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The Morning Call: ‘Bethlehem’s Christmas, 1741’: Exhibit tells story of city’s first Christmas


There are competing theories on how the City of Bethlehem got its name, and one of those involves cows. It was on Christmas Eve in 1741 that a group of Moravians led by Count Ludwig Von Zinzendorf gathered in a two-room log house where the Hotel Bethlehem now sits and christened their new missionary settlement "Bethlehem" after the birthplace of Jesus.

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