Our permanent exhibition features an outstanding collection of objects connected to the establishment of the 18th-century Pennsylvania settlements of Nazareth, Bethlehem, and Lititz, as well as the Salem settlement in North Carolina and the significant contributions Moravians made to music, art, education and culture in early America.
Six oil paintings by John Valentine Haidt (1700–1780), the first artist in colonial America to portray chiefly religious topics.
The Antes violin: the earliest-known violin made in the American Colonies.
A 1776 pipe organ made by David Tannenberg, the most important organ-builder of his time.
A rare 18th-century rifle made by Andreas Albrecht at the Moravian settlement of Christian's Spring.
These items are shown together with textiles, furniture, photographs, maps, guns, tile and iron stoves, case clocks, and much, much more!
Changing Exhibition Opening September 28, 2020
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 this lost community, the people who lived and worked there, and the tremendous activity that took place in a relatively short period of time.
Located two miles west of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, Christian’s Spring was one of the upper places during the foundational years of the Moravian community in Pennsylvania. Visitors to the exhibition will learn about the people who lived and worked there and about the various trades that were practiced and taught through the apprenticeship system.
Through the Moravian Historical Society’s extensive collection of early documents and objects related to Christian’s Spring, visitors will discover the ingenuity, creativity, and universality of the 18th century Moravians. Moravians believe that all of God’s children should be valued and encouraged to pursue their vocations in the world. So, all people worked together for the good of the community without prejudice regarding race, gender, or ethnicity. This fascinating history has relevance to our world today.
The exhibitions will include rarely seen early farm implements, tools, maps, and photographs from the collection. The exhibition will provide visitors with a better understanding of this lost village and the lasting impact it had on crafts and trades in early America.
The exhibition opens on September 28. The Whitefield House museum is open every day - from 1pm - 4pm.