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.
Please enjoy the Moravian Historical Society’s 2020 holiday concert from the comfort and safety of your home. We are grateful for your kind support throughout the year. On behalf of the Moravian Historical Society's board, volunteers, and staff, we send our warmest wishes for a very merry holiday.
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.
Christmas in Miniature: 100 years of Moravian Nativities
Our annual Holiday display features historic Moravian putz collections from the 1850s through 1970s. An elaborate miniature display that tells the Christmas story, the putz is a Moravian tradition that reaches back into the eighteenth century. This exhibition features objects from the 1850s Morris putz, a selection of rarely-seen objects from the historic Jennie Trein collection, the fanciful Kleintop Family putz, the 1950’s Kelly Family putz, and the Sullivan collection.
The exhibition will be available to view between January 4 – 17, 2021.
This year’s display is located in the historic 1740 Gray Cottage, the oldest Moravian structure in North America. Viewings are every 20 minutes from 1–4 p.m. Visitors can reserve FREE timed tickets to ensure a safe, socially-distanced viewing experience. Tickets will be for one family (5 visitor maximum), with one ticket per time slot.
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!