“Exploring PA-German Fraktur,” An exhibit of the NCHGS collection of Pennsylvania-German fraktur, Pennsylvania German decorated manuscripts,and copy books continues now through February 14 in the Regional Artists Gallery during regular museum hours.
Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14 Courtship and Marriage in the Colonial Era and the Victorian Era. February 13, 10 am – 3 pm; February 14, 12 – 4pm.
Courtship and customs during the Colonial Era will be featured at the Bachmann Publick House, 169 Northampton St., Easton; those same customs during the Victorian Era will be treated at the Mixsell Museum, 101 Fourth St., Easton. $5 donation requested.
Saturday, February 20 “My Dear General: The Extraordinary Relationship between George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette,” 1 pm.
Using the same theme as his previous two books, local collector Jeff Finegan allows his audience to see Washington’s life through the eyes of this extraordinary individual. Lafayette was 19 years old when he arrived in the colonies, and he quickly became a revered figure in the American army, particularly with George Washington. A father-and-son relationship quickly developed. How ironic that George Washington literally began the French & Indian War, the same war in which Lafayette’s father was killed when Lafayette was but two years old. Finegan’s manuscript collection will again be featured, and the highlight of his third book will be Preston Hindmarch’s incisive art work. Finegan will hold a book-signing following his talk. Included with regular museum admission or $5 donation requested.
Friday, February 26 Reception for photographer Kristen Wieder, creator of the exhibit “Faces of Northampton County,” will give visitors the opportunity to meet the artist, 6 – 8 pm. Her exhibit opens to the public the following day, February 27 and runs till March 12.
Saturday, February 27 Seamstresses who restored the beautiful gowns on exhibit in “Here Come the Brides,” are available in the Chrin Gallery of the Sigal Museum to share informally their expertise and anecdotes about how they performed their restorative sewing. The conservation seamstresses will be demonstrating and discussing with visitors the conservation techniques and materials they use while working on historic garments in the society’s textile collection. February 27, 11 am – 1 pm. Included with regular museum admission or $5 donation requested.
Friday March 18 “Inspiration for Faces of Northampton County,” talk by artist Kristen Wieder, 7 pm. Northampton County is nestled between New York and Philadelphia, two major East coast melting pots overflowing with diversity. But these two major cities are not the only ones with diverse heritage in the region. Within Northampton County limits and the greater Lehigh Valley people from all walks of life: different socio-economic backgrounds, cultural heritage, ethnicities, and stories make up the breadth of our community. In this exhibition of portraiture, Kristen Wieder presents us with photo-journalistic stories of interesting locals who make up the greater population of our county and the Lehigh Valley. This exhibition will take place in the Regional Artists Gallery, only at the Sigal Museum.