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Morning Call: Moravian College Honors Barnette, Donchez Mowers on Heritage Day

Moravian College honors Barnette, Donchez Mowers on Heritage Day

Moravian College honors Barnette, Donchez Mowers on Heritage Day
Hank Barnette, former chairman and CEO of Bethlehem Steel, left, received the Presidential Medal and Charlene Donchez Mowers, president of Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites and President of the Bethlehem World Heritage Commission received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters during Heritage Day at Moravian College on Wednesday morning. (JANE THERESE / Special to The Morning Call)

Moravian College on Wednesday awarded Curtis “Hank” Barnette, chairman emeritus of Bethlehem Steel, the college’s presidential medal and Charlene Donchez Mowers, president of the Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites, an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters as part of the college’s Heritage Day celebration.

“Heritage Day is a special day for the entire Moravian College community every year,” President Bryon Grigsby said in a statement. “This year is even more special since we have the opportunity to honor two people who’ve given so much to Moravian College and the city of Bethlehem.”

Mowers, also president of the Bethlehem World Heritage Commission, has been the driving force to get Historic Moravian Bethlehem, a National Historic Landmark District, worldwide recognition. The district, which pays homage to the city’s Moravian founders, is on the U.S. Tentative list to be nominated as a a UNESCO World Heritage site. The United States uses the list to nominate sites for the exclusive World Heritage designation already bestowed upon the likes of Independence Hall in Philadelphia and Yellowstone National Park.

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