Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

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WDIY 88.1: Ilene Hochberg Wood on LV Arts Salon

Hundreds of purses and handbags owned by Emmaus resident Ilene Hochberg Wood are on display now at the Kemerer Museum in Bethlehem, for an exhibit titled "PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History." Wood is thought to have the largest private handbag collection in the nation…

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Only in Your State: 10 Main Streets In Pennsylvania That Are Pure Magic During Christmastime

1. Bethlehem Christmas City Immerse yourself in the beauty of Bethlehem's Main Street in the evening by embarking on the Bethlehem by Bus Night Tour, which leaves from the Visitors Center at 505 Main Street evenings through December 30. Or,…

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Antique Purse Collectors Society: PA woman owns 3000 handbags

This Pa. woman owns 3,000 handbags, and she keeps them in an army bunker By Elizabeth Wellington, The Philadelphia Inquirer Ilene Hochberg Wood’s collection of 3,000 handbags — the majority of which dwell in a 2,400-square-foot Quonset hut on her…

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

Handbag exhibit opens in Bethlehem “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…

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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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Breeze Courier: She owns 3,000 handbags and keeps them in a bunker

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — 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…

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