Schedule of Events
Please check back often as we will be adding programs and providing additional information.
March into History with FREE FAMILY WEEKENDS!
Every Saturday and Sunday beginning March 7, admission is free for families, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Palmer Township
7th & 8th 1pm-3pm “When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth” We’re kicking off our Free Family Weekends with a journey back in time. Ed Henning will present dinosaur history based on scientific fossil evidence, with real fossils from the dinosaur and reptile era on display. Kid can play “junior paleontologist.” At a “dig site” they can search for fossils and keep one fossil as a momento of their visit to the museum. Interested in starting a fossil collection or already have a collection started? Our gift shop is stocked with fossils and dinosaur “poop” (Coprolite) ready for your selection.
Programs for Girls Scouts at the Sigal Museum
Grades 2 & 3: “My Family Story”
Sunday, March 15, 1-4pm; Spring Program Guide, page 3
Grades 4 & 5: “A Day in the Life (of a Lenape Girl)”
Sunday, March 29, 1-4pm; Spring Program Guide, page 6
Spring into History with FREE FAMILY WEEKENDS!
Every Saturday and Sunday in April admission is free for families, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Easton
11 1pm “The Medical Treatment of Our Assassinated Presidents” presented by Herbert Kaufman. Would President Lincoln have lived with modern medical treatment? What was the recently discovered statement of the first physician to reach the President at Ford’s Theatre? Did the doctors really kill President Garfield? Why was President McKinley not taken to a hospital? How did the medical team approach the treatment of President Kennedy? Mr. Kaufman will examine the medical methods and treatment of our four assassinated presidents. We will follow the circumstances of their shooting, explore the medical practices of that era, and analyze the medical advances or lack thereof, over the decades that intervened between the assassinations. This program is free to members and it is included in museum admission, or $5 suggested donation.
17 3pm Cocktails with the Curators get a peek behind the scenes of the Eras of Elegance exhibit. Watch for details!
25th 2pm “The Trial of John Brown” presented by Attorney Malcolm Gross. John Brown’s famous raid on Harper’s Ferry has gone down in history as the final spark setting off the Civil War. However, it was not the raid so much as Brown’s trial and hanging which was that spark. This program will examine the trial and the dramatic effect the media played, perhaps for the first time in American history, on public opinion and the trial itself. Brown and his co-conspirators went from villains, traitors, and terrorists on the scale of 911 to heroes’ to important segments of American society because of the trial. This program is free to members and it is included in museum admission, or $5 suggested donation.
25th 5-7pm Arts Community of Easton (ACE) Spring Show Opening Reception
Program for Girls Scouts at the Sigal Museum
Grades 9 & 10 “Textile Artist”
Sunday, April 12, 1-4pm; Spring Program Guide, page 8
9th 1 pm “George Pickett: Patriot of Criminal?” A discussion on the depth of Confederate General George Pickett and seek to enlighten the audience on the man and the myth. Presented by Brian Blake, a Civil War Historian. This program is free to members and it is included in museum admission, or $5 suggested donation.
10th Noon – 4pm Mother’s Day at the Sigal Museum! All mom’s are admitted free!
30th 1pm “Civil War Quilting” presented by Michele McLaughlin. Soldiers entered the Civil War poorly equipped, including a lack of blankets. Quilters stepped up to provide warm covers with a touch of home. McLaughlin will discuss materials and dyes used, quilt versions (“tops), and some of the myths associated with Civil War quilting, such as the myth that quilts were used to guide slaves to the Underground Railroad. She will bring samples of the quilts made at the time. This program is free to members and it is included in museum admission, or $5 suggested donation.
13th 1pm“Archibald Johnson: Industrialist & Mayor” presented by Karen Samuels. Archibald Johnson (1865-1948) joined Bethlehem Iron Company as a fresh mechanical engineering graduate of Lehigh University. He was given responsibility for building the first gun forging plant in the country and the first armor plate department. Upon formation of Bethlehem Steel company he became assistant general superintendent and later first vice president of Bethlehem Steel Corp. from which he retired in 1927. Active as well in civic life, he became first Mayor of city of Bethlehem in 1918 and firm supporter of Moravian College. This program is free to members and it is included in museum admission, or $5 suggested donation.
21st Noon – 4pm Father’s Day at the Sigal Museum! All Dads are admitted free!
12th Easton’s HERITAGE DAY – Sigal Museum will be open 10am – 4pm watch for information on special programs, and historic house museum tours
8th & 9th SIGAL Museum 5th Birthday Celebration – watch for information on special programs
23rd 1 pm “Devastation on the Delaware” presented by Mary Shafer.
13th Noon – 4pm Grandparents Day at the Sigal Museum! All grandparents are admitted free!
19th 2pm “A Miners Tale” Robert Hughes, a dramatic actor, tells the lives of seven characters who exhibit courage and persistence in the various stages of a miner’s life in the Pennsylvania anthracite region. Admission:$5.00. This program is not included in museum admission nor is it included in member benefits.
26th 1pm “Colonel Peter Kichline: Revolutionary War Hero” Colonel Peter Kichline played a leading role in Easton’s founding era. Presented by Rebecca Price-Janney, a descendant of Col. Kichline. This program is free to members and it is included in museum admission, or $5 suggested donation.
17th 1pm “Silk Mills of Northampton County” presented by Martha Capwell Fox. Martha’s father worked in the silk mill of Catasauqua , so she heard about that industry from childhood. From 1913 to about 1930, this area was the leading producer of silk goods in the world, and the silk industry was one of the largest employers in the state. Her father owned the last silk mill in the Lehigh Valley. The silk industry covered five counties in the Delaware-Lehigh Heritage corridor. This program is free to members and it is included in museum admission, or $5 suggested donation.