National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH) President and CEO Amy Hollander sought help and input from the South Bethlehem Historical Society (SBHS), as well as interested members of the general public during her address to SBHS’s annual meeting Sept. 20. It was titled, “Program Development for the NMIH: A Community Conversation.”
When the children and their “Big Brothers” and “Big Sisters” enjoy activities inside the new Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley Youth Center, they will also be able to enjoy the wall art surrounding them.
The former St. Joseph’s Lutheran Church, built in 1887 at Walnut and Carlisle Streets, Allentown, is now home to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley. The building was donated by the disbanding congregation to the mentoring organization in late 2015.
International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) was granted a certificate of appropriateness for proposed signage for the properties at 531 and 544 Main St. by the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission on Sept. 7. Represented by IIRP marketing director Dan Dow, the institute proposed to install a new hanging wooden sign on an existing bracket of the building’s front façade at 531 Main St., where their offices are located. Valley Youth House also has offices at 531 Main St.
“the water between us remembers, so we carry this history on our skin. long for the sea-bath and hope the salt will heal what ails us …” greets the visitor to the darkened room where Deborah Jack’s video-sound installation plays in a continuous loop on three floor-to-ceiling projection screens. The video can also be viewed backwards behind of one of the screens, which makes it seem there are four places in the room to view the film.
The new construction project for the corner of South New and Third streets was granted another certificate of appropriateness for proposed masonry, windows and cable railings by the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission on Aug. 15. City inspector Philip Roeder served as chairman.
The brig U.S. Brig Lawrence was a floating heap of splinters, shredded canvas and blood. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s flagship, named for Perry’s friend Captain James Lawrence, who had been killed early in the War of 1812, could no longer keep up her valiant fight with the British fleet. Perry and a handful of his crew rowed across the Lake Erie battle zone at Put-in-Bay to the brig U.S. Brig Niagara where he transferred command of his fleet of nine vessels.
“I am pleased to announce the launch of Bike Bethlehem!” declared Mayor Robert Donchez from the steps of the Bethlehem Public Library Aug. 15.
“I hope the Bethlehem Bike Share will be so successful that it will continue to expand throughout the city,” Donchez said before turning to City of Bethlehem Health Director, Kristin Wenrich, to present an overview of Bethlehem’s innovative new program.
The Printmakers Society of the Lehigh Valley’s “Lasting Impressions” has enough art work to fill three gallery spaces along 19th Street, across from Civic Theatre of Allentown.
And so it does. Fifteen artists are represented through Aug. 30 at Civic 514 Gallery, Blink Optical Boutique and Hava Java.
With a quorum this time, the Bethlehem Historical and Architectural Review Board outnumbered the two applicants at the Aug. 3 hearing inside the Rotunda at city hall.
Daniel Roebuck is making progress on his motion picture directorial debut with “Getting Grace” this summer. Nearly done with location filming in his hometown of Bethlehem, Roebuck, along with several cast and crew members took time to enjoy lunch with several families affected by cancer at an event hosted by the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley.