Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


100 Years of Gift Giving

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100 Years of Gift Giving - Sponsored by Golden Pepper Productions Inc.

Children list them, parents hide them, lovers search for them, faraway friends mail them… Christmas presents, with their festive paper and bows have become central figures in the Yule Tide Season. Gifts are often seen as a means to express love and appreciation, but a look back at gifting practices over the last 100 years shows how reflective gift giving can be of the social and economic conditions under which presents are exchanged.

This winter, the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts will showcase the elements of gifting: conception, shopping, making, wrapping, and expressing gratitude through a range of artifacts, performances, events and educational programs. Featuring a range of objects from the collections at Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites, in addition to loaned works and reproductions, this exhibition seeks to connect gifting practices of the past to those of the present, here in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts hours of operation. 

Our holiday season hours of operation run November 16 - January 10.

Included in museum admission

Please contact the Visitor Center at 1-800-360-TOUR with any questions about this exhibit or hours of operation.

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