Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Single Sisters Series

You're invited to step into the Single Sisters’ House, the Lehigh Valley’s only historically rooted, bricks and mortar, women’s programming space for the launch of this programming series dedicated to women.

Bethlehem is one of the first places where women received an education in the country.

Today, as we open this space to the public, we invite you to continue this tradition with this series of programs and workshops that celebrate womens’ accomplishments while considering the obstacles faced by Lehigh Valley Women in the past, present, and future.

This series will offer everything from artist workshops to expert-led discussions to self-defense sessions drawing inspiration from the experience and contributions of Moravian women in the 18th and 19th centuries and how their legacy has and will continue to influence women in the Lehigh Valley.

Explore the house, the role of the Single Sisters, and maybe even yourself!

Don't Miss:

Women Transforming Bethlehem, Then and Now: A Community Dialogue

Led by Jill Schennum and Seth Moglen, in partnership with the Steelworker Archives and the Lehigh University South Side Initiative 

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

Learn about the women who helped found the city of Bethlehem and claimed remarkable forms of leadership in the 1750s to the women who took jobs at the Bethlehem Steel plant in the 1970s and '80s, proving they could do work that had, for generations, been reserved for men from speakers Seth Hanlon and Jill Schennum. 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.

Cost: FREE

Coffeehouse Conversation

An Evening with Dr. Katie Desiderio, presented by Backdoor 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.

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

Space is limited!

Songs for Sisters

Thank you to everyone who came out and celebrated women in the Lehigh Valley. Special thanks to Gerard Longo of Lehigh Valley Underground, musicians Tara Walsh, Julia Sommer, and Chelsea Lyn Meyer of the Lehigh Valley,  Electric City Roasters for providing refreshments at the event, curator Lauren Beauchner, Many Mothers Co., Lehigh Valley Zine Fest, as well as Moriah Mylod for curating the earth mandala photography exhibition.

Single Sisters Sit & Stitch

An afternoon of crocheting led by Melanie Depscinki from Counting Crafty Sheep

Every other Saturday 2:00- 4:00pm 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 as well as how to make plarn and your own fabric yarn. As you crochet, discover more about the stunning Single Sisters' House and who the Single Sisters were.

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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, then finish up with useful meditation techniques!

Cost: Free

Only 30 spots available - RSVP today!

Walk Your Way To Better Health

Led by Walking Couch Michele Stanten

Thursday September, 28 at 6 - 8pm at the Single Sisters' House

Whether you already walk for exercise or just want to get started, Walking Coach Michele Stanten can help! Walking is one of the most powerful steps you can take to living a healthier, happier life. Here’s your chance to get the support you need to make walking a habit and get more out of every walk you take.

Did you know that there is more than one way to walk? And depending upon your goals, you may not be walking the right way to achieve them.

Join us to discover the power of walking (it can cut your risk of a heart attack just as much as running), find out why even avid gym goers should be walking, too, and learn simple ways to make it a fun part of your life.

Cost: FREE

Zug Lecture

Led by Dr.Katherine Faull, Professor at Bucknell University

Sunday October, 8 at 2pm at the Moravian Museum

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.

Cost: FREE for Members, $15 for Non-Members

Single Sisters Series in the News


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