Welcome to the BHDA Website

We’re so glad you found us! The Bethlehem Historic District Association is an organization that values our community’s residents, the quality of life in our district and the preservation of historical architecture. Whether you live in the historic district or not, we would love for you to join us. The members-only portion of our website includes features such as invitations to social events, opportunities to get involved, neighborhood forums, discounts to local businesses, access to BHDA-funded grant programs and much more. If you’re thinking about joining the BHDA or are considering a move to the historic district, click here to contact us and request a guest pass to the members-only features.

Thank you for visiting the BHDA website! We hope to see you soon.

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

Venture Academy – begins June 27
Musikfest Parking Permits – July 28
BHDA Sidewalk/Garage Sale – August 31 deadline, September 16 sale day
Overview of Central Moravian Church Projects – September 16
Please check the June issue of the BHDA newsletter for more information.

The Little House on the Little Street
by LoriAnn Wukitsch, Vice President and Managing Director
Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

Have you ever noticed the little house with the red tile roof on Heckewelder Place? This little house has fascinating story. It was built in 1758 in the Christianized American Indian village of Nain, located approximately one mile northwest of its present location.

When the village was dismantled in 1765 and the American Indians moved west, Andreas Schober, a Moravian stone mason, bought one of the houses and moved it to the southwest corner of Market and
Heckewelder. (more)
Photo courtesy of Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

With Our Appreciation

The BHDA Welcome Committee would like to express its sincere gratitude to the following merchants and service providers for participating in the new Welcome Program:

-Historic Hotel Bethlehem
-Just Born, Inc.
-Moravian Book Shop
-Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom
-Steel Fitness Riverport
-The Chocolate Lab
-The Granola Factory
*Photo courtesy of Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

 Cherry Vanilla Wine Slushy Recipe

by Christine Nikles, resident blogger

Smooth and sweet, this wine slushy is brimming with heart health boosting compounds. The anthocyanin in cherries lower your cholesterol and triglyceride levels. The  antioxidants in red wine reduce your stroke risk by 10%!! How sweet is that?
6oz red wine (You can use Pinot Noir, Merlot or Cabernet)
1/4 cup frozen pitted cherries
1/2 cup of sprite
1/8 tsp vanilla (optional)
1/2 cup ice
Add wine, cherries, sprite, vanilla and ice to blender. Blitz until slushy. ENJOY!!

Visit Christine’s Blog, Spoonful of C, for more delicious recipes and advice on entertaining happy!

From the Archives of Globe Times - sepiathe Bethlehem Daily Times

“Seats of Pantaloons Painted – For some time past, Marcus C. Fetter and family, residing at the corner of Main and Canal streets, have been considerably annoyed by rowdies who loaf nightly in that vicinity.  The loafers generally squat on the fence which surrounds the property.  Last evening the top of the fence received a fresh coat of paint, and the loafers who sat thereon will no doubt recall the sitting for months to come.” – September 23, 1885. More from the archives.

Box of Memories - hpOral History Project: What We’re Learning from Our Neighbors

Did you know that…

During WWII, when Bethlehem Steel was booming night and day, our neighborhood was showered with so much soot that people had to sweep off their houses, cars, and porches every day. –

At one time, there was a reflecting pool on the south side of the library that was filled in because kids kept putting soap in it to make mountains of bubbles. (more)

Important Information about Street Trees

Before you remove, plant, prune, or use pesticides on any trees along our city streets, please visit the Bethlehem’s Bureau of Urban Forestry website for important information including: a list of licensed city arborists, tree planting guidelines, and the list of trees approved for street use.

Permits, available for download, are required for nearly all tree work.


Kaar Plaque

Available Now: Historic Plaques 

Enhance the historical ambiance of our neighborhood with a date plaque for your home or business in Bethlehem’s Historic District. The cost for a plaque is $25 for BHDA Members and $45 for non-members. This cost covers the production of your plaque and does not include research or installation.

To apply for a plaque, click here for more information and to download printable versions of application materials including the Guide to Researching Your Home.

The BHDA Oral History Projectphotos-889168_1280

by Barbara Diamond
This project was inspired by the realization that people who meant a lot to our neighborhood were moving out of the district or passing away and taking with them valued knowledge of life in our special community. A group of neighborhood women developed The BHDA Oral History Project in order to capture the important stories of cherished neighbors before it is too late. This project will honor our long-standing residents, contribute an important historic record of life here, and strengthen connections in our community. We will use video and audio interviews, supplemented by digitized photos, to create an archive of the historic district as told by our more senior residents and those who have contributed significantly to Bethlehem. (more)

house-313396_1280Why Everyone Should Be a Member of the BHDA

by Terry Theman
When it comes to community involvement I suppose it is our human nature to ‘watch from the sidelines’ while our friends and neighbors carry out various civic duties. I certainly find it easier and less stressful. While we appreciate the work done on our behalf, it is rare that we feel the need to pitch in and offer help. Strange how this works, this all-too-human nature of ours. (more)

The Bethlehem Historic District Association promotes the historical ambiance and high quality-of-life in our special neighborhood by supporting the preservation and restoration of original architectural features and landscapes.