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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2018 Single Sisters Series programs are
proudly sponsored 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

Botanical Paint & Sip

Presented by Artist and Lehigh Art Alliance President Elena Shackelton

Saturday, April 6 from 10 am - 12 pm at the Single Sisters' House

This paint and sip class will focus on studies of flowers that would be found locally and observes the tradition of documenting florals in painting classes in Bethlehem in the late 1800s. Artifacts from the collection will also be on display.

Cost: $10 for Students with valid Student ID, $15 for HBMS Members, $20 for Non-Members

Homebody Mindful Wellness

Presented by the Many Mothers Collective

Thursday, May 16 from 6 pm - 8 pm at the Single Sisters' House

Join us for a wellness program presented by Many Mothers as part of our Single Sisters Series! Homebody series is about feeling at home in your body and looking at your health as total wellness: mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical.

Many Mothers Collective bring another addition to their Homebody series, a workshop model intent on promoting mindful wellness and feeling at home in your body. This workshop will feature a roster of women passionate about making local, healthy food accessible to all and promoting an approach to health as a total package: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

Homebody at Single Sisters' House will provide a discussion space for how good ingredients and positive food rituals can enhance our daily experience and encourage a healthy relationship with our bodies. Enjoy a feast of delicious dishes and an introduction to some unique ingredients while bolstering your springtime self-care routine and enjoying the company of other women.

The team at Many Mothers Co. includes filmmaker Kelly Williams, writer and chef-for-one Corrin Magditch, local artist Lauren Beauchner, owner of Lit Coffee Roastery + Bakeshop Melanie Lino, candlemaker and herbalist Courtney Dech, and certified yoga instructor Lisa Manno.

Cost: $20 - Limited space available, register today!

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 book 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

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