“Steeples and Steel”

In 2016, our well-received mini-bus tours were the first destination listed in the Philadelphia Inquirer Travel section column entitled “10 Short Hops” (Sunday, August 14), bringing many tourists to Bethlehem from the Greater Philadelphia area and New Jersey!

Join us! These tours take you back to the era of immigration of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  You learn about work at the Bethlehem Steel mill, the South Side Bethlehem ethnic communities, and their churches and cemeteries. 

The initial one-hour section of the tour, guided by a representative from the SBHS, will tour steelworker churches on Bethlehem’s South Side (entering one church on each tour) or a local cemetery, the final resting place of many steelworkers.  A one-hour steelworker-guided tour of the Bethlehem Steel plant site follows. An Eastern European goulash lunch is provided to tour participants for take-out or to eat at St. John’s Kaiser Auditorium.

Open house: The Steelworkers’ Archives, 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. 

Free parking for the tour and/or open house is available 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 Eastern European goulash 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, those on the 1:00 PM tour arrived between 11:00 - 11:30 AM.