Bethlehem Historical Association
Throughout the year we enjoy a variety of social events and fundraisers such as teas, ice cream socials,
Beer and Pretzels, and the annual meeting.
The Holiday Open House of the Bethlehem Historical Association
Cedar Hill Schoolhouse Museum
1003 River Road, Selkirk
Sunday afternoon December 11, 12 to 4 p.m.
Monday evening December 12, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday afternoon December 13, 2 to 4 p.m.
Enjoy social time with B.H.A. members and friends as you experience the Winter Lights at the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse Museum during our annual Holiday Open House.
Museum displays will be sparkling with lights and holiday decorations. There are two new exhibits: 1940s Bethlehem and Lighting Through the Ages. Enjoy the recently donated Victorian dollhouse created by Anna Uhl. Learn the story of Anna Hoffman Clapper and wonder about Bethlehem’s Rivers, Roads and Rails.
B.H.A. will be highlighting the Bethlehem Community Fund which has been serving Bethlehem residents since 1942. The modern-day charity evolved out of the Bethlehem Community Christmas Festival and Bethlehem Festival Fund. Today monies raised work to fill the gap left by traditional social services. The needs of children and seniors are the focus and each December, over 100 Bethlehem families receive Holiday baskets of food, clothing and gifts.
The Holiday Open House is free and open to the public.
Won’t you join us?
Ice Cream Social Sunday, June 12, 2022
Holiday Open House (formerly called Silver Tea) Sunday, December 12, 2021.
Bethlehem Memorial Day Parade, Monday May 30, 2022.
For pictures of previous events click here
2019 Cedar Hill Schoolhouse Museum Schedule and Exhibits
Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 PM.
Exhibits include All in a Day's Work and Bethlehem's Native American Connections. Plus displays of hats from our collection and schoolhouse memorabilia. And don't forget the toll gate and outhouse!
What did we use before plastic?
highlights the many different kinds of containers found in our collection.
Annual Ice Cream Social:
Sunday June 9, 2019 1 - 4 PM
A Spring Afternoon Tea
Saturday, April 13, 2019 1 PM
Cedar Hill Schoolhouse Museum
A fundraising event featuring
Fashion Hats and Bonnets
By Phyllis Chapman of Vintage Visitors Productions
Followed by a selection of tea sandwiches and fancies.
Afternoon Tea Fundraiser featuring the talk Wedding Dresses and Their Stories by Connie Frisbee Houde. April 14, 2018
Ice Cream Social and Town of Bethlehem 225 Birthday June 10, 2018
Beer and Pretzels Fundraiser Richard Muggeo gave talk on beer brewing in Beverwyck October 4, 2018
Annual Silver Tea: Over the River and Through the Woods Dec.2, 2018
World War I Table Top War Games, July 23 and September 24, 2017
"Sammy Doughboy Remembers" A Beer and Pretzels Fundraising, September 28, 2017
Silver Tea & Christmas Open House - Twas the Night Before Christmas, December 3 & 4 2017
Annual Membership Meeting May 19, 2016
Business includes the election of officers and trustees, presentation of the president's annual report and presentation of the budget for the upcoming year. Enjoy a special dessert buffet after the meeting!
Summer Exhibit Opening Day and Ice Cream Social – June 12, 2016 1-4 PM
The Bethlehem Historical Association celebrates the opening day of our summer exhibit Parade of Fashion 1860s to 1960s with a free ice cream social.
Blacksmith Shop Visit with Jim Moran Saturday June 25, 2016 10 AM
Blacksmith Jim Moran will be demonstrating at the forge at Norman's Kill Farm Park. Last fall he gave an excellent talk at the schoolhouse which left us all anxious to see him in action.
Annual Holiday Silver Tea -- Walking in a Winter Wonderland Sunday, December 4, 2016 1 – 4 PM
Members and Friends of the Bethlehem Historical Association are invited to our annual Silver Tea which features a full hot tea service as well as coffee, punch, and a wide assortment of holiday goodies. As a special treat, Sinterklaas will join us between 1 and 3.
Holiday Open House Monday evening, December 5 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Every year for more than 20 years, the creative volunteers at BHA have transformed the The Cedar Hill Schoolhouse for the Christmas season. This year our theme is Walking in a Winter Wonderland . All are welcome to experience the lavish decorations and enjoy the generous refreshments.
Antique Appraisal Day - April 18, 2015 10 to 2
Genealogy Workshop 2015 - May 12, 7 PM at the library
Dinner & Annual Meeting at the Mansion at Cedar Hill – May 21, 2015
First Day of Museum Opening and Ice Cream Social - Sunday, June 14, 2015 1-4 PM
Summer Exhibit 2015 -
- Circa 1965 looks back at the Town of Bethlehem during the era in which the organization was founded.
- One Hundred Years Difference: Clothing from 1865 to 1965 explores 100 years of changing clothing styles.
- What’s All the Buzz, a look at bee keeping. .
- Mid Century Bethlehem exhibit at the library Celebrate BHA's 50th anniversary
Annual Silver Tea is Sunday Dec 6 and Monday Dec 7