49th Annual Society for Industrial Archeology Conference
May 28 - May 31
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.