“Opening the Blue Cabinet: Moravians and Marriage”: A Special Lecture

Feb 10th, 2014Press Release from Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites


A Special Guest Lecture at the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem by Paul Peucker, Ph.D.

hdr_8Bethlehem, PA – Join us at the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem’s Gemeinhaus on Saturday, February 15 at 2:30pm for a special guest lecture by Paul Peucker!

There are many questions about 18th-century Moravian marriage practices: How did Moravians choose their marriage partners? Were couples really chosen by the Lot? How true are the stories about a blue cabinet where married couples had sexual intercourse?

And what did church members think about the way church leaders controlled their marital life? This presentation will shed light on Moravian ideas on marriage and sexuality during the 18th century.

15 VerheiratungPaul Peucker is director and archivist of the Moravian Church in America, Northern Province. He is author of the forthcoming book: “A Time of Sifting: Crisis, Controversy, and Change among Eighteenth-Century Moravians” and is the founding editor of the Journal of Moravian History.

Paul studied history at the Rijksuniversiteit at Utrecht and received his Ph.D. from the same university. The topic of his dissertation is the first Moravian settlement outside Herrnhut: Heerendijk in the Netherlands. He also holds a degree in archivistics from the Rijksarchiefschool in The Hague.

This special lecture takes place in the Gemeinhaus Saal, the very space where the great wedding of 1749 took place, uniting 28 couples during one ceremony.

Admission to the lecture is included in the Pass into History ticket. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12, free for children under 5. The Pass into History allows access to all of Historic Bethlehem’s sites. Come for the Church & Chapel walking tour at 1:00pm and stay for the lecture!

Historic Bethlehem is a not-for-profit institution that brings to life three centuries of American history. Historic Bethlehem tells the story of a small town of great influence, home to some of our nation’s earliest settlers, to America’s first municipal water pumping system, and to one of the world’s greatest industrial companies. Historic Bethlehem is located in Eastern Pennsylvania, only a 1.5 hour drive from Philadelphia to the North and 2 hours west of New York City. Historic Bethlehem is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and is distinguished as a National Historic Landmark District for Historic Moravian Bethlehem. For more information please call 610-691-6055 or visit www.historicbethlehem.org.





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