|Editorial team for the 1993 publication "Bethlehem Revisited" from left to right: Joe Allgaier, Chuck McKinney, Floyd Brewer, Hugh Hewitt and Peter Christoph.|
Another legacy I use everyday is the database Joe created for the town's archival records. That database stemmed from a re-organization that I am sure was a huge project. He collaborated closely with then Town Clerk Kathy Newkirk and others to assess, inventory and properly store the records. The resulting searchable database really is awesome. 99% of the time when the database produces a hit and I go looking for a specific document in a specific folder in a specific archival storage box, it is there just like it is supposed to be.
Joe took me in hand when I was first appointed town historian in nine years ago, giving me the tour, giving me the keys to the database, answering my many questions about how to be a historian and encouraging me to make the position of historian my own.
Bethlehem and its history are the richer for having been served by town historian Joe Allgaier. Personally, his influence on how I do my job has been profound and deeply appreciated.
Rest in Peace Joe!