Photo Courtesy of Fig Bethlehem
The Moravian Legacy
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 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.