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Events, Education & Exhibits

Current Exhibits

The Little Bell
that Rang for Freedom
April 1, 2019 – June 30, 2019

Legend has it that on July 4th, 1776 the now famously cracked Liberty Bell rang for freedom throughout the land. Historians have mostly debunked this orally handed down story, but historians are confident that on July 8th, when the Declaration of Independence was read in Allentown (then Northamptontown), the bell in the tower of Zion’s Reformed Church most certainly did ring for freedom!

Two hundred fifty years ago this little bell that rang for freedom was cast by a Danish craftsman named Matthias Tomerup, and it has been hailed as “Allentown’s Liberty Bell” through the years. Those 250 years had their fill of intriguing true stories and even an unconfirmed legend or two. Come see for yourself at our exhibit, “The Little Bell that Rang for Freedom” now at the Liberty Bell Museum.

Harold Siegfried
Featured Artist
“My Journey”
May 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019

Local artist, Harold Siegfried, has had a life-long passion for art starting at age five. This self-taught artist recently took his love of drawing to a new level. With the encouragement of a group of artists at The Banana Factory, he took up painting. Classes at The Baum School of Art and The Banana Factory have helped him to improve his understanding of art techniques.

“I find that painting allows me to channel my emotions into something good, and that through art you are able to find inner peace. Art has also given me back who I really am, and because of this I have found peace in my life again. My art is such an important part of my life. It has helped me in so many ways to become a better person and to experience things I could have only dreamed of.” – Harold Siegfried

Upcoming Exhibits

Freedom on the Final Frontier
July 1, 2019 – October 31, 2019

Throughout human history, man has looked to the heavens with wonder at its beauty and majesty. Over the millennia, that wonder has turned to questions all characterized by the Inquisition “What is beyond our world?” Fifty years ago, three brave men left Earth in an attempt to answer that question, and two of those men stood on the surface of the moon. “One small step for man,” indeed.

This summer The Liberty Museum will ask the question, “What does freedom mean in space?” Our exhibits will explore the steps that it took for a man to take that “giant leap for mankind,” and what that leap means for freedom on the final frontier. Where will that freedom take us and what might we find when we get there? Come and explore with us as we present our exhibit, “Freedom on the Final Frontier,” this summer at the Liberty Bell Museum.

Upcoming Events

“A Talk and A Tour”
Thursday, June 20, 2019
6:30 p.m.

Museum Director Rev. Joshua Knappenberger will deliver a short talk on the significance of Allentown’s own Liberty Bell. Museum Manager Stephanie Burke will guide you on a brief tour of the exhibit.

Annual Bell Ringing Ceremony
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Join us as we ring our replica Liberty Bell, along with all the other bells in the country, in celebration of our nation’s independence.
More information will be coming.

Year-long Museum Sponsors

Revolutionary Level Sponsor:

Karen ElChaar

Captain Level Sponsors:

Allentown Band Concert Sponsors

Patriot Level Sponsors:

Colonist Level Sponsors:

Arbor Insurance Group, Inc.

Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Blankowitsch

Elaine Charron

Grayson and Jan McNair

Nacci Printing, Inc.

Bob Stevens

MG and Mrs. Gerald Still

Frank and Susan Strouse

In loving memory of Joe Zeller, by Ann Wertman

“The Little Bell that Rang for Freedom”
Exhibit Sponsors

Bell Hall

Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Blankowitsch

Elaine Charron

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