Events, Education & Exhibits

“Travelers’ Haven: The Past, Present and Future of the Americus Hotel”

October – December 2021

The Northeast corner of Sixth and Hamilton Streets has been a travelers’ haven for over two hundred years, from the tavern built there in 1810 to the grandest of the downtown hotels, the Americus, built in 1927.  The history of the Americus Hotel is the history of 20th Century Allentown.  Join us at the Liberty Bell Museum as we explore the 96-year history of this landmark hotel, detail its ups and downs, and celebrate its new renaissance.

Pip the Mouse wearing a mask.

Pip: The Mouse Before Christmas Puppet Show

November 26 – December 31, 2021

Monday through Saturday, and December 12

Shows are at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 p.m.

Special evening shows will be on Thursdays beginning December 2 at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. The cost of the show is included with museum admission: $1 for children and $2 for adults. Sunday and Thursday evening shows are free to the public!

Reservations and masks are required.

Pip Holiday Events

Pip the Mouse 2021 Season Kick-off

For All Ages!
Friday, November 26
12:30 p.m.

The Liberty Bell Museum welcomes people of all ages, young and old, to a special celebration of Pip the Mouse as we kick off our 2021 Pip the Mouse Christmas Season. Come join us for a special “kick-off” performance of Pip and his shenanigans. Oh, and of course, there will be cookies! Parents and grandparents bring your kids. Kids bring your parents and grandparents. If you’ve missed Pip over the last year, he certainly misses you!

Little Shoppers’ Village

November 26, 27, 28 and December 4, 2021
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Create a Holiday Memory for Your Children!

Don’t forget to stop at Little Shopper’s Village, another Hess’s tradition kept alive by the Liberty Bell Museum. Give your little ones the experience of doing their own Christmas shopping!

On Christmas morning they will be so proud to give their personally selected gifts to everyone around the Christmas tree… Mom, Dad, Sisters, Brothers, Grandparents, Cousins and ALL! Our elves will assist each child and gift package their unique selections. Gifts range from $1 to $4 each. Admission to the village is included with museum admission: $1 for children and $2 for adults.

This Week in History

November 22, 1963: President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while traveling in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.  Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson took the presidential oath of office aboard Air Force One several hours later.

November23, 1804: Franklin Pierce, the 14th U.S. President, was born in New Hampshire

November 24, 1784: Zachary Taylor, the 12th U.S. President, was born in Virginia.  He was President for 16 months before he died in office and was succeeded by his Vice-President, John Tyler.

November 25, 1963: The United States observed a day of mourning as slain President John F. Kennedy was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

November 26, 1789: In his first presidential proclamation, George Washington designated November 26, 1789 as a Day of National Thanksgiving. The next president to issue a Thanksgiving Proclamation was Abraham Lincoln, who in 1863, also designated November 26. (Library of Congress)

November 27, 1924: Macy’s Department Store holds its first Thanksgiving Day Parade. The route covered two miles of Broadway from Central Park West to Herald Square.

November 28, 1908: 154 men die in the Pittsburgh-Buffalo Company coal mine explosion at Marianna, Pennsylvania. At the time it was determined to be the worst mining disaster in Washington County.

November 29, 1929: American pioneer aviator, Richard E. Byrd made the first flight over the South Pole. He was promoted to Rear Admiral for this achievement.

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Colonist Supporters

Dr. Dennis and Nanci Blankowitsch

Elaine Charron

Dr. and Mrs. Walter Dex

Sandra Dorney

Jean L. Engler

Helen Holmes

Robert and Anne Kearn

Bill and Jane Marks

Joan Miller Moran

Jamie P. Mussleman

John and Anita Stevens

Rev. Robert T. Stevens

Maj. Gen. Gerald and Mrs. Erika Still U.S.A.F. (Ret.)

Frank and Susan Strouse

Doris and Ralph Todd

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