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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.

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

2020 Programs & Workshops

THE SUFFRAGE GARDEN: THE 1915 SUFFRAGE CAMPAIGN

Saturday, May 2

In November 1915, Pennsylvania, along with New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts, failed to pass a referendum to grant women the right to vote. In the months preceding, suffragists got out the word in a number of ways including restaurants, postcards, and gardens. Join Michele McLaughlin as she delves into the history of this forgotten campaign.

$5 HBMS members, $10 future members

BY THE CHIMNEY NO MORE

Saturday, June 13

Quilt collector and historian Michele McLaughlin explores women's history through quilts, from the Civil War to the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Learn about how women used quilting over 55 years to achieve social and political changes.

$5 HBMS members, $10 future members

PINTS, PETTICOATS, AND PROHIBITION

Thursday, July 23

From brewing nuns for the Women's Christian Temperance Union, there is a complicated history of women and alcohol. Join Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites for a talk on women and alcoholic beverages throughout history while Kristina High guides you in etching a pint glass to take home to enjoy your favorite beverage, alcoholic or not.

$10 HBMS members, $15 future members

LEHIGH VALLEY SUFFRAGISTS

Saturday, August 15

Michele McLaughlin returns for a talk on suffragists who agitated for women's right to vote right here in the Lehigh Valley.

$5 HBMS members, $10 future members

DEMYSTIFYING BEER WITH MCCALL COLLECTIVE BREWING COMPANY

Thursday, August 20

A partner to July's glass etching program, take a field trip to the Lehigh Valley's only woman-owned brewery. Kaitlin McCall, owner, will take you on a tour of the brewery and then guide you through the basics of beer and how to discuss flavors and preferences. Afterwards, stay and have dinner - a portion of your check will go back to support HBMS and our 20 historic sites.

$15 HBMS members, $20 future members

WOMEN OF HISTORIC BETHLEHEM WALKING TOUR

Saturday, September 19

Well-behaved women rarely make history - except for in Bethlehem. Join Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites for a brand-new walking tour about the women who made and saved Bethlehem's history. From Anna Nitschmann to Charlene Donchez Mowers, celebrate the women who shaped the history of the Christmas City.

$10 HBMS members, $15 future members

SWEET SUFFRAGE

Saturday, October 17

American and British suffragists used mass-produced items to advocate for the right to vote - including chocolate. Experience a chocolate molding workshop in the Single Sisters House and learn about the sweet history of women's suffrage.

$10 HBMS members, $15 future members

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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