"Stories of WWI"


Revolutionary War Exhibit



Energy Exhibit


WWII On-Line Exhibit

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Unless otherwise noted, events are held at the
Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum
432 W. Walnut Street
Allentown, PA 18102



Exhibit: “Energy Past & Present: Creating, Consuming & Conserving” 
Through simple, fun, hands-on activities, visitors learn about the role of energy in their lives and discover how easy it is to reduce energy use at home.  Sponsored in part by PPL.   FREE to members; non-members $8 adults, $3 children, under 5 FREE


Exhibit: “The American Revolution” On display through June 14.
This exhibit explores how the American Revolution was fought on the battlefield and in the hearts of people in the Lehigh Valley and across the land.  Sponsored in part by grants from the Charles H. Hoch Foundation, County of Lehigh, Holt Family Foundation, Julius & Katheryn Hommer Foundation, Keystone Nazareth Charitable Foundation, Rider-Pool Foundation, and Sylvia Perkin Perpetual Charitable Trust. FREE to members; non-members $8 adults, $3 children. 


Exhibit:  “Stories of World War I”
Discover how America became involved in WWI and how the Lehigh Valley contributed to the Allied victory.  This was one of the deadliest wars in modern history, with implications so profound they reverberate around the world to this day.  This exhibit and accompanying programs are sponsored in part by a grant from the Charles H. Hoch Foundation.  FREE to members; non-members $8 adults, $3 children.




Saturday, March 7, 9 a.m. – 12 NOON: All-New Genealogy Workshop
Beginners and experts alike will discover fascinating sessions to help them in the search for their families’ roots at this all-new workshop.  Members $15.00; non-members $30; preregistration and prepayment are required.  Please contact Alyce Templeton at 610-435-1074, Ext. 14 for registration.


Saturday, March 7, 1 p.m. New Jersey Zinc Company: A Dynamic Force in Pennsylvania’s Early 20th Century
Peter Kern, a former senior vice president for New Jersey Zinc Co., discusses the importance of zinc and its impact on Pennsylvania in the early 20th century.  FREE to members; non-members $8 adults, $3 children.


Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.,  Program 12 NOON: EAGLEFEST 2015
Experience a close encounter with six live raptors including a Peregrine Falcon, a Snowy Owl, a Golden Eagle, and a Bald Eagle, symbol of American pride at 12 NOON.  The presentation explores these fascinating and powerful creatures. Family fun all day includes story-telling, crafts, an egg hunt, a full-sized model eagle's nest, and much more.   This is a family fun event! FREE to members; non-members $8 adults, $3 children.


  Tuesday, March 17, 4 p.m.: Celebrating Black History
Join us to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by hosting the Allentown School District’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest judged by the NAACP of Allentown.  Students will read their winning entries.  Supported by Veronica “Ronnie” Gray (1942-2007) Literacy Project of the Lehigh County Historical Society. 

Saturday, March 21, 1 p.m.: The Declaration of Independence presented by Attorney Malcolm Gross
Explore the Declaration of Independence through the eyes of a noted local trial attorney and historian.  FREE to members; non-members $8 adults, $3 children.


Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.:  HISTORY EXPO 2015
Pennsylvania’s premiere history event will feature a musical history of America with musician Dave Fry, tours of Trout Hall, displays by historical organizations, and much more. Old-fashioned story-telling, toys, games, and crafts offer fun for the whole family. 


Saturday, April 11, 1 p.m.:  Exhibit Opening: “The End of the Civil War & the Death of Abraham Lincoln”
Just in time for the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, this exhibit opens with a very special slideshow depicting events and people surrounding America’s greatest national trauma and outpouring of grief.  Using authentic artifacts and photographs as well as historical artworks, the exhibition explores how the end of the Civil War represented a turning point in the struggle for civil rights.  FREE to members; non-members $8 adults, $3 children.



Saturday, April 18, 1 p.m.: “Native Americans and the Civil War”
Carla and Allan Messinger will explore the fascinating and often overlooked role of Native Americans in the American Civil War.  FREE to members; non-members $8 adults, $3 children.


Saturday, April 25, 1 p.m.:  Presentation & Book Signing: “South Pacific Cauldron:  WWII’s Great Forgotten Battlegrounds”
Historian Alan Rems brings to life major figures such as General Douglas MacArthur, as he relates often-forgotten battles of the South Pacific.  His new book is the first complete history embracing all land, sea, and air operations in this crucially important sector of the oceanic conflict.  FREE to members; non-members $8 adults, $3 children.



Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m.: Celebrating V-E Day
V-E Day, May 8, 1945, marked the victory of U.S. and Allied troops in Europe in WWII.  Listen to excerpts from Winston Churchill’s VE Day speech and view actual newsreel footage from VE Day.  Hear memories of veterans and others from that historic day.  Co-sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge.  FREE to members and all WWII veterans; other non-members $8 adults, $3 children.


Saturday, May 9th, 1 p.m.:  Mother’s Day Tea
Relax with a cup of freshly-brewed tea or coffee and a special treat while you hear about path-breaking women in history. This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with someone special. FREE to members, non-member adults $9, non-member children $4.  Pre-registration and prepayment are required. Please call Alyce Templeton at 610-435-1074, Ext. 14. “Call Today!” 


Sponsored in Part by:

Sponsor: The Morning Call






Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission


Season Sponsors:Sponsor: Schmoyer Family of Funeral Homes





Season Sponsor: Gross McGinley LLP






  Exhibits, events, and other operations of the Lehigh County Historical Society are supported in part by grants from the  Century Fund, the Charles H. Hoch Foundation, the Harry C. Trexler Trust, the Julius & Katheryn Hommer Foundation, the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, devoted members of the Society and countless others who have made generous donations.  We thank you all; we couldn’t do it without you.


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