Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Single Sisters Series

Single Sisters' House in Bethlehem, PA

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.

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2019 Single Sisters Series programs are
proudly sponsored in part by Fig Bethlehem

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!

Single Sisters' House in Bethlehem, PA

2019 Programs & Workshops


Sunday, November 3, 1:30-4:30 pm

Presented by HIS 135: Introduction to Museum Studies students from Cedar Crest College

Details TBA.

Cost: $5 Suggested Donation


Date TBA

Presented by Marcie Mulligan, Cultural Outreach Coordinator of Celtic Fest

Spend the evening with Marcie Mulligan, of Celtic Fest, learning about the history and culture of women from Celtic history through the present-day Celtic nations.

Cost: $5 Suggested Donation


Date TBA

Presented by Lehigh Valley Girls Rock and Jasmine Woodson Education Librarian at Lehigh University

Why do we tell stories? What role do they play in our lives, and in our understanding of ourselves, the world, and each other? How do we preserve those stories and how can we use them to promote understanding and advocate for change? As a part of its mission to celebrate and empower girls, women, and trans and nonbinary folks, Lehigh Valley Girls Rock presents a workshop on the art of storytelling and its capacity for self-discovery and social justice.

Through analyzing examples and sharing our own stories with each other, participants will learn techniques for crafting a narrative arc, sustaining story momentum, and infusing our stories with individuality and meaning. With these strategies as a foundation, this workshop will demonstrate how to use storytelling to foster reflection, build community, and speak truth to power.

Cost: $5 for students and members, $10 for non-members


Date: To be announced

Presented by Qbah Fernandez and Justice Davis (Defining Justice), Poet, Motivational Speaker, and Activist. Creator of Lehigh Valley Soul Sessions

Join three women artists for an uplifting and vulnerable evening that highlights diverse experiences while celebrating the unifying power of women gathered around a shared moment.

Take in spoken word, song, and art from Lehigh Valley women as we acknowledge a complex community history and honor a vibrant and hopeful present and future.

Guests will be encouraged to share their memories, fears, hopes, artwork, and verse within the space through an installation that invites visitors to “write on the walls”

Cost: $5 suggested donation

Women & Politics Session

Presented by Nichola Gutgold

Date TBD at the Single Sisters' House

About the Speaker: Nichola D. Gutgold, PhD is a professor of communication arts and sciences, an experienced university administrator and author or co-author of more than ten books on women's rhetoric, as well as numerous scholarly articles.  She is a 2018-19  university-wide Penn State Alumni Teaching Fellow, the recipient of several campus teaching, research and advising awards, as well as the 2017 University College Teaching Award.  She served as a visiting scholar at the University of Zagreb in 2018, and has lead student groups to China, India and Europe.  Her research has appeared on NPR, and in The New York Times, US News and World Report and in leading international outlets.  In 2018 she was named a Woman of Influence in the Lehigh Valley.  She serves on the board of directors of The Literacy Center in downtown Allentown and the Communication Advisory Council of King's College, Wilkes-Barre.

Cost: FREE

The Single Sisters Series program is funded in whole or in part by
the George Z. Heimbach Fund for the Single Sisters' House.

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