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The Moravian Historical Society to celebrate 300 years of Moravian history. | The Valley Register

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The community is invited to attend a gala dinner and an auction.

Nazareth, Pennsylvania—The Moravian Historical Society (MHS) is thrilled to announce its 16th Annual Share the Heritage Dinner and Auction. This signature event, held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2022 on the grounds of the Historical Museum, is a unique themed dinner with entertainment. All proceeds from the evening support MHS’ mission to preserve, interpret and celebrate the rich culture of the Moravians.

We invite guests to join us under the stars at the historic 1740-1743 Whitefield House. This year’s theme, “Long Live 300 Years,” commemorates the 300th anniversary of the Renewed Moravian Church in Herrnhut, Germany. In 1722, a group of refugees seeking religious freedom came to Herrnhut, Germany. Over the past 300 years, the Moravians have influenced the world through their contributions to history, religion, art, music and culture. These important contributions can be seen at the Moravian Historical Society museum with items such as the first violin made in America, the 1776 Tannenberg organ, and an important collection of paintings by John Valentine Haidt.

The Moravian Historical Society will present its Heritage Award to Gwyneth Michel whose work as Deputy Director of the Moravian Music Foundation, Director of Music at College Hill Moravian Church and Conductor of the Unitas Chorale has added immeasurable value to producing and performing Moravian Church music worldwide. Michel has been a valued partner of the Moravian Historical Society as they have brought many of our instruments to life, including playing the 1776 Tannenberg organ for the public over the years.

The event will feature live music throughout the evening and will also include a silent, live auction. All proceeds from the auction support the educational programs of the Moravian Historical Society and the preservation of the museum’s collection and the world-renowned historic site.

The Moravian Historical Society thanks the sponsors: Richard and Lyn Trodahl Chynoweth, Cornerstone Independent Asset Management, Christopher and Rebecca Crook, Darrell and Linda Crook, Susan Ellis and Richard Boak, Margaret and Steven Krawiec, the Moravian Development Corporation, the Moravian Theological Seminary, Ed and Lucy Perusse, Joseph F. Reichel Funeral Home, Anne and James Reid, Dave and Kathy Roth, Riddick and Jane Weber, Dave and Linda Wickmann, and Linda and Tom Zimmerman. The auctioneer is Dotta Auction Co., Mycalyn Florals will provide the floral arrangements, the photographer is Mike Robinson Productions and Working Dog Press sponsored the printing of the invitations.

Prepaid reservations are required as places are limited. For reservations and more information, visit the event webpage at or contact the Moravian Historical Society at or 610-759-5070. The dress is a garden cocktail.

Founded in 1857, the Moravian Historical Society is one of the oldest historical societies in Pennsylvania. The collection consists of two Moravian structures – the 1740-1743 Whitefield House and the 1740 Gray Cottage, the oldest Moravian structure in North America – and over 20,000 historical objects significant to the history of the Primitive America. The Moravian Historical Society shares the fascinating stories of the Moravians and their contributions to world culture through educational programs, guided tours, museum exhibits, publications, and public activities. Located in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, the Moravian Historical Society Museum is open daily from 1-4 p.m.

For more information, visit us at, call 610-759-5070, or email

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