Harry Trexler

Preserving the history of an iconic Lehigh Valley silk mill

An Easton man, who came from humble origins, Russell K. Laros built his company into one of America's top silk manufacturers and he gave a good deal of his fortune away.

His charitable foundation has given away about $7.4 million to support causes in the Bethlehem area over the last 65 years.

But Laros is not a household name in the Lehigh Valley, like Charles Schwab or Eugene Grace.

That's why the R.K. Laros Foundation is collaborating with the Industrial Archives & Library on the Laros Oral History Project, an endeavor that aims to document the history and impact of the R.K. Laros Silk Company on the region.

They're seeking the stories, memories and...