Welcome to Planet Bethlehem, a celebration of the people and places of this extraordinary Palestinian town. For such a small place, Bethlehem's influence extends in a surprising number of directions. Today, descendants of the town can be found in all corners of the globe, from El Salvador to Australia. Wherever they journey, they carry a piece of Bethlehem with them.

The Planet Bethlehem Archive brings Bethlehem's history of global connections to life through photos, audio and video recordings, forgotten treasures and exquisite works of art, all made available in digital form here on the site. Every Bethlehem family has a story to tell. We invite you to discover their fascinating world.

The archive currently consists of 8 collections and 34 sub-collections. For a quick view of all collections and sub-collections you can use the "Collection Index" or click here to browse all collections.


The Library of Congress Collections

The William Kattan Collections

The Katrina Sa'ade Collections

The Leila Sansour Collections

The Bethlehem University Oral History Collections

George Harb Photos

Devotional Objects

The Saint Nicholas Church Icon Collections