Posted by Reblog: Lehigh Valley News.
Professor Doug Heath is presenting a talk on the Lehigh Valley's vernacular regions at the Bethlehem Area Public Library on Wednesday night.
Heath’s talk, which runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., will examine why Lehigh Valley and Dutch County have no formal definition or legal jurisdiction but are nevertheless very real to thousands of people who routinely use these names.
He’ll also discuss why some regions such as the Slate Belt and Saucon Valley still exist, while others like the Cement Belt and A-B-E Area have nearly disappeared; why some like Jim Thorpe have mixed identities, and others like Quakertown have none.
Heath has been teaching geography, geology, and environmental studies at Northampton Community College for 38 years. His talk will take place in the library’s main branch at 11 W. Church St. in Bethlehem.
The program is free and open to the public but registration is required at bapl.org or 610-867-3761 ext. 224.