Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution

Community Heritage Day

Jump into spring and discover a day in the life of a Moravian with family-fun activities and demonstrations at our 6th annual Community Heritage Day.

May 6, 2017 from 10 am - 4 pm

Colonial Industrial Quarter, 459 Old York Road



  • Demonstrations by the Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites' Blacksmiths
  • An array of children's crafts and activities
  • Live music
  • Free tours of the 1762 Waterworks
  • Test your engineering & science skills with our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education program, America's First Industries.

RSVP to the event for your chance to win a family level membership, family passes to the Blueberry Festival, or an anniversary gift basket from our museum stores!

This bird of prey makes an impressive figure!
This bird of prey makes an impressive figure!

Wildlands Conservancy is coming to Community Heritage Day!

  • Get a bird’s eye view of the Colonial Industrial Quarter with Wildlands Conservancy’s Live Bird Presentation! Start out with live-bird presentations at 11am and 2 pm that include red-tail hawks, turkey vulture, owls, and pigeons. See these feathered friends up-close and learn about bird habitats, food, hazards, and behavioral adaptations.
  • Take part in a guided birding hike, receive a free “hiking pack” with binoculars and other supplies, and learn about all things birds! Hike a trail at 12 and 3 pm near the Colonial Industrial Quarter and hear from a naturalist how to identify birds, birds’ nests or cavities, food sources, and other signs of bird activity.
Sites-1748-1848-Burnside Plantation-Summer Kitchen-Tour Guide dressed in Colonial Costume cooking in the Summer Kitchen at Burnside Plantation

Open-Hearth Colonial Cooking

  • Get a taste for colonial cooking and stop by our open hearth where the Historic Bethlehem Foodways Group will teach you delicious colonial recipes and illustrate different open-hearth cooking methods.
  • Take colonial cooking home with you and purchase delightful baked goods or a colonial cook book!
This unique form of jewelry is made using horse hair!
This unique form of jewelry is made using horse hair!

Horse Hair Jewelry Demo

  • Watch Susan Newquist of Red-Tail Designs, local artist and equine aficionado, weave handcrafted custom bracelets, earrings, and other adornments using the hair from a horse’s tail or mane as her primary material.
  • Newquist seamlessly incorporates sterling silver, beads, gemstones, and other pieces into her jewelry with her own contemporary twist on a centuries old craft to create original jewelry designs.

Hairwork Demo

  • Discover Lucy Cadwallader's technique for creating intricate, one-of-a-kind jewelry and other keepsakes using the hair of loved ones.
  • The painstaking process begins with sorting the hair, counting out the hairs, tying them in strands, setting up the braiding table, weaving the pattern, processing/setting the form, and lastly, applying the findings. Most pieces take an average of 8-12 hours to complete.
  • Lucy has been making hair jewelry for 18 years and has demonstrated the art of hair weaving at numerous events across the country. She is self-taught in the art of hair jewelry, and has traveled the United States and Europe to broaden her knowledge of the art.
This girl rocked the STEM arch building activity!

Luckenbach Mill

  • Fun & engaging STEM educational activities, developed in partnership with the DaVinci Science Center.
    • Use logs to build different types of sturdy cabins.
    • Construct an arch to discover how strong stone buildings were made in early Bethlehem.
    • Learn how the Moravian settlers in Bethlehem made all of their own clothing and were able to use certain natural materials to dye them different colors. Experiment with dying a piece of cloth and create your own unique dye colors using primary colors.
  • View historic photos of hairstyles throughout the ages in Bethlehem as part of our newest exhibition, HairWork: Relics of Remembrance.
This waterwheel turned a mechanism which pumped water from the spring up 94 vertical feet! Photo Credit: Scott Piccotti

1762 Waterworks

  • See of the water wheel in action! The 1762 Waterworks, recognized as a National Historic Landmark, Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, and an American Water Landmark, was the first pumped municipal water system in America.
  • This impressive waterwheel helped pump spring water 92 vertical feet to a tower, by gravity provided water to five locations, and is 18 feet in diameter – that’s the size of three 6-foot tall men standing one on top of each other.

Blacksmith Shop

  • What’s it like to be a blacksmith for a day? Come and find out at the 1750 Smithy where our professional blacksmiths will demonstrate how Moravians forged hooks, hinges, and door handles.
  • Make one-of-a-kind decorations created with holes punched in tin that you can take home while learning more about tin smiths on the second floor of the Smithy.
This girl is learning how to play Bucket Brigade from a volunteer! Photo Credit: Scott Piccotti

Springhouse Green

  • Have a blast playing colonial games like Bucket Brigade, Hoops, Graces, and more!
Stop by the Springhouse Store for great souvenirs! Photo Credit: Scott Piccotti


  • Stop by the Springhouse for hot dogs, popcorn, and water. Purchase some of our 275th merchandise, along with other top sellers, to commemorate Community Day!

Check out the following events that are happening in conjunction with Community Heritage Day:

Support your community by becoming a volunteer!

Join in the fun while giving back by volunteering at Community Heritage Day! Available positions include:

  • Bucket Brigade
  • Colonial Games
  • Heritage Trail Demonstrator
  • Membership/Information Table
  • Parking Attendant
  • STEM Children's Activities
  • Springhouse Store
  • Tin-Punching
  • Volunteer Information Table

Thanks to our major donors of the 1869 Luckenbach Mill:

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