Visiting the Harmony Museum to Learn about Western PA’s Religious Roots

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Harmony, Pennsylvania, is located 30 miles north of Pittsburgh, and is a quaint town with a rich history. Recently, I took some time to visit the Harmony Museum and explore the buildings of Historic Harmony to learn more about the area’s past.

Harmony was founded in 1804 by Johann Georg Rapp and his religious community. Known as the the Harmony Society or Harmonists, Rapp and his followers had fled present-day Germany only a few years prior in search of religious freedom, just as others such as the Moravians or those at Ephrata Cloister had.

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