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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.

Upcoming Events

Spooky Lantern-Led Historic Nazareth Walking Tour 
October 22, 23, 29, and 30 at 7:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. 

 

Join us on Friday or Saturday during the last two weekends in October (22-23 and 29-30) at 7:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. for a lantern-led edition of our Historic Walking Tour.

 

Featuring ghost stories of Nazareth that are perfect for this time of year, this lantern-led, costume-guided tour also presents the history of Nazareth.

 

Learn about the founding of Nazareth, see where some of the oldest buildings in Nazareth are still standing today, and hear about some of the spooky stories about the Whitefield House, Nazareth Hall, and other historic areas!

The Annual Jeanette Barres Zug Lecture 
Sunday, October 24 at 1 p.m.

 


Relentless Change & Moravian Responses:

Our Local Predecessors and Their Legacies
Presented by Rev. Dr. Frank Crouch

The Moravian Historical Society is pleased to cosponsor this talk with the Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites
 

The nation reeled with conflict and change from 1915 to 1920. Newspaper headlines were splashed with details of the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to the North; violence against Black people, their neighborhoods and businesses; the temperance movement and prohibition; women’s suffrage and access to the ballot box; the influenza pandemic that killed millions; unionization and corporate backlash to the steel industry; and the country’s participation in WWI.

During this time of crisis, the Moravians in the Lehigh Valley forged ahead—crafting their own response to the unrest.  What, exactly, did the Moravians do during these five years, and how does their response fit within the context of their 300-year-old history and theology?  Rev. Dr. Frank Crouch seeks to answer these questions while sharing findings from his 2020-2021 research sabbatical on Moravians, race, and racism.

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Lecture at Peter Hall and Livestreamed via Zoom, Reception immediately following at the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem

Harvest Festival Update

This year's Harvest Festival has been canceled due to staffing shortages. Thank you for your interest and support of the event. We look forward to seeing you at future events.

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In case you missed it... 

You can enjoy one of our virtual programs by clicking the video icon. 

Current Exhibition

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. 

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