PBS39 is dedicated to the idea that television can be a positive force in people’s lives. There living history documentaries chronicle what life in our area was like decade by decade. What makes this collection so exciting is we learn about our past from people who lived it. This series is designed to benefit and enrich all residents from, Eastern Pennsylvania to Western New Jersey, as well as our educational systems throughout, about our communities important history. View PBS39′s award-winning documentaries (divided into segments) along with teacher guides and lesson plans.

Documentaries that include lesson plans are:
The 1950s

The 1960s
Hollywood on Hamilton: Remembering Hess’s
Bethlehem Steel: The People Who Built America
Make A Joyful Noise: The Bach Choir of Bethlehem
Lehigh Lafayette Legacy
Carousel of Memories
Football Legends of Pennsylvania

Philly Firsts

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Philly Firsts

Explore dozens of firsts including the first African-American Methodist Church, the fir...

The Raker Legacy: The Good Shepherd Story

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The Raker Legacy: The Good Shepherd Story

It’s a legacy of courage and caregivers. The Raker Legacy: The Good Shepherd Story show...

The Legacy of Harry C. Trexler

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The Legacy of Harry C. Trexler

PBS39 reveals Harry C. Trexler’s life and legacy. Find out how this Lehigh Valley icon ...

The Legacy of Leonard Pool

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The Legacy of Leonard Pool

We’ll explore this man’s rich heritage, and find out how Leonard Pool’s contributions c...

The Allentown Band

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The Allentown Band

Celebrating the beginning of a new year gives us a chance to not only look forward to w...

Bethlehem Steel: The People Who Built America

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Bethlehem Steel: The People Who Built America

Bethlehem Steel. You’ll find it in the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge, the stately U.S....

Living History: The 1950s

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Living History: The 1950s

Dust off those saddle shoes, take that poodle skirt out of the trunk and get ready to s...

Living History: The 1960s

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Living History: The 1960s

Where were you when we landed on the moon? When JFK was killed? When the Beatles burst ...

Lehigh Lafayette Legacy

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Lehigh Lafayette Legacy

Nestled in the heart of the Lehigh Valley sit a number of wonderful colleges, each with...

WWII: Pennsylvania Patriots

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WWII: Pennsylvania Patriots

Walter Helsinky left Bethlehem at age nineteen bound for the enemy-infested jungles of ...

Carousel of Memories

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Carousel of Memories

The Keystone State has been home to 400 amusement parks –some say that’s more than any...

Communities Bethlehem

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Communities Bethlehem

Join us as we explore the rich history, fascinating people and events that have made Be...

Communities: Easton

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Communities: Easton

Do you remember the Good Ole’ Days in Easton? Remember taking the trolley downtown? Did...

Communities New Hope

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Communities New Hope

Join us as we take an in-depth look at the history, culture and people integral to ma...

Make A Joyful Noise: The Bach Choir of Bethlehem

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Make A Joyful Noise: The Bach Choir of Bethlehem

March 27, 1900. The ears of a nation turn to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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The living history documentaries are both entertaining and educational and are designed...