These folks have been working with us these last few weeks to get our record-keeping for our churches up-to-date. We had asked that all minutes and reports due annually to the Archives for 2017 and 2018 be sent us by June 30. If you need help getting those materials to us, please contact us for assistance. We want to get a system in place so that it’s easier for you and us to collect and submit materials as we go forward.
We welcome to the Archives Commission its tenth and final member, Barry Miller from Konnoak Hills Moravian Church, and thank him for his willingness to serve We celebrated last month the twentieth anniversary of the hiring of Assistant Archivist Nicole Crabbe at the Archives. When you see her, thank her for her service!
The latest issue of our Annotations newsletter is being mailed to our financial supporters and friends in early July and will be available online at our website soon. In it is an announcement of our second annual Supporters Appreciation Night, to be held Thursday, September 19, from 6:30-8:30pm. We hope to see many of you there.
In mid-May 2019 Aimee Mepham, Assistant Director, Humanities Institute, Wake Forest University, issued this press release: “The Reynolda Conference convenes a small group of Wake Forest faculty and guest scholars to study an engaging, humanities-focused topic of their choice, over three to five days, including public programs. The conference is funded by an engaged humanities grant received by the university from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. We are very pleased to announce that the second and final Mellon-funded Reynolda Conference Grant has been awarded to Grant McAllister (German) and Ulrike Wiethaus (Department for the Study of Religions) for their proposal, “Becoming American: Moravians and their Neighbors, 1772-1822,” to be held in Spring 2020.” Moravian Archivist Eric Elliott will continue his working with these Wake professors and the new Moravian Studies Collaborative to plan the public and academic portions of this event, which will be held April 15-18, 2020. Stay tuned for more information as it develops.
Dana Myers’s book, “My Name is Dorothea,” is the story of Dorothea Elizabeth Meyer Boner. Dorothea was the daughter of Salem’s Tavern Keepers, the musician who entertained President Washington on his Southern Tour in 1791, and a courageous young woman who defied tradition and followed her heart by marrying the man she loved in spite of all obstacles. It is available at the Moravian Archives for $11.99.
Ed Lyons just published “Wachovia,” a touching collection of verse describing a wide variety of aspects of the Moravian experience here in our historic place. When he moved to Winston-Salem in 2011 after an illness, he transferred his church membership to Trinity Moravian, where he was asked to join the choir and write hymns. In 2014, Ed joined with Doug Stuber to help establish the anthology Poems from the Heron Clan, a forum for Raleigh/Durham/ Chapel Hill poets. Copies of “Wachovia” are $10 each at the Archives.
Lunchtime Lectures at the Davis Center are on summer break and will resume in September. The next stop for the Archives’ “Languages of Flowers in Moravian Wachovia” exhibit is at Alpha Chapel in Historic Bethania in June, in conjunction with the 260th birthday party for Bethania on June 8. After a stay there through August, the exhibit travels to the entrance of the North Carolina Room at the Forsyth County Public Library in September and October.