History Detectives Needed: Stories, Photos, Recollections Sought For Upcoming Book From Former Students of Bridgeton, Nockamixon Township One-Room Schoolhouses

Blanche & Doris Shick at Center Hill School

Blanche & Doris Shick at Center Hill School

FERNDALE, PA. – The Nockamixon Historic Commission is seeking submissions of personal stories, recollections and school-related photos from former students of the twelve one-room schoolhouses in Bridgeton and Nockamixon townships. The group is including both because the two were a single township before they split in 1890. These materials will be used in preparing a narrative to be published as an illustrated book next fall.

Most sought after are first-person recollections and accounts, and photos taken in and around the one-room schoolhouses. Best are images in which the buildings themselves are identifiable. Secondhand accounts (“as told to”) and journals or diaries are also wonderful sources. News clippings are acceptable if they’re clearly readable. It’s helpful if as many people as possible appearing in photos are identified, along with any pertinent dates and occasions.

Typed or handwritten accounts are welcome, and computer-generated accounts are encouraged. Hardcopy photos will be scanned to digital format. The Commission asks that contributions be made as soon as possible so we can include your content in our publication.

Interested parties with anything to contribute to this local history project are asked to contact Commission Chair Neil Jesiolowski at 610-847-2394 or via email at jesski@frontiernet.net at their earliest convenience. Those who desire to mail their materials can do so to: Neil Jesiolowski, Chairman, Nockamixon Historic Commission, PO Box 100, Ferndale, PA 18921. You may also use the reply form below.

Please be sure to include the way the material should be attributed. Arrangements will be made to pick up any materials that cannot be emailed or mailed at the convenience of the contributor. All donated materials will be returned in good condition, along with any other original documents lent to the Commission for this purpose.

The Nockamixon Historic Commission is authorized by ordinance to identify and preserve assets of Nockamixon Township which may be of historical significance.

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