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Global Philadelphia: Historic Moravian Bethlehem: The Next World Heritage Site?


Have you been to Bethlehem? I’m referring to the small, charming Colonial city just over an hour’s drive from Philadelphia, in the midst of upstate Pennsylvania.

Whilst you might be forgiven for first thinking of the Judean village in the Nativity story, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is on the verge of being named one of the most historically and culturally valuable places in the world. Since 2012, its Historic Moravian district been designated as a National Historic Landmark District by the National Parks Service, the highest heritage distinction in the United States. And then, just before Christmas last year, Historic Moravian Bethlehem was placed on the US Tentative List for nomination as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

“This is just the beginning of a multi-year selection process, but to be nominated is a huge honor,” says Charlene Donchez Mowers...

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