America’s 250th Anniversary in 2026 will be commemorated in the Lehigh Valley through a series of insightful and thought-provoking exhibitions, walking tours, digital offerings, and performances through a collaborative effort among regional historical, cultural, and educational institutions.
Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society
Executive Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations
Director of Collections and Engagement
Historic Bethlehem Museum and Sites
Museum and Education Director
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
Director of Galleries & Curator of Collections
Williams Center Gallery
Curator Emeritus of Musical Instruments,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Professor of English, Lafayette College
Associate Professor and Chair of Africana Studies, Lafayette College
Visiting Assistant Professor of American History, Kutztown University
Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology, Muhlenberg College
Oliver E. Williams Professor of Languages, Lafayette College
Professor of German and Comparative Humanities, Bucknell University
Professor of English, Lehigh University
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, Lafayette College
Professor Emerita of German,
Professor of History, Northampton Community College, Bethlehem PA
“I hope to see the people of America make the most of the country and learn from our past mistakes. I want us to do everything to the best of our ability and grow together as a nation.”
“Getting to do research into the small yet integral role that the Lehigh Valley played in the American Revolution and the founding of the United States, as well as getting to help share the often forgotten stories of women and people of color that lived in this area during that time.”
"My favorite part of the Lehigh Valley is that it is always great to see so many members of the community coming together to make events like this happen and to celebrate together."
"I am excited to connect Lafayette the person and the college's role in the 250th, especially as a means to connect with and give back to the city of Easton and the greater Lehigh Valley."
"I have always loved learning about industrial and labor history, the Lehigh Valley certainly being a huge component to that. Our country is built on labor, so amplifying the history of the working class is hugely important to understanding the development of the US."
"I hope in the next 250 years of our Nation that we see a diverse community of people getting along and working together in a positive way. More will be accomplished and our nation will grow stronger."
"Our nation's history is both a complex and a complicated topic, and with this anniversary coming up it is important to reflect on its many facets, especially those usually glossed over or ignored in the general narrative."
" I believe this is a great opportunity to really enrich ourselves and others with the history of America and learn from the past in order to live a better future."
"Although the amount of history created from the human experience in the last 250 years of the US is too vast to record all of it, we can work to better understand and appreciate everyone that are similar and different from us in many ways by attempting to share and learn as much as we can about the history we do know and can learn more about."
"250 years is not a lot of time. The start of The United States is not that long ago compared to many other nations. Celebrating 250 years is a great way to show all that we have accomplished so far and inspire hope to what we accomplish in the future."