Make Plans Now To See "Remembering Mauch Chunk"
According to a story this week in the Allentown (PA) Morning Call, "There is something intriguing about the large trunk that is on display at 'Remembering Mauch Chunk,' an exhibit at the railroad station in Jim Thorpe, PA. It's made of solid wood and has a round top like a treasure chest of pirate gold. The only adornment is a small metal knob, but there is a hole in the front where a lock was removed. Written on the front is 'I. Rans, Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania, USA.' "
The trunk, the property of The Raymond E. Holland Regional and Industrial History Collection, is designed to be a memorial to those immigrants who came to the coal region and transformed it with the their hard work. But it's only part of the excitement that awaits history seekers. "Ray Holland has been putting together this collection over a good 10 years," says John J. Zolomij, director of Holland's art collection, "It represents the entire scope of Mauch Chunk's role as a coal distribution center, transportation hub and tourist destination."
The town of Mauch Chunk was renamed Jim Thorpe after the town got the body of the famous athlete in 1954, and interred it in a giant granite mausoleum.
The exhibit opened this week and will run until December 20th.[05/18/1997]