The Archives Commission welcomes five new members this month and is now ten members strong. With half its members appointed by the PEC and half by Salem Congregation, the Commission will meet quarterly. Our thanks to: Mike Sloan, Chair, New Philadelphia Church; Toni Bigham (new), New Philadelphia; Scott Brent, Friedland; Peggy Carter, Fries Memorial; Heather Fearnbach (new), Home; Michael Gwyn (new), Ardmore; John Larson (new), Home; Pat Nelson, Ardmore; Kirk Sanders (new), Home; Rev. Scott Venable, Fairview. On February 1, the PEC appointed J. Eric Elliott the new Archivist of the Southern Province.
Archivist Elliott speaks at the Historic Bethania Association “History and Oysters” event at 2:00pm on March 10, and will be bringing copies of the new reprint of Archivist Crews’ 1993 booklet on Bethania’s founding.
The first class of five Family History Docents will be training March 13 in the Archives. If you are interested in future trainings in our genealogical materials, and could help as volunteer other family historians for thirty hours anytime in a three- month period, contact our facility.
A dozen theology students from the University of Goettingen and their instructor, Prof. Moritz Emmelmann, will be visiting the Archives and Home Church on Monday March 19, where they will speak with Bishop The Rt. Rev. Lane Sapp and Rev. Scott Venable about the history and practice of the Moravian Church.
A spring “Supporters Appreciation Reception,” with music, refreshments, and information-sharing, is planned for Thursday April 12 at 6:30 pm in the Archives for its individual financial donors, volunteers, and in-kind contributors.
Archives Lunchtime Lecture videos have their own YouTube channel. Subscribe at this link to be notified when we post videos. You can now see talks from last fall by Prof. Grant McAllister of Wake Forest on the Salem Diary of 1817, and by Interim Archivist Eric Elliott on challenges and opportunities for the Archives. Selected videos of talks before summer 2017 will remain at the Moravian Music Foundation’s YouTube channel.