28th Annual Ethnic Trees Lighting Ceremony




Annual Ethnic Christmas Tree exhibit will now be on display in the Visitor Center at SteelStacks.  The ceremonial lighting of the trees will take place on Sunday, November 24, at 2 PM at the Bethlehem Visitors Center at SteelStacks, located at 711 East First Street.  16 ethnic trees will be on display.




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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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Market at 3rd & Adams Streets


South Bethlehem Farmers Market at 3rd and Adams Streets in 1875 was purchased for $1,000. In 1893 replaced the wooden structure with a three-story brick building with a tower designed by A. W. Leh. (Reference: Images of America South Bethlehem by Ken Raniere, Karen Samuels, & South Bethlehem Historical Society)

1841 Bridge

This 3-span bridge wooden bridge was built in 1841 by famous bridge designer Theodore Burr. This bridge was used until it was replaced by the Hill-to-Hill bridge in 1924. The Pacific House, shown in the background, was torn down when the bridge was built.

(Reference: Images of America South Bethlehem by Ken Raniere, Karen Samuels, & South Bethlehem Historical Society)

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.

Our Mission

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


Discover South Bethlehem memories and walking tour app created by Karen Samuels.

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South Bethlehem Historical Society
P.O. Box 5106 Bethlehem, PA 18015
Email: info@southbethhistsoc.org