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Learn more about Marcellus Shale drilling

Friday, February 25th, 2011

On Saturday, March 5 join the Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, and WDIY to learn more about the potential risks of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania.  Enjoy selections from the film Gasland and presentations by sportsmen, scientists, and conservationists.  The event will be held at Bethlehem’s Ice House, located on Sand Island.  Presentations begin at 2:00 pm.  Click here for a flyer, with more details.

The D&L Trail Patrol is holding its first meeting and training that morning in Easton.  So, why not make a day of it by heading to this event in the afternoon.

“Welcome, Neighbor”: New Exhibit Opening Soon

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Written by Silas Chamberlin

The Collective Memory Project is a joint effort between the Alliance for Sustainable Communities and concerned individuals to help educate the public about the rich history of immigration in the Lehigh Valley.  On February 8, they will open the exhbition, “Welcome, Neighor,” a collection of portrait photographs and selections from oral history interviews with immigrants to the region.  The exhibition is a result of eight months of collecting interviews, taking photographs, transcription, and exhibit design. Please take this opportunity to learn more about your history and that of your neighbors.

The Collective Memory Project invites you to attend a community forum and reception, to be held on:

Tuesday, February 8 at 6:00 pm
Moravian College, Haupert Union Building
W. Locust & Monocacy Street, Bethlehem

The exhibit is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

The D&L supported this projects with a $1,000 Challenge Grant. For more information about our grant program, please contact Elissa Thorne at

Wyso Exhibit at Sigal Museum

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Written By Silas Chamberlin

Frank “Wyso” Wysochansky’s spent most of his life in Blakely, PA, a coal-mining community near Scranton. Having lost his father in a mining accident, Wyso was familiar with the harsh realities of coal miners’ lives, as well as the strong community ties these dangerous conditions fostered. As a self-taught painter and sculptor, he captured this rich–if difficult–existence in his art and used it to teach outsiders about a vanishing way of life.

The work of Frank "Wyso" Wysochansky is now on display at the Sigal Museum.

Now, from November 2010 to May 2011, the Sigal Museum is hosting an exhibit of Wyso’s work, which includes pen, ink, watercolor, oil, and crayon paintings and a variety of sculptures. This is a rare opportunity made possible by the WYSO Foundation and the Northampton County Historical Society. For those of you who have not yet seen the new museum, this is also an opportunity to check out its permanent exhibits, which document the history of Northampton County and the region.

For more information, contact the Sigal Museum at 610-253-1222.

D&L Recognizes Partners at Annual Dinner

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Written By Silas Chamberlin

Last Thursday evening, the D&L hosted its second annual Partners Recognition Dinner at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem. This is our chance to honor those people and organizations that have made significant contributions to the D&L’s vision and to celebrate our many accomplishments during the last year. The last twelve months have been trying—both in terms of securing state and federal funding and weathering the general economic climate—but the D&L has still managed to work with our partners to complete several high-profile projects and continue the crucial work of conserving historic and natural resources and building the D&L Trail.

Guest and D&L staff mingle outside the ballroom at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem.

The diversity of our attendees was a testament to the variety and scope of the D&L’s projects. We welcomed guests from across the five-county Corridor, heritage areas across the state, and Harrisburg. In attendance were the Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Keith McCall, DCNR Secretary John Quigley, US Representative Charlie Dent, state officials, mayors, city planners, business owners, trail advocates, preservationists, volunteers, and private members of the D&L. PPL, McTish Kunkel & Associates, the Holland Group of Janney, Montgomery, Scott, the City of Easton, and DCNR all had tables full of representatives, and our other sponsors, Scheffey Integrated Marketing—who helps us with our awesome website and blog—and Nacci Printing, were also in attendance. Looking around the banquet room on that night, there was little question that the D&L has an vast reach that transcends eastern Pennsylvania.

The D&L staff poses for a rare group photo.

As guests arrived, they had the opportunity to pose with Mulegellan, our official mascot, for a quick photograph. During the cocktail hour, everyone had a chance to mingle and check out this year’s photo contest award winners. Some attendees, such as our Trail Steward Scott Everett, promised to restrain from talking business—and failed! But we can forgive them; when you do work over such a large region, you relish a chance to talk face-to-face with people you otherwise know only through emails and phone calls. Guests also had the opportunity to enter a ticket auction to win one of the more than twenty Corridor-themed prizes, which included free stays at local Bed & Breakfasts, selections of regional wines and beers, concert tickets, and more.

Common Ground performs at the D&L's annual dinner.

As the guests sat down to a dinner of steak, chicken, or—in my case—eggplant, board member Gary Fedorcha began the presentation of this year’s partner awards. (For a full list of this year’s award winners, click here.) Halfway through the presentation, we paused for a lively performance by the barbershop quartet Common Ground, which features D&L Accounting Manager, Steve Adams, as bass. Speaker McCall was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his many years of service to the Corridor and the state, and Secretary Quigley gave a candid yet hopeful assessment of the state’s new political landscape. Then, everyone ate their cake, finished their wine, and said their goodbyes.

We couldn’t have asked for a better evening or a more accomplished group of awardees. We hope to see you at next year’s dinner!

Jack Koehler accepts the Commandant Award for his many years as a volunteer.

Nov. 18: Historic Preservation Roundtable to be Held

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Written By Silas Chamberlin

On November 18 from 7-9 pm, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Preservation Pennsylvania, and the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor will host a region-wide historic preservation roundtable discussion in Room 200 of Lehigh University’s historic Linderman Library. Representatives from these organizations will be joined by local government officials, historic and cultural organizations, and the public to discuss a wide range of issues and concerns.  If you live in lower Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, or upper Bucks counties and have an interest in historic preservation, this event is for you!

  • What are today’s most pressing historic preservation concerns?  What can we do about them?
  • What funding, grants, and tax incentives are available for historic preservation projects?
  • Who do I call when a historic building is threatened?
  • How can local governments prevent the demolition of historic buildings?
  • How can my community develop heritage tourism to create jobs and improve the local economy?

Bring your own questions and concerns!

The event is free, but registration is requested. To register or for more information, please contact Silas Chamberlin at 610-923-3548 (x222) or

Click here to download an event flier.
Click here for a Lehigh University campus map and parking information.

Light refreshments will be provided, courtesy of Lehigh University’s South Side Initiative.