december 2019

08dec12:00 pm4:00 pmCelebrate Hess’s on Free Fun Sunday


Event Details

12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Sundays at the Art Museum are full of free family fun. Visit our Crayola Classroom to make your own masterpiece inspired by our collection. Then go on a Treasure Hunt through the galleries together—and stop by the Museum Store afterward to collect your prize. In Art Ways Interactive Family Gallery, explore our Curiosity Wall, express yourself on the chalk wall, and make an art project to take home.

Admission to the Museum and all exhibitions and programs is free every Sunday thanks to generous support from the Society of the Arts (SOTA), City Center Allentown, the Gadomski Foundation, the Ruth P. Seruga Trust, and the Sylvia Perkin Perpetual Charitable Trust.

Today we remember and celebrate the legacy of Hess’s department store in conjunction with our fall exhibition Designing Hollywood.

noon–4 p.m.
Dynamic Conversation: Celebrating Hess’s: The Golden Age of Retail
Hess’s was a beloved department store that brought the finest fashions, goods, and food to the heart of downtown Allentown. Headquartered right on Hamilton Street, the Hess empire exemplified the best in retail shopping experiences. From their famous Patio Restaurant, exotic flower shows, and the latest fashions shipped directly from Paris, it was a treat for anyone who walked through the doors. Hess’s was one of the first to create the buzz of celebrity influence through their regularly scheduled appearances of famous actors and actresses. Take a walk down memory lane and learn more about how Hess’s influenced retail and fashion in the twentieth century. The event will include talks, music, strawberry pie, and time for sharing your own remembrances of the famous Hess’s.

12:30 p.m.
Enjoy a free screening of the PBS39-produced documentary Hollywood on Hamilton: Remembering Hess’s.

12:30–3:30 p.m.
ArtVentures for families

1:30 p.m.
Bring in your own Hess’s memories and memorabilia and share with others over a cup tea and slice of that famous strawberry pie.

1:30 p.m.
Harken back to simpler times with festive music in the Kress Gallery featuring krumhorns played by Moravian College students.

2 p.m.
Join a docent-guided tour through Designing Hollywood.

2:30 p.m.
Well-known historian Frank Wahlen tells the story of Hess’s in the Lehigh Valley.

Frank Whelan is the author of WFMZ.com’s weekly History’s Headlines feature. He was a feature writer with the Morning Call newspaper in Allentown from 1981 to 2006, where he wrote more than two thousand articles, many on local history. He was the historian in residence, and director of community outreach and special projects at the Lehigh County Historical Society from 2006 to 2009. Whelan has written five books on Lehigh Valley history, including  Harry C. Trexler: His Life and Legacy. He is the co-author with Kurt D. Zwikl of Hess’s Department Store. The book, currently in its fourth printing, is a part of Arcadia Press’s Images of America series.

3 p.m.
The Museum’s assistant curator Claire McRee presents an overview of Hess’s garments in our collection.


(Sunday) 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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