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Pip is celebrating his 60th birthday!

Pip, Pip Hooray! It’s Pip’s 60th Birthday!

October through December 2022

On October 27, 1962, “Pip: The Mouse Before Christmas,” created by Dr. George Creegan, premiered at Hess’s Department Store on Hamilton Street in Allentown. This “unusual puppet show” inaugurated an annual holiday tradition in downtown Allentown that continues to this day. Please join the Liberty Bell Museum as we celebrate 60 years of Allentown’s Official Mouse (with a proclamation to prove it!) with photographs, mementoes and memories from Pip’s generations of fans. The exhibit opens on October 20, 2022, and “Pip: The Mouse before Christmas” begins its annual run, on Friday, November 25, 2022. Pip, Pip, Hooray!

Upcoming Events

“Pip: The Mouse Before Christmas” Puppet Show
Fun for All Ages!
November 25 through December 31
All Shows: Monday – Saturday at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 PM
Extra shows on thursdays at 4:30, 5:30, 6:30PM

The Liberty Bell Museum welcomes people of all ages, young and old, to performances of Pip: The Mouse Before Christmas. Kids bring your parents and grandparents. If you’ve missed Pip over the last year, he certainly misses you!

Little Shoppers Village

Saturday, December 3 and Saturday, December 10 from 12-4 PM

Gifts for all ages at $1 to $4 each – toys, books, fun items, vintage treasures. All items gift bagged. You can shop with your child or one of our elves would be happy to help them shop. This will be a special Christmas memory for everyone. Our museum gift shop is also open to browse.

Pip’s New Year’s Eve Party

Saturday, December 31 at 11:30 AM

Ring in the New Year with Pip the Mouse!

For everyone who can’t stay up till midnight, we ring in the New Year at Noon with party hats, noisemakers, juice and cookies and a 12:15 PM showing of Pip: The Mouse Before Christmas. Doors open at 11:30 AM.

Bring Your Friends and Family! Everyone is Welcome!

This Week in History

December 1, 1955:  Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bust seat to a white passenger in violation of segregation laws in Montgomery, Alabama. This sparked a 381-day bus boycott.

December 2, 1942: A team of physicists lead by Enrico Fermi carried out the first successful nuclear chain reaction at the University of Chicago.

December 3, 1967: The first successful human heart transplant was performed by Dr. Christiaan Barnhardt in South Africa.

December 4, 1783: Gen. George Washington said farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York before he left to resign his commission.

December 5, 1782: Martin Van Buren, the 8th U.S. President, was born in New York.  He was also Vice-President under his predecessor, Andrew Jackson, before being elected President.

December 6, 1865: 13th Amendment was ratified, abolishing slavery in the U.S.

December 7, 1941: The U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese planes killing more than 2,300 people. This attack resulted in the United States declaring war on Japan.

December 8, 1991: The USSR officially ceased to exist.

December 9, 1990: Former shipyard electrician and Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa won Poland’s first presidential election in a landslide victory.

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