Historic Moravian Bethlehem has entered a very select group by joining the fewer than 2,500 properties nationwide designated as National Historic Landmark Districts. Historic Moravian Bethlehem is one of only six in the entire state of Pennsylvania with the accolade, and it recently unveiled a new plaque designating the area on Main Street in the city. The announcement came after a decade of work by Historic Bethlehem Museums & 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. Anyone who has had the pleasure to walk through the area is well aware of the beautiful buildings that mesh almost seamlessly with present-day structures and culture.
The designation includes 14 acres along the Lehigh River. Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites Executive Director Charlene Donchez-Mowers said that the designation will allow them to further pursue UNESCO World Heritage recognition.
For more information on Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites Partnership and its efforts, please visit HistoricBethlehem.org.