Old Bethlem Historical Society

Old Bethlem Historical Society

Old Bethlem Historical Society was established in 1968 to preserve and protect Bethlehem's historical sites and pertinent information.

The Old Bethlem Museum was established in 1976 when the society bought from the town the former town office building and fire department.  Totally refurbished in 1987, the museum houses a wonderful selection of costumes, tools, and articles used during the late 19th and early 20th century.

The Society's District #1 Schoolhouse, located next to Memorial Hall, was built circa 1850 and has been restored as a living museum. Visitors may sit at authentic period desks and learn about student life in the late 1800s.  They may see where student Flossie Box wrote her name on a wall and future philanthropist Argall Hull etched his name into a window pane!



Individual - $15                     Family - $20                     Senior/Student - $10
Life Individual - $150            Life Couple - $200                       
Business - $50                     Corporate - $100


Donations made to Old Bethlem are used toward preservation, programs, and operating expenses.  Donors may also request that their gifts be directed to the Arnold E. Smith Memorial Scholarship, or the Roy Shapard Archival Photo Preservation Fund.


Old Bethlem Historical Society, Inc. does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, visitors, and supporters.