March 23, 2021

Women’s History Month Presents: “The letters of Mary Penry: A Single Moravian Woman in Early America”

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Date(s) - 03/23/2021
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Mary Penry (1735-1804) was an ordinary woman who lived an extraordinary life, thanks to the Moravian communities of Bethlehem and Lititz where she lived. She traveled widely, was obsessed by the politics of the Revolution and early republic, and kept up a vast correspondence with Moravians and non-Moravians across the globe. She also remained single for her entire life, which was an option available to very few women in early America. Her writings, which Scott Gordon collected and published as The Letters of Mary Penry in 2018, offer a sustained look at the spiritual and social life of the single Moravian woman.