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Moravian Historical Society hosts 164th annual event


“Made in Christian’s Spring: A Story of the American Revolution,” presented by Dr. Scott Gordon , will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, followed by a reception at 4 p.m.
The talk follows the 164th annual member meeting of the Moravian Historical Society. The meeting and lecture will take place in the Whitefield House Museum, 214 E. Center St., Nazareth. The reception will take place outside on the lawn.
Recent discoveries offer the rare opportunity to trace the movements of an elegant rifle that a gunsmith at Christian’s Spring produced for a wealthy Mennonite farmer in Lancaster County.
Bishop Nathaniel Seidel, traveling west in 1773, delivered the valuable item to Benjamin Baer. But if Baer aimed to pass this heirloom on to his children, the American Revolution frustrated his plans.

Three years later, the rifle retraced its path, traveling east: a common soldier carried it to war in New Jersey. A unique object had become an interchangeable one. The story of this rifle sheds new light on how Pennsylvanians were armed, and disarmed, nearly 250 years ago.
Gordon is the Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Department of English at Lehigh University.
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