The Moravian Historical Society
Your Place to Discover History
The Moravian Historical Society is a nonprofit museum and historic site that preserves, interprets, and celebrates the rich culture of the Moravians.
Located on the historic Ephrata Tract in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, we maintain the 1740–1743 Whitefield House and the 1740 Gray Cottage, the oldest surviving Moravian structure in North America. Recognized widely for its significant collection and historically important 18th-century site, the Moravian Historical Society is the third oldest historical society in Pennsylvania. The museum offers permanent and changing exhibitions and a museum store that features gifts, books, and handmade artisan items.
An elaborate miniature display that tells the Christmas story, the Moravian putz tradition reaches back into the eighteenth century. This exhibition features objects from the 1850s Morris putz and the 20th century Sullivan putz, accompanied by lights and narration of the Nativity story.
Visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy a festive display of Wendler miniatures, intricate models of historic Lehigh Valley buildings crafted by Robert Wendler.
Now through January 9, 2022
Open daily from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the historic 1740 Gray Cottage, the oldest Moravian structure in North America.
The Moravian Historical Society is closed on December 24, 25, and 31 and January 1.
Shop Small and Shop Local!
The Museum Shop is open daily from 1 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
We carry a large selection of local artisan-made gifts, ornaments, and Moravian stars.
Shop local and support your small museum!
Christmas in Nazareth
Saturday, December 11 from 10am-3p.m.
This town-wide celebration takes place at various locations in Nazareth. The Moravian Historical Society will feature FREE family-friendly activities on the lawn of the historic 1740-1743 Whitefield House including holiday market with local artisans, annual putz display in the 1740 Gray Cottage, Historic Walking tours to the Nazareth Moravian Church putz display, and seasonal food and drinks!
Thank you to our Holiday Market sponsor!
In the middle of the Pennsylvania wilderness, there was a multi-racial Moravian community of master craftsmen and apprentices who thrived for a relatively short period of time. This exhibition explores the community, the people who lived and worked there, and the tremendous activity that took place in a relatively short period of time.