World Heritage Site Progress
Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites is part of an effort to bring World Heritage Site status to Historic Moravian Bethlehem. As a World Heritage List candidate, Historic Moravian Bethlehem preserves and advances the ageless values of education, equality, industry, integrity and spirituality that have been part of the community since 1741.
The site’s original architecture along with its town planning across 14.7 acres, 10 structures, several ruins and a cemetery, stands today as a reflection of and tribute to the resilience of a community built on universal human ideals that are essential and relevant to this day.
Historic Moravian Bethlehem is on an prestigious list of U.S. sites poised to be nominated to the World Heritage List in the coming years, which would place it alongside national treasures including Independence Hall, the Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon and globally iconic sites such as the Great Wall of China, Pyramids at Giza, Acropolis in Athens and Sydney Opera House.
What do Ellis Island, Early Chicago Skyscrapers, the Brooklyn Bridge and Historic Moravian Bethlehem have in common?
They have all been nominated to the US Tentative List!
On Friday, December 9, 2016, Historic Moravian Bethlehem was honored with placement on the US Tentative List for eventual nomination to the World Heritage List.
This happened just two weeks before the 275th anniversary of the naming of Bethlehem on Christmas Eve 1741. Official documentation of the nomination was made through the Federal Register through the Department of the Interior.
We are moving forward with the next steps
- Preparation of a detailed dossier to prove Outstanding Universal Value of our National Historic Landmark District
- Establishment of the Bethlehem World Heritage Commission by the Mayor of Bethlehem to raise funds for the preparation of the dossier and fulfill process requirements.
World Heritage Commission Officers
Mayor Robert Donchez, Chair
Curtis H. Barnette, Vice-Chair
Charlene Donchez Mowers, President
Don Cunningham, Treasurer
Daniel McCarthy, Secretary
World Heritage Commission Members
Phillips Armstrong, Curtis Barnette, Pastor Hopeton Clennon, Former Congressman Charles Dent, Tim Fallon, Dr. Bryon Grigsby, Bruce Haines, Cynthia Kosso, Tony Iannelli, Alex Michaels, Lamont McClure, Caroll Neubauer, Michael Perrucci, Dr. Joseph Roy, David Shaffer, Dr. John Simon, Dan Soos, and Congresswoman Susan Wild.