In Essentials, Unity; In Nonessentials, Liberty; In All Things, Love.
The Moravian Archives of the Northern Province received a grant of $148,085.00 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to install new shelving in the Archives' manuscript vault. This matching grant will enable the Moravian Archives to improve storage conditions for its centuries-old holdings and to double the capacity of the manuscript vault.
The Moravian Archives houses the earliest documents relating to the history of Bethlehem and the Moravian Church in America. Hundreds of scholars visit the Moravian Archives every year to consult the Archives' collections. The National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C., awarded this grant as part of its Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections program.
"This grant is a wonderful recognition of the national importance of the collections held here in Bethlehem," says Moravian Archivist Paul Peucker.
The current fire-secure and climate-controlled facility on the campus of Moravian College was completed in 1977. "In recent years, it became clear that the vault was reaching its capacity and something needed to be done. By installing movable shelving the current space can be used much more efficiently. We can actually double the storage capacity." In addition to new shelving, the NEH grant will also allow the Archives to install a hanging system for its collection of 18th- and 19th-century paintings.
Michael Long, president of the Board of Directors of the Moravian Archives, made the official announcement about the grant at an event celebrating the winners of the Archives' "Lehigh Valley Landscapes" art contest on August 15.
The Moravian Archives will be closed to the public during the first six months of 2013 when the new shelving will be installed.
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Saturday, May 18 – Psalm 66:8-15
Proverbs 12; 1 Corinthians 15:29-41
Remember your creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come, and the years draw near when you will say, “I have no pleasure in them.” Ecclesiastes 12:1
All things have been created through him and for him. Colossians 1:16
Heavenly Father, we are overwhelmed by the majesty of your creation and your care for us. At every stage of our lives you generously provide for all our needs. We praise you for your great goodness and the gift of your dear Son. Amen.
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Count Zinzendorf speaks once again in this collection of sermons preached during his sojourn in Pennsylvania in the 1740s. These sermons, translated by Craig Atwood and Julie Tomberlin Weber, will touch your heart as they did those who heard them more than 250 years ago.