I am very excited and honored to have joined the Board of Directors of the Liberty Bell Museum of Allentown! If you don’t know the story of how the Liberty Bell was clandestinely transported from Philadelphia for safe-keeping under the floorboards of Zion’s “Liberty Bell” UCC Church in Allentown during the American Revolution, I invite you to visit the museum as well as Zion’s Church, a sister church of Lowhill in our Penn Northeast Conference of the United Church of Christ, “to touch history and be transformed!”
Of local Lowhill and Lynn Township note: the same Leaser family who’ve lent their name to nearby Leaser Lake were, along with the Mickley family, instrumental in transporting America’s most famous symbol of freedom for refuge in the Lehigh Valley during the darkest days of the American Revolution.
Having grown up in the Valley, I always knew the general contours of the story. It became of even greater importance to me when I started fellowshiping and worshiping at Zion’s in 2010. My experience at Zion’s was fundamental to the future work I’d do in ministry in the United Church of Christ, and was transformative for me on a number of levels. It’s so good to be able to stay connected to my “home” UCC church and to be able to give something back to the work of preserving its important history!