Each year the Upper Milford Historical Society invites the community to share in special presentations of local interest. Past presentations have included a study of Pennsylvania Barns and Native American artifacts with an emphasis on jasper mining.
Upper Milford Township was the site of extensive jasper mining by the Lenne Lenape people. Jasper from our area was traded along the east coast and has been found as far west as Ohio.
Jasper was a favorite raw material for fashioning arrow heads and knife blades. It was comparatively easy to use and held an edge well.
IThe original Lenape statue, funded by the Vera Cruz Community Association, stood at the entrance to Jasper Park in Vera Cruz from 1992-2008. It represents a Lenape Chief Lappawinza of the original area inhabitants. Weather has taken its toll on the white pine wood and the statue had to be removes. It has been restored by the Historical Society and now stands in the front hallway of the Township building.
Erected in 2011, the Lenape statue pictured above was also funded by the Vera Cruz Community Association. It is carved from red cedar and is authentic to Lenape style attire.
Township Building Display
One of the goals of the Upper Milford Historical Society is to share the township's history. The locked display cabinet is located outside the large meeting room in the Township building. It was restored by Upper Milford Historical Society members and contains a changing displays of items of historical interest eitherfrom our archives or on loan from township residents.
Currently, David Keiser is sharing a portion of his extensive collection of jasper and Native American artifacts. We are grateful to Dave as well as to other community residents who have generously share historical items for the display. We invite all to check out the display cabinet to see what is new.
Honoring Local History
Upper Milford Historical Society meetings are held the last Thursday of every month,except for November and December, in the Upper Milford Township Building at 7:00 PM. After a short business meeting, we have guest speakers and other programs that highlight subjects of local or historical interest. In 2016 we look forward to programs covering War Stories, Barn & Land Preservation, Barn Stars, Lenni Lenape life today and more. We also offer programs of a more general historical interest. In addition, Upper Milford Township collects and archives items of historical interest and preserves them for the future.