The Liberty Bell Museum 60th Anniversary: The Diamond Jubilee
May through September 2022
Conceived in 1959 as a way to celebrate Allentown’s Revolutionary War connection with the Liberty Bell for Allentown’s bicentennial year of 1962, the Liberty Bell Shrine Museum has intertwined the histories of this city with one of the most famous bells in the world. Our next exhibit, “The Liberty Bell Museum 60th Anniversary: The Diamond Jubilee” takes you from the origin of the Liberty Bell, to 1777, when the Pennsylvania State House Bell was brought to what was then Northampton Towne, through 185 years of oral history that kept the legend alive, to the founding of the Museum and beyond. The exhibit runs from May-September, with a wine and cheese reception on Thursday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m. Join us as the Museum celebrates its history and looks to the future.
The 60th Anniversary of Pip the Mouse
October through December 2022
Check back for updates on our upcoming exhibits.
Independence Day Bell Ringing Ceremony with Pip the Mouse
July 4 at 1:00 PM
Join us for our annual Independence Day Bell Ringing Ceremony with Pip the Mouse.
- Story Time with a local VIP (Very Important Patriot)
- Kid’s Liberty Bell Craft Projects for All Ages
- Coloring and puzzle pages to take home
- Museum Tours
- At exactly 2:00 PM, we will ring Pennsylvania’s replica of the Liberty Bell in unison with bells being rung in Philadelphia and all over the country
- Pip the Mouse!
- $1.00/ages 5-17
- 4 and under – Free
Historical Marker Dedication
July 16 at 12:00 PM
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in partnership with Zion’s Reformed UCC and the Liberty Bell Museum will be dedicating a new Historical Marker commemorating THE HIDING PLACE OF THE LIBERTY BELL.
Light refreshments and tours of the Museum will follow the dedication ceremony.
Liberty Bell Museum 60th Anniversary Celebration
September 25 at 2:00 PM
Join us for a celebration of the Museum’s 60th Anniversary. More information about this event will be coming. Check back for updates.
This Week in History
June 21, 1948: Columbia Records released its first record in a new format – a 12-inch vinyl disc that played at 33 1/3 revolutions per minute.
June 22, 1944: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the GI Bill of Rights, which provided money, jobs and education for soldiers returning from WWII.
June 23, 1912: British mathematician and crypto-analyst Alan Turing was born in London, England. Dr. Turing had a crucial role in cracking the Nazis’ codes during WWII, and is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence.
June 24, 1936: Educator Mary McLeod Bethune became the Director of Negro Affairs for the National Youth Administration, making her the first African-American woman to ever head a U.S. government agency.
June 25, 1943: Maj. General Dwight D. Eisenhower took command of the U.S. Armed Forces in Europe.
June 26, 1997: J.K. Rowling publishes her first book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the U.K., known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the U.S.
June 27, 1872: Paul Lawrence Dunbar, the first nationally recognized African-American poet, was born. A prolific writer, Dunbar wrote more than a dozen books of poetry, four books of short stories, four novels, and one play.
June 28, 1970: On the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, the first organized Gay Pride Parade in the U.S. was held in New York City.
June 29, 1956: President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act, which created over 41,000 miles of interstate highways in the U.S.
Sponsors of the Liberty Bell Museum
Honorary First Defenders – Allentown Chapter
Albert P. Heydt
Dr. Dennis and Nanci Blankowitsch
Dr. and Mrs. Walter Dex
Jean L. Engler
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