PBS39 reveals Harry C. Trexler’s life and legacy. There are many reasons for today’s generation to care about this figure of the past. The General helped set aside about 20 percent of Allentown’s land for parks. It’s just one of many things Harry Trexler envisioned for Lehigh County. He also helped create PPL and Portland Cement, which helped him become one of the richest men in the state of Pennsylvania.
Trexler cared deeply for children, and established “Romper Day.” The celebration marks the end of Allentown’s summer playground program. Over the years, thousands of kids have enjoyed dancing around the famous maypole. His generosity touches so many, through his trust and those who administer it. Thanks to Harry Trexler, hundreds of Lehigh County organizations are able to thrive in the community.
Find out how this Lehigh Valley icon continues to change lives decades after his death.