Schedule of Events
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13th 1pm “Battle of the Bulge Remembered” with Morris Metz, Harold Kist and Donald Burdick.
4th 4 – 6pm Annual 12th Night member reception
14th 1pm “George Washington: His Views on Slavery” Author and historian Jeffrey Finegan, and Preston Hindmarch, illustrator, will give a talk and hold a book-signing on their books “Colonel Washington and Me” and “Tis Well – The Life & Death of George Washington.” They will have books for sale and they will be signing copies of their books. This program is free to members and it is included in museum admission, or $5 suggested donation.
7th 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.
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.
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.
12th Easton’s HERITAGE DAY – watch for information on special programs
8th & 9th SIGAL Museum 5th Birthday Celebration – watch for information on special programs
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 shilchood. 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.