Lehigh Valley Passport to History to host ‘Teacher’s Night Out’

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LEHIGH VALLEY (April 27, 2022) – Lehigh Valley Passport to History is hosting a special event for teachers on Wednesday, May 18 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the National Canal Museum in Easton.

“Teacher’s Night Out” is a relaxing and fun way for teachers to earn 3 Act 48 hours while learning about local history. Guest are invited to enjoy finger foods and beverages while taking part in a tabling event and presentations from local historical organizations.

The event begins with 40 minute canal boat ride where attendees will learn about the local history of Easton’s past canal industry. Guest will then transition to mingling and tabling time and then take part in a pre-selected 1-hour presentation.

Guests can choose from the following presentations:

National Museum of Industrial History

Learn about the American Silk Story and the impact of the silk industry in the United States. During our presentation we will have an in-depth discussion about the Silk Industry in the Lehigh Valley. We will then share our digital resources and walk through a hands-on activity that you can turn around and do in your classroom. This digital resource is one of the several offerings we have at the National Museum of Industrial History to bring history alive in the classroom.

Historic Bethlehem

How did the Moravians in Bethlehem establish one of our nation’s earliest industrial parks? What science principles allowed Bethlehem to build the first municipal pumped water system in America? Discover the answers to these questions and more with content from Historic Bethlehem’s STEM-aligned school program, America’s First Industries, developed in partnership with the Da Vinci Science Center. This presentation will focus on the science and engineering behind Bethlehem’s 1762 Waterworks and explore how water impacted many of the city’s early industries and trades.

Liberty Bell Museum

You have heard of the Liberty Bell. But, did you know the Liberty Bell was a hairsbreadth from destruction at the hands of the British during the Revolutionary War? Did you know that the Liberty Bell was saved right here in Allentown?


From 1777-1778, the bell we know today as the Liberty Bell was housed under the floorboards of Zion’s Reformed Church on Hamilton Street and kept safe from the British. Without Zion’s Reformed Church, there would be no Liberty Bell today. The Liberty Bell Museum tells the fascinating story of the Liberty Bell in Allentown. It is an inspiring story of bravery and patriotism and is a great source of pride for all who live in the community.

The Liberty Bell Museum educational program uses its unique story to teach STEM principles through teaching about simple machines. Students build simple machines with LEGO blocks and, at our presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to build an incline plain, a lever, or a pulley with our custom LEGO sets. These simple machines were indispensable to moving a bell that weighs 2080 pounds. Attendees of the Liberty Bell Museum’s presentation will also be receiving a copy of our “Hiding the Liberty Bell” activity book which is also a part of our program.


There are 60 seats available and the cost is just $10.


To sign up, please visit canals.org/product/teachers-night-out


Information provided to TVL by:
Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society
342 Northampton St., Easton, PA 18042