Bethlehem Historical Association

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The museum remains closed and all events are cancelled until our town buildings can be safely opened again. We continue to work on new exhibits and to plan for the day when we can resume gathering again.

The silver lining of being closed to the public is that much needed interior work has been finished.  The interior has been repainted and the windows and blinds cleaned.  It looks great!  Hopefully before long we will be able to open, but of course with some new protocols to limit concerns about the spread of Covid-19. 

If you are new to the Bethlehem Historical Association, we hope you will consider supporting us with your membership. Members receive three newsletters a year, and those who choose to be on our e-mail contact list get early notification of upcoming events. As a volunteer organization, we depend on each other to maintain the museum and handle the many facets of a vibrant historical association, so if you also are interested in becoming active, we would love to hear from you.

In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy exploring this site!


The Town of Bethlehem

Historical Association

P.O. Box 263

1003 River Road

Selkirk, NY 12158


HISTORY PADDLES and HISTORY HIKES are back for 2020!

Join us for a History Paddle!

Wednesday, August 5 at 6 PM 

Click here for more information on History Paddles and History Hikes.

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

If we need to cancel because of weather, a notification will be placed here one hour before the paddle.

We are paddling tonight!  It is a lovely evening to explore the Vlomankill.  Meet at the kayak launch at Henry Hudson Park. 

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.

We are Working to Re-Open 

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