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The Building Preservation Campaign


The Historic Tannery building found within the Colonial Industrial Quarter of Historic Moravian Bethlehem

We're Aiming for World-Class Status

Brick by Brick, Stone by Stone

Preserve these historic places
that make our town charming.

What Will You Help Preserve?

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Historic Bethlehem preserves, exhibits, and shares the stories that reflect the lives of the people who shaped Bethlehem through 20 historic buildings, 20 acres of land, 60,000 pieces of pottery, 6 gardens, 4 ruins, silver, paintings, furniture, clothing, and more.

In fact, Historic Moravian Bethlehem is a National Historic Landmark District, one of only 8 in Pennsylvania and about 200 across the country, and has two National Historic Landmarks – the 1741 Gemeinhaus and the 1762 Waterworks.

1810 Goundie House ©Paul S. Bartholomew 0910010
  • The Goundie House is the oldest Federal style brick home in Bethlehem, and was home to J,S. Goundie, successful brewer, and businessman, & fire-inspector.
  • The Visitor Center is housed in the historic Mr. Schropp's Shop, a dry goods emporium in the 1830's.
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  • The only museum in Pennsylvania dedicated to the decorative arts.
  • Housed in three interconnected mid-1800s homes.
  • Features one of the country's largest antique dollhouse collections.
1748-1848 Burnside Plantation-a beautiful view of the Summer Kitchen at Burnside Plantation
  • The first private farm in the city of Bethlehem.
  • Features 1 of only 2 working high horsepower wheels in the US.
  • George Washington's papers were stored at the plantation during part of the Revolutionary War.
  • Site of the Annual Blueberry Festival & Apple Days.
Photo Credit: Paul S. Bartholomew
  • 1741 Gemeinhaus- the largest 18th century log building in continuous use in the US. A designated National Historic Landmark.
  • 1744/1752 Single Sisters' House- home to the Single Sisters through 2007.
  • 1758 Nain-Schober House- the only remaining building in the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor built and lived in by Native Americans.
  • The 1752 Apothecary- the oldest continuously operated apothecary in the US.
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  • 1750/1761 Smithy- featuring colonial Blacksmith demonstrations and classes.
  • 1761 Tannery- the only existing 18th century tannery in the US.
  • 1762 Waterworks- America's first pumped municipal water system. A designated National Historic Landmark.
  • 1782/1834 Miller's House- the first separate residence built for the master of a trade.
  • 1869 Luckenbach Mill- a grain and flour mill that was renovated into the Luckenbach Mill Learning Center.
  • The Spring House- a replica of the 1746 log structure used to store vegetables & dairy products.

Where Are We Now?

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Help us preserve our buildings in preparation for becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

What is UNESCO?

UNESCO stands for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. The UNESCO World Heritage List recognizes sites of Outstanding Universal Value. Historic Moravian Bethlehem is short-listed for nomination to the World Heritage List.

How are we preparing?

We are working hard to ensure our sites and buildings are in good condition. Part of the World Heritage Site process will require a tour by a panel of experts who will review our sites and buildings. Your gift will ensure we have the resources to showcase our history in its fullest grandeur!

Find out more about our heritage site efforts:

Donor Recognition

Donation Levels

•  Up to $999
•  $1,000 - $4,999
•  $5,000 - $9,999
•  $10,000 - $24,999
•  $25,000 - $49,999
•  $50,000 - $99,999
•  $100,000 - $249,999
•  $250,000 - $499,999
•  $500,000 - $999,999
•  $1,000,000 & above

Your donation enables:

•  Maintaining our historic gardens
•  Repairing windows, doors, walls, shutters, roofs, and stairways
•  Constructing historic building markers
•  Repainting our historic structures
•  Improving heating and cooling systems
•  Upgrading lighting and electrical systems
•  Flooring and carpeting maintenance
•  Elevator maintenance
•  Brick pointing

Special Recognition

Donors of $5,000 or more will receive special recognition on the Donor Wall as a supporter of the
Brick by Brick, Stone by Stone Building Preservation Campaign.

By contributing toward our $2,000,000 goal, you can help preserve this legacy.

  • Annual Giving Levels


  • Multi-Year Pledge Levels


  • Designate your own level of giving. Only whole dollar amounts.
  • Let us know how you would like to get involved and continue to support Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites through membership and volunteer opportunities.
  • IRS regulations require that we state you did not receive any goods or services in consideration of your contribution. Please retain this letter for your tax purposes. 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.

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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.