The History Department at Moravian College

Upcoming Events


Moravian College will be hosting the 8th Annual Undergraduate Conference for Medieval and Early Modern Studies on December 7. For more information please see the conference webpage.

Department News


Kim Lescowitch, '14, will be presenting her summer SOAR project at the 2013 meeting of the Pennsylvania Historical Association on October 17-19. Her project is titled "The Bethlehem Area During the Great Depression."
09-26-13

Casey Hilferty, '14, presented her summer SOAR project at the Landmark Summer Research Symposium at Susquehanna University on July 24, 2013. Her SOAR project was "Rediscovering and Including Women in the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1975".
09-26-13

Congratulations to Dr. Sandra Aguilar on the birth of her son, Teo, this summer.
09-26-13

Dr. Sandy J. Bardsley has had a chapter titled "Education and Work: Multiple Tasks and Lowly Status" published in the book A Cultural History of Women in the Middle Ages, edited by Kim Phillips. Please see her profile for publication information.
09-04-13

In conjunction with Russell Spinney (New Mexico) and Derek Hillard (Kansas State), Dr. Heikki Lempa has organized a seminar on the Study of Emotions at the Annual Meeting of the German Studies Association taking place in Denver this coming October. 27 papers in fields from philosophy to literary criticism to history have been accepted. Dr. Lempa will also be commenting on the papers in one of the three sessions.
09-04-2013

Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities new movable shelving has been installed in the Moravian archives.
09-04-13

In July Dr. Heikki Lempa received an award from the Anna-Amalia Bibliothek, Weimar, Germany to work on his book project, Transformation of Honor in Germany, 1700-1914. The first draft of the manuscript has been completed.
09-04-13

Dr. Sandy J. Bardsley is presenting a paper at the 28th International Conference on Medievalism at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI this coming October.
09-04-13

The Moravian archives' records relating to the Moravian missions among American Indians have been digitzed. Many thanks to Reeves Library for hosting the scanning firm's technicians.
09-04-13

Dr. Paul Peucker has finished a book manuscript about the Moravians during the so-called Sifting Time, a period of crisis experienced around 1750.
09-04-13

A forthcoming article by Dr. Sandy J. Barsley is to be published in the Journal of British Studies in 2014.
09-04-13

Dr. Jane Berger will be chairing a panel during the annual conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) from September 26-30 in Pittsburgh, PA.
09-27-12

Dr. Heikki Lempa received a travel award earlier this year from the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation to work on his current book project, "Transformation of Honor in Germany, 1700-1914." This award allowed Dr. Lempa to conduct research at the Forschungszentrum Gotha in Germany, an affiliate of the University of Erfurt, from June 14 to July 15. While there he also gave a lecture on "Honor and Merit in Eighteenth-Century Germany."
09-08-12

The Moravian Archives have been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to install movable shelving in the repository vault. Preparations for their installation has already begun.
9-08-12

Dr. Sandra Aguilar has presented her work on domestic technology in modern Mexico this year at two of the most prestigious conferences in her field. In May she presented "Modernizing Daily Cooking: The Nixtamal Mill in 1940s and 1950s Mexico" at the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) conference in San Francisco. In June she presented "Blending Tradition and Modernity: Domestic Technology in Mid-Twentieth Century Mexico" at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) in New York City.
09-08-12

Dr. Paul Peucker is currently editing a book written by his deceased predecesser, Vernon Nelson (archivist 1961-2004), on the 18th-century Moravian painter, John Valentine Haidt. The book is expected to be published later this Fall.
9-08-12

The department would like to belatedly congratulate Dr. Sandra Aguilar on the birth of her daughter, Elisa Ceron-Aguilar, born last Fall.
09-08-12

Heikki Lempa presented an essay entitled “Das Problem der Ehre in der philanthropistischen Erziehung, 1774 - 1811” at the 2nd International Schnepfenthal Symposium Die pädagogische Provinz und die Welt in Schnepfenthal, in Germany, on August 26th-28th, 2011.
9-23-11

Curtis Keim is developing an annotated bibliography of “Western Images of Africa” for Oxford University Press. The bibliography will be serving as a fundamental guide to scholars who are uncertain about the particular subject they would like to research. Each topic will include the essential primary and secondary sources. There will be 100 to 130 titles included in the bibliography. Topics will include the expansion of Bantu, various pre-colonial kingdoms and empires, the slave trade, and the causes of the European Scramble for Africa.
9-23-11

Heikki Lempa has published two chapters. The first, “Klassinen Saksan historiassa,” explores the theoretical dimensions of the notion "classical" and was published in an edited volume, Historian aikakoneessa, in Turku, Finland. The second one, “Techniques of Epicurean Masculinity: The Playing Method in German Education, 1774-1820," was published in a volume edited by Katherine Faull, Masculinity, Senses, Spirit (Bucknell University Press, 2011). Most of the summer he will be working on two honor-related projects. The first one, a paper for a conference in Schnepfenthal, Germany, in August 2011, explores honor and education in late eighteenth-century Germany and the second, a paper for the GSA meeting in Louisville in September 2011, investigates honor practices of construction workers in late-nineteenth century Leipzig.
7-4-11

Paul Peucker, our Faculty Associate and the Director of the Moravian Archives, will be working on his book on the Moravian Sifting Time, a time of crisis around 1750. He is also supervising 8 students from Lehigh University who are cataloging the collections of the Archives. The project is funded by a major grant.
7-4-11

Our new American Historian, Jane Berger, has been busy. Aside from preparing for the move to Bethlehem, she participated in a meeting in Washington, DC that brought together scholars and practitioners of labor relations in early June.  She also presented a paper titled “Fragile Solidarities: Welfare Warriors and Welfare Workers” in June in Amherst, MA at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women.  During the rest of the summer, and in between bouts of packing, she will be working on a book about race, gender and the origins of the urban crisis of the late twentieth century.  The study focuses on the city of Baltimore in global context.
7-4-11

Sandra Aguilar-Rodriguez has published an article, “Nutrition and Modernity: Milk Consumption in 1940s and 1950s Mexico” in the Radical History Review. The article explores the rhetoric of milk in Mexico considering medical discourses, publicity campaigns, state programs, and women's experiences. Currently she is working on a book proposal for her manuscript, “Cooking Modernity: Food, Gender, and Class in 1940s and 1950s Mexico,” and on a couple of entries on “Maize” and “Chocolate” that will appear in Icons of Mexico, a two-volume encyclopedia edited by Eric Zolov.
7-4-11

Chuck Welsko, a graduate of 2011, had a paper accepted to the Pennsylvania Historical Association Conference to be held in Johnstown, PA, on October 13-15. The title of his paper is “Hesitant Warriors: The 1862 Volunteers of the 153rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment.”
7-4-11

Janet Loengard, Professor Emerita, is currently working on a comparison of English common law and custom about the right to light and the converse right to privacy (the right not to be looked at) from the Middle Ages to the Great Fire of London in the seventeenth century. Most of her summer she will spend in various archives in London.
7-4-11

Winfred Kohls, Professor Emeritus, just returned from an extended stay at the hospital and is now at home recovering from a heart attack.  The recovery is progressing very well and Dr. Kohls is fully enjoying the summer days and his beloved garden.
6-9-11

Jamie Paxton's article “Merrymaking and Militia Musters: (Re)Constructing Community and Identity in Upper Canada” won the Riddell Award (awarded by the Ontario Historical Society) for the best article published on Ontario history in 2010.
4-26-11

Phi Alpha Theta invited John Stanley, a Moravian alumni and the Professor of Asian History at Kutztown University, to speak at Moravian on Monday, April 18th. There was an Asian-themed dinner with Professor Stanley, followed by his lecture on China in the 20th century.
4-19-11

History students Tara Finegan and Kirk Pastre presented papers at the Undergraduate Conference in German Studies on Saturday, March 26th.
4-5-11

Moravian College and Lafayette College hosted an Undergraduate Conference in German Studies on Saturday, March 26, 2011 on Moravian's campus. Over 40 students and faculty members attended from seven colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. The keynote speech was delivered by Professor Belinda Davis from Rutgers University. For more information, please visit the conference website.
4-5-11

On March 24th, Sandra Aguilar presented a paper entitled “Revolution at the Kitchen: Cooking Technologies in 1940s and 1950s Mexico” at the Conable Conference in International Studies on “Cuisine, Technology & Development,” which took place at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
4-5-11

It is the history department's great pleasure to welcome Jane Berger as the new Assistant Professor of Modern American History! Dr. Berger is an engaged academic teacher and accomplished urban historian whose research centers on the city of Baltimore. She comes to Moravian from Cornell University, where she has been a visiting assistant professor at the Industrial Labor Relations (ILR) school.
3-22-11

The history department would like to congratulate Chuck Welsko, Jennifer Screnci, and Ruby Johnson for the acceptance of their paper proposals for presentation at the annual meeting of the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in Ithaca, NY, from March 30 to April 2, 2011. There were over 3,500 applications and only a few hundred were accepted.
3-22-11

On March 10th, Dr. Sandra Aguilar participated in the discussion panel at the opening of the “Welcome, Neighbor” exhibit at the Allentown Public Library. For more information on the exhibit, visit this website.
3-10-11

The history department hosted the opening of “Welcome, Neighbor,” an exhibition that depicts the broad and diverse history of immigration to the Lehigh Valley, on Tuesday, February 8th in Moravian College's HUB. There is more information available on this website.
2-8-11

The Moravian College Medieval Society and Moravian College hosted the 5th Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies on Saturday, December 4, 2010. Students were encouraged to deliver papers at the conference. The Morning Call covered the event in this article. For more information, please visit the conference's website.
12-4-10

On October 19th, Dr. Paul Peucker of the Moravian Archives took the Moravian History Club on a walking tour of historic downtown Bethlehem. Also in attendance was Dr. Dennis Glew, one of the Moravian history department's esteemed emeriti. [view photo]
10-25-10

Moravian College hosted the Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History and Music on October 14-17, 2010. History students Chuck Welsko and Tara Finegan presented papers at the conference, which had attendees from Sweden, England, Germany, the Czech Republic, and the United States.
10-21-10

In October, Jamie Paxton presented a paper entitled “From the Tree of Peace to the Liberty Tree: How Local Historians Remembered and Forgot the Mohawks” at the American Society for Ethnohistory Annual Meeting in Ottawa.
10-21-10

During Homecoming Weekend, the Moravian History Department hosted a continental breakfast for its alumni. The breakfast was held from 9:00-10:30AM on Saturday, October 16, 2010 in the PPHAC third floor atrium.
10-21-10

Jamie Paxton has co-edited a special issue of Ontario History entitled “Imagining New Worlds in the New World: Entertainment, Agency, and Power in Upper Canada” with Michel S. Beaulieu (associate professor of history at Lakehead University). Dr. Paxton's article “Merrymaking and Militia Musters: (Re)Constructing Community and Identity in Upper Canada” will appear in the same issue.
8-30-10

Mike Piersa (a 2006 Moravian history graduate) came to the History Club’s meeting on March 23rd to discuss internships at the forthcoming National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH).  Mike currently works with students at the museum’s warehouse in Allentown collecting and preparing the museum’s Smithsonian-loaned artifacts for preservation. Moravian students Cassie Cleveland, Maura Acox, and Chris Leiby are currently engaged in a field study at the NMIH.
4-26-10

Dr. Jamie Paxton will be working with Chuck Welsko and Karen Duld on a summer SOAR project entitled Canada: A Community History.
4-22-10

The Moravian College History Department would like to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Sandra Aguilar, our new Latin American history professor! She will begin teaching in August of 2010, concentrating on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin America, particularly Mexico.
3-29-10

Dr. Heikki Lempa and Dr. Paul Peucker have edited and contributed to a new book entitled Self, Community, World: Moravian Education in a Transatlantic World. The book, which came out in January 2010 from Lehigh University Press, includes contributions to the history of Moravian education in the 18th and 19th centuries.
2-4-10

Juniors Tara Blasser and Rachel Kleiner, fresh from participating in an archaeological dig in Israel in the summer of 2009, are spending the spring 2010 semester studying history and art in Rome, Italy.
2-4-10

Dr. Curtis Keim has completed his article, “Violence, Culture, and History in Africa,” and it will be published by Prajna Vihara: Journal of Philosophy and Religion. The article discusses the tendency of the popular media as well as government officials and scholars to attribute violence in Africa to African culture rather than to specific historical and political experiences of contemporary Africans.
10-24-09

Dr. Jamie Paxton presented a paper “A Murder at Grand River: A Crisis of Community in One Haudenosaunee Settlement” at the American Society for Ethnohistory Annual Meeting in New Orleans.
10-24-09

On October 24, 2009 the History Department held a continental breakfast for all History, as well as Historical Studies, Alumni.
10-24-09

This past August, Professor Paul Peucker presented a paper entitled "Moravian archives as repositories of Pietist experiences" at the Third International Conference for Piestist Research in Halle, Germany. He also published the article "The Ideal of Primitive Christianity as a Source of Moravian Liturgical Practice."
10-07-09

Rachel Kleiner and six other Moravian students, as well as three professors, traveled to Jerusalem, Israel this past summer to take part in an archaeological dig at Ramat Rahel.
10-07-09