Old Salem Museums & Gardens Continues Moravian History Speaker Series

Craig Atwood to Speak August 9


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336.722.9660 or scott@capturevalue.com

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (JULY 14, 2016) – The second lecture in Old Salem Museums & Gardens’ Moravian History Speaker Series will take place on August 9 and will feature Craig Atwood discussing “Salem: City of Peace.” The lectures are part of the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of Salem, North Carolina. The lectures will be given by leading scholars in the fields of Moravian history and spirituality and will take a deeper look into the town and the people who founded it.

The next lecture in the series is:

 Salem: City of Peace
Craig Atwood
August 9, 7 p.m.

The Moravians were one of the most controversial and dynamic religious groups of the 18th century. In this lecture, Atwood examines the spiritual and religious foundations of Salem and the way its social structure benefited the women and men who lived there. Craig Atwood is the Charles D. Couch Associate Professor of Moravian Theology and Ministry at the Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is also the Director of the Center for Moravian Studies. He is the author of over fifty publications and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Moravian History, which is published by Penn State Press, and is the Senior Editor of the series Pietist, Moravian, and Anabaptist Studies, also published by Penn State. He is the President of the Moravian Museum Board in Bethlehem and President of the Moravian Historical Society in Nazareth. A native of Winston-Salem, Dr. Atwood had the privilege of working in Old Salem for 16 years, first as the Starbuck Assistant Professor of Religion at Salem College and then as Theologian in Residence at Home Moravian Church.


The final lecture in the series will be:

When German Met English: Heart Religion and the Creation of an American Identity in Wachovia, North Carolina
Scott Rohrer
October 18, 7 p.m.

This lecture will explore the complicated influences on Moravian culture and how Wachovia’s Moravians became Americans. The impetus for change came not just from outside Wachovia but from within the Moravian movement itself. Scott Rohrer is a historian of early America whose research focuses on religion’s influence on society and the American Revolution. His 2005 book, Hope’s Promise: Religion and Acculturation in the Southern Backcountry, explored the impact of Hope, NC, and the two other Moravian farm settlements on Wachovia.

The lectures will take place in the James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium in the Old Salem Visitor Center at 900 Old Salem Road. Each lecture is $5 per person. The lectures are $3 for college students with an ID. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-441-5305.

For more information on these lectures and additional events that will be taking place throughout 2016 in honor of the 250th anniversary of the town of Salem visit oldsalem.org/250.

About Old Salem

Old Salem Museums & Gardens is one of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. Its museums—the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and the Gardens at Old Salem—engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South. Old Salem Museums & Gardens is located at 600 South Main Street in Winston-Salem. For more information call 336-721-7300 or visit oldsalem.org.