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Purseonality: A Stylish Handbag History

Purseonality: A Stylish Handbag History

Spanning the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, ranging in style from folk art, to contemporary designer to embroidered. Wood's collection, which numbers into the thousands, is broken up into sub collections of 150 to ~600 purses grouped by material, aesthetic...
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Easter Treats

Easter Treats

Look what the Easter Bunny is bringing for spring - locally-made Moravian sugar cookies! Each purchase helps preserve 20 historic sites and nearly three centuries of Bethlehem's rich and vibrant history. Limited quantities available, pre-order yours today....
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Free Sundays at the Museum

Free Sundays at the Museum

Every Sunday at the Kemerer Museum is FREE and fun for the whole family! Enjoy a range of workshops and activities, seasonal exhibitions, and tour the permanent collection on display. Free Sundays run 1PM -4PM every Sunday through the end...
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PURSEonality Collector Tours

PURSEonality Collector Tours

Tour the collection with the woman behind the purses, Ilene Hochberg Wood! This is your chance to meet the woman who owns more than 3000 handbags and get all your burning questions about her collection answered....
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Recent News & Press

PBS39 News Tonight: Getting Up Close & PURSEonal: This Emmaus Woman’s Purse Collection is World’s Largest

February 13, 2020 9:38am
BETHLEHEM, PA - Ilene Hochberg Wood is redefining the term, ‘bag lady.’ "People think about Imelda Marcos as the Queen of shoes and if you…
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Discover Lehigh Valley: Indoor Fun for Everyone Draws Visitors to Lehigh Valley

February 5, 2020 10:33am
PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History is Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites’ newest feature. Comprised of more than 300 purses from New York Times bestselling author Ilene Hochberg Wood,…
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Parade: 25 Romantic Getaways in PA

January 15, 2020 9:08am
Bethlehem, PA Located in the Heart of Bethlehem, guests can enjoy modern amenities with the comfort of spacious elegant guest rooms. If you don't want…
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