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Bethlehem Natural Science Association Scrapbook

Identifier: SC MS0413

Scope and Contents

This scrapbook entails 62 numbered pages of assorted newspaper articles primarily from the Bethlehem Globe-Times and the Allentown Call-Chronicle, the Association’s correspondence (meeting notice postcards, By-laws), 15 original black and white/sepia photographs of various nature outings and members. The scrapbook has a title page of “Mark Twain’s Scrap Book Patent 281 657 with Directions to use a little moisture on the gummed lines… Daniel Slote & Company New York.”


  • Creation: 1938 - 1960

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Biographical / Historical

Reported in newspaper accounts (Allentown Call-Chronicle, Bethlehem Glob-Times) dated March 10, 1938, a group of nature lovers formed the Bethlehem Natural Science Association in early 1938 in the home of Floyd Faux of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to promote the study and conservation of animal and plant life in Northampton County. Mr. Wilbur L. King was elected first president The group was serious about its mission and wrote a Constitution and By-laws which included a provision that each member of the association must write a paper each year and present it to the public. Not only did the members present papers but the program expanded to include nationally known natural science experts in various fields beyond Northampton County topics The group usually met monthly except for summer months, had annual dues, yearly elections, sponsored field trips, and guest speakers on a diverse variety of topics. Among these experts was Lehigh University’s Frank J. Myers who was affiliated with the American Natural Science Museum in New York City, British Museum and Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Science, Maurice Broun, director of the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary which was avidly promoted by Lehigh University’s Francis J. Trembley. In the early newspaper articles about the group Prof. Trembley was listed on the publicity committee and his wife Isabel Boone Trembley was made the association’s archivist (perhaps because she was a librarian in the Bethlehem Public Library) following the original archivist Marion Barnes, who later became secretary of the association. In the early years, their meetings were held in a variety of venues in Bethlehem, eventually settling at Comenius Hall, Moravian College. There was also a tentative interest in establishing a natural science museum which never materialized. The last record of the association is May 19, 1960 as a meeting postcard announcement for a program on “Nature in Photographs Throughout the Four Seasons” illustrated with Kodachrome slides from Mr. and Mrs. Warren Horne at Comenius Hall, Moravian College.


1 box, .25 linear feet

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Cathy Kimrock , delivered by Christine Roysdon, November 2021.

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Repository Details

Part of the Lehigh University Special Collections Repository

Lehigh University
Linderman Library
30 Library Drive
Bethlehem PA 18045 USA
610-758-6091 (Fax)