The website is the work of Karen Samuels, a resident of the Lehigh Valley. Karen is co-author of the books Images of America: Lower Saucon Township, Images of America: South Bethlehem, Bethlehem Postcards, 100 Years of Caring, A History of the Auxiliary of the St. Luke's Hospital Charity Ball and author of the forthcoming book (September 2013), Legendary Locals of Bethlehem. She writes a Bethlehem history column for the Bethlehem Press newspaper. Karen is past president of the Lower Saucon Township Historical Society. Under her guidance the restoration of the Lutz-Franklin Schoolhouse was completed in 2006. She is a strong supporter of the Lehigh Valley historical societies, big and small.
This website provides a wide range of material on the history of the Lehigh Valley for genealogists, local historians and the curious. There are many interesting websites that cover specific aspects of Lehigh Valley history. The goal of this website is to bring all the pieces together in one site. The website includes materials from books, journals, essays and photographs.
This is an ambitious project and will take some time to complete. The historical information will be organized by Lehigh and Northampton counties then by the cities, townships and boroughs with in each county. There are 38 cities, townships and boroughs in Northampton County and 25 in Lehigh County. Visitors are welcome to submit comments or questions through the website email address.
Book available at St. Luke's Hospital gift shops.
This book will be released August 5, 2013.
Apps About Lehigh Valley History
Apple has sold more than 85 million iPhones in the U.S. since 2007. The Apple Store has more than one billion downloads of Apps each month. The types of Apps range from educational to just plain silly. The South Bethlehem Historical Society was curious to see if their historical knowledge of South Bethlehem could translate into App downloads. Three app tours were created by member Karen Samuels to test the waters. A walking tour of the South Bethlehem Greenway offers an audio guide, photos and a written description of twenty stops along the walkway. In this tour she highlights history, art, businesses and gardens. All the stops are linked to the GPS coordinates of the site. With this iphone App, you cannot get lost and you will know how far you have walked.
In the Churches of South Bethlehem tour you are offered photos and historical descriptions of 18 beautiful South Bethlehem churches. Some of the smaller churches are tucked away in the neighborhood and easy to miss. The GPS coordinates bring you right to the front doors. After trying these tours you will want to look at the last tour, Lunch in South Bethlehem. You can check out 23 South Bethlehem restaurants by the photos and descriptions of their menus. Samuels enjoyed lunch at every one of these delicious restaurants, so that she could write an accurate description. These Apps can be found through GPSmyCity.com and searching for Bethlehem. You can choose the free version or pay $2.99 for the full version without ads.
Find these apps at: http://www.gpsmycity.com/gps-tour-guides/bethlehem-5686.html
I am looking for new concepts for tours so email me about any of your ideas. I am interested in collaborations to benefit other non-profits. I am currently working with Lower Saucon Township Historical Society, Saucon Valley Conservancy and Hellertown Historical Society to develop historical tours.
Thank you, Karen