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SBHS seeks young participants

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by ANDREW CASS Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

The South Bethlehem Historical Society discussed a plan that would attempt to get more young people interested and involved in the history of the borough at its Sept. 11 meeting.

"To keep a historical society or anything that delves back into history, you need the participation of younger people," Lucy Flynn said. "You have to really dazzle them and get their families involved."

Flynn suggested that the historical society approach one of the high schools in the area and ask for students who are studying filmmaking to help create videos. Each student would be assigned one person to interview and create a 12 to 15-minute film that would then be shown during First Friday. The South Bethlehem Historical Society would also pick one student who worked on the films to receive a $500 scholarship toward his or her college education.

"The [videos] wouldn't be dry. These kids have so much imagination and they have the technology," Flynn said. "You would get 12 or 15 kids or whatever the number ends up being working on these films aware of something they might have never heard of."

A motion to donate $2,000 to the Southside branch of Bethlehem Public Library with the stipulation that the money go toward the building structure and not its furnishings was passed unanimously by the board.

"As a historical society, we felt it was not necessary to help outfitting facilities, but it is within our mission to help restore and preserve a historic property," President Dana Grubb said.

The board also discussed its annual meeting, which was held Sept. 27. Members met at the Stock House visitor's center and got a chance to tour the building and view the space where Arts Quest will be located.

After the tour, members met at the Portuguese American Club and view two films about the history of Bethlehem. One was a film about Bethlehem Steel's 75th anniversary that was released in 1979 and the other film was about the Bicentennial show that Bethlehem Steel put on for the city in 1976.

The next board meeting is Oct. 9.