Monthly Meeting

Our next meeting will be this Thursday, June 1, 2017; 7:00 to 9:00 pm; Palmer Branch of Easton Library; 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.
Our guest speaker is Jennifer Rankin. Topic: "Snyder Site Update".

Guest are welcome.


"The History and Archaeology of Morris Canal Plane 9 West".

Our last meeting, Jim Lee summarized the history of the Morris canal and talk in detail about the development of inclined Plane 9 West. Built in 1831, the inclined planes of the Morris Canal carried 90-foot-long, 80-ton canal boats out of the water and up a railed plane before dropping them back into the upper level of the canal, all using just water power. Plane 9 West, located just across the Delaware River in Stewartsville, New Jersey, was excavated by Jim's grandfather in 1971.

The Jim and Mary Lee Canal Museum at Morris Canal Incline Plane 9 West is located at 477 Route 519, Stewartsville, NJ. The museum is open the second Sunday of every month from April to October. More information can be found at: 


Harlan B. "Ben" Freyermuth, 99, of Bethlehem Township, formerly of Palmer Township, passed away February 11, 2017. An amateur archaeologist, Ben enjoyed looking for Indian artifacts. He and his late wife "Doris" were founding members of Chapter #14 of the Society of Pennsylvania Archaeology. He was instrumental in excavating an American Indian burial site in Kintersville. He received the Archy Award from the State of Pennsylvania for his contributions to the science of archaeology.

Chapter 14 is saddened with the passing of one of our founding members, Doris Freyermuth. Doris is known for the excavation of several sites in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  To name a few:  Overpeck Site, Tocks Island, Sandts Eddy, Snyder Site, Vanderbilt Site, and Byram.  Entombment was February 7 in Northampton Memorial Shrine.   Online condolences at   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Chapter 14 of Society for PA Archaeology, c/o  Strunk Funeral Home, 2101 Northampton St,  Easton, PA, 18042 or VNA Hospice of St Lukes, 240 Union Station Plaza Bethlehem, PA  18015.