Bethlehem has vaulted toward the top of the list of places the United States hopes to see enshrined as a World Heritage Site. The city’s original Moravian settlement along with Chicago’s early skyscrapers, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park in New York City have been recommended as the cultural sites to be added to the U.S. Tentative List.
The United States uses the list to nominate sites for the exclusive World Heritage designation already bestowed upon the likes of Independence Hall and Yellowstone National Park.”It’s the 275th anniversary of the founding of Bethlehem, and to receive this honor is just spectacular,” said Charlene Donchez Mowers, president of Historic Bethlehem Museum and Sites. “What an incredible Christmas present.”