Who We Are
Mill - 501 Mickley Road, Whitehall, PA
Grim House: 506 Mickley Road, Whitehall, Pa.
Mailing Address - PO Box 39, Whitehall, PA 18057-0039
The Whitehall Historical Preservation Society was named and incorporated in 1984. Its purpose is to provide planning, funding, management and general oversight for the advancement and preservation of Whitehall Township's heritage.
November 29, 2017--The Ironmen of Catasauqua—7:00 PM—Deb Mellish--With the Crane Iron Works came many immigrants from South Wales in the 19th century. These early Welsh brought with them their ethics and knowledge of industry, iron making, and coal mining. They were laborers, labor organizers, engineers, managers, and business owners. In Catasauqua, they built company homes and lived in the neighborhoods they built, next to the iron furnaces, foundries, mills, and machine shops they built and managed. Their names were Thomas, Williams, Davies, Davis, and Milson. They started as a Welsh enclave in the middle of a German farming community, but many local farmers became part of the industrial economy, adding their talents and farm's mineral resources. The Scots Irish descended from the Craig Settlement, the Irish who helped build the canal, and the English with capital to invest also were assimilated into what would become the Iron Borough. As the iron industry prospered, so did the families who shaped its course. They are Catasauqua's heritage. The presentation will cover these men, the iron and iron-related industries that they built, and their contributions to Catasauqua, nearby communities, the region, and beyond." By Deb Mellish