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"Becoming American: Moravians and their Neighbors, 1772-1822"

As new immigrants to the region, Moravian settlers were encouraged by their religious leadership “to …. enquire of many of the nearest Neighbours … and collect …. all the Advantageous and Disadvantageous Moments.”  Through a historical examination of the concept of 'the neighbor', the conference invites reflection on the first fifty years of Moravian-influenced change in the Piedmont. We will ask, who were the Moravians's neighbors?  And who did 'the neighbor' include and exclude, and how? How did the Moravian communities envision their own role and responsibilities as neighbors? 

The many and often deeply fraught modes of exchange based on these questions came to define the unique Moravian-American character in today's NC Piedmont. Neighbor-relations affected economic, cultural, social, and artistic practices, including gender roles, literacy, missions to Cherokee and Creek communities, and enslavement. Elaborating and exploring this conference theme will help us understand the present and future of our region on the way to creating a just and inclusive community. 

The conference offers a panel discussion with Cherokee scholars, keynote lectures, “Walk and Learn!” tours, cultural performances, and more. Throughout, we will ask critical questions and lay the ground for future "town and gown" conversations, research and scholarship. All events are free and open to the public, but registration is necessary to reserve seating.

Wednesday, April 15 at 3:30pm to 9:00pm

More dates through April 18, 2020

Winston-Salem, NC

Event Type

Conference / Panel


Academic Centers / Institutes, Humanities Institute

Target Audience

Faculty, General Public, Staff, Students



Reservation Required for Select Events; Recommended for All Other Events

Contact name

Ulrike Wiethaus and Grant McAllister

Contact email,

Contact phone number

336.758.7169, 336.758.4023

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