Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Museum Happenings

 Program Dates 2017:

Gilded Opening Reception

Thursday, October 5 from 6 - 8 pm at Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts

Be dazzled by Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites most lustrous collection objects! Be the first to see these glamorous artifacts on display at this wine & cheese opening reception.

Zug Lecture

Led by Dr. Kathering Faull, Professor at Bucknell University

Sunday, October 8 at 1 pm at  the Old Chapel

Join Dr. Kathrine Faull, Professor of German and Humanities and Director of the Program in Comparative Humanities at Bucknell University, as she presents her biographical findings on Anna Nitschmann, an 18th century Missionary and leadership figure for Moravian women.

Women's Self Defense Class

Thursday, October 19 from 6 - 8 pm at Single Sisters' House

Jewelry Trunk Show

Sunday, October 29 from 12 - 3 pm at Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts

A Town Hall on Women of the Past, Present, and Future

Led by Jill Stein and Seth Hanlon, in partnership with the Steelworker Archives

Thursday, November 2 from 6 - 8 pm at Single Sisters' House

This Town Hall will compare and contrast women of the early Moravian settlement, the women who fought for equal pay at Bethlehem Steel, and women of today.

Make Your Own Faux Mercury Glass

Thursday, November 9 from 6 - 8 pm at Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts

Holiday Wassail

Friday, November 24 from 6 - 8 pm at Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts

HairWork Opening Reception

Thursday, March 16 from 6 - 8 pm at Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts

Thank you to everyone who attended and made this opening reception one of our most successful yet! A special thank you to Pamela Moschini for speaking about her wonderful and extensive private collection of intricate hairwork - 30 years in the making and made available for public view for the first time, and Rebecca Reeves, local contemporary artist for discussing her background and her process.

Take Back the Night

Presented in conjunction with Moravian College and the American Association of University Women

Monday, March 27 from 6 - 8 pm at Single Sisters' House

Pet Hair Felting Workshop

Thursday, March 30 from 6 - 8 pm at Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts

Thank you to everyone who attended! A special thank you to Diane Hutchinson for leading this class and making felting so easy!

Coffeehouse Conversation

An Evening with Dr. Katie Desiderio, presented by Back Door Bakeshop

Thursday, April 6 from 6 - 8 pm at Single Sisters' House

You're invited to an evening with Dr. Katie P. Desiderio, Professor and Chair of the Economics and Business Department at Moravian College, who will be leading a softskills workshop, "Recognize * Reflect * Connect: Exploring Unconscious Bias of Women and Leadership," presented by Back Door Bakeshop.

Join us as we identify perceptions of women in our personal and professional sphere.

Back Door Bakeshop will be provide coffee and other delicious baked goods. Your first coffee is free with your admission!

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Horsehair Jewelry Demonstration

With Susan Newquist of RedTail Designs

Saturday, May 6 from 11 am - 4 pm at Colonial Industrial Quarter

Watch Susan Newquist of Red-Tail Designs, local artist and equine aficionado, weave handcrafted custom bracelets, earrings, and other adornments using the hair from a horse’s tail or mane as her primary material.

Photo courtesy of www.figbethlehem.com

Hair Fashion Show

Schneider Lecture

Thursday, August 24 from 6 - 9 pm at Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts

Pairing amazing and intricate hairstyles from a local stylist with gorgeous Victorian-inspired garments, this Hair Fashion Show is one event you won't want to miss!

This trendsetting evening will blow your hair back with its breathtaking blend of inspiring contemporary hairstyles and elegant Victorian-inspired contemporary attire from regional designers. Watch models showcase this marvelous mix on the Kemerer catwalk as you enjoy light refreshments!

Hair of the Dog: Historic Happy Hour

Enjoy an historic happy hour with Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites!

Thursday, July 20 from 5 - 7 pm at Goundie House

You’re invited to close out the night – and the Bethlehem Brewed & Distilled exhibition – with our Historic Happy Hour brimming with beer tastings from internationally-known beer historian Chris Bowen, tastings of handcrafted bitters and brews and an insider’s guide to historic hangover cures led by local colonial historian and medicinal horticulturist Erica Patton, and a last look at the full story of Bethlehem’s brewing history.

Mugshots Project

Happening During Musikfest

August 4 - 13 at Goundie House

Walk down memory lane and share your favorite #FestMemories with HBMS at Mugshots: Oral Histories in a recorded interview that will be saved in the Library of Congress!

Single Sisters Series: Sit & Stitch

Led by Melanie Depcinski of Counting Crafty Sheep, in partnership with Crochet for a Cause Lehigh Valley

Alternate Saturdays next one on August 5 from 2-4 pm at the Single Sisters' House

Are you a crochet enthusiast or someone who has always wanted to learn? Now’s your chance! Join Melanie Depscinki from Counting Crafty Sheep and learn how to crochet, make plarn and your own fabric yarn, as well as how to crochet a variety of items such as sleeping mats and baskets. As you crochet, discover more about the stunning Single Sisters’ House and who the Single Sisters were.

Back to Basics

Led by Dominica Fox, Liz Wagner, and Carrie Beleno

Saturday, August 26 from 10 am - 12 pm at Single Sisters' House

Join us for a joint yoga, organic farming, and meditation class led by Dominica Fox, Liz Wagner, and Carrie Beleno. Relax, unwind and break a sweat in the Saal. Afterwards, take a break and learn the basics of organic farming, and finish up with useful meditation techniques!

Cost: Free

Only 30 spots available - RSVP today!

Victorian Hair Art Workshop

With Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann

Saturday, August 26 from 2 - 5 pm at Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts

Design and create your own hairart jewelry with this contemporary technique taught by Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann. At the end of this 3-hour class, you will leave with your own hairart jewelry as well as knowledge on how to create future projects!

Hairart or hairwork, the practice of laying wrapping or weaving human hair to create intricate jewelry and more, rose in popularity during the Victorian Era.

Join Master Jeweler Karen Bachmann, a fine jeweler with over 25 years of experience, as she shows you this modern take of this unusual craft.

 Program Dates 2018:

Paint & Sip

Create a Painting with Metallic Paints

Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 6 - 8 pm at Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts or Luckenbach Mill

* Inclement weather date is Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 6 - 8 pm

Gold Leaf Workshop

Thursday, February 8 from 6 - 8 pm at Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts

Platinum Print Photography Artist Talk

Thursday, January 11 from 6 - 8 pm at Luckenbach Mill


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