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Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society (NCHGS)

For more than 100 years, members of the Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society have preserved the past, served the present, and shaped the future of Northampton County through research, producing papers and books, and growing and maintaining exceptional collections in old and new places. We tell the story of American history made in Northampton County.


The Sigal Museum

The Sigal Museum is Northampton County, Pennsylvania's leading institution of local history, and home to significant collections of pre-European settlement artifacts, decorative arts and textiles, farming implements and colonial furniture. The Museum opened in summer of 2010, offering its visitors interactive exhibits, self-guided and docent-led tours, special children's programs, and a lecture series on local and American history. It is one of four museums operated by the Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society (NCHGS) in Easton, the county seat. In addition to its exhibits, the Sigal Museum is home to the Jane S. Moyer Library, providing vast and often rare resources for students, scholars, and genealogical researchers.

The Charles Chrin Changing Gallery serves as a showcase for special exhibits, highlighting collections of the Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society and its partners.

The Museum serves as a gathering place and a cultural center, visited by youth and adults for programs in fraktur art, on Lenape Lifeways, and story-telling. Works by current regional artists have also found a home in this center for old and new history, and are highlighted on a rotating basis.

NCHGS Locations

The Sigal Museum

The Society's new flagship facility and its headquarters. Enjoy this new place where we tell the old stories of American History made in Northampton County.

342 Northampton St.

Mixsell House

This opulent Victorian home at 4th and Ferry was once the Society headquarters. Now it is open for house museum tours and soon the NCHGS Textile Resource Center.

101-107 S. Fourth St. (By appointment)

1753 Bachmann Publick House

Easton's oldest building which contains the last remaining Northampton County colonial-era court room.

169 Northampton St. (By appointment)



Kressler Garden

It's a grant-funded, public garden open to anyone in the area to enjoy.

4th and Ferry St.

Jacob Nicholas House

Named for its first resident who lived there from 1807 - 1832. Nicholas was a wood turner and later a Durham boat captain.

458 Ferry St. (By appointment)




Staff Directory

Andrew Zellers-Frederick

Executive Director
AndrewZF@northamptonctymuseum.org

Brittany Schrum Merriam

Senior Curator
Brittany@northamptonctymuseum.org

Andrew Glovas

Interim Director of Operations
a.glovas@northamptonctymuseum.org

Carey Birgel

Manager of Public Affairs and Programs
C.birgel@northamptonctymuseum.org

Deb Patterson

Bookkeeper
DebPatterson@northamptonctymuseum.org

Jean Bemesderfer

Visitor Services Coordinator
Jbemesderfer@northamptonctymuseum.org

Jean Waltemyer

Administrative Assistant
JeanW@northamptonctymuseum.org

Library & Genealogical Research

Library@northamptonctymuseum.org

Ken Wildrick

Volunteer Coordinator
volunteer.nchgs@gmail.com

Kathy Coddington

Program Coordinator
Mixsell Illick House
khc1861@yahoo.com

Marianne Phifer

Program Coordinator
1753 Bachmann Publick House
mphifer@rcn.com

Linda Heindel

Program Coordinator
Sigal Museum
lhh2@lehigh.edu


Board of Trustees


L Anderson Daub

President

Ned Heindel

Vice President

Beall Fowler

Secretary

David M. Lobach, Jr.

Treasurer

Fred Curcio


J. Michael Dowd


Antonia Grifo


Steve Jensen


Maria Kastrinakis


Al Kratzer


Colleen Lavdar


Christian F. Martin, IV


Alan B. McFall, Esq.


Julie O'Brien


Ellen Shaughnessy


Richard Stringer


Debra Werkheiser




Careers

Please check our careers page for any open positions.