“…of the most
benefit to humanity…
of the City of Allentown
and the County of Lehigh”
— from the will of Harry C. Trexler
A Diversity of Nature
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Begun in 1935, the Trexler Trust has awarded nearly $185 million to the city of Allentown’s Parks and charitable Lehigh County organizations serving children, elders, and adults in the areas of education, social services, and the arts.
In January of 1885, Harry C. Trexler married Mary Mosser. The only daughter of a wealthy tanner, Mrs. Trexler managed the household affairs and founded the Needlework Guild of Allentown. The Trexlers established the tradition of Romper Day for Allentown’s children.
In addition to establishing West Park, General Trexler began the development of Lehigh Parkway with the gift of 30 ½ acres along the Little Lehigh. The Trexler 144-acre estate, Springwood Park, is now Allentown’s Trexler Memorial Park.
Allentown’s PPL Tower Built in 1920
“The greatest source of happiness, I believe, was to help the development of things – whether they were flowers, fruits or industries.”Learn More
Trexler’s Influence on Lehigh County
“I often make the mistake of getting into the wrong automobile because I don’t take any particular notice … of my cars. But I would never make the mistake of getting on the wrong horse.”
General and Mrs. Trexler enjoyed the festivities of Allentown’s playground program, Romper Day. The City’s children annually presented Mrs. Trexler with a bouquet of lilacs during the celebration.
General Trexler held court at the Livingston Club each weekday at noon where he and Allentown’s businessmen gathered for lunch and business deals.