Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution



Gilded: Objects of Luxury

October 6, 2017 through March 11, 2018

See first-hand how luxury life styles have changed over four centuries in a sparkling display of sterling silver, gold leaf, copper, and brass artifacts in this opulent installation.

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March 16, 2017 through September 3, 2017

Discover what Victorians did for love and the various ways they used loved ones’ hair to create unique, lasting mementos and family portraits as a way to express love and cherish memories in a time before photography was widely accessible. Hairwork is the practice of braiding, laying wrapping, or weaving human hair to create intricate jewelry, wreaths, realistic landscapes, words, or bouquets. Hairwork rose in popularity in the Victorian Era, 1837- 1901, due to an increased interest in the sentimental arts, mortality, and unconventional materials. The resulting artifacts often do not look like hair to the unsuspecting eye.

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Bethlehem Brewed & Distilled

Early 2017

Guest curator and beer historian Chris Bowen illustrated the life of Johann Sebastian Goundie, a prominent man in early 19th Century Bethlehem and one of the community’s first brewers. Visitors could explore the stories of early and modern breweries in Bethlehem, many of which are no longer standing.

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