Moravian Archives, Bethlehem

Moravian Archives, Bethlehem The Moravian Archives collects, preserves and makes available the historical records of the Moravian Church in America, Northern Province.

The Moravian Archives collects and preserves the records of the Moravians in North America and makes them available to the public.

Mission: We collect and preserve records and historical materials of Moravians in North America and make them available to the public.

Moravian Historical Society
06/07/2019

Moravian Historical Society

🏵 HAPPENING TOMORROW 🏵
Join us Saturday, June 8, 2019, 9am - 3pm!

This will be one of our biggest festivals yet! Its going to be a gorgeous day while you enjoy shopping over 100 crafters on our beautiful site in historic Nazareth. Tour the 1740/1743 Whitefield House and join us on a Historic Neighborhood Walking Tour at 3pm! Make sure to grab some delicious food at one of our amazing food vendors!

Enjoy performances by guitar duo Rameen Shayegan and Joel Zingone, the Nazareth Community Chorus, the Easton Municipal Band, Action Karate and Sing for America!

The Moravian Historical Society | 214 E. Center St. Nazareth, PA 18064

**Due to the large volume of people planning to attend we ask that you leave your pets at home. Thank you**

Happy Friday from this year’s annual German Script Course participants! We look forward to working on more transcripti...
06/07/2019

Happy Friday from this year’s annual German Script Course participants! We look forward to working on more transcription with this enthusiastic group next week!

Video recording of Katharine Gerbner's most recent lecture, Christian Slavery: Religion, Race, and Freedom in the Moravi...
06/05/2019
Katharine Gerbner Lecture video now available « Moravian Archives

Video recording of Katharine Gerbner's most recent lecture, Christian Slavery: Religion, Race, and Freedom in the Moravian Missions to the Caribbean is now available!

On Tuesday, May 21, 2019 the Moravian Archives, Bethlehem hosted Katharine Gerbner, Phd for a lecture titled, Christian Slavery: Religion, Race, and Freedom in the Moravian Missions to the Caribbean.

5,212 drawings and prints now accessible online « Moravian Archives
05/23/2019
5,212 drawings and prints now accessible online « Moravian Archives

5,212 drawings and prints now accessible online « Moravian Archives

The collection of Drawing and Prints has now been digitized. Hundreds of geographical maps, architectural drawings, artistic views, floor plans, elevations, cemetery maps, engineering plans, land surveys, nautical charts, artist’s sketchbooks, portraits, and students sketches are included in this ...

We can't wait for Dr. Katharine Gerbner's lecture this evening. We look forward to seeing everyone tonight at 7:00 PM!
05/21/2019

We can't wait for Dr. Katharine Gerbner's lecture this evening. We look forward to seeing everyone tonight at 7:00 PM!

Assistant Archivist, Tom is completing his week abroad in Oldenburg, Germany. Sharing from the Prize Papers Project Twit...
05/17/2019

Assistant Archivist, Tom is completing his week abroad in Oldenburg, Germany. Sharing from the Prize Papers Project Twitter www.twitter.com/Prize_Papers

MAB is open this Saturday, May 18 from 9-4 schedule your research appointment today or stop by and tour our exhibit,Sing...
05/13/2019

MAB is open this Saturday, May 18 from 9-4 schedule your research appointment today or stop by and tour our exhibit,Sing o Ye Heavens before it closes!

The Moravian History Store is all set up for the Moravian Women's Rally at Schoeneck Moravian Church. Kelly cant wait to...
04/26/2019

The Moravian History Store is all set up for the Moravian Women's Rally at Schoeneck Moravian Church. Kelly cant wait to see everyone tomorrow at 9:00 am!

During this Easter week, the Moravian Archives acquired this woodcut from 1862, showing an Easter Morning sunrise servic...
04/26/2019

During this Easter week, the Moravian Archives acquired this woodcut from 1862, showing an Easter Morning sunrise service in the Moravian community of Neudietendorf, Germany

Moravian Historical Society
04/26/2019

Moravian Historical Society

Please join us, TOMORROW, April 27, from 1-4pm for a FREE fun-filled day!

Passport to History Day is a **FREE** event held at participating museums around the Lehigh Valley, where you'll be able hear talks, enjoy family-friendly activities, go on walking tours, and learn about local history!

Please RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/passport-to-history-day-tickets-60311377955

The Moravian Historical Society's event will begin
with the opening of our newest exhibition: Fiber & Fellowship: The Homespun History of Moravian Textiles

1:00 p.m., join us for a talk: Early American Threads
Visitors are invited to learn about what early American settlers needed to make their own clothing. Karen Huetter, former director of educational services at Historic Bethlehem Partnership and Lyn Curtis, former curator of public programming at Historic Bethlehem Partnership will give an interactive presentation about getting dressed in early America.

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Opening reception for the exhibition and family-friendly activities including:

>>Spinning Demonstrations
>>Learn how to spin with a drop spindle
>>Selfie Salon! Dress up as a colonial kid and take a selfie!
>>Weaving activity

Entrance to the museum, the "Early American Threads" talk, and family-friendly activities are all FREE!

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We cant thank Teena's Treats, LLC enough for once again providing the archives with their DELICIOUS treats to help MAB c...
04/23/2019

We cant thank Teena's Treats, LLC enough for once again providing the archives with their DELICIOUS treats to help MAB commemorate Paul's 15th anniversary.

Moravian Archives Celebration...Thank you Kelly Givens for your continued patronage!

Happy Easter from the Moravian Archives in Bethlehem!(Easter Sunrise Service in Bethlehem, 1905 - photo by W. M. Flickin...
04/21/2019

Happy Easter from the Moravian Archives in Bethlehem!
(Easter Sunrise Service in Bethlehem, 1905 - photo by W. M. Flickinger)

Clean-up day at the Moravian Archives. Anyone interested in a full bucket of chlorinator tablets for a pool? Just swing ...
04/18/2019

Clean-up day at the Moravian Archives. Anyone interested in a full bucket of chlorinator tablets for a pool? Just swing by to pick them up. (No, we have no idea why we have these at the Archives)

PICTURES: German Consul General David Gill visits Bethlehem
04/11/2019
PICTURES: German Consul General David Gill visits Bethlehem

PICTURES: German Consul General David Gill visits Bethlehem

German Consul General David Gill visits Bethlehem. Gill was motivated to plan a visit to the city by its German roots and its preparations of a joint German-American application for Moravian UNESCO World Heritage recognition.

This evening, the Moravian Archives hosted a reception for Consul General of the German Consulate General New York, Davi...
04/10/2019

This evening, the Moravian Archives hosted a reception for Consul General of the German Consulate General New York, David Gill. David spent the day in Bethlehem meeting with various community members and representatives, including MAB staff, learning about how we preserve Moravian history and strengthen German-American relations.

This morning this 1888 map of a proposed development east of 10th Avenue in West Bethlehem was donated to the Moravian A...
04/10/2019

This morning this 1888 map of a proposed development east of 10th Avenue in West Bethlehem was donated to the Moravian Archives. The donor is a descendant of one of the developers. The proposal was to lay out the area in small lots - something that obviously did not happen. (Allentown Road is Prospect Avenue; South Street is Franklin Alley)

Interested in learning about German Script? There are a few spots left in our 2019 class held June 3 - June 14. Reserve ...
04/09/2019

Interested in learning about German Script? There are a few spots left in our 2019 class held June 3 - June 14. Reserve your spot today>>>>https://bit.ly/2UH1qUy

How does the Moravian Archives, Bethlehem make its collections accessible to the public? We "process" records after they...
03/23/2019
Society of American Archivists

How does the Moravian Archives, Bethlehem make its collections accessible to the public? We "process" records after they have been deposited here at the Archives. See which records have been processed by searching the online finding aid at https://www.moravianchurcharchives.findbuch.net/php/main.php?ar_id=3687.

#SAAwords: processing

(n.) 1. preparing archival materials for use
2. the steps taken to make the latent image on exposed photographic film visible
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Can't make it in to conduct research during our normal hours? MAB will be open Saturday, March 30 from 9am-4pm Schedule ...
03/20/2019

Can't make it in to conduct research during our normal hours? MAB will be open Saturday, March 30 from 9am-4pm Schedule your visit now >>>https://bit.ly/2uk7kfj

MAB staff is happy to welcome Donald Reynolds, our new Circulation Assistant!Donald is a junior at Moravian College majo...
03/15/2019

MAB staff is happy to welcome Donald Reynolds, our new Circulation Assistant!
Donald is a junior at Moravian College majoring in Historical Studies and is an aspiring high school history teacher.
Donald will be responsible for tracking materials that are checked in and out of the vault by researchers and staff members and ensuring that things return to their proper locations.

On March 6, Moravian archivist Paul Peucker will speak about The Role of Traditions in the Moravian Church. 7:00 pm in t...
03/05/2019

On March 6, Moravian archivist Paul Peucker will speak about The Role of Traditions in the Moravian Church. 7:00 pm in the Saal of the Gemeinhaus (Moravian Museum).

Join the Central Moravian Church for their series of "Mission and Tradition," select Wednesdays at 6 PM! 😄

We will look at Moravian congregations around the world and the ways in which their identities have been shaped by their mission stories and their special traditions. We will hear from speakers who know these areas well and can share insights into the history, customs, and traditions of Moravians there. The series has been put together by Central's History Committee. 📖

For more information, click here: https://bit.ly/2NAxjbc

02/20/2019

Due to the weather MAB is closing early today at 1:00 pm ❄️❄️❄️❄️

02/18/2019

Although we may be closed today in observance of Presidents' Day, we're still sharing a unique piece of our collection.

📷: (PP EJ 624) A letter dated March 28, 1778 from then General George Washington to John Ettwein discussing a planned hospital for wounded soldiers in Lititz.

Want to look up what other unique Presidential materials we may have at MAB? check out our online finding aid and keyword search any of our past presidents 👉https://bit.ly/2TTG56E

02/12/2019

MAB will be closed today, Tuesday February 12 due to the inclement weather.
We hope everyone enjoys the snow day ❄️❄️❄️

‼️Vernon Nelson Research Grant Application Deadline in only 1 month away‼️The Vernon Nelson Fund provides grants...
01/29/2019

‼️Vernon Nelson Research Grant Application Deadline in only 1 month away‼️

The Vernon Nelson Fund provides grants to researchers as a contribution toward their expenses relating to their research at the Moravian Archives.

For more information and to submit your application click here 👉https://bit.ly/2FJDB7i

We just hit another milestone at the Moravian Archives! Working on a church register from First Moravian Church, York, P...
01/25/2019

We just hit another milestone at the Moravian Archives!

Working on a church register from First Moravian Church, York, Pennsylvania, volunteer Louise Arnold indexed baptism number 20,000 in the database with this baptism (second on page) of Mary Glatfelter, daughter of Daniel and Sarah (née Emig) Glatfelter, born 20 February 1842 and baptized 24 April 1842.

Search for more baptisms, marriages, confirmations, and funerals using the Moravian Roots database at https://bit.ly/2G0bnET

Did You Know?MAB offers research grants to help off set the cost of travel and other expenses related to research at MAB...
12/10/2018

Did You Know?
MAB offers research grants to help off set the cost of travel and other expenses related to research at MAB through the Vernon H. Nelson Memorial Fund.

Learn More by following this link👉 https://bit.ly/2C1yzQM and click "Research Grants"
⚠️Deadline for Applications = February 28, 2019⚠️

Tis the season: stars are being sold in various locations.Order your original Herrnhuter Moravian Star from www.original...
12/06/2018

Tis the season: stars are being sold in various locations.
Order your original Herrnhuter Moravian Star from www.originalmoravianstars.com. Profits support the Moravian Archives and the Moravian Historical Society

Celebrate the season with us at the  11th German-English Advent Singstunde Tuesday, December 4, 2018Central Moravian Chu...
12/02/2018

Celebrate the season with us at the
11th German-English Advent Singstunde
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Central Moravian Church Old Chapel
7:00 pm- 8:00 pm

Hymns include:
🎶 Es ist ein Ros entsprungen / Lo, How a Rose is Growing
🎶 Wie soll ich dich empfangen / How Shall I Meet You, Jesus
🎶 O komm, o komm, Du Morgenstern / O Come, O Come, Immanuel
🎶 O Bethlehem, du kleine Stadt / O Little Town of Bethlehem
and many more!

The Singstunde is hosted by the Moravian Archives, Central Moravian Church and the Moravian Music Foundation.

Our open house today: workshops, research, exhibit, binder sale ($1.00/each!), see the Zinzendorf portrait. We are open ...
12/01/2018

Our open house today: workshops, research, exhibit, binder sale ($1.00/each!), see the Zinzendorf portrait. We are open from 9 am until 4 pm. DON'T MISS IT!
(buy your original Moravian star today and have it assembled for free)

Come check out the Moravian History Store TOMORROW Saturday, Dec 1st from 9-4 at our Winter Open House!The Moravian Hist...
11/30/2018

Come check out the Moravian History Store TOMORROW Saturday, Dec 1st from 9-4 at our Winter Open House!

The Moravian History Store is stocked with lots of new items that make the perfect holiday gift!🎁🛍

including some special offers
⭐️$10 off any Paper Herrnhuter star⭐️
⭐️Free assembly of any in-store star purchase⭐️

Big Z's incredible journey
11/30/2018
Big Z's incredible journey

Big Z's incredible journey

The descendants of Nicholas Zinzendorf, the Moravian missionary who gave Bethlehem its name, have donated an original oil painting of him to the Moravian Archives. We use it as a news peg to talk about Zinzendorf's importance to the community and catch up with his descendants.

Join us Saturday, December 1 for a FREE Workshop from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Learn how to make a colorful little book that ...
11/29/2018

Join us Saturday, December 1 for a FREE Workshop from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.

Learn how to make a colorful little book that explodes into a beautiful star ornament. Easy for anyone to make and makes the perfect special handmade holiday gift.

After, join Moravian Music Foundation Assistant Director, Gwyneth Michel for guided tour of our current exhibit 🎼🎻🎹 'Sing, O Ye Heavens: Moravian Music and Instrument Making" (12:00 pm- 2:00 pm) and singing of Moravian Advent and Christmas hymns 🎶🎵(2:00 pm- 3:00 pm)

Looking for a particular book? We may have it!Stop by our Winter Open House Saturday, December 1 from 9:00- 4:00 and bro...
11/27/2018

Looking for a particular book? We may have it!
Stop by our Winter Open House Saturday, December 1 from 9:00- 4:00 and browse our selection of used Moravian & Bethlehem books

Used black binders of all sizes will also be for Sale only $1

11/26/2018

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Ever wonder what cool things are kept behind our vault doors?

Visit us Saturday, December 1 from 9:00 am-4:00 pm during our Winter Open House to take a vault tour with one of our Archivist and see some of the unique treasures that are kept here at MAB. Like, this #manuscriptmonday vault find from assistant archivist, Tom!

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#OnThisDay (26 November) in 1786, Moravian missionary David Zeisberger wrote to his colleague, John Heckewelder, a short postscript, wherein he describes the tasty treats he is sending along to Heckewelder, here in Bethlehem, from the banks of the Cuyahoga River and Tinkers Creek in Ohio.
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Zeisberger writes 📝, “My wife [Susanna, née Lecron] sends along a couple small sugar cakes to you, one for your Polly and Anna Salome, the other for Christian David Sensemann.” In the German, one reads: „P.S. Meine Frau schickt ein paar kl. Zucker Kuchen mit an dich einen für deine Polly u. A. Salome, den andern für Christ. D. Sensemann.“

Barbara Borne and Susanne Wood are direct descendants of Nikolaus Ludwig and Erdmuthe Dorothea von Zinzendorf Zinzendorf...
11/16/2018

Barbara Borne and Susanne Wood are direct descendants of Nikolaus Ludwig and Erdmuthe Dorothea von Zinzendorf Zinzendorf (and Benigna of course). Today they donated this original 18th-century portrait of their ancestor to the Moravian Archives.
It will be up on display during our upcoming open house: December 1, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

First Snowfall of the season
11/15/2018

First Snowfall of the season

#onthisday 100 years ago World War I had ended. MAB staff took to the stacks to see how armistice day was recorded in th...
11/11/2018

#onthisday 100 years ago World War I had ended. MAB staff took to the stacks to see how armistice day was recorded in the memories of Moravian Congregations in Elizabeth, NJ, Brooklyn, NY, Lancaster, PA and Bethlehem, PA.

Join us Saturday, December 1st 9:00 am-4:00 pm for an Open House!We have lots going on!9:00 am – 4:00 pm-  reading roo...
11/10/2018

Join us Saturday, December 1st 9:00 am-4:00 pm for an Open House!
We have lots going on!
9:00 am – 4:00 pm- reading room open for researchers
10:00 am – 1:00 pm- free Star ornament making workshop led by Dee Collins (see image)
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm- guided tours of the exhibit “Sing, O Ye Heavens: Moravian Music and Instrument Making” with Gwyneth Michel (Moravian Music Foundation)
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm- sing Moravian Advent and Christmas hymns with Gwyneth Michel (Moravian Music Foundation)

All day:
Reading room is open for research
Sale of used three-ring binders for $1.00/each
Vault tours
Gift shop open
Purchase an original Herrnhuter Moravian star and we will assemble it for you
Demonstrations of our book and manuscript scanner
Recently donated portrait of Count Zinzendorf will be on display

November 6, 2018 sunset over the Archives
11/07/2018

November 6, 2018 sunset over the Archives

Our reading room is set up for A Night at the Archives for the choirs of Central Church and College Hill Moravian Church
11/01/2018

Our reading room is set up for A Night at the Archives for the choirs of Central Church and College Hill Moravian Church

Today is the funeral service for Dr. Ralph G. Schwarz, architect and historian. Ralph Schwarz served on the Board of the...
10/26/2018

Today is the funeral service for Dr. Ralph G. Schwarz, architect and historian. Ralph Schwarz served on the Board of the Moravian Archives for many years. The picture shows him working on his book on the early history of Bethlehem.

Moravian Archives board member and Bucknell professor Katie Faull received the David Schattschneider Award tonight from ...
10/13/2018

Moravian Archives board member and Bucknell professor Katie Faull received the David Schattschneider Award tonight from the Center of Moravian Studies. Congratulations, Katie!

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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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