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 Program Dates 2017:

Women's Self Defense Class

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

Women Transforming Bethlehem, Then and Now:  A Community Dialogue

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.

Learn about the women who helped found the city of Bethlehem and claimed remarkable forms of leadership in the 1750s.  Then join an open community dialogue about what challenges women still face in the workplace today and how we can create a city in which all women have full opportunities to succeed and flourish.

Gilded Workshop Series Package:

  • Make Your Own Faux Mercury Glass: Thursday, 11/ 9/17 from 6-8pm at the Kemerer Museum 
    • Learn what mercury glass is and how it was originally made, then make your own mercury glass using a much safer method. When you’re finished, take your faux mercury glass creation home to display it proudly!
  • Paint & Sip: Thursday, 1/18/18 from 6-8pm at the Kemerer Museum 
    • Sip wine and learn how to paint a scintillating metallic picture that is sure to catch the eyes of your future guests!
  • Gold Leaf Workshop: Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 6-8pm at the Kemerer Museum 
    • Discover the history, techniques, and different levels of crafting with gold leaf at this illuminating workshop. Then adorn your own wooden plaques with gold leaf along with other metallic decorations!

Gilded Jewelry Trunk Show

Sunday, October 29 from 12-3 pm moved to the 1810 Goundie House

Browse stunning pieces crafted by local jewelers at this Jewelry Trunk Show!

Admission is available with the purchase of a Museum Pass to Kemerer.

Make Your Own Faux Mercury Glass

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

Learn what mercury glass is and how it was originally made, then make your own mercury glass using a much safer method. When you’re finished, take your faux mercury glass creation home to display it proudly!

Holiday Wassail

Friday, November 24 from 5 - 7 pm at Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts

Admire the dazzlingly decorated Trees of Historic Bethlehem, each ornament carefully chosen by the Bethlehem Garden Club to personify a different country around the world.

At 5:30 pm, see the lighting of the Trees of Historic Bethlehem, officially kicking off the Trees of Historic Bethlehem exhibit.

Hear some of Bethlehem’s storied past from costumed docents stationed throughout the Kemerer Museum, including Annie Kemerer, founder of the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts. Lend an ear to festive holiday tunes to get in the holiday spirit.

 Program Dates 2018:

Gilded Workshop Series: Paint and Sip

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

Sip wine and learn how to paint a scintillating metallic picture that is sure to catch the eyes of visitors to your home!

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

Gilded Workshop Series: Gold Leaf Workshop

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

Discover the history, techniques, and different levels of crafting with gold leaf at this illuminating workshop. Then adorn your own wooden plaques with gold leaf along with other metallic decorations!



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