Community is Invited to Two Day Celebration Where History Lives


EASTON, Pa. (Wednesday, July 31, 2013) Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society (NCHGS) is throwing a birthday party and everyone is invited.

It’s not a birthday without gifts– NCHGS is giving the community the gift of free admission to the museum both days.  “Birthday gift” donations received from visitors will support the non-profit’s history museums and programs.

On Saturday, August 10 at 10:00 am the celebration begins with a parade of historical reenactors led by Easton’s town crier, from the Sigal Museum and around the Farmer’s Market. Local dignitaries will participate in the opening ceremony which will include birthday cake for everyone.

For the kids (and adults too) 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Pa-German Fraktur mini-workshops will be held, participants can view Fraktur samples in the museums Decorative Art Gallery, and then make their own fraktur folk art to take home.

Story teller and historian John Moore will be portraying several historical characters in the museum: Edward Marshall, the infamous “Walking Purchase” walker (and ancestor of Moore); an Indian-style gardener growing the Three Sisters (corn, beans, squash); a hunter-fisherman and his weapons and tools; and a European trader with local Lenape Indians – all at first-floor exhibits between noon and 3:00pm.

Jean Sattler, veteran sheep-to-shawl spinner will be demonstrating the art of spinning at 1:00pm and at 3:00pm.

On Sunday, August 11, at 2:00 pm the 3rd annual Fashion through History show will be held. This year the theme is “Fashion Rationed – American Styles of WWI and WWII”. Citizens sacrificed in many ways during war time; this fashion show highlights how the  wars and shortage of materials influenced the clothing of the times. The show will be held in the “Liberty Called and Northampton County Answered” exhibit of WWI and WWII propaganda posters and artifacts. Presented by “Fashion Shows by Miss Lorita” and sponsored by Lehigh Valley Woman, tickets for the fashion show are $15 per person and include light refreshments and door prizes. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Sigal Museum or by calling the museum at 610.253.1222.

Throughout the weekend, Lou Reda Productions and the History Channel offer free viewing of the Constitution Minutes, a series of Public Service Announcements first broadcast during the bicentennial of the American Constitution, 1987-1991, and including such distinguished presenters as Dick Cavett, Colleen Dewhurst, Hugh Downs, E.G. Marshall, and Jason Robards.

This birthday weekend is the perfect time to experience American history made in Northampton County at the Sigal Museum.


About Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society & the Sigal Museum

The Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society (NCHGS) is a private, not for profit organization dedicated to preserving American history made in Northampton County, PA.   Since its inception in 1906, NCHGS has evolved from an elite group of local history enthusiasts to a county-wide organization noted for its significant collections and worldwide genealogical services, its history museums’ vibrant exhibits, and its engaging public educational programs and events.  The Society maintains four locations in Easton: its flagship museum and headquarters at the Sigal Museum, 342 Northampton Street, the 1833 Mixsell House Museum at 101 S. 4th Street, the early 1800s Jacob Nicholas House (owned by the City of Easton and maintained by the Society) at 5th & Ferry Streets, and Easton’s oldest building, the 1753 Bachmann Publick House, at 165-169 Northampton Street.

The Society’s extensive collections of more than 60,000 items, most of them gifted to the Society, include Samuel Moon paintings recently conserved, well-preserved furniture and tall case clocks, agricultural tools, silver, pewter, and chinaware,dolls, needlework and textiles, musical instruments, weapons and uniforms, jewelry, and Native American artifacts dating from pre-colonial times to the present.  Our mission is to preserve and protect these relics for future generations, while showcasing them now to tell the stories of the county’s often illustrious past. Portions of these unique and often rare collections are rotated within permanent displays and changing exhibits at the 33,000 square foot, climate-controlled and security-enhanced Sigal Museum.  The Sigal Museum’s summer hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10am to 4pm (Friday until 5pm), Sunday 11am to 4pm, and by reservation for groups on Mondays.

Additional collections, appropriate to each location’s historical period, are on exhibit at the Nicholas House Museum and the Bachmann Publick House; these historic places are open to the public on special occasions throughout the year and by appointment.  The Bachmann Publick House, deeded to the Society by the County in December of 2009, is the only remaining building that had been used for court hearings before 1800 in Northampton County, and stories of that time and place are told in the original court room.  Bachmann is also the host facility for the Lenape Nation of PA’s Cultural Center, and that is open Saturdays from 11am- 3pm.  NCHGS additionally owns and maintains the Kressler Gardens at 56 S. 4th Street.

The Jane S. Moyer Library & Research Facility in the Sigal building contains more than 6,000 volumes of local history and family background and is a vital source of information for hundreds of research projects undertaken by county residents, descendants of the old county families, students, and scholars.  It has been the repository for many unique, often previously unknown documents, and its content are being listed on the public library system.  Research is done on premises or performed on the researcher’s behalf via email and post; the library has increasingly become the source for photographs for publication and private research papers.

Media Contact:

Barbara Kowitz

Executive Director

Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society

610 253-1222




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