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


Our permanent exhibition features our outstanding collection of objects connected to:
  • The expansion of the Moravian community through     missionary service in Europe, the New World, Africa,
    and beyond
  • The establishment of the 18th-century Pennsylvania     settlements of Nazareth, Bethlehem, and Lititz, as well
    as the Salem settlement in North Carolina
  • The significance of music and education in the
     Moravian culture.
Highlights include:
• Exquisite Native American, African, South American and Caribbean Island artifacts.
• 6 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 Andres Albrecht at the   Moravian settlement of Christian Springs.

These items are shown together with textiles, furniture, photographs, maps, guns, tile and iron stoves, caseclocks, and much, much more!.

United by God, Divided by Man: The Moravian Struggle during the American Civil War.

One hundred fifty years ago the United States, a country still in its infancy, suffered an unimaginable crisis. The American Civil War was, to many Moravians, truly a war of brother against brother. With settlements in both the North and the South, the Moravian Church, like the country, was divided. This thought-provoking exhibit features stories of the soldiers, the contributions the church made to the war effort, and the sacrifices made by many.

Highlights include:
• The battle flag of Antietam
• A hand drawing of Fort Sumter before the bombardment
• Uniforms from Nazareth Hall.

Visit us today to enjoy these popular exhibitions!

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