Bethlehem Historical Association

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The Cedar Hill Schoolhouse Museum, home of the 

Bethlehem Historical Association, is now open 

Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 PM.

Finally, after months of shut down, you are invited to come and see our building improvements and new exhibits. The back room of the schoolhouse has been completely renovated. The dingy and dated drop ceiling has been removed and the windows opened up bringing the room back to the look of a classroom again. Both rooms have been freshly painted, and new and improved exhibits installed.

More information about our new exhibits can be found here.

Covid-19 precautions are in place:

  • Face coverings are required at all times on the property. 
  • Only ten people will be allowed inside the schoolhouse at one time and 
  • you must complete a brief contact tracing form. 
  • The restroom and kitchen are closed. 
  • High touch surfaces will be sanitized on a regular basis.

We look forward to seeing you soon. 

The museum is located at 1003 River Road in Selkirk. You can also arrange to visit by appointment by calling Dawn Pratt, 518-767-2285. 


The Town of Bethlehem

Historical Association

P.O. Box 263

1003 River Road

Selkirk, NY 12158



Click here for more information on History Paddles and CEMETERY WALKS.

You MUST pre-register with the Town of Bethlehem Parks Department.

We are walking at Elmwood Cemetery this Saturday September 26.  

As of today, the 24th,  the walk is completely booked with 15 participants.  There is a wait list, so please, if you know you are not going to be able to make it, let me or Parks & Recreation know so that someone else may have your spot. 

Email me, Susan Leath, at or call Parks & Rec at 518-439-4955, ext 2131.

If you are registered, meet near the fountain at 10 am.  The cemetery is located on Route 9W just south of the Jericho Drive-In. 

The weather is looking nice, but if there needs to be a cancelation, it will be posted here by 9 am Saturday. 

Today's Reality, Tomorrow's History

As we deal with the daily challenges of Covid-19, it is impossible to understand how people 50, 100 or more years from now will understand the impacts the virus had on our daily lives. We are living in historic times. 

The Bethlehem Historical Association supports the Bethlehem Public Library in its efforts to collect current stories of how Covid-19 has impacted local residents. What seems mundane to you might fascinate someone in 2120.  

If you have a story to tell, contact the Bethlehem Library at to make your memories a part of our community’s history.

Drive-It-Yourself Tour

Tired of sitting home?  Want to go some place but don't know where?  

Try a Drive-It-Yourself Tour of historic places in the Town of Bethlehem.  The tour was developed in 2010 -- but after a decade, even if you have driven in before, 

it's time to revisit. 

Tour directions can be found in Out and About 

Looking for Something to Do?

Now might be the perfect time to do some historical research. While everything is closed up, the National Archives has an online site that contains a wealth of information and activities for the whole family.  Check out the link below and begin a new journey into the past!  National Archives

Past Perfect 

Recipes that Withstood Time 

Passed Down from Generation to Generation

The Bethlehem Historical Association has compiled a fine book with an impressive collection of recipes. The cookbook is being sold for $10 at the Museum. Please note that you can also purchase it at our generous bookstore here in town I Love Books. 

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