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 South Bethlehem Historical Society is pleased to invite you to join us
for the First Annual South Bethlehem Historical Society Women’s Luncheon
celebrating South Bethlehem women past and present.

We will honor a select group of women that were active in leadership
in South Bethlehem.
Joan Campion (Founder SBHS)*
Adrienne Redd (Co-founder SBHS)
Linnie Fowler*
* deceased

Our present honorees making a difference are:
Robin Hemmons Alozie
Lara Bly
Melissa Miranda Craig
Angela DelGrosso
Anna Smith
Mary Wright

Celebrate and support the women who are making a difference!
Souvenir Journal ad opportunities available.


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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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Contact Us

South Bethlehem Historical Society
P.O. Box 5106 Bethlehem, PA 18015