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.


Join us for our Black History Month presentation on “Beauty in Black Culture.” Sunday, February 13th, 2pm at Broughal Middle School.
Open to the Public.

Quick Fact:
“Sarah Breedlove, more commonly known by the name, Madame C.J. Walker; created specialized hair products for African American hair care and was one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire.”

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

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

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The South Bethlehem Historical Society welcomes any artifacts, historical documents, photos and more.
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Contact Us

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