As most of you know, Durham Community Day was canceled this year because of inclement weather. The Historical Society was going to be offering tours of the Mill including a special one for kids. We also wanted to introduce people to our recently established museum of collected artifacts. We’ve decided to have an open house at the Mill on November 18th from 11:00AM to 2:00PM. Everyone is welcome. The kids’ tour is scheduled for 12:00 noon. Adult tours will be given on the hour. Come see our historical collection and the Mill’s new, vastly improved lighting system. Hope to see you on the 18th.
Over the past several months the Society has received a number of wonderful donations, both to add to our archived collection and the donations of technological apparatus and physical labor. Of these last two, Blake Timochenko certainly stands out for his generosity. Knowing our plans to place information kiosks in the mill, he took it upon himself to supply us with the necessary hardware and technological assistance to make this a reality. In addition, seeing the need to shore up the loose stones in the wall near the waterwheel to avoid potential injury, Blake worked with a local contractor who, as Blake did, volunteered time to handle the problem. Blake also has donated antique tools now placed in our collection. We are truly appreciative of his work and generosity.
Les Williams is a local collector of tools and equipment used in the milling industry. He has very generously gifted several valuable items to our collection. Two of these implements were used to level out the millstones while their cleaning and sharpening process was being performed. Most recently he donated equipment used to lift the millstones together with three of the sharpening hammers used in refurbishing the stones. He also built a display stand to show the equipment to its best advantage. The Society is truly grateful to Mr. Williams for his interest and generosity.
Jim and Jack Little as young boys spent a lot of time exploring Cooks Creek where it flowed through their farm about a quarter mile from the Delaware River. They found cannon balls that had been made at the original Durham Furnace. Jim and his wife Diane, upon the passing of Jack, donated these as well as other items of interest (including stone axes, arrowheads, and a baking mold) to the Society. In addition to the historical items, Jim and Diane also donated 15 prints depicting the French and Indian War period. These prints were donated with the stipulation that they could be sold or used in any other fashion to raise money for the Society. The generosity of people like the Little’s is to be commended and we are grateful for the interest they have shown in the Society.
Please join passionate historian and story teller, Amy Hollander as she presents “Durham’s First Caretakers: the Lenape, Shawnee and the Walking Purchase” on Thursday August 17 at 2:00 at the Durham Mill. Entrance is free although donations to the mill’s restoration are accepted.
As part of the Lehigh Valley Passport to History month, we are scheduling the Durham Mill to be open for tours on Saturday, the 15th of July, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tours will be given on the hour and members of the Society will make themselves available to answer questions. For those who have never visited the mill, this will give you an opportunity to see a piece of history that you never realized was part of our community. For those who haven’t visited for some time, this will enable you to see some of the improvements that have been made to the mill. New windows, a new viewing area for the water wheel, new museum quality lighting, plus more. We are also partnering with the Williams Township Historical Society who has scheduled a driving tour of the historic cemeteries in their township. You may also want to “Google” Passport to History to see what other events are occurring during the month of July. Hope we will see you at the mill!