Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

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HAKOL: World’s largest private handbag collection belonging to community member on display now

Ilene Hochberg Wood's obsession with purses started at a young age when her mother gave her her very first one. Little did they know that gift would turn into a lifelong passion which has led Wood to acquiring the largest…

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Face the Issues: Christmas Special – O Little Town of Bethlehem, PA

Hosted by Samuel Chen. Robust conversations about the issues of the day that affect our region. From community to politics to healthcare and finances; all these topics and more will be thoughtfully discussed and examined. This week the guests are:…

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The Philadelphia Sun: Smooth Traveler: Central Virginia, Appomattox and the Blue Ridge Mountains

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is the ideal destination for the holidays with a renowned Christmas Market, gaily decorated streets and loads of activities. This year,  add “Purseonality,” an exhibition of more than 500 handbags, curated by collector Ilene Hochberg Wood and on…

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Morning Call: Holiday tree exhibits showcase ethnic traditions and fashion runway glamour

Here’s a chance to see Christmas trees that are fresh off the runway. Well, sort of. Couture Trees of Historic Bethlehem — a blend of both the world of fashion and holiday decor — is open through Jan. 12. Read…

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Morning Call: Collectible Christmas item: Bethlehem’s “Silent Night” holiday greeting card features snowy Moravian Church scene

One of Bethlehem’s oldest buildings — one still very much in use — is Central Moravian Church’s Old Chapel at Heckewelder Place in The Christmas City’s downtown historic district. The place of worship, like most of the stone buildings around…

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Pittsburgh Post Gazette: A Christmas star is born in Bethlehem, Pa.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. —  You don’t have to follow a star to find your way to this Bethlehem, but you will see one when you arrive. Shining down on the Lehigh Valley since 1937 is the Bethlehem Star, illuminating this former…

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