Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township

HATT | PO Box 2084 | Pocono Pines, PA 18350-2084


The Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township meets regularly from April through November, with a presentation on a historical topic featured.

A variety of significant historical, educational and entertaining accounts are being presented to HATT members and guests in 2018. Professional historians and experts will present their areas of specialty that reveal the secrets of local, regional, national and even international histories. The following is HATT’s 2018 Program line-up. These programs are open to the public and free, with the exception of the annual picnic and dinner, for which there are meal charges.

All meetings are held at Clymer Library, 115 Firehouse Road, Pocono Pines, unless otherwise noted.

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Thursday, April 12 • 5:30 p.m.
MONTHLY MEETING | Clymer Library, 115 Firehouse Rd., Pocono Pines
“The Life and Death of Bethlehem Steel” by Martha Capwell-Fox

Bethlehem Steel has roots to 1857, with the company named after the Lehigh Valley city beginning there in 1897. Its financial influence on Eastern Pennsylvania was huge, as it quickly became the second-largest steel manufacturer in the U.S. Bethlehem Steel also had a significant shipbuilding division. It contributed to the building of America in all aspects of construction, and defended our freedom with the manufacture of steel for guns, munitions and naval vessels. Learn of its greatness as an American icon, and its demise from being a global leader.

Martha Capwell-Fox returns for her third year speaking to HATT. A graduate of American University, she is the archives and museum coordinator for the National Canal Museum in Easton. She has worked at National Geographic and Rodale as a senior editor, and has published seven books of historical content. She is a long-term resident of the Lehigh Valley.

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Thursday, May 10 • 5:30 p.m.
MONTHLY MEETING | Clymer Library, 115 Firehouse Rd., Pocono Pines
“Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Our Pocono Forests” by Ike Olson and Dick Cary, HATT Members

The ancient forests of the Pocono Plateau have left a legacy of beauty, wealth and life-sustaining resources for us to enjoy and protect. What were our virgin forests like? What happened to them? What is today’s generation of forest like, in comparison? Learn fascinating details about our most abundant resource that we are a part of, day in and day out. And maybe you will see your forest differently.

Dick Cary grew up at Pocono Lake. As a consulting forester, Dick provides forest management services to various landowners in the Pocono and Lehigh Valley region. Dick is a graduate of Penn State and Michigan State, and is the owner of ForestLand Consulting in Orefield.

Ike Olson is a Pennsylvania-state certified arborist. He earned his bachelor’s degree in tree management and forestry from Syracuse University, and has been an International Society of Arboriculture-certified arborist since 1991. He has more than 40 years of experience maintaining the forests of the Poconos for his customers at Keystone Tree Specialists in Mount Pocono.

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Thursday, June 14 • 5:30 p.m.
ANNUAL PICNIC | Blanche D. Price Park, 105 Government Center Way, Pocono Pines
“Pennsylvania Governors' Residences from the 17th to the 21st Century,’ by David Morrison, HATT member

The presentation will feature a slideshow of the official and unofficial homes of Pennsylvania’s governors, including Pennsbury Manor and the Philadelphia residences of William Penn, the various mansions and townhouses in Harrisburg occupied by governors since 1817, and the present-day Governor’s Residence on Front Street in Harrisburg (shown in photo), which this year is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The mansion was completed in 1968, after some 40 years of false starts and delays.

Also shown will be gubernatorial landmarks and private homes across Pennsylvania, including Gifford Pinchot’s “Grey Towers” in Milford and “Marworth,” the Scranton family estate. We also visit “State House,” once the summer residence of governors at Fort Indiantown Gap, and today the only official lieutenant governor’s residence in the United States.

A longtime resident of Harrisburg as well as Tobyhanna Township, David Morrison serves on the Governor’s Residence Preservation Committee and the Governor’s Residence 50th Anniversary Committee,. He is also the executive director of the Historic Harrisburg Association.

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Thursday, July 12 • 5:30 p.m.
MONTHLY MEETING | Clymer Library, 115 Firehouse Rd., Pocono Pines
“Molly Maguires: Heroes or Scourge of the Pennsylvania Coal Region?” by Rick Smith

When filming began on the movie about the Molly Maguires in the 1960s in nearby Carbon County, it peaked Rick Smith’s interest. Although Sean Connery was the star of “The Molly Maguires” movie, the film did not reach the level of box-office success that Connery was used to, and is relatively unknown outside the Poconos and Pennsylvania coal region.

Over the years, Rick read and researched the plight of the Irish miners and the early labor issues they represented. He tells their story in this presentation, highlighting not only the terrible crimes for which they were convicted and executed but also the miscarriage of justice that was heaped upon them in the process.

Returning with his fourth presentation to HATT, Rick is a local historian and Pocono native who graduated from Pocono Mountain High School in 1971, and received bachelor’s and master’s degree sfrom Wilkes University. Rick retired from Sanofi Pasteur in Swiftwater, PA in 2016 after 44 years of service. During that time, he also served as a Pocono Mountain School director for 23 years. He and his wife, Kelley, live in Jackson Township.

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Thursday, August 9 • 5:30 p.m.
MONTHLY MEETING | Clymer Library, 115 Firehouse Rd., Pocono Pines
“The Life and Times of Sir William Johnson” by Frank Salvati

Sir William Johnson undoubtedly is one of the most intriguing figures of America’s colonial history. During the pre-Revolutionary War years, Johnson worked tirelessly to keep the Iroquois loyal to the British crown. He even married the sister of Chief Joseph Brandt, who defeated the colonial militia at the Battle of Minisink just north of the Poconos, and opposed Gen. John Sullivan in upstate New York in 1779

As a renaissance man, he helped thousands of settlers in the Mohawk Region of upstate New York, and as a progressive thinker, introduced peanuts, cotton and sheep to that region.

Frank Salvati returns for his second year at HATT. He has a commanding knowledge of colonial Indian affairs in northeastern Pennsylvania. His career with the Forensic Psychology Center for the state of New York has prepared him for his investigative studies. With his vast library of historical details, Salvati educates and entertains, rather than offering a dry history lesson. He is a resident of Port Jervis and has been presenting numerous topics of colonial history to historical groups and schools since 1995.

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Thursday, September 14 • 5:30 p.m.
Lake Naomi Club Clubhouse, 135 Miller Dr., Pocono Pines
“A History of Monroe County Newspapers” by Kim de Bourbon, HATT webmaster

Former Pocono Record editor Kim de Bourbon will present the history of newspapers in Monroe County, from the earliest printed broadsheets to the daily paper delivered by paper boys to the challenges to traditional journalism today in age of the internet. She will discuss how changes in format, production, delivery and shifting political scenes and ownership have affected news coverage over the years, and the importance of news to the life of the community.

A resident of Delaware Water Gap, de Bourbon has spent more than 25 years as a daily community journalist, most recently as editor of the Pocono Record from 1997 to 2007. She started her career there as a proofreader in 1972 while still a student at Stroudsburg High School. She worked as reporter and copy editor at The Press-Enterprise in Bloomsburg and as managing editor at The News-Times in Danbury, Ct, before returning to Monroe County. She now teaches college journalism and is a freelance writer, editor, publication designer and web designer. She designed and has maintained HATT’s award-winning web site for more than seven years.

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Thursday, October 11 • 5:30 p.m.
MONTHLY MEETING | Clymer Library, 115 Firehouse Rd., Pocono Pines
“Pocono Propulsion of the Pastt,’ by Kim Williams, HATT member

Transportation in the past in the Poconos, like in the rest of the world, has consisted of more than just trains and boats and planes. Many examples of past propulsion locally will be presented and discussed.

Some old methods of propulsion have evolved to being recreational today, rather than as a necessary means of getting around. And much past propulsion looked a lot different back in time compared to current methods. (Everyone is encouraged to use any means of propulsion imaginable to attend this presentation. But we hope that the October weather does not cater to your toboggans and dog sleds.)

With a life-long passion for the enjoyment of rail systems, Kim Williams has extended his hobby into a serious historical study of transportation. An avid and accomplished photographer, he documents his interests in “Pocono propulsion” with significant images. A graduate of East Stroudsburg University and resident of Pocono Summit, he belongs to many rail organizations and historical associations, including HATT.

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Thursday, November 8 • 5:30 p.m.
MONTHLY MEETING | Clymer Library, 115 Firehouse Rd., Pocono Pines
“Pennsylvanians in the 2nd Continental Congress” by Dr. Brian Alnutt

Professor Alnutt will discuss the bold Pennsylvanians who served as delegates to the Second Continental Congress which declared American independence, including George Clymer (shown), Benjamin Rush, George Taylor, Benjamin Franklin and others. He will also present some of their prominent Pennsylvania Loyalist adversaries, such as William Allen of Philadelphia and Allentown.

The talk will also include exploration of the “Yankee-Pennamite” conflict which was occurring at that time between Pennsylvania and Connecticut settlers over who would control what is now Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Brian Alnutt, Ph.D., returns for his seventh year at HATT as one of our most popular speakers. A professor of history at Northampton Community College, his personal focus is on North American history of the late 19th to mid-20th century. A native of Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, he has lived the Lehigh Valley for 30 years.

Doris Zimmerman
Dick Cary
Larry Jarema
Ike Olsen
Rick Bodenschatz