Kalmbach Memorial Park is a distinct community center established by the late industrialist, Frederick Kalmbach Sr., founder of Electric Furnace Man, in Emmaus, PA. Although born in Germany in 1879, Mr. Kalmbach felt deeply privileged to experience the freedoms and cultural diversity of America. Therefore, he bequeathed his twenty-acre homestead as a place for others to gather and appreciate the freedoms and profound wonders of our God-given American heritage.
Mr. Kalmbach’s love of nature, and his fondness for the Macungie community motivated him to direct that his home and surrounding property be developed as a “public park for the physical, cultural, and educational advancement of the people of the community”. Mr. Kalmbach felt privileged to have experienced the freedoms and cultural diversity of America and deeply loved the American way of life. Through his living trust, he hoped to establish community enrichment programs to provide for the “enjoyment of the rights and privileges outlined in the Constitution of our great Republic which depend solely upon the faithful discharge of the duties and obligations the document imposes on every citizen.”
Artist renditions of the late Frederick Kalmbach Sr.’s home
With the appointment, and under the direction of three Trustees, the desires and wishes of Mr. Kalmbach have been realized. Today, many cherish his generous vision.
Today Kalmbach Memorial Park provides a variety of programs, workshops and events geared to all ages and interests of the Macungie community. Lectures, historical programs, art classes, musical presentations, and a summer nature camp for children foster learning flavored with charming hospitality and lots of fun. A nature trail and walking path meanders through field and wooded areas of the estate, and youth programs embrace the simple childhood activities of the past and offer creative learning opportunities for the entire family.