ERIC Number: ED463185
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: A Moravian Settlement in Colonial America. Teaching with Historic Places.
Casting their eyes toward the rich, arable lands of Pennsylvania, members of the Moravian religious community purchased a 500-acre tract of land north of Philadelphia in 1741. There, along the Lehigh River, they organized and built the communal society of Bethlehem, which became the base location for all Moravian missionary activity in North America. This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file, "Central Bethlehem Historic District" and other source material. The lesson can be used in units on the U.S. colonial period and the role of religious groups and missionaries in the country's expansion. It also could be used in a world history course in a unit on the Reformation. The Bethlehem lesson helps students understand why Moravians immigrated to the New World; why they selected Pennsylvania, a colony known for its toleration of ideas; and how the communities they established embodied their religious beliefs. Following an explanatory introduction ("About This Lesson") which also lists objectives and materials for students, the lesson is divided into six sections: "Setting the Stage: Historical Context"; "Locating the Site: Maps" (Moravian Settlements in the Mid-Atlantic Region); "Determining the Facts: Readings" (Early History of the Moravian Community; The Choir System; Moravian Town Planning); "Visual Evidence: Images" (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1766; The Gemeinhaus; Single Brethren House; Single Brethren House, Floor Plans; Bethlehem Tannery; Moravian Chapel); "Putting It All Together: Activities" (Developing a Time Line; Mapping a Neighborhood); and "Supplementary Resources." (BT)
Descriptors: Colonial History (United States), Elementary Secondary Education, Heritage Education, Historic Sites, Land Settlement, Local History, Primary Sources, Religion Studies, Religious Cultural Groups, Social History, Social Studies, Student Educational Objectives
Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, N.W., Suite NC400, Washington, DC 20240. For full text: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/59bethlehem/59b ethlehem.htm.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. National Register of Historic Places.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania