The FRIENDS OF REEVES LIBRARY
invite you to
“OPENING THE VAULT”
a presentation by Paul Peucker at
THE MORAVIAN ARCHIVES
(41 West Locust Street)
MARCH 18, 2014
The Moravian Archives houses a wonderful collection of manuscripts, books, art, and objects relating to the history of the Moravians worldwide and is located on the campus of Moravian College. It was first organized in 1757 and is the official repository of records from the Moravian Church in America, Northern Province. It also holds records from Labrador, Nicaragua, the Virgin Islands, and Alaska.
The Friends of Reeves Library cordially invites you to join us for a visit of the Moravian Archives.
Archivist Paul Peucker will introduce us to its holdings, show items from the collections and take us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the vault. The presentation will focus on the “Congregational Library,” the original library of the Bethlehem Moravians, founded in 1751, and holding over 1,100 books printed between 1481 and 1854. The Congregational Library is one of the oldest communal libraries in the country.
Paul Peucker has served as archivist for the Moravian Church since 1996: first in Herrnhut, Germany, and since 2004 as archivist of the Moravian Church in America, Northern Province here in Bethlehem. He is a faculty associate in the History Department and has taught classes in Moravian History and Archival Studies. He is the author of the forthcoming book: “A Time of Sifting: Crisis, Controversy, and Change among Eighteenth-Century Moravians.”