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 nationally and internationally for its significant collection and historically important 18th-century site and buildings, 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.
Guests are able to view:
The earliest-known violin produced in America
Paintings by the Moravian artist John Valentine Haidt
A pipe organ made by early America’s premier organ-builder, David Tannenberg
An 1850s Martin guitar
A lock of George Washington's hair and much more!
Join us on September 18
Friday, September 18
The Moravian Historical Society is excited to announce its 14th Annual Share the Heritage Gala will take place online! We will welcome everyone to a fun evening, which will include the presentation of our Heritage Award, and of course, our silent auction with a myriad of outstanding items up for bids. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment, this year we are “Celebrating Pioneers of Equality.” All proceeds from the evening support our Museum, 18th-century historic site, and educational programs.
This new publication features a photographic history of Nazareth from its early founders to the businesses and industries that shaped the town. Many of the images have never been published before. A portion of the profits from the sale of the book benefit the Moravian Historical Society.