Legal Action for 24 & 30 West 4th Street

View the filed law suit here South Bethlehem Historical Society Sues City to Stop 9-Story Building Project A local historic society is attempting to block the construction of a $10 million, nine-story building in in Bethlehem. By Nicholas Cardoso (Patch Staff)December...

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Union soccer team honors Bethlehem history

By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
POSTED: September 16, 2013
BETHLEHEM For five golden years at the start of the 20th century, the biggest soccer stars in the country lived and worked in Bethlehem, Pa.

The Bethlehem Steel Co. soccer team, consisting of workers imported from the British Isles primarily for their soccer prowess, dominated their opponents from 1915 through the early 1920s, winning five U.S. Open Cups.

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The South Bethlehem I Once Knew

The South Bethlehem I Once Knew by Carol Dean Henn The Municipal Market—a favorite shopping experience on E. Third St. “Um-brel-las! I can fix your um-brel-las!” I can still hear the sing-song voice of the peddler and fix-it man who drove through our South Bethlehem...

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Commemorating 150 Years: Holy Infancy Church (2011)

Commemorating 150 Years: Holy Infancy Church Emergence of a Parish Lithograph of the second edifice of Holy Infancy, built in 1886. Courtesy Holy Infancy Parish With an Irish labor force working on the Lehigh Valley Railroad and the iron company in the 1850s, it was...

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The Lehigh Theatre

Your movie ticket got you more at The Lehigh Theatre   What we remember most [about the Lehigh Theater on E. Fourth St.] is that it was the cheapest theatre in town, and you could sit in there all day on one ticket. It was not very clean, but if you were...

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Hungarian Christmas

  Hungarian Christmas Traditions South Bethlehem Hungarians fondly recalled Christmas in their native Hungary as a festive time of year when family members got together to celebrate the holiday. Candles were placed in the windows as a symbolic greeting to those...

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Industrial Pioneers

The Emergence of Industrial Pioneers in South Bethlehem Samuel Wetherill established the Pennsylvania and Lehigh Zinc Company by 1853. In 1848, the Moravians of Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, divested 1,380 acres of farmland situated along the Lehigh...

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A. W. Leh

  A.W. Leh: South Bethlehem Architect - New World Rising A.W. Leh (1848-1918) Architect, Civil War Soldier Albert Wolfring Leh, later known to citizens of the Bethlehems and beyond as A.W. Leh—or Captain Leh, in deference to his Civil War service— was born...

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Phillips Music Store

Phillips Music and Appliance Store by Jennifer Lader “Businessmen thrive only as their customers thrive.” -The Whetford Book, Bethlehem, Pa. 1915 Today, “24 East Asian Bistro” and “Glen Anthony Designs” occupy the former Phillips Music Store on East Third St. Abram...

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Civil War Commemoration

  This pastoral scene shows Bethlehem prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. Beginning in 2011, the country will celebrate the Sesquicentennial (150th) of the Civil War, or, as many refer to it, The War Between the States. Though most of the tributes will be...

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Holy Infancy

Site of the first Holy Infancy (1864) Tradition has dictated that the original site was donated by the Moravian Church (see the Borough of South Bethlehem Semi-Centennial, 1915); however, a deed search by Christian Carson, former SBHS Board of Director, revealed the...

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A Third Street View

Looking east on Third St. at the intersection of New St. hardly seems possible without trolley cars or automobiles choking the streets in this 1921 photo of South Bethlehem. When comparing this view to the present day, a vast number of buildings have...

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Our Hungarian Heritage

Hungarians—the largest ethnic group of immigrants to settle in South Bethlehem—outnumbered the Czechs, Slovaks, German, Italians, Greeks, Poles, Ukraines, Croatian, Slovenes and Windish by the year 1910.   These Magyar immigrants from Hapsburg Austria-Hungary,...

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Cathedral Church of the Nativity

The 1887 Church of the Nativity incorporated the original 1865 structure, its belfry facing Wyandotte St. In 1791, the discovery of anthracite coal in Carbon County, attracted predominantly Welsh and Irish coal miners—by 1833, they had built the Lehigh Coal and...

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Flat Iron Building

Flatiron Hits the Century Mark The cover image, recently produced by Community Murals of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., is a composite of three images: the Flatiron Building during the celebration of the Borough’s Semi- Centennial in 1915; a worker at Bethlehem Steel’s...

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