A third of our Archives support now comes from individual donors, a third from the Southern Province and a third from Salem Congregation. We are grateful for all who help us preserve and share our special blessings with the church and greater community. This year Sallie Greenfield and the Greenfield Ministries Fund has pledged up to a $5,000 match for all new donors and every dollar above current donors’ 2017 calendar-year giving. We thank her for her inspiring gift, and welcome those friends who join her in that match challenge.
On Thursday, December 13, at 12:15pm in the Spaugh Lecture/Recital Hall at the Archie K. Davis Center, Assistant Archivist Nicole Crabbe and friends will present this month’s thirty-minute Lunchtime Lecture – “And Still More Fun Finds in the Vault,” a holiday-season look at little-known treats among our collections here.
Throughout this month, Archives publications can be purchased along with Moravian Music Foundation CDs at the seasonal Dewey’s Bakery Holiday Shop set up at West Salem Shopping Center, which is at the corner of Peters Creek Parkway and Academy Street in Winston-Salem. Thirty percent of proceeds of sales go to help Sunnyside Ministry of the Moravian Church. We also will have a link posted on our website’s bookstore out to the “SWAG” shop of the Board of Cooperative Ministries for their special Moravian-themed gifts as well as to the Music Foundation to help your holiday shopping.
On November 15 from 5:30-7:30pm at St. Philips’ 1861 building on Church Street, the Archives is co-promoting a film screening of the documentary “A Class Divided,” with a panel discussion thereafter about how to recognize and confront racism within ourselves. The film documents how, as an experiment in the wake of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., teacher Jane Elliott divided her students into two groups according to their eye color (brown eyes/blue eyes), and the resulting discrimination lesson they learned. This event is sponsored by Old Salem’s Hidden Town Project in collaboration with St. Philips Moravian Church, Home Moravian Church, Moravian Team for Racial Reconciliation, and Moravian Archives – with thanks to the Salem Academy and College Gramley Library for providing the film. It’s free and open to the public. Parking is available at the Old Salem Visitor Center, 900 Old Salem Road. From there, it is a 5-minute walk to St. Philips Church or shuttles to the church from the Visitor Center will be available beginning at 5:00 p.m.
On November 8 at 12:15pm in Spaugh Hall, Assistant Archivist Nicole Crabbe will give a thirty-minute talk on the Moravian ship “Irene,” a talk originally set for September and then rescheduled for November 15. Our previously scheduled November 8 talk on “A Summer Intern’s Stories” by Ian Sapp, Music Foundation intern this year, has had to be canceled.
In September the Moravian Archives gratefully received an initial $1000 contribution from Wachovia Historical Society President I. B. Southerland towards what will be a $5000 gift. In late 2017 WHS pledged $1000 in annual support for five years to the Moravian Archives Book Fund. Monies will subsidize publication costs of the Records of the Moravians Among the Cherokees book series. Volume 9 in that series is nearing printing this fall. A tenth volume, through September 1838, is anticipated in the first half of next year.