Saving Trinity Church

 

Holy Trinity Episcopal is an historic church located on Lincoln Street in Shamokin near the Rescue Fire Co. In August 2018, citing structural issues, it was announced that the church may be demolished.

Built in 1891, Trinity Episcopal was the beloved place of worship for countless parishioners over the years, but it also remains an important historic landmark. It is one of the finest examples of local architecture in any style, and among only a few extant Tudor Revivals in Shamokin. The wedding of Monroe H. Kulp, U.S. Congressman and founder of Kulpmont, and Mrs. Sarah Detweiler took place here in 1897. The large stained glass window over the altar was dedicated in their memory upon Mrs. Kulp’s death in 1931. More recently, the church gained nationwide fame in the 1970s when an image of Christ was said to have appeared on an altar cloth.

Should this church be demolished, it would be a grave loss not only for those who attended there, but also for the entire community. We cannot afford for Trinity Episcopal Church to be counted among Shamokin’s vanished landmarks.

For more information, please take a moment to read my editorial, “A Crisis of Heritage,” which recently appeared in the News-Item. You can also visit Save Trinity Episcopal on Facebook.