Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

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

BETHLEHEM, PA - Ilene Hochberg Wood is redefining the term, ‘bag lady.’ "People think about Imelda Marcos as the Queen of shoes and if you were to read the articles after she moved away they counted the number of shoes…

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Discover Lehigh Valley: Indoor Fun for Everyone Draws Visitors to Lehigh Valley

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, PURSEonality explores history and trends of handbags. The exhibit runs until April 26. Read More

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Parade: 25 Romantic Getaways in PA

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 to leave the room, there is 24-hour room service that you can enjoy from the…

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Conde Nast Traveler: The Best Places to Spend Christmas in the U.S.

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Why we go: This Christmas, visit the little town of Bethlehem—in Pennsylvania, that is. The city's German-inspired Christmas City Village and Christkinlmarkt feature rotating displays by artisans, live music, and glass blowing demonstrations. This year, make sure to check out the new Outdoor…

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Vast Early America: Time’s Convert in Vast Early America: Some Readings and Resources (Part 1)

5.  Moravians in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania In Time’s Convert the action shifts to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania when the Continental Congress abandoned Philadelphia as the British moved to occupy the city.  The scene opens with John Adams (yes, he was there) being taken to task by…

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Home & Leisure: Sartorial Savvy Handbag Historian’s Purseonality Exhibit Features the Rare, the Coveted, and the Creative

Ladies, we know this to be a universal truth: When we’re out and about, there are several things we tend to notice about each other – our coats, our shoes, and our bags. Whether we deem ourselves ‘fashionable’ or not,…

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