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Bethlehem’s Gemeinhaus celebrates 275th birthday

September 15th, 2016 |

BETHLEHEM — Charlene Donchez Mowers calls the polyglot a “joyful noise,” choruses of early Moravian settlers singing hymns in a dozen native tongues in unison.

Their voices had once bounced off the walls of the Saal, a small worship room in Bethlehem’s oldest building, the Gemeinhaus (guh-MINE-house), 275 years ago when the city was settled.

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