The Man, the Mills, the Legacy…

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Bethlehem and the surrounding communities have benefited greatly because of R. K. Laros, but few people know who the man was or how the Foundation that bears his name was established. Moravian College student, Class of 2015, Jeremy Hachey researched the man, the silk mill Mr. Laros founded, and his philanthropy and will present a program about this innovative businessman and influential philanthropist on Tuesday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. The presentation will be in the 2nd Floor Laros Meeting Room at the Main Library.

Free and open to the public. Registration is not required.Parking is available in the garage beneath the Library except police or City Council spaces. More here

Men of Steel tonight!

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Bethlehem Steel’s blast furnaces are silent, but the men who worked there remember what it was like to work at The Steel and grow up in south Bethlehem. Former steelworkers Lester Clore and Richie Check will speak about their experiences at the South Side Branch tonight from 6:30 to 7:45 PM. Lester Clore worked as a rigger for 33 years and is now a volunteer with the Steelworkers’ Archives Speakers Bureau. Richie Check also worked as a rigger for most of his 43 years at Bethlehem Steel. He and 11 of his relatives worked at The Steel and climbed the hill to their homes afterward. His story is like most of the steelworkers whose families moved from Europe to find work in Bethlehem’s biggest industry. Mr. Check is a founding member of the Steelworkers’ Archives Speakers Bureau.

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