National Historic Landmark District Plaque Unveiling Set for April 22, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. in Historic Moravian Bethlehem

Apr 15th, 2014

The Colonial Industrial Quarter in BethlehemBETHLEHEM, PA – Please join us on April 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm for the unveiling of the U.S. Department of the Interior plaque designating Historic Moravian Bethlehem a National Historic Landmark District  The event will take place on the Church Green alongside Central Moravian Church (Main and Church Streets, Bethlehem).

A brief program will include remarks from Congressman Charles Dent, Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez, and a representative from the National Park Service.  Other state, county and city officials will be on hand as well.  A small reception will follow the program.

“This is a major accomplishment not only for Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites but for our City of Bethlehem and surrounding region,” states Charlene Donchez Mowers, President of Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites.

A National Historic Landmark is defined by the National Park Service as an historic site, structure, object or district that represents an outstanding aspect of American history and culture.  According to Secretary Ken Salazar, U.S. Department of the Interior, “each of these landmarks represent a thread in the great tapestry that tells the story of our beautiful land, our diverse culture and our nation’s rich heritage.”   When Secretary Salazar signed the nomination in 2012 making Historic Moravian Bethlehem a National Historic Landmark District, it became one of only eight such districts in Pennsylvania and approximately 200 in the entire United States.

Following the unveiling ceremony, the plaque will be permanently affixed to the wall in front of Central Moravian Church on Main Street.

We hope you will join us for the ceremony and some light refreshments to follow.  Please RSVP to gro.mehelhtebcirotsihnull@reabs.