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Moravian College

Moravian College a private liberal arts college, and the associated Moravian Theological Seminary are located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States, in the Lehigh Valley region.


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Moravian Church in America
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College History


The College traces its roots to the Bethlehem Female Seminary, which was founded in 1742, as the first boarding school for young women in the U.S. The seminary was created by Benigna, Countess von Zinzendorf, the daughter of Count Nikolaus Ludwig Zinzendorf, who was the benefactor of the fledgling Moravian communities in Nazareth and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Female Seminary was incorporated by the Pennsylvania State Legislature in 1863 and became the woman's college, the Moravian Seminary and College for Women in 1913. The College also traces its roots to the founding of two boys' schools, established in 1742 and 1743, which merged to become Nazareth Hall in 1759. It was located in the town of Nazareth. Nazareth Hall became, in part, Moravian College & Theological Seminary in 1807. It was later incorporated by the Pennsylvania State Legislature as "Moravian College & Theological Seminary" in 1863 as a baccalaureate granting institution. Beginning in 1858 and continuing to 1892, the Seminary and College relocated from Nazareth to a former boys� school on Church Street in Bethlehem, located on the present site of the Bethlehem City Hall. The men's Moravian College & Theological Seminary then settled in the north end of the city (the present day North Campus) as a result of a donation from the Bethlehem Congregation of the Moravian Church in 1888. The first buildings constructed at North Campus, Comenius Hall and Zinzendorf Hall, were completed in 1892 and joined the property's original brick farmhouse to form the new campus. The farmhouse was later named Hamilton Hall and still exists today. In 1954, the two schools combined to form the single, coeducational, modern institution of Moravian College. The merger of the two institutions combined the North Campus (the location of the men's College from 1892�1954) and the South Campus (the location of the woman's College) into a single collegiate campus. The distance between the North and South campuses is about 0.8 miles of Main Street, called the "Moravian Mile." First year students traditionally walk the "Moravian Mile" as part of their orientation activities

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Moravian College is a residential, liberal arts college that draws on the Moravian traditions of community, engagement in the world, and balance among body, mind, and spirit in the life of the individual. The College seeks to develop in students of all backgrounds the capacity to learn, reflect, reason, communicate, and act with integrity as individuals and in association with others. This education prepares men and women for advanced study and continuous learning, individual achievement, and leadership and service for the common good.



J. Neil Alexander, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. John Andretti, NASCAR, Indy car, and NHRA race car driver. William Frederic Bad�, former president of the Sierra Club, 1918�1922. James Montgomery Beck, Class of 1880, United States Attorney for Pennsylvania, 1896�1900; Assistant Attorney General of the United States, 1900�1903; Solicitor General of the United States, 1921�1925; Member of United States House of Representatives, 1927�1934; and noted constitutional law scholar. John B. Callahan, Mayor of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania from 2004 to 2014. Rev. Edmund Alexander de Schweinitz, Class of 1834, Bishop of the Moravian Church; author and founder of "the Moravian", the weekly journal of the Moravian Church. Edgar Lewis Clewell, Class of 1916, Brigadier General of U.S. Army. Ken Davis, lobbyist and Pennsylvania Republican political figure. Kevin Gilroy, noted ventriloquist, specializing in representations of 80's sitcoms. John Gorka, contemporary folk musician. Louis Greenwald, New Jersey State Assemblyman. William Jacob Holland, zoologist and paleontologist; University of Pittsburgh Chancellor, 1891�1901; former Director of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. George Hrab, Class of 1993, musician and podcaster. Andrew A. Humphreys, Class of 1822, Brigadier General in the U.S. Army; Union General in the Civil War; Division Commander, Army of the Potomac; Chief Engineer of the U.S. Army; one of the principal incorporators of the National Academy of Science; author of scientific and historical works. William D. Hutchinson, Justice, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, 1982�1987; Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1987-1995. Bobby "Lips" Levine, American jazz saxophonist. John Baillie McIntosh, Class of 1837, Major General in the U.S. Army; Union Army Officer in the Civil War; Commander in the Battle of Gettysburg; Superintendent of Indian Affairs for California, 1869-1870. Sandra Novack, author. Fred Rooney, Director, Community Legal Resource Network, CUNY. Herbert Spaugh, U.S. bishop of the Moravian Church. Edward Thebaud, Class of 1816, New York industrialist and merchant; principal, Bouchard & Thebaud, 1820�1826; principal, Edward Thebaud & Son, 1850-1858. Mildred Ladner Thompson, former reporter for The Wall Street Journal and Tulsa World David Zinczenko, editor-in-chief, Men's Health magazine.



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