Allentown Band Concert to Benefit Liberty Bell Museum
Sunday, April 28, 2013
at Zion’s “Liberty Bell” Church
620 W. Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18101
The Allentown Band, under the direction of Ronald Demkee, will provide a unique program for this concert, featuring operatic works from Wagner and Verdi, as well as from the contemporary American composer, Morton Gould.
Jane Knotek, Director of Music at historic Zion’s church, will be featured on Zion’s pipe organ for Wagner’s “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” and selections from “Phantom of the Opera.”
Tickets are $10 each. They can be purchased in the museum gift shop, at the door, or by calling the museum at 610-435-4232. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please see the sponsorship form for more information or contact the museum for more information. 2013 Allentown Band Concert Sponsorship Form
A Jubilee Anniversary for a Jubilee Bell
February 1 – July 5
Everyone knows about the Liberty Bell. Or do they? This exhibit, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Liberty Bell Shrine Museum in Allentown, answers the question, why was the bell cast in the first place? Long before it became known as the Liberty Bell, it was cast to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Charter of Privileges of William Penn. The Charter is one of the documents that formed the basis for our nation’s Bill of Rights. By special arrangement with the American Philosophical Society, an exact replica of the original document will be on display at the museum.
Visitors will learn about the purpose of bells in colonial life, why the bell was cast for the State House building, as well as the evolution of what was simply a town bell into what became a symbol of freedom recognized around the world. The exhibit also answers the question, why is there a museum dedicated to the Liberty Bell in Allentown? It tells the story of the vision of the founders of the “Shrine” and more.
New Addition to the Current Exhibit:
Architectural Drawings from Museum Design Contest
Did you know that there was a contest to help design the Liberty Bell Museum? Come take a look at the architectural drawings. Which one was chosen?
“Historic Spaces in a Changing Cityscape”
Opening August 2013
This new exhibit will feature Allentown architect, Lewis S. Jacoby. He designed many famous buildings in Allentown including Harry C. Trexler’s former home, the 1888 sanctuary of Zion’s “Liberty Bell” Church, and the Breinig and Bachman building at 6th and Hamilton. Come see how these historic buildings are being integrated into the changing cityscape as Allentown goes through a rebirth of the downtown.
If you are interested in helping with this exhibit please contact the museum at 610-435-4232 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking for sponsors as well as anyone who may have additional information on Jacoby.