Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution



This holiday season, Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites is celebrating gifts.  Through our upcoming exhibition at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, 100 Years of Gift Giving, we invite guests to explore the history of gifting practices and share stories of their favorite gift memories.

This exhibition inspires us to recognize and appreciate the gifts that helped form our organization.  Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites was founded on gifts from some of our city’s most prominent early residents. In gifting their collections to the care of HBMS, they established the means for preserving and sharing our history for years to come.  Their gifts became the museums and sites where our community gathers to experience the history and traditions of our city and its founders.

As HBMS grew, others joined in the gift giving spirit through annual gifts in support of our mission: to bring history to life by educating the public about Bethlehem’s rich heritage.  Through the continued generosity of our supporters, we expanded our efforts to offer family-friendly programs and annual events.  Now, Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites cares for 20 historic structures and sites, many of which are part of the National Historic Landmark District of Historic Moravian Bethlehem.

In 2019, gifts from our supporters made the following exhibitions and improvements possible:

Highlight 1

In June, the Goundie House at the heart of Main Street opened Bethlehem Brewed and Distilled, where guests explore the past, present, and future of brewing in Bethlehem.

PURSEonality Exhibition

In October, a selection of over 500 handbags, purses, clutches, and more from the personal collection of Ilene Hochberg Wood went on display across the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, and America On Wheels Museum in Allentown.

Highlight 3

This long-awaited conversion project is nearly complete, and we look forward to welcoming the public to our new multi-use space for our holiday exhibitions

Highlight 4

Our docents are excited to add this exploration of the Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces to our offerings, and welcomed visitors to the newest HBMS walking tour throughout the fall.

This winter, we invite you to join the community of supporters that make all we do possible through their generous gifts to HBMS.  Whether you have experienced a tour, attended one of our spectacular events, purchased an item from our museum store, or walked through the Colonial Industrial Quarter, you can appreciate the impact Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites has on our community and the amount of support it takes to continue the preservation of our wonderful history.  We ask you to help keep the spirit of gift giving alive by donating to our annual operating fund today.

“Beth-le-hem” has a strong foundation in Bethlehem Steel. Steel produced by this 20th century giant was used in the construction of some of America’s greatest landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge and the Chrysler Building.

“Beth-lum” has its roots in America’s foundation – this is how George Washington referred to the city!

“Beth-lee-hem” comes from nursing



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