There once was a time when the citizens of Pottsville, Pennsylvania did not regard their native son, the author John O’Hara, with kindness. His name was whispered in scorn and not a little hatred for exposing the peccadillos and worse of the …

In the spring of 1951, Muhlenberg College administration had a decision to make. Not only had longtime college president Levering Tyson decided to resign, but they were about to make college history. That year they picked for the first time a…

A lot has changed in the world since 1933, for the better and for the worse. But there is a little corner of Limeport, Pennsylvania where one of those good things remains. It is a baseball stadium. There it sits in an era of domed arenas and …

In case you haven't been paying attention, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the landing of American astronauts on the moon. Neil Armstrong's one small step for a man on the lunar surface has been justly celebrated in 2019 with books, a…

Eighty years ago, Allentown High School (now Willian Allen HS) was known for its excellent sports teams. And among the young men that played for those teams were two brothers, African Americans named Jackson.

In the late 18th century, the sea lanes around the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean Sea were a busy place. Here were the ships that carried the wealth of the West Indies in the form of the sugar from the islands of British owned plantations t…

It was one of those days typical of the summer of 2019. As Jeff Wenck, manager of Allentown's iconic Oakmont Tennis Club, looked at the puddles of a recent rain on its classic clay courts, a storm that weather forecasters had "promised" would…

Take a look at Gilbert Stuart's portrait of Ann Penn Allen Greenleaf, eldest daughter of Allentown's James Allen, at the Allentown Art Museum and what do you see? An 18th century lady with a capital L: prim, proper and respectable for sure. B…

There were a lot of things going on in the Lehigh Valley in the fall of 1948. But on the same page that it announced the upcoming opening of the Allentown High School Stadium (now J. Birney Crum Stadium), the Morning Call noted that on Octobe…

Today for most people, General Harry C. Trexler is little more than a name. His foundation does good works. His statue stands majestically on the park that bears his name. But, other than that, he is an enigma. Dead almost 100 years, there is…