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The Museum Is Open 

The Cedar Hill Schoolhouse Museum, home of the

Bethlehem Historical Association,

is open Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 PM.

Come explore how transportation formed Bethlehem history with Rivers, Roads & Rails. Step into an early classroom and see how our formal education system developed. Go Around the Mulberry Bush with early 20th c. housewives as they go about their weekly chores. Get acquainted with the Wilke family who farmed on Beaver Dam Road. Learn about events that took place right here in Bethlehem during the fight for the right of women to vote. Enjoy a new scavenger hunt to lead you through the various exhibits.

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. 


Reserve the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse Museum for your family’s exclusive use on Saturdays.

Exhibits are enhanced with play-based learning activities for elementary school aged children. Come explore with scavenger hunts, try out a stereoscope, experience a hundred-year-old school desk, figure out the use of some now obsolete household tools, and more.

  • Family Time is by reservation only.
  • For details and to schedule a time, call Linda Davies, 518- 439-1686.
  • Families can be any small group with children, grandchildren or children at heart. 

The Town of Bethlehem

Historical Association

P.O. Box 263

1003 River Road

Selkirk, NY 12158


[email protected]

2021 Second Saturday History Hikes

The Bethlehem Historical Association and the Bethlehem Parks & Recreation Department present the

2021 Second Saturday History Series

with Town Historian Susan Leath

 Click here for the complete list of hikes and paddles and to register!

Registration is required.

July 17 (9:30 am) and August 14 (8:30 am) are guided Paddles exploring early Bethlehem history while kayaking on the Vlomankill. Put in at the kayak launch at Henry Hudson Town Park.  The historian will provide the history, you provide your own boat, paddle and PFD. And pre-register please!  Check here for cancelation notices one hour before on the day of the paddle.

Our next paddle is Saturday August 14.  Arrive at Henry Hudson Park with enough time to be on the water by 8:30 AM. Thank you to Jessica Loy for the photo below from our last paddle on the 17th.  We made it despite the raindrops!

NEW FOR 2021!

Bethlehem and the National Register of Historic Places

Each month in 2021 we will be highlighting one of Bethlehem’s individually listed National Register properties. We’ll follow up in 2022 with Bethlehem’s two historic districts.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Parks Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archaeological resources.

July's property is the Schoonmaker House

For details, click here

Bethlehem's Comprehensive Plan

Have you noticed signs with this logo sprouting up around town?

Bethlehem is updating its comprehensive plan. There is a reason why it is called the comprehensive plan. It affects almost every facet of the town for the next fifteen years or more.

As members of the historical association, we need to pay attention to how the plan addresses the town's historic buildings and sites. Establishment of an historic preservation commission in the updated plan would ensure that such buildings are recognized, properly documented, and given serious consideration if threatened.

Stay Informed!

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 Outings

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


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