World Heritage requirements for authenticity and integrity. We have prioritized the most urgent needs to be addressed in the next two to three years at all of our sites.
Key Projects Include:
The Grist Miller’s House is the last remaining unrestored building in the National Heritage Landmark District. It has been propped up by steel beams for over 20 years. HBMS is raising funds to transform the building into a gateway between Main Street and the Colonial Industrial Quarter. Once complete, it will be home to the Ralph Schwarz Interpretation Center for Colonial Trades and Industries where visitors will be introduced to the Colonial Industrial Quarter. Central to the project is the creation of the Overlook on History, a glass overlook that will allow both visitors and school groups the opportunity to view the entire Colonial Industrial Quarter. Learn more.
The elevator currently in the 1869 Luckenbach Mill is over 35 years old and while still safe, it is no longer as reliable as it once was. We are replacing the elevator to ensure that everyone, regardless of their physical abilities, has access to the second-floor gallery and classroom space and our archives and research library which is housed on the third floor. The elevator will also provide accessibility to the 1782/1834 Grist Miller’s House. Each year, the Mill hosts the Lehigh Valley Art Alliance’s juried exhibitions in addition to being a collaborative space for local artists to highlight and share their artistic endeavors with the community. It is also used for school programming—our Handmade in the Eighteenth-Century program provides an active learning experience for students about colonial trades and industries with an emphasis on science and technology of the period. The program begins at the Luckenbach Mill, through hands-on experiential learning activities, students build their interdisciplinary foundational skills in the fields of science, mathematics, historical studies, and communication.
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