Mission: The organization operates a historic museum in allentown, pa where the famous liberty bell was once hidden from the british during the revolutionary war. The museum educates the general public on the awareness of this historic event by sponsoring tours of its facilities. The museum also displays artifacts and memorabilia on the history of this historical event.
Programs: Pip the mouse program - this annual program draws thousands of children, parents and grandparents to see a historic holiday puppet show, using a fully restored stage and soundtrack from the original 1962 production popularized by the hess brothers' department store in downtown allentown. While visiting for the holiday show, everyone also learns the history of the hiding of the liberty bell on site, as well as about pennsylvania dutch holiday traditions. Pip the mouse then transforms into pip 'the colonial' mouse the rest of the year, introducing children to our museum and its stories in annual events like the fourth of july bell ringing ceremony as well as special events to teach pip's pals (children under 12) about life in the colonial era.
conestoga wagon replica - the museum has a fully functional 1/2 scale conestoga wagon. Made by an amish carpenter, the wagon is incorporated into our on-site curriculum for school children and reflects a multi-faceted approach incorporating subject areas of geography, citizenship, science, technology and social studies, as well as history.
from the bell to the bus and beyond: rosa parks - this exhibit traces the civil rights movement back through time to the civil war, when abolitionists first began to call the iconic bell, the "liberty" bell. Moving forward in time, the exhibit shows how following the abolition of slavery, the development of jim crow laws necessitated the modern civil rights movement. Rosa parks' story emerges from this background and then raises questions about the issue of racial justice today. Free activity books are available for children with information about rosa parks and martin luther king, jr.