Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


The Moravian Legacy

Explore the oldest building in Bethlehem to learn about continued impact of early Moravians on Bethlehem.

Aerial view of the 1741 Gemeinhaus by Fig Bethlehem

Photo Courtesy of Fig Bethlehem

At the

Moravian Museum
of Bethlehem

Saturday & Sunday, 1:00-4:00 pm

Supported in part by the Myers Fund

About The Exhibit

The Moravian Legacy is an exhibition that explores the continued impact of Moravian settlement in Bethlehem and connects themes including equal education, innovation, and the arts from the early settlement to Bethlehem today. The exhibit also challenges dominant historical narratives around early Moravian Bethlehem, asking what is left out and how that informs our understanding of the influence of the early years of Moravian Bethlehem on our community today.

Expanding on core themes of education, inclusion, and documentation, the exhibit encourages visitors to reflect on how the documents, artifacts, and stories left behind can inform our understanding of Bethlehem today.

A digital component of the exhibit allows visitors to explore more and visitors are encouraged to bring their cell phones, tablets, and other smart devices with them through the museum.

Front view of 1741 Gemeinhaus with restored shutters

The exterior of the 1741 Gemeinhaus that houses the Moravian Museum, was refreshed in April 2021 with restored shutters.

The Curators

M. Rayah Levy, Curator

M. Rayah Levy

M. Rayah Levy has been working as a librarian for over sixteen years, having received a Master's in Library Science, with a concentration on Preservation from Simmons University. While aspiring to become a Librarian, she worked in the African and African American Studies Department at Harvard University and interned at Massachusetts General Hospital. Having moved to Bethlehem after graduation in the Fall of 2005, she held a few positions in the public and academic field of librarianship. To name a few, The Free Library of Philadelphia, as a Children’s Librarian, Northampton Community College, as a Reference and Information Literacy Instructor, and the Head of Adult Services at Bethlehem Area Public. Rayah’s experiences in both the academic and public arena of the library world have propelled her to become a voice and an instrument in the community as a Public Humanities Librarian. Mrs. Levy’s inspiration and drive to travel a different path came from having received a grant from LVEHC to bring the voices and the history of Bethlehem’s Black experience alive. It was also the catalyst why she decided to work on the “Moravian Legacy” project at Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites. M. Rayah Levy believes that the time has come for communities to paint a different picture and incorporate diverse stories in the places we visit and call home.

Lindsey Jancay from Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

Lindsey Jancay

Lindsey Jancay holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Studio Art and English Literature from Cedar Crest College (Allentown, PA) and Master of Arts Degrees in Art History, Theory, and Criticism as well as Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL) where her studies were focused on the history of publications and print design.

Some Questions That Will Be Addressed

  • What did people think when they first encountered the Moravians?
  • What drove the Moravians to travel like they did?
  • What was Moravian worship like?
  • What's the role of music in daily life?
  • How did Moravians gain medical knowledge?
  • As well as many more...

Have questions of your own that you'd like answered? Let us know! You can leave your questions with the admission desk at the Moravian Museum.


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