2023 Ethnic Trees
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View from St. Michael's Cemetery
When the cemetery was founded, families staked out plots for themselves and put fences around them. There was no perpetual care by the Church, and the families maintained their own plots.
Women of the Lane Family
An early Southside Bethlehem colored family since 1887.
Washington Junior HS Football
Washington Junior School was located in the Northampton Heights area of Bethlehem until the mid 1960’s.
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South Bethlehem Historical Society
P.O. Box 626, Bethlehem, PA 18016
View photos from the 2022 Women in Leadership: Past and Present Event August 26, 2022
Robin Hemmons Alozie
Adrienne Redd, Co-founder
Joan Campion, Founder
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.
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