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The Moravian Archives offers a wide variety of lectures, classes, workshops, and other events.

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The Moravian Archives offers a wide variety of lectures, classes, workshops, and other events. For past events or events after the last one displayed here, view the full calendar.

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Exhibits

The Archival Process: New Acquisitions at the Moravian Archives

 

How do new materials come into the Archives? How does the Archives make new materials accessible? Why are some materials accepted into the collection and others are not?

This exhibition features newly acquired materials from the past ten years to highlight the various stages of the archival process: from selecting materials to inclusion into our collection, arrangement, and description to conservation and providing long-term access. These archival materials are often resources for scholarly research, publication, or genealogy research, but many of our users are unaware of the process our archival collections go through before they are deemed open and accessible for research. Through this exhibition, the Moravian Archives hopes to provide a greater understanding of the archival process by highlighting the various steps relating to the acquisition of new materials.

free; through June 2024

Explore this exhibit online at https://moravianarchives.shorthandstories.com/archivalprocess/index.html.

 

German Script Course

June 3 - 14, 2024

 Registration for the German Script course is limited to 15 participants. Currently, we have one open slot. 

You may also sign up for email notifications regarding future German Script programs at the Moravian Archives (see link at bottom of the page: “Join Our Newsletter”).

This intensive course on learning to read German script is now in its 54rd year and is the longest-running course of its kind in the country. The course is taught by Dr. Paul Peucker and Thomas McCullough, experts and experienced instructors in reading and writing German script.

Former participants include hundreds of graduate students, university professors, genealogists, curators, librarians, archivists, and hobbyists from various backgrounds. They represent such academic fields as history and German, American studies, musicology, religion, anthropology, art history, sociology, genealogy, technology, and other subjects. For example, the 2023 course included students from the United States, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

After two weeks of intensive studying, practicing, reading, and writing participants will be able to read German manuscripts dating from the 17th through the mid-20th centuries. The course includes many texts selected from the extensive holdings of the Moravian Archives. We will also spend considerable time learning to write German Kurrent script, based on contemporary teaching methods.

The goal of this course is not to learn the German language or to study Moravian history but to read the German script; however, we offer a learning experience that takes advantage of the historical setting of the Bethlehem community. Texts are chosen to illustrate the early history of Bethlehem and the work of the Moravians within their context.

By touring the historic districts of Bethlehem and nearby Nazareth, participants will experience the setting in which the events from the study material took place. We are convinced that captivating texts prove helpful in overcoming initial difficulties with German script.

Study Method

The first sessions are devoted to writing the individual script letters and words. Though not the intent of this seminar, learning to write texts in German script helps in recognizing how the individual letters are written. During the morning sessions texts are read within the group with everyone taking turns deciphering the texts. During the second week, we will discuss a writing method that was used by teachers in Bethlehem during the eighteenth-century.

Registration is limited to fifteen students.

There are no organized classes during the afternoons. This time is devoted to preparing for the next day’s lessons; many students choose to do their “homework” in groups. Thus the course combines classroom learning, group study, and individual preparation. The preparation time in the afternoon will take circa four hours. It is not recommended to plan other activities during the course.

Upon successful completion of the course each student will be presented with a certificate of participation.

Prerequisites

In order to successfully follow the course a good reading ability of modern German is needed; two years of college German or the equivalent has proven to be a minimum. Conversational German ability is not required and prior knowledge of German script is not necessary. All instruction is conducted in English, but we advise students to bring along a quality German-English dictionary.

Time & Place

The 2024 course will be taught from Monday, June 3, until Friday, June 14.

Classes begin each day at 9:00 am and last until 12:30 pm. There are no classes on the weekend.

Classes are held in the reading room of the Moravian Archives, located at 41 W. Locust Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. During the course of the seminar the reading room will be closed to all other researchers. The Archives is located on the north campus of Moravian University.

Course Fee

The fee for the script course is $1,300.00 and includes the following instructional materials:

  • Color reproductions of German texts
  • Handouts
  • Writing pads
  • Binder for storing instructional material
  • Roger P. Minert, Deciphering Handwriting in German Documents.
  • Quills
  • Coffee, tea during breaks

Two slots are reserved for graduate students at the reduced rate of $650. For more information, see the section Reduced Course Fee for Graduate Students.

We require a deposit of $300.00 upon registration. Your registration becomes active after receipt of the deposit. (The deposit will be refunded to anyone who was placed on the waiting list and did not get into the class).

The deposit will be fully refunded towards cancellations prior to April 1, 2024. The deposit for the course is non-reimbursable for cancellations after April 1, 2024.

Housing costs are not included.

Housing

Please note that the registration for housing is separate from registration for the course.

Dormitory Housing
Housing is available at Moravian University’s dormitories for $40/night (incl. linnens and towels). These dormitories are located on the north campus of Moravian University, within walking distance from the Moravian Archives.

There are also various other hotels, airbnb’s, and guest houses in the Bethlehem area.

Reduced Course Fee for Graduate Students


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Two grants are available for graduate students to have the registration rate reduced to 50% of the regular course fee. Graduate students who are not fully employed and who do not qualify for reimbursement of the course fee otherwise may apply by filling out the form below. Applications will be assessed based on demonstrated need and the strenght of the letter of reference.

  • applicants need to be registered for the course and have made the deposit payment
  • applications need to include a cv and one letter of reference
  • the deadline for applications is February 28, 2024
  • applicants will be informed by April 1, 2024
  • unsuccessful applicants are entitled to a reimbursement of their deposit payment should they decide not to participate in the course

 

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    Registration

    To register for the German Script Class 2024, complete the form below (registration for housing is separate, see above). You can pay your deposit of $300 (or the entire course fee) during the submission process. If you’d rather send a check, you may send it to:

    Moravian Archives
    41 W. Locust St.
    Bethlehem PA 18018-2757.

    Make checks payable to Moravian Archives.

    If you would like to apply for the reduced rate for graduate students (two slots available), visit the section Reduced Course Fee for Graduate Students.

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    School Programs

    Middle & High School

    The Moravian Archives brings history to life!

    The Moravian Archives is pleased to offer presentations here or at your school given by Thomas McCullough, Assistant Archivist, which can be tailored in length and content to suit your students. Mr. McCullough has been teaching workshops in the community since 2015.

    The Moravian Archives looks forward to working with local schools in an effort to educate students by illuminating history, the significance of libraries and archives, and the study of languages. We would be happy to modify our program to incorporate information pertaining to your curriculum or the history of your local community, and we welcome any suggestions or comments. The presentations typically focus on Moravians as a Bethlehem community, not a religion.

    Teachers can choose from the following topics:

    Foreign language
    Through a fun deciphering exercise, students will learn that early Moravian records were written in German script—not only a foreign language, but also a handwriting different from what we use today.

    Library science
    Students will learn what an archives is and the similarities and differences between an archives and a library. They will learn about the Archives’ collections, who uses the facility and how materials are stored.

    Contact Mr. McCullough at tom@moravianchurcharchives.org for more information or to schedule a workshop.

    Recorded Past Events

    We record many of our events: lectures, presentations, and classes. When possible, we will make these recordings available here. The recordings are listed in chronological order, from most recent to the oldest.

    Can’t find the lecture you are looking for? All past  MAB recorded lectures are always available on our YouTube Channel.

    Please note that it usually takes a few days before a recording becomes available.

    Discovering the Nativity

    Presentation by Steven Erisoty, Heather Reinert, and Paul Peucker, November 29, 2023

    The Moravians in Greenland: Where Did They Go?

    Lecture by Dr. Christina Petterson October 17, 2023

    Moravian Bethlehem and the Problem of Slavery

    By Dr. Scott Paul Gordon

    Lecture by Dr. Scott Paul Gordon, Lehigh University, Tuesday, March 21, 2023