Atlas Cement museum to open this Sunday
The Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum, the only museum in the United States dedicated solely to the cement industry, with over 3,000 artifacts, photographs and hands-on exhibits, will open for the 2017 season this Sunday at 1401 Laubach Ave.
Observing its 21st anniversary, the museum, free to the public, will be open on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, 1-3 p.m., through September.
The museum’s centerpiece is the former Atlas Cement manufacturing plant, which provided cement that built the Panama Canal, the Empire State Building in New York City and other famous structures, but the museum has incorporated in its exhibits other cement plants from the region.
This year, Essroc Cement Company, with its roots in Coplay, as successor to Coplay Cement Manufacturing Company, is being honored, according to Atlas Cement Company Museum Curator Ed Pany. Based in Nazareth, Essroc is now part of cement history as it was sold to Lehigh-Hanson earlier this year. The Nazareth plant is continuing production under the Lehigh-Hansen name.
The 2017 exhibits will have a direct link to President Donald Trump — specifically, the president’s father, Fred. C. Trump.
‘’The museum was happy to find photographs and literature showing how Coplay Cement was used by Fred C. Trump in his numerous New York apartment complexes,” Pany said.
This month, the museum will host all the fifth-grade students from the Siegfried, George Wolf, Lehigh and Moore elementary schools to share a chapter of local cement history with them.
Visitors and delegations from many foreign countries have toured the Atlas Museum, notably from the Republic of China and virtually from every state in the United States.
Among the other exhibits are a mock-up of the Atlas plant and quarry, a huge mural, the Atlas laboratory and an office, a talking horse and more.
The education tours will be conducted by Larry Oberly, Sally Madden, borough Manager LeRoy Brobst and Pany.