The museum’s core exhibition is “The Story of Mauch Chunk.” Knowledgeable guides discuss museum artifacts and lead visitors on a tour through the ages, beginning with the unique geological formation of coal in prehistoric times and through the events that created the present day town of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. The lush, mountainous landscape inhabited by the Lenape Indians was forever changed by the discovery and mining of “black diamonds” (anthracite coal) by early European settlers and their subsequent scramble to build waterways and railroads to transport coal to the eastern seaboard cities. Determination and ingenuity gave rise to industrial marvels such as the unique Switchback Gravity Railroad while the settlement of Mauch Chunk grew and flourished in its Victorian golden age. Following a period of decline, the town of Mauch Chunk was renamed and revived as the town of Jim Thorpe—repository for the body of the great Native American Olympian. Struggle, prosperity, decline and revival; we invite visitors to experience the legacy, architecture, and natural beauty that is today’s Jim Thorpe.
Upcoming events at the Mauch Chunk Museum & Cultural Center:
Victorian Tea and Historic Fashion Show
Saturday, March 24th, 2018 from 2pm to 4pm
The Mauch Chunk Ballroom
41 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229. Reservation details coming soon!
Celebrate Women’s History Month with a charming Victorian themed tea and an historic fashion show, featuring live models and a discussion of changes in women’s fashions from the Victorian era through the 1920s.
Thank you to all who made the 2017 Victorian Ball a grand, memorable evening! Look for information about our 2018 Bicentennial Ball coming soon.
The 2017 Victorian Ball
Mauch Chunk Museum & Cultural Center