“Steeples and Steel”

As a “Steeples and Steel” tourist from Pen Argyl wrote, “we three were blown away today by the beauty of the churches and the depth of knowledge we learned about ‘the Steel’ as we knew it as children in the Valley. We feel no need to go to Europe to see amazing churches; they are in our own backyard.”

Join us for our third year of the “Steeples and Steel” mini-bus tours. These tours provide historic interpretation of work at the Bethlehem Steel mill, the South Side Bethlehem churches, and the connections between steelworkers, their churches, and the South Side’s ethnic communities during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

The initial one-hour section of the tour, guided by a representative from the South Bethlehem Historical Society, will tour steelworker churches on Bethlehem’s South Side (entering one church on each tour). A one-hour steelworker-guided tour of the Bethlehem Steel plant site follows. 

Open house: The Steelworkers’ Archives, SBHS, local churches, and community-based organizations will display historical materials and artifacts from 10:30 AM—2:30 PM each tour day in St. John’s Kaiser Auditorium. A tour of St. John’s by Frank E. Podleiszek is scheduled at 12:15 PM. Free and open to the public.

The tour leaves from St. John's Windish Lutheran Church, 617 E. Fourth St, Bethlehem.  You can park in the first bay of the St. John's lot across the street from the church. 

For those on the 9:30 AM tour …the “steelworker overtime” lunch will be provided when you return to St. John’s. For those on the 1:00 PM tour … please come early to enjoy your lunch, the St. John’s tour, and the open house before departing on the tour. In the past, people on the 1:00 PM tour arrived between 11:00 - 11:30 AM.