State of the League, 2013

There might only be a handful of board members here at The Allentown Preservation League, but we haven’t been sitting on our laurels. Recent accomplishments include but are not limited to: We joined the greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce! In an effort to support the local arts community, we are now advertising on the screen of The Civic Theater and the Black Box Theater across North 19th Street, and when you’re there don’t miss the new Streetscape improvements. Beautiful! In early spring we hosted an informative “Old House Workshop” pertaining to rot- ting wood, featuring Steve Long of PC Woody products.

A hard-at-work fellow volunteer and Board Member, Judy Arendt, revised and updated our listing of other like-minded Architectural Salvage venues in the area, which is available on our website,, or you can pick up a hard copy when shopping Saturday mornings at the warehouse. Sales, visitors old and new, and dona- tions to the warehouse (which is manned solely by our dedicated volunteers) remain brisk throughout the year. Michele Hartung, our Financial Secretary, maintains a watchful eye on the APL’s pocket book, while treasurer Mike Schware diligently prepares our much needed tax returns. We continue to advertise on FaceBook with over 1,200 friends and continue to post, daily, on CraigsList the treasures we have available for sale.

At the fall “Old House Work- shop,” people appreciated the no- nonsense approach to keeping wood windows functioning as they should when our own Window Wizard, Jack Siplak, demonstrated how to repair sash cords and glaze a window. Plans are well underway for our Fall Membership Meeting on Thursday, November 7. It will be conveniently located at 17th and Liberty Streets in The Casablanca Lounge of the Fairgrounds Hotel and will feature plenty of interesting people, free parking, appetizers, and a cash bar. It’s free for paid members! Our own Ann Bartholomew continues to document our monthly board meetings with accurately detailed minutes, and also orchestrated this newsletter. Dialogue has been started about being part of the 2014–2015 Antiques Guide for Eastern Pennsylvania. We have had our entrance/Stair Tower “spiffed up” with a new impressive color scheme and an informative art piece/ bulletin board on the accent wall. And feelers have been put out with other preservation groups in the area to rekindle the Preservation Month Awards Ceremony scheduled for May 2014. So, much good has been happening out and about in Allentown, and we feel it’s well worth tooting our horn(s) a bit.  

Best regards, 

Tom Schleicher, APL President