Moravian history comes alive with Sheldon Spear at Dietrich Theater

June 19th, 2015 9:26 am

First Posted: 10/10/2014

All history buffs are invited to the Dietrich Theater at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 for a free talk on Moravian history by Dr. Sheldon Spear.

Every year since 2002 Spear brings a historical topic related to Pennsylvania to his audience at the Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Topics have included Northeastern Pennsylvania Children in the Age of Anthracite, Northeastern Pennsylvania in American History, Semi-Public Executions in Tunkhannock and Wilkes-Barre and more.

This years topic introduces the Moravians, a Pennsylvania Dutch denomination, which caused a furor in mid-eighteenth century America because of their aspirations to unify all Protestants in the mid-Atlantic region and their endeavor to Christianize Native Americans. Spear will examine these developments, including his own wry observations that his followers come to hear.

Dr. Spear taught at Luzerne County Community College for many years, and he also had a spot on local radio, relaying tidbits of local history. He was one of the first speakers at the reopened Dietrich Theater. He is the author of many books. His most recent ones are “Daniel J. Flood: a Biography: The Congressional Career of an Economic Savior and Cold War Nationalist,” published in 2009 and “The Jews of Wilkes-Barre: 150 Years 1845-1995 in the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania,” published in 1998.

For information about the presentation of Moravian History, or to reserve free tickets, call the Dietrich Theater at 570-996-1500. Tickets will also be available at the door.