Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Bethlehem Back When…

PAST EXHIBIT: Thanks for attending!

Car on the Road

Featuring a selection of fifty photographs, Bethlehem Back When is the first ever exhibition dedicated to showcasing the impressive photo collection donated by Bethlehem Steel in 1980.

May 14 - November 1, 2016 

Spanning decades and captures moments, big and small, in the lives of Bethlehem residents, these amazing snapshots taken by Bethlehem Steel photographers encompass portraits, street views, landscapes, and the occasional oddball: like a man in tights or a woman on a donkey.

Other photos include: a snapshot from 1893 of the Lehigh River boat landing on Memorial Day on Calypso Island, now known as Sand Island, as well as a look at a reception at the Historic Bethlehem Tour on May 14, 1948, where hostesses, Mrs. Allen W. Stephens is pouring tea, and Mrs. William Bewley is serving sugar cake.

The project began as a community-driven effort to digitize and catalogue a collection of over 8,000 photographs that were taken for Bethlehem Steel and catalogued prior to being donated to Historic Bethlehem in 1980. Thanks to dedicated volunteers from Bethlehem Historic District Association working with our dedicated staff, these images of historic Bethlehem’s people and places will be available to the public through an online catalogue in the upcoming months!

For information on how you can become a part of this valuable community project, contact Lindsey (ljancay@historicbethlehem.org).

Bethlehem Back When is currently on exhibit at the 1869 Luckenbach Mill, which hasn’t been home to an exhibition or open to the public in over ten years, making Bethlehem Back When its inauguration.

Luckenbach Mill Hours of Operation

Friday - Sunday

11 am - 4 pm

To schedule an appointment to tour the exhibition, call 1-800-360-TOUR.

Fest at the Mill

Thank you to everyone who came out and saw the Bethlehem Back When exhibition during Musikfest! A special thank you to all of our volunteers for coming out in the heat to help! We couldn't do it with you.




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