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Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society (NCHGS)

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


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, textiles, farming implements, colonial furniture, and much more. The museum opened in the 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 and historic sites operated by Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society in the county seat of Easton. In addition to its exhibits, the Sigal Museum is home to the Jane S. Moyer Library, which provides a wealth of resources for students, scholars, and genealogical researchers.

The Charles Chrin Gallery serves as a showcase for rotating special exhibits that highlight collections of Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society and its partners.

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


Rentals

Host your event at the Sigal Museum or one of our historic house properties. For more information, please call 610-253-1222.


Careers

Please check our careers page for any open positions.

NCHGS Locations

Sigal Museum

The Society's flagship facility and headquarters, with over 30,000 square feet of special exhibits, special events, lecture series, and rental space.

Mixsell Illick House

This opulent Victorian home was once the Society headquarters. Open for house tours and soon the NCHGS Textile Resource Center.

Bachmann Publick House

Easton's oldest remaining building. It has a long and rich history, and contains the last remaining Northampton County colonial-era courtroom.

Kressler Garden

A grant-funded, public garden open to anyone in the area to enjoy.

Jacob Nicholas House

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

Staff Directory

Carey Birgel

Executive Director
c.birgel@northamptonctymuseum.org

Brittany Schrum Merriam

Curator
Brittany@northamptonctymuseum.org

Andrew Glovas

Director of Operations
a.glovas@northamptonctymuseum.org

Debbie Patterson

Bookkeeper
DebPatterson@northamptonctymuseum.org

Jean Bemesderfer

Curatorial Assisstant and Visitor Services Manager
Jbemesderfer@northamptonctymuseum.org

Jean Waltemyer

Administrative Assistant
JeanW@northamptonctymuseum.org

Library & Genealogical Research

Library@northamptonctymuseum.org

Ken Wildrick

Volunteer Coordinator
volunteer.nchgs@gmail.com

Kathleen Coddington

Program Coordinator
Mixsell Illick House
khc1861@yahoo.com

Marianne Phifer

Program Coordinator
Bachmann Publick House
mphifer@rcn.com

Linda Heindel

Education Program Coordinator
lhh2@lehigh.edu

Board of Trustees

L. Anderson Daub

President

Ned Heindel

Vice President

Beall Fowler

Secretary

Thomas L. Walters

Treasurer

Cornelius "Neil" Coddington


Fred Curcio


Rev. J. Michael Dowd


Joseph R. Feilmeier


Jeffrey E. Finegan, Sr.


Antonia Grifo, Esquire


Stephen R. Jensen


Maria Kastrinakis


Al Kratzer


Colleen Lavdar


Alan B. McFall, Esquire


Julie O'Brien


Ellen Shaughnessy


Richard Stringer


Roman A. Tuma, MD, CPE, FACP


Tom Verenna