Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution



PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History

October 11, 2019 through October 30, 2020

Spanning the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, ranging in style from folk art, to contemporary designer to embroidered. Wood’s collection, which numbers into the thousands, is broken up into sub collections of 150 to ~ 600 purses grouped by material, aesthetic elements, and use.

Additional displays at The Kemerer Museum will consider themes of design, innovation, materials, the personal stories of previous handbag owners and eccentric designers, and the local artist section will spotlight bags hand decorated by local artists invited to participate.

The Moravian Museum displays will focus on a selection of needlepoint handbags displayed alongside examples of needlepoint from our collection.



August 2, 2019 through August 11, 2019

Mugshots: Oral Histories looks to community members to help tell the story of the largest, un-gated free music festival in America. Mugshots: Oral Histories is a collaborative project that marries oral history interviews and photography with interactive displays that provide a fun space for people to share their accounts of Musikfest. Check out the listening station to hear last year’s interviews and reminisce on the days when the Chicken Lady danced down Main Street or when festival goers took candle-lit walks through the festival grounds. Honor the old traditions, and celebrate the new ones.


The Lehigh Art Alliance’s Annual Summer Juried Exhibition

July 5, 2019 through August 8, 2019

See a range of works in various sizes, mediums and styles from artists around the Lehigh Valley. Pieces on display range from sculptures to paintings, sketches to fabric collage.

The LAA has always attempted to serve both the artist and the community equally. Juried exhibitions give the artist an opportunity to display their work, and give the appreciators of art an opportunity to view what regional artists are producing. The mission of the Lehigh Art Alliance is to support local artists with exhibition opportunities as well as to offer exposure through our website (lehighartalliance.org). Flash News e-mails provide information about local art events, as well as publicize the activities and accomplishments our members.

Lehigh Art Alliance

Al Kratzer Art Exhibit

May 11, 2019 through June 23, 2019

Al Kratzer is best described as a "Creative Generalist" who has worked as a Publisher, Sales Director, Creative Director, Web Designer, Editor, Trainer, Fine Artist, Cartoonist, and Musician. Al was an early online devotee who began designing Web sites in 1995. He recently finished a 20-year stretch working in the news media business, developing online products and leading teams toward the digital future. Since leaving the media profession he has been pioneering a new body of artwork using Artificial Intelligence tools. He lives in Easton, PA with his wife and son.

Algorithmic Abstractions by Al Kratzer

Artifacts Reimagined

March 28, 2019 through August 18, 2019

Over the past year, the 5x5 Artists have conducted research in the Historic Bethlehem Collections, photographing and studying objects. Their unique perspective encourages us to see these artifacts in a new light, as the artists fill in context or focus on details often overlooked. The resulting exhibit consists of over 50 unique works of art, exhibited directly alongside corresponding objects from the Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites Collection.

Artifacts Reimagined


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