Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Jeanette Barres Zug Lecture

Thanks for joining us for the 2019 Annual Jeanette Barres Zug Lecture
"Opening the Blue Cabinet" with Archivist Paul Peucker
of the Moravian Church in America

Thank you for joining us at the 2019 Jeanette Barres Zug Lecture!

Moravian Museum Saal

66 W. Church Street, Bethlehem

"Opening the Blue Cabinet: Moravians and Marriage"

On July 15, 1749, twenty-eight couples were married in the Saal of the Bethlehem Gemeinhaus simultaneously. This event became known as the Great Wedding.

There are many questions about 18th century Moravian practices: How did Moravians choose their marriage partners? Were couples really chosen by the Lot? How true are the stories about a blue cabinet where married couples had intercourse? And what did church members think about the way church leaders controlled their marital life? This presentation will shed light on Moravian ideas on marriage and sexuality during the 18th century.

Join us for an amazing lecture that speaks to the unique marriage practices of the Moravians!

About the Speaker

Paul Peucker is archivist of the Moravian Church in America, Northern Province, and author of book: A Time of Sifting: Mystical Marriage and the Crisis of Moravian Piety in the Eighteenth Century (Penn State Press, 2015).

This lecture is supported by the Jeanette Barres Zug endowment fund.



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