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.

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 « 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 👉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

Moravian Historical Society
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 “Individuality 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!

MAB is pleased to announce that we have received grant funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CL...
01/16/2020
Moravian Archives Receives Digitization Grant for Labrador Records « Moravian Archives

MAB is pleased to announce that we have received grant funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to digitize records from the Moravian Church in Labrador.

“Uncommon Bonds: Labrador Inuit and Moravian Missionaries” Project partners include Memorial University of Newfoundland, the Nunatsiavut Government, and the Moravian Church in Newfoundland and Labrador (MCNL), with project support provided by the National Heritage Digitization Strategy of Canada.

On January 9, 2020, the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) announced grants for eighteen digitization projects throughout the United States and Canada. The Moravian Archives is extremely pleased to announce that one of the approved projects is “Uncommon Bonds: Labrador Inuit and M...

We cant wait to see everyone TOMORROW for our Winter Open House! 👉 Vault tours offered all day👉 Browse our Exhibit Sing ...
12/06/2019

We cant wait to see everyone TOMORROW for our Winter Open House!
👉 Vault tours offered all day
👉 Browse our Exhibit Sing O Ye Heavens; Moravian Music and Instrument Making before it closes at the end of the year!
👉 A workshop by Dee Collins in creating a Christmas star book 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
👉 Special discounts being offered at the Moravian History Store
👉 Used book sale

12/02/2019

Update: Moravian Archives is Closed today, December 2

12/02/2019

Due to the weather the Moravian Archives will be opening at 10:00 am this morning

11/26/2019
11/20/2019

A fun find from our assistant archivist Tom

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While processing an archival collection this morning, I didn’t get to glimpse an eclipse, meteor shower, or shooting star, but I did come across an interesting meterological observation recorded 📜🖋in the diary of a Moravian pastor in Graceham, Frederick County, Maryland. On 1 April 1791, one reads: “Friday, April 1, in the morning during bright sunshine, a big, bright ball of fire ☄️ traveled from the southeast to the north.” In the original, one reads: „♀[Freitag], den 1ten Aprill Morgens bey hellem Sonnenschein fuhr ein großer heller Feuerball von S[üd]O[st] nach Nord.“
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❗️ Ref. No.: MC Graceham 7, Moravian Archives, Bethlehem.
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Join us Saturday, December 7 for our Open House 9:00 am - 4:00 pm👉 Vault tours will be offered👉 Browse our Exhibit Sing ...
11/19/2019

Join us Saturday, December 7 for our Open House 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

👉 Vault tours will be offered
👉 Browse our Exhibit Sing O Ye Heavens; Moravian Music and Instrument Making before it closes at the end of the year!
👉 A workshop will be offered by Dee Collins in creating a Christmas star book
👉 Special discounts being offered at the Moravian History Store
👉 Used book sale

Today the archives mourns the loss of long-time volunteer Lora Perry. Lora generously donated her time for the last two ...
11/18/2019
Obituary for Lora L. Perry | Cantelmi Long Funeral Homes

Today the archives mourns the loss of long-time volunteer Lora Perry. Lora generously donated her time for the last two and half years working on quality control of the Moravian Roots database.
A staple in the archives from week to week, we will miss her determination and spirit. Our thoughts, love, and prayers are with her loved ones
https://www.cantelmifuneralhome.com/notices/Lora-Perry

Obituary for Lora L. Perry | Lora L. Perry, 51, of Allentown, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 15, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of Donald and...

Southern Lehigh Public Library
11/14/2019

Southern Lehigh Public Library

Thank you to Tom McCullough, Assistant Archivist at Moravian Archives, Bethlehem for presenting a fascinating talk on the history and Christmas traditions of Moravians. His presentation was part of "Evenings with Friends", a year-long lecture series on various topics sponsored by Friends of SLPL and funded by the Charles Wilde Memorial. Only one more presentation is left for 2019 - don't miss "Dickens: A Christmas Carol" on Dec 11, 7PM. Historical impersonator, Alisa Dupuy, will portray Scrooge's sister, Fan, for an interesting take on this classic story. Tickets are available at SLPL.

Did You Know?Moravian Archives offers research grants to help off set the cost of travel and other expenses related to r...
11/08/2019

Did You Know?

Moravian Archives 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/33wcQLR and click "Research Grants"

Deadline for this years applications is February 29, 2020!

Happy Halloween from the Moravian Archives! 🎃Pictured is an illustration of a skeleton from a book (printed in Berlin, 1...
11/01/2019

Happy Halloween from the Moravian Archives! 🎃

Pictured is an illustration of a skeleton from a book (printed in Berlin, 1706) about human anatomy, which was intended for use by artists. This book, available in our library, was formerly owned by Moravian pastor and artist Johann Valentin Haidt (1700-1780). For more info on Haidt, see his biography on the website of the Smithsonian American Art Museum: https://americanart.si.edu/artist/john-valentine-haidt-2017.

Check out this month's volunteer profile on Richard Miller. Thank you for your support of the Archives, Richard!#Moravia...
10/07/2019

Check out this month's volunteer profile on Richard Miller. Thank you for your support of the Archives, Richard!
#MoravianRoots

This morning this previously unknown portrait of Christian Renatus von Zinzendorf, oldest son of Ludwig and Erdmuth von ...
09/26/2019

This morning this previously unknown portrait of Christian Renatus von Zinzendorf, oldest son of Ludwig and Erdmuth von Zinzendorf, was auctioned in Berlin. We are thrilled we were able to buy it!

🚨New item in the Moravian History Store!🚨Moravian Gunmaking II: Bethlehem to Christian's Spring by Robert Paul Lienemann...
09/23/2019

🚨New item in the Moravian History Store!🚨

Moravian Gunmaking II: Bethlehem to Christian's Spring by Robert Paul Lienemann & the Kentucky Rifle Foundation (2018)

get your copy today! >> https://bit.ly/2kEiwT2

The Archives will be open this Saturday, September 14th from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Schedule your research visit today! >>>>...
09/09/2019

The Archives will be open this Saturday, September 14th from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Schedule your research visit today! >>>>>https://bit.ly/2uk7kfj

Digital Paxton
09/04/2019
Digital Paxton

Digital Paxton

It took some doing, but Digital Paxton now includes six diaries from the Moravian Archives, Bethlehem that speak to the lived experience of the Native peoples interned in Philadelphia between late-1763 & early-1765.

While these records were recorded by Moravian missionaries in German, thanks to the incredible work of Kate Carte, each diary includes English full-text transcriptions. Special thanks are also due to Tom McCullough and Scott Gordon for enabling these documents to join Digital Paxton.

http://digitalpaxton.org/works/digital-paxton/moravian-indian-diaries-1763-65

#LCPredrawinghistory

Last week we were able to acquire this original letter written by Zinzendorf in 1727. It will be on display (with a tran...
08/27/2019

Last week we were able to acquire this original letter written by Zinzendorf in 1727. It will be on display (with a transcription and a translation!) at tonight's Summer Soiree at the Moravian Archives!

In just one week the staff and Board of Directors will be celebrating another successful year here at the Archives thank...
08/20/2019

In just one week the staff and Board of Directors will be celebrating another successful year here at the Archives thanks to all the generous Friends of the Archives

We can't wait to welcome you all at our annual Summer Soirée next Tuesday, August 27 beginning at 5:00 PM

Benigna von Zinzendorf founded a school for girls in 1742. Later she visited Bethlehem two more times with her husband, ...
08/06/2019

Benigna von Zinzendorf founded a school for girls in 1742. Later she visited Bethlehem two more times with her husband, Johannes von Watteville. Her memory lives on at Bethlehem’s Musikfest. 😉

A new shipment of The Original Moravian Star - authentic Herrnhuter stars has just arrived at the Archives straight from...
07/31/2019

A new shipment of The Original Moravian Star - authentic Herrnhuter stars has just arrived at the Archives straight from Herrnhut! We cant wait for the Advent season!

Were you unable to attend our most recent lecture, "Madness in Herrnhut"? Video recording of the lecture is now availabl...
07/22/2019
Madness in Herrnhut Lecture Now Available « Moravian Archives

Were you unable to attend our most recent lecture, "Madness in Herrnhut"? Video recording of the lecture is now available through our YouTube channel.

On Tuesday, July 16, 2019 the Moravian Archives hosted a lecture presented by Director and Archivist, Paul Peucker titled “Madness in Herrnhut: Johann Siegmund Krüger and His Role in the Division of Herrnhut, 1726/27″

Our reading room is all set up for Paul's lecture this evening, Madness in Herrnhut. We can't wait to see everyone at 7p...
07/16/2019

Our reading room is all set up for Paul's lecture this evening, Madness in Herrnhut. We can't wait to see everyone at 7pm!

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 transcription...
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

Address

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

Telephone

(610) 866-3255

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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.