Research Resources

Historical Societies

http://www.historicbethlehem.org Historic Bethlehem Partnership, 74 West Broad Street

Suite 260, Bethlehem PA 18018, Phone: 610-882-0450 They preserve Bethlehem historic sites, and by collect historical and artistic objects that can be used to tell the stories of Bethlehem's people.

http://www.lchs.museum  The Society administers 7 museum sites that date from Colonial America through the Industrial Revolution.  Our collection encompasses more than 35,000 historical artifacts, 80,000 vintage photographs, and nearly 3-million documents. Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum , 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown, PA 18102, Phone: 610 435-1074

www.northamptonctymuseum.org – Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society at the Sigal Museum, 342 Northampton Street, Easton, PA 18042 Phone: (610) 253-1222 The Museum opened in summer of 2010, offering its visitors interactive exhibits, self-guided and docent-led tours, special children’s programs, and a lecture series on local and American history.  It is one of four museums operated NCHGS in Easton.

http://www.southbethhistsoc.org South Bethlehem Historical Society,P.O. Box 5106 Bethlehem 18015. They focus on the individuals, ethnic groups and material evidence which helped make possible the industrialization of South Bethlehem.

www.lutzfranklin.com– Lower Saucon Township Historical Society, P.O. Box 176, Hellertown, PA 18055. They maintain the Lutz-Franklin Schoolhouse Museum.

www.sauconvalleyconservancy.org - The Saucon Valley Conservancy maintains the Heller Homestead. Located at P.O. Box 3, 1890-92 Friedensville Rd., Hellertown, PA 18055

www.hellertownhistoricalsociety.org - Hellertown Historical Society, P. O. Box 124 – Hellertown, Pa 18055 – for information, call 610-838-2123

www.bdhp.moravian.edu - the Bethlehem Digital History Project provides Web access to digitized primary source materials, transcriptions, translations and contextual information relating to the early history of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1741 – 1844.

www.lenape.org – Lenni Lenape Historical Society, 2825 Fish Hatchery Road Allentown 18103-9801

www.hsp.org Founded in 1824 in Philadelphia, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is one of the oldest historical societies in the United States and holds many national treasures. 

http://www.bucksgen.org Bucks County Genealogical Society P.O. Box 1092 Doylestown 18901 Promotes genealogy through education of its members and the general public, to improve access to genealogical information in Bucks County.

www.moravianhistoricalsociety.org/ - The Moravian Historical Society 214 E. Center St. Nazareth, PA 18064 Phone: 610-759-5070

www.moravianchurcharchives.org/ - The Moravian Archives holds a library of circa 20,000 volumes. We have 12 incunabula. We are in the process of cataloging the library and currently over 3,500 titles can be searched through our online catalog.

www.lmths.org/ - The Lower Macungie Historical Society's headquarters is at the Lower Macungie Township Building, on Brookside Road, Macungie, Pennsylvania. PO Box 3722, Wescosville, PA 18106 Email: LMTHS@macungie.org

www.kutztownhistory.org - The mission of the Kutztown Area Historical Society is to collect and preserve, in a museum environment, material culture artifacts relevant to the history of the greater Kutztown area, to maintain a non-circulating library of publications and manuscripts relating to local and regional history, and to encourage the local conservation of sites and structures of historical and cultural significance to the region.

www.jacobsburg.org/jacobsburg_home.html - The mission of the Jacobsburg Historical Society is to preserve the art and industry of making early American firearms, and the character of the individuals and community that created and sustained that enterprise.

www.germantownhistory.org - Founded in 1901 as the Site and Relic Society of Germantown, the Germantown Historical Society is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and interpreting the rich and diverse history of the historic German Township (now Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill) in northwest Philadelphia.

Other sources for local history

www.philadelphiabuildings.org The American Architects and Buildings database contains more than 263,697 projects and buildings, 23,293 architects, engineers and contractors, and over 125,566 images.

www.bethlehempaonline.com/history.html - Bethlehem History

www.storymill.org/ - Storymill was created from a simple idea. If there was a place where everyone could learn the real story of the Valley, if we could tap into our grassroots spirit and tell what we know, like we do with our friends, then maybe it would be a little easier to get people away from their TVs and into the community.

www.canals.org/ - the Canal museum’s collections reflect the material culture and document the history of America's canals and navigable rivers plus canal-related industries in the Lehigh Valley. The museum’s holdings include: 3,753 artifacts; 3,890 reels of film, video cassettes, and audio (oral history) tapes; 52,782 slides, photographs and negative images; 31,824 engineering drawings; a library of more than 13,483 volumes; 736 linear feet of manuscript materials; and 261 rolls of microfilm. Among the museum’s archival holdings are rare film footage of canal life, historic photographs, canal maps, captain’s logs, a complete set of the Army Corps of Engineers’ annual reports to Congress, and engineering plans for 15 towpath canals east of the Mississippi River.

www.portal.state.pa.us/ The PHMC is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Created in 1945, we are responsible for the collection, conservation, and interpretation of Pennsylvania's historic heritage, which we accomplish through the Pennsylvania State Archives, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums, the Pennsylvania Trails of History, the Bureau for Historic Preservation, and the Bureau of Management Services. 

www.interment.net/us/pa/northampton.htm-Cemeteries of Northampton County, PA

www.findagrave.com/index.html - Find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials, add 'virtual flowers' and a note to a loved one's grave, etc.

www.historicpa.net - Pennsylvania History, Biographies, Yearbooks, Genealogy & more

www.pa-roots.com/~northampton/ - Northampton County Genealogy 

www.progenealogists.com/palproject/pa/index.html - The Palatine Project The Palatine Project is an ongoing effort, using sources from German speaking countries as well as early colonial American sources, to annotate and/or reconstruct the passenger lists of Germans who came to America in the first large wave of emigration in the 18th century.

Bethlehem Steel

www.saveoursteel.org - A grassroots effort to preserve Bethlehem’s past while ensuring its economic future.

www.steelworkersarchives.comThe Steelworkers' Archives was formed in 2001 to ensure that the legacy of the Steelworkers is preserved. The goal of the Steelworkers' Archives is to create a permanent community center in Southside Bethlehem for the preservation of the history of steelworkers, their rich heritage and diverse cultures, their struggles and accomplishments.

Libraries

www.allentownpl.org/ - Allentown Public Library 1210 Hamilton St. Allentown, PA 18102   Phone: 610.820.2400

www.eastonpl.org - The Marx Room Easton Public Library 515 Church Street  Easton, PA 18042-3587  610.258.2917

www.bapl.org – Bethlehem Public Library 11 W. Church St. Bethlehem, PA 18018 (610) 867-3761

www.lehigh.edu/library/library.html - Lehigh University Library and Technology Services 

www.digital.lib.lehigh.edu/beyondsteel/intro/ - Through the digitization and presentation of letters, books, photographs, maps, essays, and oral histories the site will aid researchers in understanding not only the lives of railroad barons and steel titans, but also the experiences of average folks who worked and lived in the community.

http://medley.isc-seo.upenn.edu/penn_portal/portal.php?tabid=217–University of Penn library

www.libraries.psu.edu/psul.html - Penn State Library

www.digital.lib.lehigh.edu/lvgeology/index.html - The website "Geology of Lehigh and Northampton Counties, Pennsylvania: Historical Works" provides scanned images and searchable text of two volumes produced by the Pennsylvania Geological Survey.

Media

www.mcall.com/ - Allentown Morning Call, archive of articles

www.nytimes.com – New York Times archives

www.lehighvalleylive.com/expresstimes/ - Express Times, article archive

Across the U.S.

www.americanhistory.si.edu/  - The National Museum of American History collects artifacts of all kinds—from gowns to locomotives—to preserve for the American people an enduring record of their past.

www.loc.gov/library/libarch-digital.html - A digital library of historic maps, photos, documents, audio and video from American Memory, Library of Congress

www.h-net.org/~hns/index.html - Founded in 1996, the History News Service (HNS) is an informal syndicate of professional historians who seek to improve the public's understanding of current events by setting these events in their historical contexts.

www.brainyhistory.com/years/1908.html - View important events on any day in history

www.agclassroom.org/gan/timeline/1900.htm - Growing a Nation's chronological presentation of significant historical events focuses on the important role agriculture has played in America's development.

www.americanheritage.com/ - archive of the American Heritage magazine

www.todayinsci.com/ -Today in Science History

www.foodtimeline.org/fooddecades.html - popular 20th century American foods

www.digital-librarian.com/history.html - Digital Librarian: a librarian's choice of the best of the Web

www.historynow.org - Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History promotes the study and love of American history.

www.nypl.org/ - The New York Public Library comprises simultaneously a set of scholarly research collections and a network of community libraries, and its intellectual and cultural range is both global and local, while singularly attuned to New York City.

www.historians.org - The American Historical Association (AHA) was founded in 1884 and incorporated by Congress in 1889 to serve the broad field of history.

www.harpweek.com/ - Harper’s Weekly magazine, 1857-1912

www.gutenberg.org - Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971 and continues to inspire the creation of eBooks and related technologies today.

www.history.com – website for The History Channel