Celebrating our Place in History
Historic Houses and Museums of NCHGS explore Easton’s History
EASTON, Pa. (July 8, 2015) The Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society showcases Easton’s place in American history on Heritage Day, Sunday, July 12, 2015 through their historic houses and museums.
With a collection of buildings from the colonial period through today, NCHGS gives visitors the opportunity to experience times past through tours, activities, and interactions with period representatives.
At the 1753 Bachmann Publick House docents will tell the stories of the role the tavern played in early Easton history and the heroes of the revolution that were hosted there and a colonial frontiersman will share his experiences. At 2pm, Massachusetts Representative John Adams will speak about the Declaration of Independence.
Another colonial era building, the Jacob Nicholas House is named after the first owner. Nicholas was a wood turner who later captained a Durham boat. This “bank” house includes furnishings from the 1830’s. Although tiny by today’s standards, visitors will be amazed that Nicholas raised a large family here.
If you look closely, near the roof you will see a stone that is engraved 1833, the year the Mixsell House was built. Long serving as the headquarters of NCHGS and the county’s museum, this building is welcoming visitors on Heritage Day for the first time as the Mixsell House Museum and Textile Resource Center. Civil War era docents will lead visitors on a tour of the first floor, now set with art and furniture from the collections of NCHGS.
A state of the art, world class museum is what you will find at the Sigal Museum. Exhibits beginning with the culture of “the Original People” lead visitors on a journey of exploration discovering the significant contributions made by the citizens and businesses of Northampton County. Special programs for children include a free button
buzzer kid’s craft, recruitment into the colonial militia, and a Lenape craft. The Easton Lion’s Club will be set up outside the museum offering pink lemonade in honor of the Northampton County Civil War veteran that claimed to have invented that refreshing drink. Visitors can pick up information on “Guide by Cell” walking tours of Centre Square and Millionaire’s Row narrated by historian Richard Hope.
The Sigal Museum is open from 10am to 4pm. The three house museums are open from 1pm to 4pm. A bus, sponsored by Easton Coach, will run on a loop with stops at each of the museums. On Heritage Day NCHGS is offering a special $10 admission to the Sigal Museum and the three house museums. Admission to the Sigal Museum only is $7 for adults, a $2 donation is requested to tour the house museums.
About the Sigal Museum of the Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society
The Sigal Museum, 342 Northampton Street in historic downtown Easton, is a venue of the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society, is an interactive museum offering visitors an insiders’ tour of American history made in Northampton County.
The Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society was established in 1906 and continues to serve Northampton County PA and researchers throughout the world, by preserving, showcasing, exhibiting, and interpreting its more than 60,000 collection items. The Society maintains four locations in Easton, PA – the Mixsell House Museum at 4th and Ferry Streets, the Jacob Nicholas House Museum at 5th & Ferry Streets, the 1753 Bachmann Publick House at 2nd & Northampton Streets, and the Sigal Museum at 342 Northampton Street. The Jane S. Moyer Library for Local & Genealogical Research is located at the Sigal Museum.
Barbara Kowitz, Executive Director
Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society