Moravian Archives, Bethlehem

Moravian Archives, Bethlehem The Moravian Archives collects and preserves records and historical materials of Moravians in North America and makes them available to the public. It is the official repository of the records of the Moravian Church in America, Northern Province.
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Mission: We collect and preserve records and historical materials of Moravians in North America and make them available to the public.

#onthisday in 1857 the Moravian Congregation of Fry's Valley, Ohio was established. Formed by 24 charter members who pri...
06/11/2020

#onthisday in 1857 the Moravian Congregation of Fry's Valley, Ohio was established. Formed by 24 charter members who primarily consisted of former members of the Gnadenhutten congregation. A church was erected in the summer of 1857 and consecrated on November 8, 1857. For the first few years, the congregation was cared for as an affiliate of the Gnadenhutten Congregation. It was not until 1859 under Rev. Clement L. Reinke would Fry's Valley have its own pastorate. Today Fry's Valley continues to serve its members and the greater community.

Happy Anniversary Fry's Valley Moravian Church!

Make Father's Day extra special with gifts from the Moravian History Store. From the functional to the practical, there ...
06/09/2020

Make Father's Day extra special with gifts from the Moravian History Store. From the functional to the practical, there is something for every dad!

Free shipping and delivery on all orders.
Curbside Pickup available Monday- Saturday 9 am- 12 pm.
Email [email protected] to schedule your pickup

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05/31/2020
Moravian Archives History Tour, Episode 4: The "Archives Building"

In previous episodes of the π‘€π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘Žπ‘£π‘–π‘Žπ‘› π΄π‘Ÿπ‘β„Žπ‘–π‘£π‘’π‘  π»π‘–π‘ π‘‘π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘¦ π‘‡π‘œπ‘’π‘Ÿ, we learned that the Moravian Archives were formerly preserved in the Gemeinhaus (1745-1819; 1827-1860), Old Chapel (1819-1827), and Central Moravian Church (1860-1930). Check out π„π©π’π¬π¨ππž πŸ’ (video below) to learn more about the fourth home of the Moravian Archives, the "Archives Building," located on Moravian College's north campus!

How cool is this? Vistafilm and ČeskÑ Televize are co-producing a film about John Amos Comenius that features the Unitas...
05/29/2020

How cool is this? Vistafilm and ČeskΓ‘ Televize are co-producing a film about John Amos Comenius that features the Unitas Fratrum printing press in Ivančice and Kralice nad Oslavou (read the article here: https://bit.ly/3dbqg4Z). Thanks, β€ŽPavel PetrΓ‘nekβ€Ž, for sharing this article with us! Check out these photos of our set of the "Kralice Bible" (Bible kralickΓ‘), a Czech-language Bible printed in 6 volumes--using the above printing press--between 1579 and 1593.

We are Happy to announce the newest issue of the Journal of Moravian History is now available!Vol. 20 no. 1 features Art...
05/28/2020
Journal of Moravian History Vol 20.1 No 1 2020

We are Happy to announce the newest issue of the Journal of Moravian History is now available!
Vol. 20 no. 1 features

Articles from:
-. Brent Ranalli, β€œUnity of Brethren Tradition and Comenius’s Pansophy”
-. Craig D. Atwood, β€œGeneral Synod of 1957 and the Creation of the Modern Moravian Unity”

Source Materials:
-. Paul Peucker, β€œThe 1727 Statutes of Herrnhut”

Book Reviews:
-. Monica Najar, Book review of Katharine Gerbner, Christian Slavery: Conversion and Race in the Protestant Atlantic World
-. Maciej PtaszyΕ„ski, Book review of Thomas Ruhland, Pietistische Konkurrenz und Naturgeschichte: Die SΓΌdasienmission der Herrnhuter BrΓΌdergemeine und die DΓ€nisch-Englisch-Hallesche Mission
-. James A. Owen, Book review of Tom Gordon, AhΓ’k! AhΓ’k!: Moravian Music of the Labrador Inuit

Grab your copy today by visiting the Moravian History Store by following the link >>>https://www.moravianhistorystore.com/product/journal-of-moravian-history-vol-20-1-no-1-2020/

"As this day marks the 320th birthday of Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, a central figure in the birth of the rene...
05/26/2020

"As this day marks the 320th birthday of Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, a central figure in the birth of the renewed Moravian Church, it seems appropriate to look briefly at his life and several samples of his writing. Born in Dresden, Germany, on May 26th, 1700 to a noble family, Zinzendorf had a strong interest in religion from an early age..." Read more, in πƒπ’π π’π­πšπ₯ 𝐂𝐨π₯π₯𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐒𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐒𝐩𝐨𝐭π₯𝐒𝐠𝐑𝐭 #πŸ•, at
https://bit.ly/2M0A2uU.

#onthisday in 1884 the congregation of Goshen North Dakota was formally recognized.In the spring of 1878, Moravians from...
05/24/2020

#onthisday in 1884 the congregation of Goshen North Dakota was formally recognized.

In the spring of 1878, Moravians from Minnesota settled west in Maple River Township, Cass County, Dakota Territory and took steps toward the establishment of a Moravian congregation. Meeting in the home of Gottlieb Buchholz visiting pastor, Rev. Henry Reusswig of Bethany Moravian Church, Bethany Minnesota organized a group of 26 charter members and named the congregation Goshen.
In 1880 a 160 acre farm was bought by the congregation and a parsonage was built in preparation for a pastor to serve the congregation. On March 23, 1881, the congregation was officially incorporated and on September 9, 1881, Rev. Frank E. Wolff and his wife arrived to serve the members of Goshen who at the time were still meeting in the Schoolhouse. On May 23, 1884 the congregation was formally accepted as a synodical congregation of the Moravian Church and a Church edifice was constructed and dedicated a year later on August 9, 1885.

Happy Anniversary Goshen Moravian Church!

πƒπ’π π’π­πšπ₯ 𝐂𝐨π₯π₯𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐒𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐒𝐩𝐨𝐭π₯𝐒𝐠𝐑𝐭 #πŸ” /// Reading Bishop David Nitschmann’s travel diary from May 1744, we learn that the 𝐿𝑖𝑑...
05/19/2020

πƒπ’π π’π­πšπ₯ 𝐂𝐨π₯π₯𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐒𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐒𝐩𝐨𝐭π₯𝐒𝐠𝐑𝐭 #πŸ” /// Reading Bishop David Nitschmann’s travel diary from May 1744, we learn that the 𝐿𝑖𝑑𝑑𝑙𝑒 π‘†π‘‘π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘›π‘”π‘‘β„Ž, carrying Nitschmann and other Moravians, was commandeered by Spanish privateers and taken to San SebastiΓ‘n, on the coast of the Bay of Biscay. On this day [May 19] in 1744, the traveling party was now back on track, aboard a new ship sailing towards London. And then the unthinkable happened. Nitschmann writes in his diary, β€œOn the 19th, two French capers (privateer vessels) came to us and took us captive again…” This diary and other papers of Bishop David Nitschmann were digitized in May 2018. They are freely accessible online! Click on the images below or follow this link (https://bit.ly/2WJ85hi) for a few samples of the fascinating documents preserved in this collection.

05/17/2020
Moravian Archives History Tour, Episode 3: Central Moravian Church

Last week, we learned that the records of the Moravian Church were preserved in Bethlehem's Old Chapel from 1819-1827. Check out π„π©π’π¬π¨ππž πŸ‘ of the π‘€π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘Žπ‘£π‘–π‘Žπ‘› π΄π‘Ÿπ‘β„Žπ‘–π‘£π‘’π‘  π»π‘–π‘ π‘‘π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘¦ π‘‡π‘œπ‘’π‘Ÿ (below) to learn more about the third home of the Moravian Archives!

"Created in the mid 18th century, this oil painting, attributed to Johann Valentin Haidt (1700 – 1780), illustrates a ma...
05/14/2020

"Created in the mid 18th century, this oil painting, attributed to Johann Valentin Haidt (1700 – 1780), illustrates a major event in the history of the Moravian Church: their recognition as a Protestant denomination by the parliament of Great Britain in 1749." Jonathan Ennis, MAB digital archivist, tells us more about this historic painting from our collections at https://bit.ly/364QRxN.

A few photographs captured around Bethlehem, PA, #OnThisDay (13 May) in 1896. From the collection of Bethlehem pharmacis...
05/13/2020

A few photographs captured around Bethlehem, PA, #OnThisDay (13 May) in 1896. From the collection of Bethlehem pharmacist and photographer Eugene A. Rau (1848-1932).

Happy Mother's Day from the Moravian Archives! Click on the portraits below to learn about two women affectionately call...
05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day from the Moravian Archives! Click on the portraits below to learn about two women affectionately called "Mama" and "Mother" by their fellow 18th-century Moravians. Both will be featured in our upcoming exhibit: π‘π‘–π‘›π‘§π‘’π‘›π‘‘π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘“ 𝑖𝑛 π΄π‘šπ‘’π‘Ÿπ‘–π‘π‘Ž (opening date TBD).

05/09/2020
Moravian Archives History Tour, Episode 2: The Old Chapel

Last week, we learned that the records of the Moravian Church were first preserved in the Bethlehem Gemeinhaus (1745-1819). Check out π„π©π’π¬π¨ππž 𝟐 of the π‘€π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘Žπ‘£π‘–π‘Žπ‘› π΄π‘Ÿπ‘β„Žπ‘–π‘£π‘’π‘  π»π‘–π‘ π‘‘π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘¦ π‘‡π‘œπ‘’π‘Ÿ (below) to learn more about the second home of the Moravian Archives!

On this day in 1860 a Sunday School was established by Rev. Joseph Romig in the West Side of Bethlehem, Pa. This Sunday ...
05/06/2020

On this day in 1860 a Sunday School was established by Rev. Joseph Romig in the West Side of Bethlehem, Pa. This Sunday School would later grow into West Side Moravian Church.

Happy 160th anniversary West Side Sunday School and Moravian Church!

Did you know? Over 5,000 drawings and prints, like this 1976 etching of the Nain-Schober house, are digitized and access...
05/05/2020

Did you know? Over 5,000 drawings and prints, like this 1976 etching of the Nain-Schober house, are digitized and accessible in our online finding aid! Read more about this print at https://bit.ly/2WrkncE.

05/02/2020
Moravian Archives History Tour, Episode 1: The Gemeinhaus

Thanks for tuning in to our first episode of the Moravian Archives History Tour, where we take a walk through time and visit the Bethlehem Gemeinhaus, the first site of the Moravian Archives in Bethlehem. We'll be sharing one short episode per week, so keep an eye out for Episode 2!

This year celebrate Mom with gifts from the Moravian History Store!From jewelry to wine glasses to books, we have unique...
04/30/2020

This year celebrate Mom with gifts from the Moravian History Store!

From jewelry to wine glasses to books, we have unique gifts for every mom.

Free shipping and delivery on all orders.

www.moravianhistorystore.com

We're sharing some staff favorites from the Moravian Archives' Drawings and Prints Collection, which can be accessed dig...
04/28/2020

We're sharing some staff favorites from the Moravian Archives' Drawings and Prints Collection, which can be accessed digitally using our online finding aid. Click on the images below to hear from each archivist about their favorite item! What's your favorite item from the collection?

July 4, 1868...Over 150 years ago, crowds gathered in a field in Bethlehem, PA, to see a marvel of their time: a vehicle...
04/23/2020

July 4, 1868...Over 150 years ago, crowds gathered in a field in Bethlehem, PA, to see a marvel of their time: a vehicle capable of lifting humanity into the skies. As inventor Dr. A. N. Leinbach filled the vessel with gas and passengers, onlookers held their breath as the airship prepared for ascent… [read what happened next in this interesting story from our collections at https://bit.ly/2Y2UiD9].

Back in September MAB was able purchase at auction a portrait of Christian Renatus von Zinzendorf (September 19, 1727 - ...
04/21/2020

Back in September MAB was able purchase at auction a portrait of Christian Renatus von Zinzendorf (September 19, 1727 - May 28, 1752) son of Nikolaus von Zinzendorf. As you can see the painting was not in the best condition. However, MAB was able to have this portrait restored by art conservator, Steven Erisoty.

This restoration would not have been possible if not for the generous donations made to our restoration fund which enables projects just like this. Thank you!

Check out this painting and many other items from our collection in our newest exhibit β€œZinzendorf in America” which will open later this year!

Happy 297th birthday to Moravian missionary Samuel Isles, founder of the mission station at Spring Gardens in St. John's...
04/14/2020

Happy 297th birthday to Moravian missionary Samuel Isles, founder of the mission station at Spring Gardens in St. John's, Antigua! Read more about several digital collections that feature "Brother Sammy" in the link below:
https://bit.ly/2RCcTC5.

Hey, MAB Facebook Followers! While our staff currently works from home, we joined in on a fun art challenge and have re-...
04/06/2020

Hey, MAB Facebook Followers! While our staff currently works from home, we joined in on a fun art challenge and have re-created a work of art from the archives' painting collection. We're asking you to tell us #WhoWoreItBetter: Erwin J. Bruch, Bethlehem pretzel manufacturer, 1940, or Thomas McCullough, MAB assistant archivist, April 2020? Let us know what you think!

Even better: visit our paintings at https://www.moravianchurcharchives.findbuch.net/php/main.php#5043, re-create your favorite work of art, and submit your own #MuseumAtHome contribution on this post here! P.S. - you can also use an image from our drawings/prints collection or re-create a work of art available online.
#tussenkunstenquarantaine #betweenartandquarantine #moravianarchives

Free shipping on Moravian Stars:
03/25/2020

Free shipping on Moravian Stars:

As Moravians around the world are lighting their stars as a sign of hope, we are currently offering FREE SHIPPING on your star order!

We congratulate our friends at the Moravian Historical Society with their new publication!
03/23/2020

We congratulate our friends at the Moravian Historical Society with their new publication!

"Nazareth" book now available!
Our new publication features a photographic history of Nazareth from its early Moravian founders to the businesses and industries that shaped the town. Many of the images have never been published before. A portion of the profits from the sale of the book benefit the Moravian Historical Society. For a limited time only, we are offering $.99 shipping!
Order your copy today: https://www.moravianhistory.org/shop

03/13/2020

An Update from MAB

The Moravian Archives will be open to the public for research, volunteering, and for browsing the gift shop on Saturday, March 14, from 8:00am - 12:00pm. We also have a large display of used books for sale!

In response to the current situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and in order to implement appeals for social distancing, the Moravian Archives will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16 - March 31. All volunteers, interns, and researchers are asked to stay at home. We expect to resume normal business on Wednesday, April 1.

Please visit our website for additional updates if necessary.

MAB will be open THIS Saturday March 14 from 9:00 - 4:00
03/12/2020

MAB will be open THIS Saturday March 14 from 9:00 - 4:00

Were you unable to attend The Lititz Collegium Musicum lecture by Jeffrey Gemmell last Tuesday? Not a problem! A recordi...
02/24/2020
The Lititiz Collegium Musicum lecture now available Online Β« Moravian Archives

Were you unable to attend The Lititz Collegium Musicum lecture by Jeffrey Gemmell last Tuesday? Not a problem! A recording of the lecture is now available through our YouTube channel, Moravian Archives Bethlehem.

On Tuesday February 18, 2020 Dr. Jeffrey Gemmell present a lecture at the Moravian Archives on the Lititiz Collegium Musicum and its revival.

The deadline for Vernon Nelson Fund Research Grant applications is quickly approaching!All applications must be submitte...
02/14/2020

The deadline for Vernon Nelson Fund Research Grant applications is quickly approaching!
All applications must be submitted by February 29 for consideration.

click the link to submit πŸ‘‰https://bit.ly/2USDXQ2

Moravian archivist Paul Peucker and his husband Jeffrey Long are organizing the archives of the Moravian church on Curaç...
01/28/2020

Moravian archivist Paul Peucker and his husband Jeffrey Long are organizing the archives of the Moravian church on Curaçao this week. Today was a cleaning day

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01/22/2020

Moravian Historical Society

Join us on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 3PM in the Whitefield House Museum for the opening talk and reception of β€œIndividuality in a Common Place.” Dr. Scott Paul Gordon, Professor of English at Lehigh University, will talk about the origins and development of Moravian schools for girls. Guest curator Cody Grabhorn will explain how the exhibit informs viewers about Moravian education while also adding a new perspective by bringing the voices of forgotten individuals back to life through their writings and artwork.

This exhibition, on view through May 24, 2020, examines how young women expressed their individuality through three mediums--music, art, and writing. The exhibit includes objects from the MHS collection, including rare primary source documents, diaries, personal papers, visual art, and musical instruments.

We hope to see you at this fascinating talk and exhibition!

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41 W Locust St
Bethlehem, PA
18018

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

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(610) 866-3255

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A treasure of accessible information and 18th Century manuscripts. Well organized, and welcoming.
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Hello, this is the house in Obersteinbach/France the Rev. Pastor Frederic William Wantzel was born, this is the Wantzel family house since 1771, in 1882 the father and the mother with the three child (he and two sisters) emigrate, after the 2nd war we know he comes back for a visit, do you have documents about his souvenirs from Obersteinbach?
I am seeking an archivist re: Mrs. Susan R Greider. She was one of 9 children born to the Rev. J.W. Reinecke and Mary (Knode). I have correspondence between the Rev. and his wife, circa 1858, including the request of Mr. Knode, Mary's father, asking for her hand in marriage.
Happening tonight Tuesday, Sept 4th! FREE and all are welcome to attend this Hope Historical Society meeting and talk featuring Blairstown Historic Preservation Committee Chairperson Beegle. Based on research done with the Moravian Archives in 2016! 7:30 at the Hope Community Center on Walnut Street, Hope, NJ (in Warren County)
Am looking for info on great grandparents. Buried in Gerah Moravian cemetery, Portland, WI. Church abandoned about 1920, but gravestones are there. Names are John Kruse and wife Dorothy Kruse. He died 1898, she in 1904 or 1910. Any suggestions? County office has no info.
This was in the family of Mae Martin Yellis, a spinster who taught kindergarten at Central Moravian Church. She died in the '80s I believe. From a wealthy family in Allentown. It looks like the man on his porch has a kepi on, civil war. This is a cabinet photo in sepia. The darks in the photo are reflective.