Moravian Archives staff is getting ready for Deed Day. April 2, 1741, is the day Moravians purchased the original 500-acre tract for Bethlehem from William and Margaret Allen. Exactly 275 years later, on April 2, 2016, many people will come to visit the Moravian Archives to see the 1741 title deed for the Bethlehem tract. In the morning archivists will bring out the original 1741 deed from the vault to put it on display for the public. In addition to the deed, a new exhibit, Building Bethlehem, will open that day.
Deed Day starts at 9:00 am with the Bethlehem Area Moravian Trombone Choir playing from the front steps of the Archives’ building. At 10:15 am Moravian instrumental and choral music will be performed by members of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Moravian College. At 2:00 pm there is instrumental and choral music by John Antes.
The Moravian Archives will have reproductions of the deed for sale, as well as full transcriptions. Moravian stars will be 15% off on Deed Day.
Deed Day is part of the 275th anniversary celebrations of Bethlehem. Deed Day is sponsored by Thomas & Jo Anne Riddle and Valley National Financial Advisors. Music provided by the Moravian Music Foundation.