Exhibitions

PERMANENT EXHIBITION


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.

  • The significant contributions Moravians made to music, art, education and culture in early America.

 

Highlights include: 

  • 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

 

Individuality in a Common Place

 

Individuality in a Common Place examines how young Moravian women expressed their individuality in nuanced ways through three mediums: music, art, and writing. Using rare primary source documents, diaries, personal papers, and visual art and musical instruments, guest curator, Cody Grabhorn, encourages visitors to explore how these young women used their common education to express and forge their own unique identities.

The exhibition is on view from January 25-May 24, 2020. 

For more information about the exhibition, please contact Susan Orr at sorr@moravianhistory.org.

The opening talk and reception for Individuality in a Common Place is Saturday, January 25 at 3 PM in the Whitefield House Museum. For the opening talk, Grabhorn will be joined by Dr. Scott Paul Gordon, Professor of English at Lehigh University, who will discuss the origins and development of Moravian schools for girls. Grabhorn will explain how the exhibit informs viewers about Moravian education while highlighting a new perspective by elevating the voices of forgotten individuals back to life through their writings and artwork. 

Open 7 days a week, 1–4 p.m.

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