Old Salem Museums & Gardens to Present Singstunde

Commemorating the First Visit of the Moravian Sisters to Salem


Winston-Salem, NC (JULY 19, 2016) 2016 marks the 250th anniversary of the founding of Salem, North Carolina.As part of the celebration of this momentous anniversary, Old Salem Museums & Gardens is presenting a traditional Moravian Singstunde, or “song service” on Sunday, August 21 at 3 p.m. to commemorate the first visit of the Moravian Sisters to Salem. The Singstunde will take place in the James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium in the Old Salem Visitor Center and is free and open to the public.

On August 18, 1766, seven Sisters visited Salem from Bethabara for the day. They were the first women to make a visit of this type. A lovefeast was held by them and the residents of Salem in a room in the First House, which was used as the Saal for the community until the Gemein House was completed.

Attendees at the Singstunde on August 21 will enjoy a service featuring the singing of hymns by congregation and choir and anthems sung by The Singing Sisters, Old Salem’s female chorale ensemble with guest soloist Gale Ketteler. Susan Foster will play the 1800 Tannenberg Organ and the Reverend Dr. Nola Reed Knouse will preside.

For more information, please contact (336) 721-7350or info@oldsalem.org.

 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.