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 in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, Moravian Historical Society maintains 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 special exhibitions and a museum store that features gifts, books, and handmade artisan items.
Learn about our digitized archival resources
Moravian Historical Society is proud to introduce a new digitized archival collection—the Henry Family Collection—and a new online platform that makes it available to the public. The Henry Family Collection contains some 450 unique items, including letters, lectures, and unpublished research.
A Historical & Archives Records Care (HARC) grant from the Pennsylvania Museum and Historical Commission made this project possible. More recently, an American Historical Association-National Endowment for the Humanities (AHA-NEH) grant, is helping to expand our digitized collections.
We hope you enjoy exploring the collection!
Special Exhibition: A Trio of America’s First Stringed Instruments
Through October 29, 2023
This special exhibition brings together three American firsts—a violin (1759), cello (1763), and viola (1764)—all made by the Pennsylvania-born John Antes (1740-1811). Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the fascinating life of John Antes and discover how the trio of Antes instruments came to be reunited. The exhibition explores how stringed instruments are made and the legacy of lutherie in the Lehigh Valley from Antes to C.F. Martin.
This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Riddle Family, descendants of the Antes Family; the Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation; and the County of Northampton Hotel Tax Grant Program.
Shop Small and Shop Local!
The Museum Store is open daily from 1-4 p.m.
We carry a large selection of local artisan-made gifts, ornaments, and Moravian stars.
Your purchase supports our small museum!