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2015

 

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

   

Ongoing
Exhibits

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”
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.

 

 

September Saturday, September 19, 1:00 p.m.: “Pennsylvania Dutch Journeys Across America”
Historian Frank Whelan will explore the experiences and contributions of Pennsylvania Dutch settlers as they sought new opportunities in Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, and beyond. FREE to members, non-member adults $8, non-member children $3.
 

Saturday, September 26, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: “Museum Day Live”: 
The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum will join over 1,400 other participating institutions across the country for the eleventh annual Museum Day Live.  The free Museum Day Live! Ticket can be obtained at Smithsonian.com/museumday and grants free admission to participating museums on this date.  Free admission applies only to Heritage Museum galleries.

 

Saturday, September 26, 1:00 p.m.: Lecture & Book Signing on Lincoln’s Boys:  John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image
Noted historian Dr. Joshua Zeitz will speak on his acclaimed book, which explores Lincoln’s presidency viewed through the eyes of his official White House secretaries, who were his closest aides and confidants.  Dr. Zeitz will sign copies of his book, which will be available in the Museum gift shop.  FREE to members, non-members $8 adults, $3 children.

October

Saturday, October 3, 12:00 NOON: Exhibit Opening with Acclaimed Historian Martin W. Sandler Lecture & Book Signing on John F. Kennedy
Explore John F. Kennedy’s campaign visit to the Lehigh Valley and discover how his legacy inspires us today.  Historian Martin W. Sandler, editor of the recently-published book The Letters of John F. Kennedy, will speak on and sign copies of his book.  Sandler has written more than seventy books, two of which have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.  This exhibit and accompanying programs are sponsored in part by grants from the Keystone Savings Foundation, the County of Lehigh, and the Sylvia Perkin Perpetual Trust. FREE to members; non-members $8 adults, $3 children.

 

Saturday, October 10, 1:00 p.m.: Lecture and Book Signing with Noted Historian Dr. William Seale
Dr. William Seale is regarded as the world’s leading authority on the history of the White House.  He has appeared frequently on national television.  Seale has conferred with numerous U.S. Presidents, First Ladies, and heads of state.  He will speak on the White House and sign copies of his books, which will be available in the Museum gift shop.  FREE to members, non-members $8 adults, $3 children. 

 

Sunday, October 18, 1:00-5:00 p.m.: “Open Gate Farm Tour” includes Haines Mill
Historic Haines Mill joins area farms on this year’s Open Gate Farm Tour.  Tours of Haines Mill offer visitors an exciting opportunity to witness a by-gone era when local mills were essential to the farming community.  Haines Mill is located at the corner of Haines Mill and Dorney Park Roads in Cetronia.  FREE.

 

Saturday, October 24, 1:00 p.m.: Lecture and Book Launch with Military Historian David P. Colley
David Colley will launch his new book Seeing the War:  The Stories Behind the Famous Photographs from World War II.  In this book, Colley explores the dramatic stories behind some of the war’s best-known photos, as well as the fates of those immortalized in these images.  Colley will share his research and sign copies of his book, which will be available in the Museum gift shop.  FREE to members, non-members $8 adults, $3 children. 


 

Wednesday, October 28, 7:00 p.m.: “Commemorating JFK’s October 28, 1960 Visit to the Lehigh Valley Fifty-five Years Ago”
Late in his 1960 Presidential Campaign, John F. Kennedy spent four days in Eastern Pennsylvania.  His Lehigh Valley visit drew more than 80,000 people.  The program will include a reading of his Allentown speech, as well as a chance to hear from local residents who heard JFK speak that day.  FREE to members; non-members $8 adults, $3 children.

 

$aturday, October 31, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: “Major Coin Expo”
Free verbal appraisals all day with coins being bought and sold by 20+ dealers including expert numismatists from across the country.  Over $1-million dollars’ worth of rare coins and currency will be on display.  Learn about coin grading and collecting.  FREE coins and collecting supplies for children.  Family fun for everyone.

 

Saturday, November 7, 1:00 p.m.: Exhibit Opening:  “Pennsylvania Dutch Impact Across America”
Explore how Pennsylvania Dutch influence travelled with them across the nation.  The event opens with a presentation by Patrick Donmoyer of Kutztown University Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center.  He will speak on the Pennsylvania Dutch influence in America, including architecture, food, art, folk medicine, and language.  The exhibit and accompanying programs are sponsored in part by grants from the Keystone Savings Foundation, the Rider Pool Foundation, and the Sylvia Perkin Perpetual Trust.  FREE to members; non-members $8 adults, $3 children.

 

Saturday, December 5: 11:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., last tour 4:15: A Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas
Travel back to the 1800s as the Steckel family prepares for Christmas!  Enjoy holiday games, carols, baking, stories, and tree decorating.  The Belsnickel (St. Nicholas in furs), will give treats.  Held at the Historic Troxell-Steckel Farm Museum, 4229 Reliance St., Egypt. FREE to members, non-member adults $8, non-member children $3. Tours last about one hour.  Last tour starts at 4:15 p.m.  Sponsored in part by a grant from the County of Lehigh. 

 

Saturday, December 5, 1:00 p.m.: It’s a Wonderful Life
After a special showing of the classic feature film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Mary Owen, daughter of the film’s star Donna Reed, will speak about the film.  FREE to members; non-members $8 adults, $3 children. 

 

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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; we couldn’t do it without you.

 

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