Each year, the Society endeavors to share a recap of our activities of the year coming to a close. This year has not been a very good year, as the COVID 19 pandemic shut us down early just as we were beginning to finalize plans for our 2020 activities. By now we all realize that in order to be safe, we have had to cancel all of our openings and activities, including fund raising that enables us to pay our bills.
We had planned three public programs on the “Businesses of A Bygone Era,” all of which had to be canceled as well. As soon as we can move forward with these programs, they will be held once again at the Northampton Borough Hall on a Saturday morning. Anyone who has attended our previous programs knows how much fun we have had reminiscing about the glorious past of Northampton Business. The response of the members was so good that social distancing would not be possible in Borough Hall. We look forward to your continuing interest and membership in the days ahead.
We have received more artifacts as people used the stay-at-home orders of the spring to clean out the attics of a number of business-related treasures. When we open again, we hope you will visit us to see some of this newly re-discovered history.
The station is open the 3rd Sunday of every month from May through October, from 1 to 4 pm. Group tours are available by appointment year-round, call 610-262-8198 or 610-570-5083.
Who We Are
The Northampton Area Historical Society was founded in 1977 by a group of Northampton residents interested in preserving the history of Northampton Borough. The Northampton Area Historical Society since its inception has been responsible for the restoration and maintenance of the historical Siegfried Station. The Society also operates a museum at the site containing documents and artifacts which highlight the history of Northampton Borough. The museum is open the third Sunday of every month through the spring, summer and fall.
We are now accepting membership applications and renewals for 2021.
Thank you to Beatrice and Stan Christoff, who have donated a scrapbook of World War II military stories from the Northampton area. It was created by Beatrice's grandmother, Hattie Ruch, and includes newspaper clippings of the men and women that appeared in our local press.
Beatrice has placed each of the clippings in plastic sleeves to preserve them and she has created an index listing each of the servicemen and women by page number. It is an invaluable artifact of the role of our local effort in the defeat of the Axis Powers in WW II.
Welcome to the home of the Northampton Area Historical Society
The Northampton Area Historical Society is located in the former Siegfried Railroad Station on West 21st Street at Canal Street in Northampton, Pennsylvania.