Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society (NCHGS)

For more than 100 years, members of Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society have preserved the past, served the present, and shaped the future of Northampton County through research, scholarly publications, and growing and maintaining exceptional collections. We tell the story of American history made in Northampton County.

Sigal Museum

The Sigal Museum is Northampton County, Pennsylvania's leading institution of local history, and home to significant collections of pre-European settlement artifacts, decorative arts, textiles, farming implements, colonial furniture, and much more. The museum opened in the summer of 2010, offering its visitors interactive exhibits, self-guided and docent-led tours, special children's programs, and a lecture series on local and American history. It is one of four museums and historic sites operated by Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society in the county seat of Easton. In addition to its exhibits, the Sigal Museum is home to the Jane S. Moyer Library, which provides a wealth of resources for students, scholars, and genealogical researchers.

The Charles Chrin Gallery serves as a showcase for rotating special exhibits that highlight collections of Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society and its partners.

The Sigal Museum serves as a gathering place and a cultural center, visited by youth and adults for programs on history, Lenape Lifeways, storytelling, and art and film series. Works by regional artists have also found a home in this center for old and new history, and are highlighted on a rotating basis.


Host your event at the Sigal Museum or one of our historic house properties. For more information, please call 610-253-1222.


Please check our careers page for any open positions.

NCHGS Locations

Sigal Museum

The Society's flagship facility and headquarters, with over 30,000 square feet of special exhibits, special events, lecture series, and rental space.

Mixsell Illick House

This opulent Victorian home was once the Society headquarters. Open for house tours and soon the NCHGS Textile Resource Center.

Bachmann Publick House

Easton's oldest remaining building. It has a long and rich history, and contains the last remaining Northampton County colonial-era courtroom.

Kressler Garden

A grant-funded, public garden open to anyone in the area to enjoy.

Jacob Nicholas House

This property is named for its first resident who lived there from 1807 - 1832. Nicholas was a wood turner and later a Durham boat captain.

Staff Directory

Carey Birgel

Interim Director

Brittany Schrum Merriam

Senior Curator

Andrew Glovas

Interim Director of Operations

Debbie Patterson


Jean Bemesderfer

Visitor Services Manager and Curatorial

Jean Waltemyer

Administrative Assistant

Library & Genealogical Research


Ken Wildrick

Volunteer Coordinator

Kathy Coddington

Program Coordinator
Mixsell Illick House

Marianne Phifer

Program Director
Bachmann Publick House

Linda Heindel

Education Program Coordinator

Board of Trustees

L. Anderson Daub


Ned Heindel

Vice President

Beall Fowler


Thomas L. Walters


Cornelius "Neil" Coddington

Fred Curcio

Rev. J. Michael Dowd

Joseph R. Feilmeier

Jeffrey E. Finegan, Sr.

Antonia Grifo, Esquire

Joseph R. Feilmeier

Jeffrey E. Finegan, Sr.

Antonia Grifo, Esquire

Stephen R. Jensen

Maria Kastrinakis

Al Kratzer

Colleen Lavdar

Alan B. McFall, Esquire

Julie O'Brien

Ellen Shaughnessy

Richard Stringer

Roman A. Tuma, MD, CPE, FACP

Tom Verenna