The Hurd Campus is located in the heart of the Bethlehem Historic district and is central in the history of the Moravian community. The architecture and stories of this area date back to the original Moravian settlement established in the 1740’s! Now, historic Bethlehem is home to numerous shops, restaurants and historical landmarks. The Hurd Campus is home to the Music and Art Academic Departments, Foy and Peter performance halls, the Payne Art Gallery and the Frueauaff house, where the College’s President lives. Students living on the Hurd campus enjoy a central location and an ample amount of green space behind the residence halls for outdoor activities.
The Hurd Campus is staffed by a Resident Director who lives in on the first floor of Main Hall, a Resident Assistant on each of the three residential floors in Main Hall and a Resident Assistant in Clewell Hall. Students living on the Hurd Campus can eat in Clewell dining Hall where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served Monday-Friday. The College provides regularly scheduled bus service between the Hurd and Main Campuses seven days per week from 7:30am until after midnight. As part of the Campus Safety network, the Hurd Campus emergency and fire safety systems report directly to MC Campus Police.
Originally opened in 1854 as a residence for single women, Main Hall is at the center of the Hurd Campus. Today, Main Hall is home to 57 women in various traditional room configurations. Given the 19th century architecture, no two rooms are identical and most are quite spacious with high ceilings and large windows that offer lots of natural light. Individual rooms sleep two or three students and are completely furnished. Every room is assigned a discreet phone line that provides local access and students can obtain a pass-code for long-distance calls (students must provide a phone for the room). The College supplies basic cable TV service to each student room.
Each student has direct access to the college computer network for data storage and internet connection (there are two data ports in the room). Specific information regarding the campus network, computing resources and recommended system requirements can be found on the MC CIT Website.
The President’s Lounge
The “President’s Lounge” is located on the first floor of Main Hall and is completely furnished with Victorian-era fixtures. This lounge is often used for programs and activities sponsored by students and faculty, and is always open to individual students for impromptu gatherings. Also on the first floor of Main hall are the historic “Blue Parlors” and the “Animal Room”. These lounges are opened on special occasions so students can enjoy the period decor which includes antique furniture and hand-painted wall paper.
The Basement of Main Hall is home to “Coffee House”, a staple of the many activities on the Hurd Campus. On Wednesday evenings, students gather for coffee and tea, conversation, and an occasional acoustic or spoken-word performance. Also in the basement of Main Hall is a new 24-hour study and computer lab that offers access to the campus network and internet via college personal computers. The lab is a quiet, comfortable place for study, research and writing. There is also a small fitness room and laundry facilities in the basement of Main Hall.