Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Free Sundays at Home

Just because the Kemerer Museum is closed doesn't mean you have to miss out on the fun of Free Sundays! Every Sunday, Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites will send a newsletter to keep the kids entertained at home. Enjoy a variety of multi-media resources to help kids delve into design!

Free Sundays at Home programs are funded with support from the Jones Children Fund.

Free Sunday Family Programs

Black Bethlehem Project

Do you ever wonder what life used to be like in Bethlehem? The Bethlehem Area Public Library, with support from the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, completed an oral history project highlighting the Black experience in Bethlehem from the 1940s to present. You can listen to the stories of people of all ages on the Black Bethlehem Project website.

You can join the Bethlehem NAACP for their virtual MLK Day celebration Monday, January 18 at 1pm on their YouTube channel.

Bethlehem NAACP

The Bethlehem chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded in 1945.Over the past 75 years, they have taken on many issues, including the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and inclusion of Black history in the Bethlehem Area School District.
NAACP President Esther Lee was interviewed by PBS39 last winter. Although the interview focuses on her hat collection (a rival to Ilene Wood's purse collection, I would say), Ms. Lee's involvement in

Heritage Storytime

The Global Philadelphia Association launched a new story time series called Heritage Storytime. Every month they post a video of a story related to Philadelphia history. This month, listen to part of Dr. King's speech and learn about a prominent abolitionist family from Germantown, taking a virtual tour of their house.

MLK Day of Service

In honor of Dr. King and his legacy of service, the late Senator from Pennsylvania Harris Wofford and late Congressman from Atlanta John Lewis started the national Martin Luther King Day of Service in 1994. Make it a day on, not off, by serving your community through volunteering, giving blood, or contributing money to a local cause.
The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley has a listing of service opportunities on MLK Day.
Afros in Nature is a collective working to connect Black, Indigenous, and People of Color with nature. You can donate or volunteer on their website.
Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites is always looking for volunteers to help us share the history of Bethlehem. Sign up to volunteer here.

The World is Watching

On Monday, January 11, Historic Bethlehem learned that a notice asking for public regarding the next potential nomination to the World Heritage list appeared in the Federal Register. This means that Historic Moravian Bethlehem may be one step closer to being named a World Heritage site!
Want to know more? You can read about Historic Moravian Bethlehem on our website.

How Can I Support Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites?

Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites is proud to interpret three centuries of the history and culture of Bethlehem, from our founding in 1741 to Bethlehem Steel and beyond. Help us continue to tell these stories and provide resources like Free Sundays by purchasing a gift card, making a donation, or becoming a member at the family level.
Gift cards can be redeemed for museum admission, merchandise at the museum stores, and tickets to programs and special events.
Members receive free admission to our sites for one calendar year, early access and discounted tickets to special events, and a 10% discount at the museum stores, along with other perks.

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Free Sundays Coloring Pages

Have you seen? Historic Bethlehem can now be experienced through a coloring book! Color iconic downtown landmarks, including Burnside Plantation, the 1810 Goundie House, God's Acre, Central Moravian Church, and more. Download and print below by clicking on the link for the image you want.
The coloring pages are available for free on the, but we ask that you please consider supporting this work with a donation.


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