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The Town of Bethlehem Celebrates 250 Years in 2024!

Save the date! Bethlehem’s 250th Anniversary is a celebration you won’t want to miss. This summer, we will be celebrating this monumental occasion by hosting a series of celebratory events from August 8 – 10, culminating in the 11th Annual Bethlehem SummerFest on August 10. Stay tuned for a complete list of festivities.

The Town of Bethlehem’s 250th Anniversary is presented by the Bethlehem Historical Society, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase public interest in the history and cultural heritage of the town. The Bethlehem Historical Society runs a Visitors Center and Historical Museum on Main Street in the restored Ranlet Café. 

Event Schedule

“The Ox Pasture Incident” Play at 7:00, Colonial Theater
Tickets are being sold by donation. Each ticket needs to be purchased separately. Limited quantity available. –
Order Tickets Here

Join a cast of professional actors for a world premiere play created just for the 250th! “The Ox Pasture Incident” mixes elements of true crime drama, historic places and people from Bethlehem’s past with the award-winning troupe’s signature farcical, melodramatic flair and audience interaction. In this madcap murder mystery, the show ends with an audience vote on who they think “dunnit” and the plot is adjusted on the spot! Presented in partnership with the Historical Society, this family-friendly show is not to be missed.

Bethlehem’s 250th Anniversary Gala at the Maplewood Golf Club. Doors open at 6:00 pm, music starts at 7:00 pm. Tickets: $20 – Buy Tickets Here

Join the Bethlehem Historical Society to celebrate the Town’s 250th Anniversary in style at the Maplewood Golf Club.  Spend the evening reveling in the history and heritage of Bethlehem at one of our community’s most historic buildings. Dance to the music of Ashley Jane’s Hootenanny, as they perform classics from the golden age of country and western music and enjoy tasty appetizers a cash bar.

Midway Event at the Rek-lis Field
, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Games and prizes, live music, pie eating contest, face painting, petting zoo, photo booth, and more! This event is free.                                                                Visitor Center Park Event, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Petting Zoo. Children’s Duck Race at 11:00 am (for kids under 8 yr olds)
Summerfest at the Gazebo, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Learn more
Parade, 2:00 pm – Learn More                                                                Rek’•Lis Commemorative Beer Release 6:00 pm – 250th Anniversary beer release at the Pint House                                                                                  Birthday Party at Rek-lis Field 7:00 pm – Dance night with DJ Mike Rivera. Free to enter.


Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Maplewood Sponsors ($5,000 level)

Upland Terrace Sponsors ($1,000 level)

Ammonoosuc Sponsors ($1 – $500 level)

Become A Sponsor!

Join us in commemorating this significant milestone in our community’s history by becoming a sponsor of Bethlehem’s 250 anniversary celebration. Whether you have lived in or visited the town or are a North Country business looking to make an impact, your sponsorship will demonstrate your appreciation for Bethlehem’s rich history and its significance to our community today.

As a sponsor, you will benefit from valuable exposure through various communications channels, public relations efforts, and a comprehensive marketing and media strategy. We have a range of sponsorship levels available.

The Bethlehem Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your generous tax-deductible sponsorship will directly contribute to the success of our anniversary celebrations and support our ongoing mission to preserve Bethlehem’s heritage for generations to come.

To make a contribution or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please review our sponsorship package or contact us at Thank you for your consideration.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!​

Littleton Chevrolet
Lead Sponsor


In Loving Memory of Marilyn Johnson

   Maplewood Sponsor ($5,000 level)


Tami Nason

   Sinclair Sponsor   ($2,500 level)


The Colonial logo

The Colonial Theatre
Upland Terrace Sponsor ($1,000 level)


Pierce Bridge
($500 level)


Ammonoosuc Sponsor
($1 – $500 level)


Join us on Saturday, August 10, 2024, and help us make it a birthday to remember!