Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Annual Appeal

We Need Your Help...

Barn at Burnside Plantation
Smithy © Paul S. Bartholomew
Moravian Museum at night

To not only save the bricks and stone in these buildings, but also the information about the lives of our ancestors; how they worked, lived, and socialized in our community.

In 1968, after serving as the first brick residence in Bethlehem and countless purposes for the Bethlehem community, the 1810 Goundie House was slated for demolition.  While walking down Main Street, Christine Sims, a local citizen, saw the trucks preparing to knock the building down.

“I ran across the street, up the steps, and put my arms out.  I said ‘What are you going to do?’
They said ‘We are going to bring it down.’  I said ‘I won’t move.’”

Mrs. Sims was joined by her friend Frances Martin, whose husband was the chairman of Bethlehem Steel, and together they not only prevented the demolition of the 1810 Goundie House but managed to raise the $22,000 necessary to purchase the property for Historic Bethlehem.  Today, the 1810 Goundie House stands proudly on Main Street thanks to the brave actions of these two women and thousands of donors such as yourself who have supported its preservation through the years.

Because of the donations made the past year from visitors, members, and donors alike during this challenging time of COVID, many people discovered what Mrs. Sims, Mrs. Martin, and you already know and believe.
Bethlehem is a city worth saving and preserving.

Demonstrate your continued support for Bethlehem’s storied past and give an additional gift to our Annual Fund today.

Your donation to this effort will support the ongoing preservation of our 20 historic structures, two of which are National Historic Landmarks. Many of these buildings, including the 1810 Goundie House, contribute to or fall within Historic Moravian Bethlehem’s National Historic Landmark District which has been short-listed for nomination to the World Heritage List. Your annual fund gift will also support family-friendly programs, educational experiences for over 4,000 local students, and so much more.

Children at Burnside Plantation
Docent giving a tour outside the Moravian Museum
Garden at Burnside Plantation


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Historic Bethlehem Partnership, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Registration and financial information about Historic Bethlehem Partnership, Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999, or on the web at www.dos.state.pa.us. Registration does not imply endorsement.