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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


Saturday, September 24, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: “Museum Day Live”
The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum will join over 1,000 other participating venues across the country for the twelfth 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 24, 1:00 p.m.:  Lecture & Display: “Authenticating History”
National television show “Pawn Stars” On-Air Autograph & Rare Document Expert Stuart Lutz will give a fascinating talk on historical documents, letters and manuscripts.   He will discuss detecting fakes and forgeries, including secretarial signatures, machine autographs, and out-and-out bogus signatures.  His oral history book, The Last Leaf, will be available for sale afterwards.  FREE to members; non-members $8 adults, $3 children.


Saturday, October 1, 1:00 p.m.:  Exhibit Opening: “The American Presidency”
Just in time for the presidential election, this exhibition will feature Presidential portraits, campaign buttons, commemorative pieces, and original items related to individual presidents such as Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Harry Truman.  On the opening day there will be a very special program plus a one-day display of two authentic documents written in George Washington’s hand, on loan from the National Park Service.  Exhibit and accompanying programs are sponsored in part by grants from the County of Lehigh and the Sylvia Perkin Perpetual Trust.  FREE to members; non-members $8 adults, $3 children.


Saturday, October 8, 1:00 p.m.:  Lecture/Book Signing:  “First Dads:  Parenting and Politics from George Washington to Barack Obama” by Joshua Kendall
Award-winning author Joshua Kendall’s recent book shows Presidential character in action.  Each president’s parenting style reveals much about his beliefs.  Kendall describes which type of parent might be best suited to leading the American people and how the fathering experiences of our presidents have forever changed the course of American history.  FREE to members; non-members $8 adults, $3 children.


Saturday, October 15, 1:00 p.m.:  Lecture/Book Signing:  “All the Presidents’ Gardens:  Madison’s Cabbages to Kennedy’s Roses—How the White House Grounds Have Grown with America” by Marta McDowell
New York Times bestselling author Marta McDowell will reveal the untold history of the 18-acre White House grounds.  Discover how these gardens, which have stood as an unwitting witness to history, also serve as a powerful reflection of American trends.  FREE to members; non-members $8 adults, $3 children.


Sunday, October 16, 1:00-5:00 p.m.:  “Open Gate Farm Tour”
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. 


Saturday, October 22, 1:00 p.m.:  Lecture/Book Signing:  “Lenape Country:  Delaware Valley Society Before William Penn” by Dr. Jean Soderlund
Historian Dr. Jean Soderlund’s new book explores Lenape Indian encounters with early European settlers in the Delaware Valley.  Discover how Lenape culture played a key role in shaping Delaware Valley society and beyond in the 1600s and early 1700s.  FREE to members; non-members $8 adults, $3 children.


$aturday, October 29, 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


Sunday, October 30, 1:00 & 3:00 pm: Salem Witch Trial
Experience the horror and drama of an authentically re-created true Salem Witch Trial.  This will be an all-new reenactment.  Two performances will be held, one at 1:00 and the other at 3:00 p.m.  FREE to members, non-member adults $10, non-member children $5.  


Saturday, November 19, 1:00 p.m.:  Lecture/Book Signing:  “Guide to Gettysburg Battlefield Monuments” by Tom Huntington
On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his renowned Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg.  Commemorating this event, noted historian and prolific author Tom Huntington will speak on his book on Gettysburg Battlefield monuments.  FREE to members; non-members $8 adults, $3 children.


Saturday, December 3: 11:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.:  Old-Fashioned 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 4:00 p.m. 


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 Air Products Foundation, the Century Fund, the Charles H. Hoch Foundation, the Julius & Katheryn Hommer Foundation, the Harry C. Trexler Trust, the devoted members of the Society, and countless others who have made generous donations. 

Funding for the Lehigh County Historical Society is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

We thank you; we could not do it without member support.


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