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!.

CHANGING EXHIBIT: “Diverse Voices: Three Perspectives of Early Bethlehem”
Open now until December 31, 2017.

In celebration of the 275th anniversary of Bethlehem's founding, enjoy an unique and rarely discussed look at this groundbreaking colonial community through three sets of eyes: a woman's, a black man's, and a Native American woman's. Through period diaries, records, and other primary materials, we investigate the life of these three colonial residents of Bethlehem to discover what life was really like in Bethlehem, Pa.

Meet Rachel Post.
Meet Andrew the Moor.
Meet Anna Rosina Kliest Gambold.

This exhibition is proudly featured in "Voices of the Conscience: Toward Racial Understanding". This exciting year-long, Lehigh Valley-wide arts series is designed to encourage and promote socially-conscious art.

Visit us today to enjoy these popular exhibitions!

The County of Northampton supports our exhibitions through their Hotel Tax Grant program.