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.

Who We Are

       Hess’s Nostalgia

June 27, 2018—7:00 PM

             Kathy Long

It began over 120 years ago when brothers Charles and Max Sr. Hess opened their store in an empty building once occupied by the Grand Central Hotel in downtown Allentown on 9th and Hamilton St. After their passing in the 1920’s, Max Hess Jr. at age 21 became part of the management team, only later to become store president.

He brought flair and excitement to the local shoppers. His motto was, “Be the First, Be the Best, and above all, Be Entertaining”. Max Hess Jr. wanted you to feel as if you were walking into a New York Department Store. He accomplished this with extravagant Floral Shows, celebrity appearances, imported fashions, gorgeous models and much more. The shopping experience allowed the customer to dream. Publicity and marketing was the key to Hess’s success. The store had many “firsts”. Find out from Kathy what those might be. Reminisce with us your stories and experiences you’ve had at Hess’s.

​​​​​Upcoming Programs


June 27, 2018—Hess’s Nostalgia—7:00 PM—Kathy Long

​Phone - 610.776.7280
Email - whps@verizon.net
  • As a non-profit organization its goals are to:


  • Restore and preserve the Helfrich Springs Grist Milland the Peter Grim Homestead


  • Advocate the preservation of historically significant structures and sites within Whitehall Township


  • Provide educational programs to schools and the community


  • Collect, archive, preserve and display items from Whitehall Townships past


  • Promote public awareness of our history Society's Operational Goals


  • ENCOURAGE local citizens of Whitehall Township, past and present, to contribute materials which will be part of an historical collection for our archives.


  • COLLECT, SORT, FILE AND INDEX these historical materials so they can be available for research use.


  • SHARE records, family histories, books, photographs and other archival materials with interested researchers.


  • PROVIDE information about the history of our township, county and state through programs open to all interested persons. Focus on history programs to be presented to area school children which will develop understandings of their heritage.


  • SAVE, PROTECT AND PRESERVE the remaining historical buildings, ruins, and distinctive local land features whenever possible.

Whitehall Historical Preservation Society