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.
163rd Annual Lecture
Join the Moravian Historical Society for its 163rd Annual Lecture on Saturday, April 24 at 1:00 p.m.
Dr. Jenna Gibbs will give a talk entitled, Conversion and Conflict: Christian Ignatius Latrobe Visits South Africa, 1807-1816.
Registration for the Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History and Music is free. The full conference schedule can be found at:
Virtual Event: Wednesday, May 12, 4:00 p.m.
The Moravian Historical Society is excited to share the results of a remarkable project—to build a working, playable replica of the 18th century upright piano in our collection. The original instrument is believed to be the oldest extant American-made piano, a powerful example of the importance of music to the Moravian settlers in colonial America.
After nearly a full year of work, the replica is complete and is now on display in our museum. Through the process of examination and documentation we heard the original tell its story. Through the replica we hear its song. Join the Moravian Historical Society along with the research team on Zoom as we share the research process and what was discovered. You’ll also have the opportunity to hear the reproduction. The talk is free to attend; registration is available through our website: www.moravianhistory.org.
43rd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival
Saturday, June 5, 2021
Join us for the 43rd annual Arts and Crafts Festival. This free family-friendly event features more than 100 local artisans representing a wide variety of handmade items! Held on the lawn of the historic 1740-1743 Whitefield House, the free festival also features live music, children’s activities, great food, free parking, and walking tours of historic Nazareth!
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.