“The Roots of Industry in Northampton County” October 2014

Did you know that the Lehigh Valley was at the forefront of the American Industrial Revolution? Unique geographic resources played an important role in many of the businesses that began here – including Crayola and the cement industry.  Visit our new “hands on” exhibit and explore how our geography impacted the growth of industry.

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“Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” May 2014

The Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society recently welcomed the film crew from “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment”” to the Bachmann Publick House and the Sigal Museum. We are proud to be a part of the portrayal of our area’s history with items from the Lenape Cultural Center at the Bachmann Publick House and the wikiwam at the Sigal Museum. This series, showing on ABC Channel6 can also be viewed on line:

A Lost World


The Alfred Thomas May 2014

Alfred Thomas Wheel

Did you know that plans were made for steam ships to travel the Delaware River?  The Alfred Thomas was one such steamboats, built by Thomas Bishop of Easton to ply between Belvidere and Port Jervis.  Many gathered along the river in Easton to witness its trial trip on March 6, 1860.   The boiler exploded near the area known as Getter’s Island.  Twelve people perished that day along with the dreams of steam powered navigation on the Delaware River.

On display now at the Sigal Museum is the wheel of the ill-fated ship, its bell and a Currier and Ives rendering of the event.



“Please Touch” Exhibit January 2014

Ryan Cicchiello, member of BSA Troop 61, Stewartsville, NJ chose the Sigal Museum as the beneficiary of his Eagle project when he identified  a need for additional child friendly touch and activity areas for the museum’s young visitors.

The result of his project – 5 “Please Touch” stations in the museum and an activity area complete with toys, clothing, coloring pages and computer games, was officially welcomed with an opening reception on Saturday, January 25, 2014.

NCHGS thanks Ryan, the members and leaders of BSBA Troop 61, and donors for this exciting addition to the Sigal Museum. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Ryan C please touch 4 Ryan C pt 2


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