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Nockamixon tries to preserve township historic commission


Nockamixon Township’s Historic Commission, with an impressive record of special projects and activities that preserve and promote the township’s historic assets, is appealing to residents for help in keeping it going.

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the township building on Lake Warren Road in Upper Black Eddy.

The appeal for help was made by Commission Chair Neil T. Jesiolowski at the May supervisors meeting.

Jesiolowski noted that, at the inception of the committee in 2008, there were at least six commissioners, with up to seven allowed, but the number had dropped to four by 2018. Now, with he and vice-chair Rosanne McCarty set to step down at the end of this year, only Shirley Bonsall and Terry Fritz would remain.

The commission is tasked with “inventorying, preserving, and stewarding” the township’s historic assets, which are defined as 50 years old or older, and may include, but are not limited to, artifacts and collections; oral history accounts; photos and other media; buildings; properties; and natural landscape features and views.

It has especially noted that “despite continuing misinformation, it is not empowered to dictate what Nockamixon residents and businesses can or cannot do with their buildings and properties,” and that it “is the only organization that has been established, by ordinance, to officially represent the historic interests of the township.”

Among numerous activities and projects, the group has arranged for special tours of historic cemeteries, houses, and farms, and has conducted speaker events on topics such as the Walking Purchase. It has also conducted research on family genealogy requests; archived various donated materials; and “donated materials that we came across to other townships where they belong.”

Interested residents are invited to attend a monthly meeting, or contact the township at 610-847-5058,

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