Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution

Community Heritage Day

Join Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites for a day full of fun, exploration, and learning for our annual Community Heritage Day at the Colonial Industrial Quarter.

May 6, 2017 from 10 am - 4 pm

Colonial Industrial Quarter, 459 Old York Road

Discover how the Moravian settlers lived and worked in America’s first industrial park with hands-on activities, live demonstrations, and games.



  • Demonstrations by the Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites' Blacksmiths
  • An array of children's crafts and activities
  • Live music
  • Free tours, and a preview of our new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education program, America's First Industries, which focuses on aspects of engineering that highlight how advanced the Colonial Industrial Quarter was for its time.

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!

Father & son having a blast with building a log cabin at Community Heritage Day!
Have some fun in the sun with a range of colonial games!
Kids will LOVE discovering how to mix dyes with this STEM activity.
Enjoy historic black & white photographs of different hairstyles in Bethlehem throughout history!
This girl rocked the STEM arch building activity!

Luckenbach Mill

  • Fun & engaging STEM educational activities developed in partnership with the DaVinci Science Center.
  • View historic photos of hairstyles throughout the ages in Bethlehem as part of our newest exhibition, HairWork: Relics of Remembrance.

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 waterwheel turned a mechanism which pumped water from the spring up 94 vertical feet! Photo Credit: Scott Piccotti

Blacksmith Shop

  • Enjoy live blacksmith demonstrations and special activities, like tin-punching and making leather pouches, designed to bring out the Smith in everyone!

Springhouse Green

  • Have a blast playing colonial games like Bucket Brigade, Hoops, Graces, and more!
This girl is learning how to play Bucket Brigade from a volunteer! Photo Credit: Scott Piccotti
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!
This bird of prey makes an impressive figure!
This bird of prey makes an impressive figure!

Live Bird Presentation

Wildlands Conservancy is coming to Community Heritage Day! Learn everything you wanted to know (and more!) about the different, fascinating birds who call the Lehigh Valley their home from these nature experts and maybe pick up a new hobby - bird watching!

Horse Hair Jewelry Demo

Watch Susan Newquist of Red-Tail Designs, local artist and equine aficianado, 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.

This unique form of jewelry is made using horse hair!
This unique form of jewelry is made using horse hair!
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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