Moravian Historical Society
N A Z A R E T H , P E N N S Y L V A N I A
Affiliated with the Moravian Archives, Bethlehem, PA

160th Annual Meeting, Lecture,
and Reception

Join us on October 14th for the 160th Annual Meeting, Lecture, and Reception of the Moravian Historical Society. Members and non-members are encouraged to join the Board of Managers, members, volunteers, and the staff for the following:

Time: 1pm
Location: Bethlehem's Ice House - 56 River Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018

Natasha Lightfoot, Associate Professor at Columbia University's Department of History will present "The Complexities of Moravian Archives of the 19th Century West Indies: Gender and the Limits of Freedom in Post-Slavery Antigua."

In the British West Indies, faltering Christian missions were invigorated by the passage of abolition in 1834 to evangelize newly emancipated black people, with the purpose of molding them to perform freedom in particular ways. The Moravians were at the forefront of such a mission in Antigua. Moravian Church dictates reshaped black people’s intimate relations, upending the non-monogamy prevalent among black women and men since the era of slavery. Through a look at the records of “exclusion conferences” of the Moravians, where hundreds of black working people in Antigua were considered for short or long term expulsions from the church between the 1830s and 50s because of non-monogamous intimate relations, Natasha will show the complex nature of gender among newly emancipated communities, and the disadvantages that black women suffered in the context of the family after slavery. These records show how black women incurred renewed physical and social vulnerability in the era of freedom in Antigua, and how the Moravian Church played a contradictory role in this historical process, offering women some material protections yet also subjecting them to harsh discipline and leaving them to face the violence of their male partners in the home.

Time: 2pm
Location: Bethlehem's Ice House
- 56 River Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018

The board and staff will present the past fiscal year's business to the membership body. The state of the Society will be addressed. Questions are comments are encouraged. Highlights include various awards and honors

Time: 3pm - 5pm
Location: Bethlehem's Ice House - 56 River Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018

Join us for the annual reception. Members enjoy this event at no cost. Non-members are encouraged to become a member, or donate $10. Space is extremely limited, please reserve your spot. Walk-ins are not able to be accommodated.

The County of Northampton supports this event through their Hotel Tax Grant program.