The South Bethlehem Historical Society and the Steelworkers’ Archives, with funding from Northampton County, will sponsor minibus tours through the neighborhoods and parishes that helped to build a nation.

Now in its sixth year, the “Steeples and Steel” tours pay tribute to immigrants who left their homelands in search of a better life in America, many becoming steelworkers.

A guided minibus will leave from St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church, 617 E. Fourth Street, Bethlehem. On the first hour of the tour, through the neighborhoods and churches of South Bethlehem, a representative from the South Bethlehem Historical Society relates the history of working class communities.

The second hour is a steelworker-guided tour of the site of the flagship Bethlehem Steel plant, including an introduction to Bethlehem’s Hoover Mason Trestle walkway.

The tour package also includes an Eastern European goulash lunch, and an open house.

This season’s remaining tour dates are Sept. 21 and Nov. 2, with tours at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Tickets are $25 per person. For more information, contact the Steelworkers’ Archives at 610-861-0600 or visit

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