Zinzendorf in America Exhibit

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Jun 28th 2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Jun 28th 2022    
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Moravian Archives Bethlehem
41 W Locust Street, Bethlehem, PA, 18018

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The visit of German count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf (1700-1760) to America in 1741-1743 left many traces throughout the Northeast. He founded the towns of Bethlehem and Nazareth in Pennsylvania, organized churches in major cities such as Philadelphia and New York, and his daughter Benigna founded one of the earliest schools for girls in the country. The American Indians called him “Johanan,” blessed through grace. When Zinzendorf and his travel company sailed back to England In January of 1743 his followers continued the work. The Moravians have left an unmistaken mark on the culture of early America.

This exhibit in the gallery of the Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, shows the traces left by Zinzendorf in America: objects that remind us of his visit to Pennsylvania, items passed down within his family, and artifacts acquired by the Moravian Archives in recent years. Many of the artifacts in this exhibit will be shown to the public for the first time.

This exhibit is sponsored by the German Consulate General New York

The exhibit is open free of charge, starting October 20, 2020, at the Moravian Archives, 41 W. Locust Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018; 610.866.3255; www.moravianchurcharchives.org. Because of COVID-related precautions, visitors are asked to call ahead to reserve a time slot for their visit.