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Federal Register Announcement: Historic Moravian Bethlehem Named on Potential Nomination to World Heritage List

Federal Register Announcement
 
Robert Donchez, Mayor of the City of Bethlehem and Chair of the Bethlehem World Heritage Commission, and Charlene Donchez Mowers, President of the Bethlehem World Heritage Commission and Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites, are pleased to announce that a notice appeared in the Federal Register on Monday, January 11, 2021 requesting public comment on the next potential nomination to the World Heritage List.
 
The World Heritage List was established in 1972 to “encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.”  There are currently just 1,000 sites on the World Heritage List, two examples of which are the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids at Giza in Egypt. There are only 24 World Heritage Sites in the United States, two of which are Independence Hall in Philadelphia and the Statue of Liberty in New York.
 
As a World Heritage List candidate, Historic Moravian Bethlehem preserves and advances the ageless values of education, equality, industry, integrity, and spirituality that have been part of this community since 1741.
Located in the heart of downtown Bethlehem, the site’s original architecture along with its town planning across 14.7 acres, 10 structures, several ruins and a cemetery, stands today as a reflection of and tribute to the resilience of a community built on universal human ideals that are essential and relevant to this day.

With its intact core of original buildings, Historic Moravian Bethlehem preserves some of the most important structures and sites relating to the Moravians in the New World and is significant as an outstanding example of Moravian architecture and town planning. The settlement played a key role in both the international and American Moravian communities.
Historic Moravian Bethlehem is working with the historic Moravian community of Herrnhut, Germany with the goal to submit an extension to the World Heritage listing in 2015 of Christiansfeld, a Moravian Church Settlement in Denmark, that would include Herrnhut in Germany, the Moravian Bethlehem District in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and possibly other historic Moravian communities around the world.
 
Historic Moravian Bethlehem is an outstanding candidate to be the next site put forward by the United States in nomination to the World Heritage List.  The comment period is open through January 26

A letter of support may be mailed to: Jonathan Putnam, Office of International Affairs, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20240   or by email to: jonathan_putnam@nps.gov.