The morning of Tuesday, August 11, 2015 dawned gray and wet over the Lehigh Valley, hardly weather for the outdoor band concert that Waldheim Park, a religious retreat spawned on Allentown’s south side in 1904, had planned.
On July 26, 1990, Dr. Carl F. Odhner and his wife Rowena were in a place they might well have never imagined they would be: at a gathering at the White House, watching President George H.W. Bush sign the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Like many seeking their roots, it took Larry Kobrovsky on a journey to archives and libraries. It also took him across the Atlantic to the village of Vidukle, Lithuania, from which his relatives had come.
On June 2, the Smithsonian Institution announced an important discovery: the remains of a slave ship carrying 400 captives and crew, wrecked in the turbulent waters off the Cape of Good Hope in 1794, had been found.
One hundred years ago, motion pictures were new. But already they had developed a distinctive nickname, “the flickers,” based on how original silent movies images flicked and danced like shadows across the screen.
Soon Bethlehem will be celebrating its 275th anniversary. But not too long from now, in 2020, it will be marking a date that is second only in significance to its founding by the Moravians: the 100th anniversary of the consolidation that created the modern city of Bethlehem in 1920.