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Exhibits in Reeves Library Celebrates Slice of Moravian History

Bethlehem, Pa., Reeves Library at Moravian College is displaying two new exhibits. “Famous Faces at Moravian College,” features archived photographs of some of the famous and distinguished personalities who have visited the college. “Moravian College Christmas Vespers,” highlights programs and photographs that chronicle the long held traditions of the beautiful Vespers Services Both exhibits were curated by the former president of the Moravian College History Club, Joseph Moyer, ’05, Bangor, Pa., and the current president, Robert Valente, ’07, Lincoln Park, N.J.

Photographs of political figures, President John F. Kennedy, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, and Senator George McGovern are on display in the “Famous Faces” exhibit, as well as the renowned musicians, Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, Leopald Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau. The exhibit is located on the lower level of Reeves Library.

The exhibitions, sponsored by the Moravian College History Club, were created with the assistance of Dr. James Tyler, College Archivist, and the Reeves librarians, especially librarian, Rita Berk. These exhibits represent the third and fourth effort by Moyer and Valente this semester.

Their first presentation recorded events during the nearly disastrous 1913 fire on Halloween, in Comenius Hall. The second outlined the history of the Founder’s Day tradition at the college.

The idea for a series of exhibits about Moravian College history was conceived by Moyer when he discovered the 19th and early 20th century photographs of the college, while volunteering at the Bethlehem Historical Society in the summer of 2003.

“Something I had noticed since [my freshman] year at Moravian College was a lack of awareness on campus of Moravian College's history,” explained Moyer. When Moravian College President Dr. Ervin J. Rokke, challenged students to define what makes Moravian College unique, Moyer recruited friend and fellow history major Valente to collaborate to solve both issues. Their efforts have produced illustrative examples of Moravian College’s unique and distinctive history.

Reeves Library is located on the Main Campus of Moravian College, 1200 Main Street, Bethlehem, Pa. The exhibits will remain on display and are open to the public through December 21, 2004.