Since its founding in 1741, many extraordinary people have called Bethlehem home. Teacher Polly Blum introduced needlework to her Moravian Seminary students in 1818 and soon received a request from the wife of Pres. John Adams for one of their pieces. In 1932, Sam Born established Just Born Candy Company, maker of the famous marshmallow Peeps. Dorothy Stephenson was the first female executive for Bethlehem Steel Corporation. Reggie Cora was the first Hispanic to serve as a county detective. Musicians, artists, and athletes have also contributed to the cultivation of this city. Gelsey Kirkland joined the New York City Ballet and became the dance partner of Mikhail Baryshnikov. Frank Mikisits hosted a Hungarian music radio show for 40 years, preserving the music of his childhood. John Spagnola played in 11 NFL seasons. Legendary Locals of Bethlehem chronicles more than 200 residents who through leadership and courage have made Bethlehem a wonderful place to live.
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About the Author
Local historian and author Karen M. Samuels drew upon the extensive resources of the Moravian Archives of Bethlehem, Lehigh University, and the Bethlehem Area Public Library. Samuels is the coauthor of Lower Saucon Township and South Bethlehem in the Images of America series and Bethlehem in the Postcard History Series.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Heroes of Education 11
Chapter 2 The Luminaries of Service 35
Chapter 3 The Paragons of Originality 57
Chapter 4 The Advocates of Compassion 81
Chapter 5 The Cultivators of Commerce 103