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 Friends of the South Bethlehem Historical Society,
We are in the process of updating our membership database so we can better inform you of upcoming events and updates to planned programs. To do this we need you to complete your contact information ASAP. Please fill out the online form.
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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