The City of Allentown, Pa. – Pennsylvania’s third largest city – opened 2012 and began its 250th Anniversary Celebration at midnight Saturday evening by lowering of a ceremonial bell produced by the Da Vinci Science Center.
The 34-inch-tall silver bell was modeled after the town bell that was cast in 1769 and is shown at the Liberty Bell Museum at Zion’s Church near the corner of Sixth and Hamilton streets in Allentown. A bell was chosen as the city’s New Year’s Eve symbol to signify its heritage for storing and protecting America’s Liberty Bell during its Revolutionary War.
Fiber optic and LED lighting was added by partners from Off-Grid Technologies in Bethlehem, Pa. Da Vinci Science Center field trip students also provided the scientific “bright ideas” that decorated its surface. The bell will be displayed at the Holiday Inn Center City Allentown throughout Jan. 2012.
Dennis Zehner, 484.664.1002, Ext. 112
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