Take your classroom back in time with Historic Bethlehem
Historic Bethlehem offers exciting, relevant, educational, and hands-on programs for students—all linked to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s standards.
Bring your students to the oldest building in Bethlehem, or take them down on the farm to churn butter, and spin yarn. Get creative in our decorative arts museum, or tour the Bethlehem Steel site. Can't make it out to our historic sites? Invite us into your classroom for a historic time!
Scroll down to explore our various programs and tours. To book a program or to design an event that fits your needs, contact Keith Sten at 610-882-0450 ext. 19, email our Education Coordinator, or fill out the form HERE and we'll contact you!
Teachers: Teachers who show their valid school ID before May 31, 2016 will receive a FREE “Pass into History”
"This is the best interactive, role-playing historical tour we've ever been on." - Westmont Christian Academy 8th grade
"If you love History, you'll love this tour. You're guaranteed to learn something!" -Chris Gable Emmaus, PA
"It is a wonderful addition to our study of the Lehigh Valley history." - Slatington Elementary 3rd grade
"Wonderful experience, well organized, well presented." - Farmersville Elementary 3rd grade
"It was hands-on and well-organized. The kids loved it!" - Macungie Elementary 2nd grade
"Very educational, professional presenters." - St. Theresa 3rd, 4th and 5th grade
"We get to see history and learn about history where it actually took place." - Seven Generations 5th grade
Let us know how we did, fill out the evaluation form HERE.
Enrich you curriculum with our Traveling Trunk!The Traveling Trunk contains a variety of colonial objects and activities that provide students with a hands-on learning experience in the classroom. Students will be able to create and write in their own journals,...read more
Century at Burnside Plantation
Students will investigate the farmhouse, operate the high horsepower wheel, construct a child-sized barn using early farm technology, write with a quill pen with walnut ink, and more! Students are invited to pack their lunch to enjoy on site, picnic...read more
House on the Lecha
Discover the 1741 Gemeinhaus, the House on the Lecha, as the place where it all began in Bethlehem. This interactive museum experience in a National Historic Landmark takes visitors back to Bethlehem's earliest days and highlights the building as the...read more
History on the Road
Bring Historic Bethlehem into your classroom!“History on the Road© was interesting, fun and interactive. Students were actively engaged from beginning to end!”–Greg Annoni, Assistant Principal Lower Macungie Middle SchoolHistory on the Road © can provide your entire grade with a...read more
Rise and Fall of Bethlehem Steel
The tour where science and history burn bright as students discover how steel built America!“The steel mill tours provided an interesting and engaging tour for our students. It is so interesting to learn the history of our State and local...read more
Heritage Trail for Students
The Heritage Trail “Colonial Industrial Quarter” program is a 1.5 hour experience consisting of a walk-about session, utilizing hand-held audio devices.This engaging program presents participants with information about Bethlehem’s Colonial Industrial Quarter and involves them in several hands-on technology related...read more
Handmade in the 18th Century
Handmade in the 18th Century (aka: Discovering the Material World©) is a 2 hour EITC approved hands-on learning experience situated in Historic Bethlehem’s Colonial Industrial Quarter!Crafts and demonstrations--all in the shadow of the 1750 Smithy, Springhouse, Tannery, Luckenbach Mill, and Waterworks.This program brings...read more
America’s First Industries: Along the Monocacy Creek
These STEM workshops focuses on the physical sciences, including chemistry and physics, as well as engineering and technology, which highlight how advanced the Colonial Industrial Quarter was for its time!Explore the different technologies that helped establish Bethlehem as a prosperous and...read more
Sensing the Colonial World
This unique program was designed specifically for our youngest guests - take them back in time to explore a colonial farm!Meet James Burnside, his plantation, and colonial Moravian farm life in early Bethlehem. Colorful story boards enhance active learning, which includes...read more