We bid farewell tonight to our friend and commissioner, Jim Logan. Since 2010, Jim has faithfully attended meetings, acted as Vice Chair, represented the commission at Board of Supervisor meetings, helped with our survey and school house projects, greeted folks at community day, etc, etc,etc. Always quick with a joke, kept us laughing and on our toes. We wish Jim and Barb much happiness in their new home in upstate PA. We will miss you Jim! Best wishes
We welcome our newest member, James Knight to our commission. James comes to us with a background in antiquing and, of course, love of history. He’s anxious to dig in and help uncover, discover and restore our history. James fills seat #5. There are still 2 available commissioner positions available. If you are a history geek, please join us! No experience necessary!! We meet one time/month (3rd Tues) at the twp bldg. at 7pm. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In 1933, when President Roosevelt took office, almost 50% of America’s workforce was either unemployed or underemployed. The President’s New Deal inititive employed millions of Americans to build and improve the nation’s infrastructure. With $4.9 billion to spend, (6.7% of the 1935 GDP), WPA was in almost every community in the US, building new parks, bridges or schools.
“WPA provided jobs and income to unemployed during the Depression. At it’s peak in 1938, it provided p…aid jobs for 3 million unemployed men and women, as well as youth in a separate division. Between 1935 and 1943, when the agency was disbanded, the WPA employed 8.5 million people. Most people who needed a job were eligible for employment in some capacity. Hourly wages were typically set to the prevailing wages in each area. Full employment, which was reached in 1942 and emerged as a long-term national goal around 1944, was not the goal of the WPA; rather, it tried to provide one paid job for all families in which the breadwinner suffered long-term unemployment.”
“The stated goal of public building programs was to end the depression or, at least, alleviate its worst effects,” sociologist Robert D. Leighninger asserted. “Millions of people needed subsistence incomes. Work relief was preferred over public assistance (the dole) because it maintained self-respect, reinforced the work ethic, and kept skills sharp.”
The WPA was a national program that operated its own projects in cooperation with state and local governments, which provided 10–30% of the costs. Usually the local sponsor provided land and often trucks and supplies, with the WPA responsible for wages (and for the salaries of supervisors, who were not on relief). WPA sometimes took over state and local relief programs that had originated in the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) or Federal Emergency Relief Administration programs (Wikipedia: WPA projects)
Nockamixon and the surrounding areas were not exempt from benefiting from WPA. The building of the dam at Lake Warren was one of these projects. It encompasses approximately 20 acres and is touted for fishing, but most enjoy the thriving bird population. It is at the base of Coffman/Hoffman/Boatman’s Hill (depends on which old map reviewed) and included in State Game Lands #56.
On June 10, 2015, Heritage Conservancy awarded Nockamixon Historic Commission their annual Historic Preservation Award. This award is presented to historic organizations who go above and beyond to preserve history in their township or city. Neil Jesiolowski, Commission chair, thanked Jeff Marshall, Conversancy Director, for nominating the Commission, and Heritage Conversancy for this commemorative plaque.
We were very proud to have completed this monumental project and receive acknowledgement for our uncountable hours surveying the township properties over 50 years old. Our survey information is stored at the Conversancy, and Nockamixon township, and part of their permanent databases.
The farm featured on the plaque is none other than the bucolic Trauger Farm, the only property in the township continuously owned since ca 1780’s by the Trauger family.
Trained by Cory Kergrise of Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission on ‘windshield surveys‘, members and volunteers completed the ambitious plan to survey all properties in the township over 50 years old.
We partnered with Heritage Conservancy and have completed 100% of the inventory. Members and volunteers met and talked with residents about their properties, taking pictures and hearing residents stories of life in Nockamixon Township.
Thank you to all residents who have been generous with their time and memories. Your warm welcome to our members and volunteers is the true wealth of Nockamixon! We invite you to join us and keep up between blog posts on our Facebook page and via our Twitter feed.
NHC Announces Nockamixon Historic Asset Survey
The Nockamixon Historic Commission has embarked on an ambitious plan to survey all historic assets of the township. Commissioners and volunteers are currently engaged in the physical “windshield survey” of each property over fifty years old in the township. They’re being advised by Cory Kergrise of the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission, who has trained them in professional survey techniques and provided sample survey forms with which to efficiently capture the data. This survey will form the foundation of all other projects undertaken by the Commission, whose mission it is to preserve and promote Nockamixon’s historic treasures.
Those interested in participating as volunteers are encouraged to contact the Commission through Nockamixon’s township office at 610-847-5058, or send an email to noxhistcomm [at] gmail.com. Contact liaison is Shirley Bonsall for this project.