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.
In October the Archives received a $1500 grant from the Garden Club Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County that pairs with a $500 grant received from the Old Salem Garden Club in July to fund the creation of a series of three traveling exhibits over the next year. All are “Treasures from the Archives” which will highlight the variety of resources for studying the area’s horticultural history. The first exhibit will be called “The Languages of Flowers in Moravian Wachovia.”
The Lunchtime Lecture for October will not be held the second Thursday of the month, but will instead be held on the third Thursday, October 18, at 12:15pm at Home Moravian Church. The Moravian Music Foundation’s David Blum will speak on “Dr. Who? Moravian Medical Musicians.” We hope to reschedule September’s canceled lecture on the ship “Irene” later in the year.
The archives welcomed a class of three new Family History Docents in September. Carol Brown and Sharon Weibel have already begun work in our memoir collection, and they await family history research guests. New Docent Joe Hoover will be starting work later in the fall. We are grateful that they have joined our expanding team of volunteer help!
The Archives will be closed to the public the week of October 8 as staff attend and participate in the Bethlehem Conference on Moravian Music and History at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.
There are three ways the Archives is celebrating the voyages of the ship that transported Moravian settlers from Europe to the New World from 1748-1757. Our first Lunchtime Lecture of the season on Thursday, September 13, will be “Irene – Moravian Mission Ship,” given by Assistant Archivist Nicole Crabbe. The thirty-minute talk will begin at 12:15 pm in the Spaugh Lecture/Recital Hall on the second floor of our Archie K. Davis Building. Then, look for the Archives’ table and items for sale before and after the showing of “Irene – The Musical” at Advent Moravian Church at 2:00 pm on Saturday September 15. And get online your copy of Robert Tuttle’s 2011 booklet on the history of Moravian Ships, a booklet reprinting and refreshing of John Jordan’s 1895 article on Moravian immigration to Pennsylvania in the eighteenth century.