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Support the Moravian Historical Society

We invite you to join us  in making a meaningful difference in the work of the Moravian Historical Society. Your tax-deductible contribution offers immediate resources that are directed to the current needs of the Moravian Historical Society, including support for our programs and for our talented staff.

Thank you for your dedication to our mission and all that you make possible!

 

In Memory of Anne Howlett

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On January 26, 2024, Anne Elizabeth Frankenfield Howlett, 87, passed away peacefully in Pullman, WA after a brief illness. She will be greatly missed by her family and the communities whose lives she touched.

Born on July 1, 1936 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to Ellen (Hahn) & Maynard Frankenfield, Anne was a treasured gift to her parents as their only child. After attending Moravian Preparatory School in Bethlehem, she graduated from Moravian College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1957. 

On December 29, 1957 Anne married David Howlett in a festive winter wedding set against the famous Christmas lights of Bethlehem. The couple were united in a glittering candlelight ceremony at the Old Moravian Chapel in Bethlehem. Her Matron of Honor was Mrs. Trudy Howlett and her bridesmaids were Ms. Barbara (Werkheiser) Dietterich, Ms. Patricia Bergner, Mrs. Musselman and Mrs. Hatboro. In 1959 she gave birth to her daughter Elizabeth “Betsy” Howlett, and in 1964 she had a son, Scott Howlett. 

If you asked Anne who she was, she’d tell you she was a Moravian first, Anglophile second. Her relationship with the Moravian Community defined her entire life story. She was the descendent of early Moravian colonists who settled in what became Nazareth and Bethlehem in Pennsylvania. Anne would often joke that the only early Moravian she wasn’t related to was Count Von Zinzendorf himself. In 2007 her dream of visiting the Count’s estate in Herrnhut, Germany, finally came true as she made the pilgrimage with a Moravian church group and her beloved cousin, Barbara Dietterich.

Anne kept the Moravian legacy of study, prayer and social justice alive. She spent her entire career nurturing the next generation as an elementary teacher with Bethlehem Public Schools. Many of her students remember her fondly to this day. Anne also spent decades volunteering. As a member of Friends of Moravian Hall Square, she organized tea parties and fashion shows for the residents. She spent decades volunteering at the Moravian Historical Society and the Moravian Archives, happily organizing old manuscripts, poring over photographs, and assisting curators and researchers in preserving the history of her people. Until her dying day, she held out hope that her beloved Historic Moravian District in Bethlehem would be awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status. 

Anne was a lifelong active member of Nazareth Moravian Church, the church of her parents and grandparents. She was baptized as Moravian in Nazareth at her grandparent’s home, George and Clara (Seyfried) Hahn on August 2, 1936. On April 2, 1950 at age 13, she was confirmed at Nazareth Moravian. Anne continued to study the Moravian Daily Texts no matter where she lived. 

Help preserve the past for future generations.

Whether through membership, donations, volunteerism, or sponsorship, your support enables us to care for our significant collection of more than 20,000 objects and rare documents, offer educational programs for youth, and present public scholarly programs on wide ranging topics.

  • Your $50 might provide funds for a child to attend Hands-On History Camp. 

  • Your $200 might support our community programming, such as the Annual Arts & Crafts Festival. 

  • Your $500 might provide resources to research and mount a special exhibition.

  • Your $1000 might assist in our ongoing efforts to digitize collections from the archives and make them available to researchers and the public.

  • Your $5000 might help conserve an historical item for our collection.

The Moravian Historical Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, EIN 24-6025569—contributions to which are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. The official registration and financial information of the Moravian Historical Society may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free within Pennsylvania. 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement. 

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Are you interested in donating an item to our museum collection? Please contact our curator with questions or complete and return the form by clicking the button above.

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