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2023 - 2024 Speaker Series

Presented in Partnership with the Bethlehem Public Library

BHA is now cooperating with the Bethlehem Public Library to sponsor our Speaker Series Programs. 

All take place on Wednesdays at 7 PM in the Library's Community Room.

Registration is strongly recommended as there is a capacity limit. 

Registration opens one month prior to the date of the program.   

Stewart W. Lehman:

The Stereoscope, a Gilded Age “Virtual Reality” Experience. 

In the 19th Century the new art of photography changed how people viewed the world.  Join Stuart W. Lehman for a hands-on presentation about people using the stereoscope to journey to far off places. Photography could take you to interesting or faraway places without the expense or danger of travel.  

Stuart W. Lehman has worked at several historic sites, including Schuyler Mansion in Albany, Herkimer Home in Little Falls, and Senate House in Kingston. Currently he develops programs and conducts research related to the New York Capitol.  On weekends he participates in Revolutionary War re-enactments as a Colonial Doctor.  He recently started collecting historic Stereoviews for the insights they give into 19th Century life, and for their often-unique views of long-lost places and spaces. 

Registration is required as there is a capacity limit.

Call the library at 518-439-9314 or register using this website 

Registration opens August 20 –
Be sure to sign up early!

Up Coming Programs 


October 18, 2023, Jill Knapp: Upstate New York Tenant Farmers’ Rebellion

November 16, 2023, John Wexler: Land Between Waterfalls: Documenting Five Centuries of Indigenous Land Use in the Town of Bethlehem.


February 21, 2024, Mike Engle: History of Diners in New York


March 20, 2024, DBA


April 17, 2024, Robb Haberman: Writing in the Service of His Country: The Revolutionary War Memoir of James Selkirk

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