Discover Historic Bethlehem for Free During Community Day on Saturday, April 6

Mar 26th, 2013Press Release from Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites

Discover Historic Bethlehem for Free During Community Day on Saturday, April 6


Bethlehem, PA— The treasures held by Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites—from fine furnishings and luxurious samplers to school and family belongings to early farm technology—are priceless. And on Saturday, April 6, 2013, they will also be free.

Discover the history in your own backyard on Historic Bethlehem’s Annual Community Day. The entirely free event is an opportunity for local residents to see inside the gorgeous structures and hear the fascinating stories of Bethlehem’s great past.

The following historic sites will be open for tours, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.

Moravian Museum of Bethlehem: Take a tour of Bethlehem’s oldest building and learn more about a new upcoming tour, which will include the Apothecary, recently restored Nain-Schober House, and rarely opened Sisters House.

1750 Smithy: Get your hands dirty in the blacksmith shop and make an ornament to take home.

1810 Goundie House: Visit with Mrs. Goundie in her 19th century kitchen and enjoy a special treat!

Colonial Industrial Quarter: Explore the sites, ruins, and 1762 Waterworks, the first municipally pumped water system in America and a national historic landmark.

Burnside Plantation: Go down on the farm for a tour of barns, a colonial garden, and the summer kitchen filled with the smells of 18th century recipes. All guests can learn how to make a Moravian star.

Start your day at the Historic Bethlehem Visitor Center & Museum Store at 505 Main Street, and get information on programming, tours, and more.

Community Day runs from 11am to 5pm. All programming is free to the public; donations appreciated.


Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites is a not-for-profit institution that brings to life three centuries of American history.  Historic Bethlehem tells the story of a small town of great influence, home to some of our nation’s earliest settlers, America’s first municipal water pumping system, and one of the world’s greatest industrial companies.  Historic Bethlehem is located in Eastern Pennsylvania, only a 1.5 hour drive from Philadelphia to the North and 2 hours west of New York City.  Historic Bethlehem is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and a National Historic Landmark district. For more information please call 610-691-6055 or visit

Contact: LoriAnn Wukitsch, Managing Director

gro.mehelhtebcirotsihnull@hcstikuwl, 610-882-0450 ext. 16


Date: February 25, 2013


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