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The Moravian Archives offers a wide variety of lectures, classes, workshops, and other events.
The Moravian Archives offers a wide variety of lectures, classes, workshops, and other events. For events after the last one displayed here, view the full calendar.
presentation by assistant archivist, Thomas McCullough at Northampton Area Public Library. Please visit the Northampton Area Public Library website for additional informationFind out more »
The Moravian Archives is open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on the following Saturdays: December 1, 2018 March 30, 2019 May 18, 2019Find out more »
Cost: $50.00 (incl. materials) max. participants: 10 Hosted by: Moravian Archives, Bethlehem Dates of Workshop: May 3, 2019: 10:00 am- 12:00 pm & May 4, 2019: 9:00 am- 11:00 am Learn the old Moravian craft of making paste paper. Women in the Single Sisters’ Houses in Moravian communities in America and Europa were known for their beautiful decorative paste papers. Moravian paper (“Herrnhuter Papier”) was used for book binding, decorating boxes, and as covers for note books. Now you can learn…Find out more »
The Moravian Archives is open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on the following Saturdays: December 1, 2018 March 30, 2019 May 18, 2019Find out more »
Lecture by Katharine Gerbner, PhD. University of Minnesota How did Moravian missionaries respond to slavery? When and why did enslaved and free black men and women choose to become Moravians? “Christian Slavery" will look at the first Moravian missions in the Caribbean to explore the connections between race, religion, and freedom. When Moravians first arrived in the Caribbean, they were appalled that most slave owners rejected the prospect of slave conversion. Slaveholders regularly attacked missionaries, both verbally and physically, and blamed the…Find out more »
For more information on our German paleography course, click here.Find out more »
lecture by Paul Peucker, Moravian Archives Johann Siegmund Krüger's arrival in Herrnhut in the summer of 1726 caused a split in the young religious community that would last until the summer of the following year. Krüger's radical message found many followers, one of whom was Christian David, the original founder of Herrnhut. Krüger called Zinzendorf "the whore of Babylon" and local pastor Rothe "the false prophet" while urging his followers not to attend the church in Berthelsdorf any more. Although…Find out more »
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 5:00 pm- 7:00 pm Join the Staff and the Board of Directors of the Moravian Archives, Bethlehem for our Annual Summer Soirée. We would like to celebrate with all Friends of the Moravian Archives and to take this opportunity to thank you for your generous support of the Archives!Find out more »
The Moravian Archives is open select Saturday's during the year. to schedule your visit please visit our our "Plan Your Visit section"Find out more »
Lecture by Paul Peucker at the Moravian Museum. Contact Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites for reservations and more details 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?…Find out more »
Bilingual worship service at the Old Chapel, Bethlehem Good-will offering Join us for our annual German-English Advent Singstunde in the beautiful Old Chapel of Central Church in Bethlehem! A Singstunde is a traditional Moravian form of worship in which the congregation unites in singing a series of hymn stanzas. The stanzas are selected to develop a specific devotional theme. A Singstunde is sometimes referred to as “a sermon in song.” For this Singstunde Advent and Christmas hymns were chosen, that…Find out more »
Join the Moravian Archives for our Winter Open House! Check out our exhibit, Sing O Ye Heavens: Moravian Music and Instrument Making before it closes at the end of the year Tour our vault with one of the archivists and take a peek at what treasures we preserve A Christmas star book making workshop will be given by Dee Collins starting at 10 am Special discounts will be offered in our gift shop, The Moravian History Store and a used…Find out more »
Lecture at the Moravian Archives by Jeffrey Gemmell, Millersville University of Pennsylvania / Moravian Congregation at Lititz (snow date on February 25) Originally founded in late 1760s, when the congregation established a fund for music and supplies, the Lititz Collegium Musicum consisted of the instrumentalists who gathered regularly to enhance worship with music. The original Collegium provided an opportunity for these accomplished musicians to rehearse and perform for practice, entertainment, and enlightenment outside of worship. This also satisfied the community’s…Find out more »
The Moravian Archives is open select Saturdays during the year. to schedule your visit please visit our our "Plan Your Visit section"Find out more »
Due to COVID-19, MAB is currently closed. The Moravian Archives is open select Saturdays during the year,please visit our calendar to see additional Saturdays which MAB is scheduled to be open later in the year. to schedule your visit please visit our our “Plan Your Visit section”Find out more »
We are currently working on our new exhibit that will open later this year.
Count Zinzendorf, founder and leader of the renewed Moravian Church, visited America from December 1741 until January 1743. During this time, he visited colonists throughout eastern Pennsylvania, preached wherever he had an opportunity, conducted synods, traveled among the American Indians, and organized Moravian congregations in places such as Bethlehem, Philadelphia, and Nazareth. In January of 1743 he and his travel company sailed back to England.
Zinzendorf hoped to eventually return to America and live in Nazareth where a large residence was built for him. However, he never came back. Zinzendorf died in Herrnhut on May 9, 1760, less than three weeks before his 60th birthday.
This exhibit shows the traces left by Zinzendorf in America: objects that remind us of his visit to Pennsylvania, items passed down within his family, and artifacts acquired by the Moravian Archives. Many of Ludwig and Erdmuth von Zinzendorf’s descendants live in the United States. Some of the artifacts that were preserved in the family have been given to the Moravian Archives, such as Zinzendorf’s personal Bible, their table silver, or—most recently—a portrait of the count. Over the years, the Moravian Archives has been able to purchase items relating to the Zinzendorfs and add these to the collections. During the 1980s, an oil painting depicting scenes from Zinzendorf’s grand tour of Europe (1719-21) was purchased in London. Last September, a portrait of their oldest son, Christian Renatus (1727-54) was bought at an auction in Berlin. This painting (see article on p. XX) will be shown for the first time in this exhibit. Graphic designer Heather Reinert created a spectacular map showing the places in America Zinzendorf visited during this visit.
The exhibit is open free of charge during the regular hours of the Moravian Archives, through the Summer of 2021.
Registration is limited to 15 participants. The 2020 course is full; you can still register but you will be placed on a waiting list. Registration for the 2021 course will begin in June 2020.
We are closely monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19. This year’s German script course is still on. We will keep the registered participants informed about any developments.
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 50th year and is the longest-running course of its kind in the country. The course is taught by Dr. Paul Peucker, Lanie Yaswinski, and Thomas McCullough, experts and experienced instructors in reading and writing German script.
Former participants include hundreds of graduate students, professors, genealogists, curators, archivists, musicologists, 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. The 2019 course included students from the United States, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, and Brazil.
After two weeks of intensive studying, practicing, and reading and writing participants will be able to read German manuscripts dating from the 17th through the early 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.
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; most 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.
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.
The 2020 course will be taught from Monday, June 1, until Friday, June 12.
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 College.
The fee for the script course is $850.00 and includes the following instructional materials:
We require a deposit of $100.00 upon registration. Your registration becomes active after receipt of the deposit.
The deposit will be fully refunded towards cancellations prior to May 1, 2020. For cancellations made between May 1 and May 21, 2020, we will return $50.00 of the deposit. The deposit for the course is non-reimbursable for cancellations after May 21, 2020.
Housing costs are not included.
There are various hotels, airbnb’s, and guest houses in the Bethlehem area. All German Script attendees are eligible for housing at Moravian College.
The housing registration period is April 1-May 1. Please note that the registration for housing is separate from registration for the course. To register for campus housing please complete this form.
Moravian College accommodations include: a single room in an air-conditioned 5-person townhouse within walking distance of the Moravian Archives and include small efficiency kitchens, access to laundry, cable, wireless, and linens. Guests are encouraged to provide their own toiletries and cooking utensils. The weekly rate for housing is $170 a person; or $65/week plus $15/night lodging rates.
For specific questions contact Suzanne Moyer at the Office of Housing & Event Management after April 1 at firstname.lastname@example.org, 610-861-1418
Registration for housing is separate, see above.
To register, complete the form below. You can pay your deposit of $100 (or the entire course fee) during the submission process. If you’d rather send a check, you may send it to:
41 W. Locust St.
Bethlehem PA 18018-2757.
Make checks payable to Moravian Archives.
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:
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.
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 email@example.com for more information or to schedule a workshop.