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  • Burnside You Point, We Pick

    Burnside You Point, We Pick

    You Point, We Pick at Burnside Colonial Garden! The Colonial Garden at Burnside Plantation will soon is bursting with organically grown vegetables, herbs, and flowers now available to all visitors! You can point out something you’d like to take home, and our volunteers will pick it for you in exchange for a donation (cash only) […]

  • Annual Meeting: 03/20/2022 4-6PM, Trinity Episcopal Church

    Annual Meeting: 03/20/2022 4-6PM, Trinity Episcopal Church

    Sunday, March 20, 2022 Trinity Episcopal Church 4-6PM   BHDA Annual General Meeting. Open to all members of the BHDA. Neighbors who are interested in socializing and learning more about the BHDA are also welcome. Join or renew your membership! Please join us for a brief business meeting with time to socialize at the Trinity […]

  • Holiday Decorating Contest from 2020- Click to see the winners

    Holiday Decorating Contest from 2020- Click to see the winners

      We had some fun, decorating the Neighborhood on Saturday, December 12, 2020 The contest was open to all residents of Bethlehem’s Historic District. Although all of the decorations were wonderful, the judges have selected the following winners: Best Door Decoration: 425 Center StreetBest Planters/Urns: 27 E. Church Street Most Elegant: 438 High Street Most […]

  • Candles in Windows

    Candles in Windows

    TRADITIONAL WHITE LIGHTS AND CANDLES IN THE WINDOWS For those that have lived in the Historic District for the holiday season, you are aware that residents decorate their homes with white lights and candles in the windows. For those new to the neighborhood, the tradition of candles in the windows goes back to a cold Christmas […]

  • Bees in Your Garden

    Bees in Your Garden

    by Sheri Murphy Plant a garden and they will come—honey bees, bumble bees, and solitary bees. All bees are pollinators. Unfortunately, their numbers have decreased in recent years due to Colony Collapse Disorder, habitat loss, pollution, pesticides, and climate change. Honeybees and bumblebees live in colonies. Honeybees may live in hives but can be found […]

  • The Single Sisters’ House

    by LoriAnn Wukitsch The next time you walk down Church Street just before Main, take time to look at your surroundings. You will see historic clapboard and stone buildings – all in the same Colonial Germanic style of architecture constructed by the Moravians between 1741 and 1772. These are the finest examples of this architectural […]

  • Window Candles

    Window Candles

    For those that have lived in the Historic District for the holiday season, you are aware that residents decorate their homes with candles in the window, and outside decorations that are enhanced with white lights. For those new to the neighborhood, this tradition of candles in the window goes back to a cold Christmas Eve […]

  • Christmas Traditions in Bethlehem

    Christmas Traditions in Bethlehem

    Christmas Traditions Charlene Donchez Mowers, President, Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites The year was 1937. Bethlehem was still suffering from the effects of the Great Depression. The city and the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce were seeking ways to attract visitors to our city. Vernon Melhado, then President of the Chamber conceived the idea of branding […]

  • Musikfest Parking Permits

    Musikfest Parking Permits

    The Musikfest parking permit provides for permit only parking during the days of Musikfest.  The 400 block of High Street (between Market and Wall) is blocked off for permit holders during the 10 days of Musikfest.  Please be advised that the permits are non-transferable and there is a limit of 2 per household.  The street is […]

  • The Little House on the Little Street

    The Little House on the Little Street

    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 […]

  • Gardening in the Historic District

    Gardening in the Historic District

    It’s still not too late to start a garden (plant some tomatoes, peppers and eggplant) but if you want to get the biggest bang for your effort, try growing herbs in containers.  I’m going to tell you why and then give you my top six herbs to grow in containers.  If you have space for […]

  • Historic Masonry Info

    Historic Masonry Info

    It’s just a few more weeks until winter is over and the outdoor projects begin again. Masonry repointing is on many of our to-do lists. Before you begin a repointing project or hire a professional mason, do your home and your wallet a favor and make sure you’re using the right kind of mortar. I […]

  • Gardening in the Historic District

    Gardening in the Historic District

    By now your New Year Resolutions may already be a past memory. But don’t despair; instead consider making a new resolution to maintain a garden this summer. There are many great reasons to garden, but my three favorite are, (1) there is nothing better than picking and eating fresh vegetables and herbs that you grew, […]

  • HBMS Procures UNESCO Nomination

    HBMS Procures UNESCO Nomination

    by Charlene Donchez Mowers, President Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites On December 9, 2016, Bethlehem was given an incredible, early Christmas present, which was made even more significant because it was the 275th anniversary of our city. We were notified that Historic Moravian Bethlehem was placed on the new U.S. Tentative List for eventual nomination […]

  • Oral History Project Update

    Oral History Project Update

    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 […]