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Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley region will be the location for the Society for Industrial Archeology’s 49th Annual Conference, May 28-31, 2020.
While Bethlehem Steel shuttered its Bethlehem plant in 1995 and ceased operations completely in 2003, the region still maintains active and growing industries including cement, musical instruments, medical supplies, truck production, manufacturing, railroads, industrial components, food production, and disposable cups, and in the extended region there are active slate quarries and anthracite coal mines. There are many industrial heritage sites in the region including the preserved Bethlehem Steel Complex (Steelstacks), the National Museum of Industrial History, The Delaware and Lehigh canals, the National Canal Museum, Eckley Miners’ Village, steam railroads, 19th century blast furnaces, Historic Bethlehem, plus historic sites from the 18th and 19th centuries and many recreational opportunities.
The conference will be based in Bethlehem which has undergone a revitalization with lively restaurants and entertainment areas.
Anthracite Heritage Museum
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC)
National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH)
National Canal Museum
Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L)
Historic Hotel Bethlehem
437 Main St, Bethlehem, PA 18018
Conference room rate: $179/night
The Historic Hotel Bethlehem is a historic hotel in Main Street Bethlehem PA affiliated with the National Trust’s Historic Hotels of America. The hotel is located directly adjacent to the Moravian National Historic District industrial quarter.