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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. 

Ice Cream Social


Sunday June 9, 2024, 1 to 4 pm

All are invited to the Bethlehem Historical Association’s annual Ice Cream Social, Sunday June 9 from 1 to 4 pm at

The Cedar Hill Schoolhouse, 1003 River Road, Selkirk.

Enjoy delicious ice cream and stroll through our local history exhibits. Highlights include Dear Maria: Voices from the Mid-Nineteenth Century and 1940s Bethlehem.  The event is free and open to the public. 

All welcome!

Our Annual Membership Meeting was held Thursday May 16, 2024, 7:00 p.m., at the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse Museum, 1003 River Road, Selkirk.

A short business meeting will be followed by a time to enjoy the company of BHA members, taste a treat from the dessert buffet and enjoy the museum exhibits.  This is also an excellent opportunity for new members to meet our officers and trustees and to learn more about volunteer activities.  Please R.S.V.P. so we know how many brownies to make!

Annual Spring Tea

Saturday April 27, 2024, from 2 to 5 p.m.

At the Delmar Reformed Church,

386 Delaware Avenue, Delmar.


Phyllis Chapman as Nellie Bly in

Out of the Cage: Progressive Women of the Gilded Age


Enjoy a delicious selection of tea sandwiches and fancy treats.


Members of the Bethlehem Historical Association: $20

General public: $25


Make your reservation by April 17 as seating is limited.

R.S.V.P to Barbara Castle, 518-439-4351 or
Mail checks payable to the Bethlehem Historical Association

to Barbara at 161 Adams Street, Delmar, NY  12054


Period attire welcome but optional.


All funds raised support the work of the Bethlehem Historical Association and its Cedar Hill Schoolhouse Museum.


Speaker Series 

April 17, 2024, Robb Haberman:

Writing in Service to His Country: The Revolutionary War Memoir of James Selkirk 

For more information click here. 

2023-2024 Events

Volunteer Reception -- Oct. 15, 2023

Ice Cream Social Sunday -- June 11, 2023

2022-2023 Events

Annual Meeting -- May 18, 2023 Featuring the Lost Radio Rounders

Winter Lights -- Holiday Open House -- Dec. 11-13 2022

Ice Cream Social -- Sunday June 12, 2022

 2021-2022 Events 

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 Events

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.

2018 Events

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

2017 Events

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

2016 Events

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.

2015 Events

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

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