Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

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Bucks County Herald: By the Way: 3,000 bags and growing

When she was a child Ilene Hochberg Wood was given her first “little girl” purse – and the magic began. “I was entranced,” said the fashion authority and author, “and that’s when I began my personal journey.” Wood now owns…

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The Philadelphia Inquirer: This Pa. woman owns 3,000 handbags, and she keeps them in an army bunker

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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Morning Call: ‘PURSEonality’ to spare: Massive handbags exhibit coming to Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites will host “PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History, the personal collection of Ilene Hochberg Wood” Oct. 11 through April 30, 2020. The exhibit will be at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts at 427 N. New…

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Morning Call: A sure sign of fall: Bethlehem Harvest Festival

A sure sign of fall: Bethlehem Harvest Festival By JENNIFER SHEEHAN THE MORNING CALL | SEP 26, 2019 | 9:39 AM The 14th Annual Harvest Festival returns to Main Street Bethlehem on Oct. 5. (MORNING CALL FILE PHOTO) Each year at the start of…

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VIDEO: Moravian College Heritage Day 2019

From Moravian College: Our College was established by the Moravians and the founding principles still inform core aspects of our culture, our community, and our academic endeavors. It is important for all of us to understand and appreciate these principles…

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PRESS RELEASE: Moravian College Confers Honorary Doctorate Degree to HBMS President Charlene Donchez Mowers

Media Contact: Michael Drabenstott For Historic Moravian Bethlehem Commission (610) 417-0503 michael@drabenstottcommunications.com     Moravian College Confers Honorary Doctorate Degree to HBMS President Charlene Donchez Mowers   BETHLEHEM, Pa. (September 18, 2019) -- Charlene Donchez Mowers, President of Historic Bethlehem…

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