Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


America’s First Industries: Along the Monocacy Creek

CIQ FeatureAmerica's First Industries: Along the Monocacy Creek 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.

Students will use inquiry skills to explore for themselves the scientific and technological achievements of early Bethlehem.

Students will learn the science behind the processes used at the 1762 Waterworks and the 1761 Tannery, and explore the engineering principles which allowed the Moravian settlers to create the first pumped municipal water system in America.


This program was developed in partnership with the Da Vinci Science Center, and complements both the PDE Standards Aligned System and the Next Generation Science Standards.

To schedule your school tour, contact ksten@historicbethlehem.org or complete our inquiry form.


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