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People learn about genealogy, Easton’s changing landscape in library’s treasure trove of history | Lehigh Valley Regional News

EASTON, Pennsylvania – Inside the Easton Area Public Library on Church Street is a treasure trove of local history. It’s called the historical room of Marx.

Sharon Gothard can tell you all about it. This is where she has worked for 26 years.

“Church records, cemetery records,” Gothard said. “These are records that date back to the mid-1700s.”

There are over 15,000 historical objects, including photos, books, directories and maps.

“This room is visited by people not just from Easton, but from around the world, who trace family genealogy research from ancestors who passed through Easton or the surrounding area,” said library director Jennifer Long. .

Another popular attraction is to see how the landscape of the city has changed, as there are many developments taking place.

“These are some of my favorites,” Gothard said of Ronald Wynkoop’s photo books. “These are really, really helping people with what Easton looked like in particular.”

The space was named after Henry Marx, who was the first director of the Church Street Library building.

“This room is a temperature-controlled environment to help preserve and protect all local history materials,” Long said. “Nothing can be verified.”

“This is the original collection of the Easton Library Company,” Gothard said.

After a pandemic hiatus, students will return for visits in the fall.

“Show them what Easton looked like in this photo from 1798 and imagine what it looked like when the Declaration of Independence was read on that hot July day,” Long said.

Gothard says the next chapter for the hall is adding donations to the collection, as the present becomes the past.

“To keep family history, to keep local history alive,” Gothard said.

The Easton Area Public Library website has information about the room’s hours of operation.