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South Bethlehem in 1935, looking north to houses and Bethlehem Steel.

Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Created: 1935 Nov.
Evans, Walker, 1903-1975, photographer.



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After the Civil War the Borough of South Bethlehem was formed. In 1886 the Borough of West Bethlehem (in Lehigh County) was formed. In 1904, the Boroughs of West Bethlehem (in Lehigh County) and Bethlehem (in Northampton County) merged. In 1917, the Borough of South Bethlehem and Bethlehem merged to become the City of Bethlehem, with Archibald Johnston (1865-1948) selected as the new city’s first mayor.


Dear Ken:
The difficulties encountered by so many during this COVID-19 Pandemic, have truly been a hardship on  many.  Those who have been able to weather the storm and continue working have become our heroes.  Heroes come in all types and job positions and more recently, medical, law enforcement and other First Responders have been the ones who have been honored. However, looking at our South Bethlehem Historical Society, like other organizations, have been left kind of frozen in time with the quarantines and prohibitions of gatherings.  <<READ MORE>>

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The purpose of the South Bethlehem Historical Society is to preserve and make known the Second Chapter of Bethlehem’s History (1850 – on) by focusing on the individuals, ethnic groups and material evidence which helped make possible the industrialization of South Bethlehem


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South Bethlehem Historical Society
P.O. Box 5106 Bethlehem, PA 18015