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Durham Furnace artifacts on display


Several 18th-century cannonballs, a product of the Durham Furnace, will be exhibited at Palisades High School, during the next few weeks.

The cannonballs are among the Durham Township Historical Society’s display of artifacts and old photographs its members have collected over the years. The items will be exhibited at the high school’s art gallery near the auditorium.

The items will be on display for the public every Wednesday in April and the first two Wednesdays in May from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

A special reception is planned for April 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., according to David Oleksa, president of the society.

The cannonballs were among those made by the Durham Furnace, which opened in 1727. One of the first industries in Colonial Pennsylvania, the furnace produced shot for both the French and Indian and Revolutionary wars as well as many non-military products.

About 100 Palisades students attended a preview of the artifacts last week. Oleksa said, the display brought comments of “This is so cool” from the students. They seemed most fascinated, he said, with a huge adding machine at least a hundred years old. He said, “They couldn’t quite believe it required a machine that big to do what they can do on their cellphones today.”