Emmaus Anniversary Gallery preserves artifacts for future generations
The Emmaus Anniversary Gallery was dedicated and opened for viewing during a celebratory gathering at Emmaus Borough Hall Feb. 19.
The Emmaus Arts Commission, members of Emmaus Borough Council and borough employees unveiled the collection of artwork and memorabilia showcasing some of the rich history in the borough.
Visitors to borough hall will now be greeted by the limited edition prints of the original artwork used for the Emmaus Christmas cards sold during the holiday season.
Bob Boehmer, each year, generously donates a watercolor painting of a significant or historic location to help preserve tradition and history in the borough.
There are eight paintings hanging in Emmaus Borough Hall including pictures of The Emmaus Moravian Church, the Emmaus Movie Theater, the old ice skating rink and Hieter's Diner, the 1803 House, Christmas on the Emmaus Triangle, the clock on Main Street, the Shelter House and The Remembrance Garden at the Knauss Homestead.
The new track lighting and fresh paint provide the perfect backdrop for display cases showing items from the centennial and sesquicentennial celebrations of the borough.
Emmaus was founded in 1759 and incorporated as a borough in 1859. Items on display from the centennial celebration of the borough, held in 1959, include photos and artifacts collected by the anniversary committee.
Mayor Winfield Iobst said the new display is just one small way to treasure Emmaus' past as he viewed a photo of his father sitting with other public servants in the centennial display. Iobst's father was elected mayor in 1958 and was in office during the centennial celebration.
The display from the 2009 sesquicentennial celebration also contains souvenirs and keepsakes future generations can browse as a reminder of the civic involvement present in this quaint and historic community.
"Thank you to all of the people who worked over the years to bring this project to fruition," Councilman Mike Waddell said during the ceremony. "Please take the time to stop in and enjoy the displays."
Residents and visitors can view this special gallery 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, at Emmaus Borough Hall, 28 South 4th St. There are also items on display at the Emmaus Historical Society, 563 Chestnut St., and the Emmaus Public Library, 11 E. Main St.