Steeples and Steel

This year, the South Bethlehem Historical Society and the Steelworkers’ Archives, through Northampton County funding, will sponsor a third year of minibus tours. These “Steeples and Steel” tours pay tribute to immigrants who left their homelands in search of a better life in America, many becoming steelworkers. A guided minibus leaves from St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church, 617 E. Fourth Street, Bethlehem. On the first hour of the tour, through the neighborhoods and churches of South Bethlehem, a representative from the South Bethlehem Historical Society relates the history of working class communities. The second hour is a steelworker-guided tour of the site of the flagship Bethlehem Steel plant. The tour package also includes a “steelworker’s overtime” lunch, and an “open house”.
This season’s tour dates are: July 30, August 20, September 17 and October 29 with tours at 9:30 AM and 1:00 PM (except for September 17, which will have tours at 1:00 p.m. only).
Tour Schedule:

o July 30
o 9:30 am – Holy Infancy Roman Catholic Church
o 1:00 pm – Fritz Memorial United Methodist Church

o August 20
o 9:30 am – St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
o 1:00 pm – Concordia Lutheran Church (founded as St. John the Baptist Slovak Evangelical Lutheran Church)

o September 17
o 1:00 pm – St. John’s Windish Evangelical Lutheran Church

o October 29
o 9:30 am – Cathedral Church of the Nativity
o 1:00 pm – St. John A.M.E. Zion Church

Tickets are $15 per person. Please contact the Steelworkers’ Archives at 610.861.0600 or visit for more information.

Event Type: History
Event Amenities:
  • Group Friendly
Event Location:617 E. Fourth Street directions »
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