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New partnership with Bethlehem Public Library

BHA is now collaborating with the Bethlehem Public Library to sponsoring our Speaker Series Program. All programs will take place on Wednesday in the library's large Community Room.

Please join us on Wednesday October 12, 2022.

Ian Mumpton will speak on - Coping with Life’s Necessaries

For more information on this program and future programs click here for coming programs.

Doors open at 6:30. Program begins at 7PM

Registration is recommended but not required as there is a capacity limit. 

To ensure your spot, call the library at 518-439-9314 or 

click here to register on the library's website.

The programs will be announced in the library's Footnotes newsletter every 2 months. Of course we will continue to send out email reminders to members on our email list with information on each months' program and a link to register with the Library! 

Museum is now open 

Sundays 2-4 P.M. 

Do visit! 

It is a pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon and we always enjoy meeting members and friends. In addition to viewing the exhibits, you might choose:

  • to sit and look through binders of class photos from years gone by in Bethlehem Schools;
  • enjoy a collection of black and white photos taken around town in the 1940's;
  • have some fun by trying to solve pictural scavenger hunts that challenge you to locate details in the exhibits;
  • and for kids of all ages, there is a touch table holding interesting objects that were once in everyday use. 

The Town of Bethlehem

Historical Association

P.O. Box 263

1003 River Road

Selkirk, NY 12158


[email protected]

New For 2022!

Local Lights

Local Lights is a series of monthly reflections by Bethlehem Historical Association members and friends.

This month’s reflection is 

Slingerland Printing Company

By Susan Leath, BHA Member and Town Historian

Click here for the story!

Current Exhibit

The Life and Times of Anna Hoffman Clapper

The Clapper family saved things - lots of things. They kept letters, receipts, greeting cards, clothing, schoolbooks - all matter of things. Fortunately, the beneficiary of the estate, granddaughter Barbara Wells, recognized the historic value of those seemingly mundane, day to day items and has donated much of it to the museum.

This rich collection, along with Barbara's firsthand memories, has enabled us to present a detailed look at the long life of Anna Hoffman Clapper. 

Click here for details of this unique exhibit. 


Volunteers Needed!

We need volunteers to support our programs. There are opportunities to fit a variety of schedules and interests and are a critical part of what we do. 

We are ALL volunteers. We even have an opening for a volunteer to schedule volunteers!

If interested in learning more, please e-mail us.

[email protected]

We will get back to you right away to answer your questions and talk about the possibilities.


There is a new cookbook on sale at I Love Books.

They are $10 each.

Copies can also be purchased by contacting

Wendy Brandow (518) 767-0716 or Linda Schacht (518) 767-2924

We appreciate the support of all those who contributed recipes and helped to get this book together.

Books by Town Historian

Susan Leath

Available at local bookstores