Since our founding in 1973, the Mauch Chunk Historical Society has been actively involved in giving our past a future.

Much of that involves the 1882 Mauch Chunk Opera House. For decades the Opera House brought the town the glitter of old Vaudeville and the golden age of Hollywood films. When the glitter faded, the Opera House became a warehouse for a local factory, a fate that no doubt saved it from the wrecking ball and preserved it until the Mauch Chunk Historical Society became the owner and began the long process of bringing it back to its former glory. It was a long road and a lot of work, but it was also a great success!


With the support of our members, benefactors, and partners the Mauch Chunk Historical Society preserves and interprets our region's history by providing a focal point for culture, entertainment and the arts in our community to enrich the lives of current and future generations of residents and visitors.

It is only through the support of our members, benefactors, and partners that we can continue our mission of preservation, conservation and utilization.

If you are one of those special individuals who have a passion for the past, we invite you to join us and become a fellow curator of Mauch Chunk history.

Jim Thorpe is an captivating place located along the Lehigh River Gorge. The area was sacred to the Lenni Lenape Native Americans who once lived here. Our town also sits at the southwestern gateway to the Pocono region of Pennsylvania.

The Mauch Chunk Historical Society is a 501c3 corporation registered in Pennsylvania.

Board of Directors for 2015

Bob Yevak

Vice President
Steve Hlavka

Treasurer & Executive Assistant
Cris Bradley

Christine DeGiosio/McGorry

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Vincent Degiosio

Cleo Fogal

Helen Van Pelt

Lawrence Dale

Doug Jugan








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