Bethlehem Historical Association

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2014 - 2015 Programs

“Jack “Legs” Diamond”

Thursday, September 18, 2014 7:00 PM

Denis Foley

Denis Foley will speak about the notorious prohibition era gangster Jack "Legs" Diamond.  Diamond's attorney Dan Prior lived across the street from the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse.

“The Mohicans – Who are We, Where from, What are We Doing Here, What Did We Do and Are We Still Here?”

Thursday, October 16, 2014  7:00 PM

Emerson  Martin, Jr.

“people of the waters that are never still"

Bethlehem resident Emerson Martin, Jr. will frame his talk about his ancestors, the Mohicans, with a series of questions. Martin is a sanctioned Mohican Veteran with Native American ancestry on both his grandmother and grandfather’s sides of the family.

“Albany and Bethlehem's Changing Boundary Lines”

Thursday, November 20, 2014*  7:00PM

Anthony Opalka, Albany City Historian

Susan Leath, Bethlehem Town Historian

This is Memorial Recognition Night

Anthony Opalka and Susan Leath will illustrate how the boundary line between Albany and Bethlehem has changed over the years. The City of Albany evolved from Fort Orange and Beaverwyck; Bethlehem from Rensselaerswyck Manor and the Town of Watervliet.  Bethlehem was divided in 1832 to form the Town of New Scotland and Albany has annexed many sections since then.  Discover more during Opalka and Leath’s talk.

“Governor Martin H. Glynn of Albany & Bethlehem”

Thursday, January 15, 2015   2:00 PM

Bill Brandow, Project Manager John G. Waite Associates, Architects in Albany


Three Twentieth Century Archaeologists Who Revealed the Prehistory of New York State 

Thursday, February 19, 2015  2:00 PM

Galen Ritchie

The modern understanding of New York State prehistory was principally arrived at through the research of archaeologists Arthur C. Parker, William A. Ritchie, and Robert E. Funk.  With his talk entitled Three Twentieth Century Archaeologists Who Revealed the Prehistory of New York State BHA member Galen Ritchie will discuss what they did and how they did it.  

“Lighthouses on the Hudson River”

Thursday, March 19, 2015   7:00 PM

David Chinnery

Chinery’s illustrated program provides a brief look at lighthouses on the Hudson River in order going north, starting at New York City, and includes lighthouse which still exist today as well as those no longer standing. Chinery will explore the history, characteristics and operations of each lighthouse and some of the most notable lighthouse keepers. 

David Chinery is a resident of Schodack, NY and is the president of the Historical Society of Esquatak. He earned degrees in Plant Science from Rutgers University and Ohio State University, and is the horticulturist for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County. 


“Members Remember – 50 Years of BHA”

Thursday, April 16, 2015  7:00 PM

Norma June and  Others

As we celebrate our Golden Anniversary, we’ll be reminiscing about BHA’s 50 year history with charter member Norma June.  We’ll also have on display photographs of Bethlehem circa 1965. Join us for a trip down memory lane!