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Opening the Blue Cabinet: Moravians and Marriage

October 27, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Lecture by Paul Peucker at the Moravian Museum.
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On July 15, 1749, twenty-eight couples were married in the Saal of the Bethlehem Gemeinhaus simultaneously. This event became known as the Great Wedding.

There are many questions about 18th century Moravian practices: How did Moravians choose their marriage partners? Were couples really chosen by the Lot? How true are the stories about a blue cabinet where married couples had intercourse? And what did church members think about the way church leaders controlled their marital life? This presentation will shed light on Moravian ideas on marriage and sexuality during the 18th century.


October 27, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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41 West Locust Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018 United States