Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

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Morning Call: Emmaus Woman Puts What May Be World’s Largest Collection of Purses on Exhibit in Bethlehem and Allentown

Ilene Hochberg Wood’s collection of 3,000 handbags — the majority of which dwell in a 2,400-square-foot Quonset hut on her Lehigh Valley estate — will make a fashionista fall to her knees. Her collection has everything: crossbodies and clutches, wristlets…

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WFMZ Channel 69 News: History’s Headlines: The Goundie House

Bethlehem’s Goundie House almost didn’t make it. Built in 1810 by brewer John Sebastian Gundt, later Goundie, it was almost certainly the first brick residence in the city, a fine example of the Federalist style. A third floor was added…

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City Suburban News: Discover PURSEonality in Bethlehem

When Ilene Hochberg Wood's mother gifted her a little red handbag as a child, there was no way to know that the bag would become the basis of a world-class collection. Now, years after the first bag that started it…

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Lehigh Valley Live: Ultra-rare to everyday, this Lehigh Valley purse collection exhibit is eye-popping

There's the red alligator bag from Hermès made famous by Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock's "To Catch a Thief." There's the dachshund bag from fashion designer and Allentown native Thom Browne. There's the the once-in-a-lifetime look at the world's largest…

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Pocono Record: Pocono Entertainment Briefs, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019

“PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History,” opening Friday, will showcase over 400 handbags at Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites’ Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts and Moravian Museum of Bethlehem. The styles in the collection range from folk art to contemporary designers…

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Ezvid Wiki: 6 Unique Destinations That Make Pennsylvania Special

The #5 pick is Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites, a collection of attractions that put Bethlehem's unique past on display. These include the Moravian Museum, located in the town's oldest building that at one time housed the entire community, the…

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