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Bethlehem Digital History Project

In the minds of some, the mere mention of the city of Bethlehem conjures up images of an industrial landscape complete with massive steel mills. These days the city has been greatly transformed, and before the period of heavy industrialization in the late 19th century, the city was quite different. With funds (and active participation) from a host of organizations, the Bethlehem Digital History Project brings together digitized primary source materials, translations, and transcriptions that relate the story of the city during the years 1741 to 1844. After reading a bit about the actual project mission, visitors should read the brief essay, “Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 1741-1844”, as it offers information about the Moravians who founded the city and their influence on the city’s growth and development. There are some terrific historical materials here, all of which are neatly organized into topical areas such as education, land, community records, art, and music. The personal papers area is rather moving, as it contains first-hand accounts by early settlers that document their religious experiences, encounters with Native Americans, and various tribulations. Finally, the “Scholar’s Corner” provides a few extra items for those who can read German script, as these diaries, death records, and speeches are only available in that form.
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Date of Scout Publication
September 15th, 2006
Date Of Record Creation
September 15th, 2006 at 9:18am
Date Of Record Release
September 15th, 2006 at 5:32pm
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