1772 A Große Helfer Conferenz is organized in Salem and meets for the first time the next day. Its duty is to be the “watchful eye” of the congregation, referring matters to the appropriate board or office holder for formal action. The Große Helfer Conferenz will function until 1811.
1779 Pulaski’s Legion comes through Salem and leaves smallpox in its wake. The only known defense is to inoculate with the smallpox virus itself. Neighbors threaten to destroy the town if that is done, so Salem endures until the disease runs its course over the next six months.
1964 The sanctuary of Messiah Moravian Church is formally opened with the laying of the cornerstone.
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