​​​​​Who We Are

​​​​​​​2019 WHPS Membership Drive

Upcoming Programs

With the mention of our Annual Flea Market the thought of “Spring” comes to my mind. No more of that white “stuff” coming down, warmer temperatures, and lower heating bills.  It also tends to be the time to rid yourself of those unwanted items cluttering up your life. Why not begin to clean out those closets, empty the attic, and tidy up the basement.  It’s a good way to make extra cash for some fun in the sun.

Remember, while gathering your items, if you come across any memorabilia relating to Whitehall, such as business brochures, pamphlets, giveaways, school paraphernalia, military items, event flyers/posters, just to name a few, the Historical Society would love to have them for their archives.

Spaces are available at a low cost of only $10.00 for a 12’ x 20’ space ($15.00 the day of the event).  Reserve yours today by calling 610 776-7280.  Please tell a friend.  Location of the flea market is at 506 Mickley and Lehnert Road, Whitehall, PA 18052, on the Community Greene, behind the Peter Grim House.  Refreshments will be available.  A rain date is scheduled for May 19.

If you do not wish to sell, we are accepting donations.  All proceeds will benefit the Whitehall Historical Preservation Society.  Your items can be dropped off on the side porch of the Peter Grim House or call 610 776-7280 and arrangements can be made for pick-up.  Clothing is not accepted. Hope to see you there.

​Phone - 610.776.7280
Email - whps@verizon.net

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.

Whitehall Historical Preservation Society

I am proud to say I have a personal connection to this program.  I have been an employee of the Martin Guitar Company for 22 years.  It is a great place to work and I love what I do.  If you recall, Chris Martin had spoken at our Historical Society about 18 years ago.  At that time, he had brought with him the “Peacock” model which was our 750,000th guitar produced.  In 2016, we have reached our 2,000,000th guitar.  A D-200 Deluxe model was created to commemorate this milestone.

Chris is the sixth generation to take part in the Martin Guitar family business.  Hear how this enterprise has been so successful for 186 years.  


​Stephanie Tashner, WHPS President

May 18, 2019—Annual Flea Market—8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Mill - 501 Mickley Road, Whitehall, PA

Grim House:  506 Mickley Road, Whitehall, Pa.

Mailing Address - PO Box 39, Whitehall, PA  18052-0039

Please consider joining the Whitehall Historical Preservation Society and help us bring our past into the future.  We offer a variety of membership Levels: Student-$8; Individual-$15+; Family- $25+; Sponsor-$50+; and Patron-$100+.  With your membership you will receive an informative newsletter detailing our upcoming events and ongoing activities.  Also, all members are invited, with a guest, to our Holiday Social in December.  This year we are offering a discount in our store; 20% to members at the Family level and under and 30% to those at the Sponsor level and above.  Click on Membership to download an application or call 610 776-7280 if you wish to become a member of WHPS.

May 29, 2019--History of Martin Guitar

7:00 PM—Chris Martin

  • 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.