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The Harmony Society was a Christian theosophy and pietist society founded in IptingenGermanyin On February 15,the group of approximately followers formally organized the Harmony Society, placing all their goods in common. Under its founder and spiritual leader, Johann Georg Rapp — ; Frederick Reichert Rapp —his adopted son who managed its business affairs; and their associates, the Society existed for one hundred years, roughly from until Members were known as Harmonists, Harmonites, or Rappites.
They depict the landscape of the settlements, and feature portraits of Harmony Society members outside of their homes. The photographs are undated. Series 3: Photographs.
The Society officially disbanded ina century after they started their search for religious freedom and establishment in America. Series 2: Newspaper clippings.
The settlement at Economy proved to be the Harmonists greatest endeavor and included a church, a music hall, working farms, factories, and storehouses. Pennsylvania State University. Rather, the vow of celibacy among members prevented growth from within the society and led to the Harmony Society's declension. By the end ofthe Harmonists sold Harmony, with its buildings, industries, and 7, acres of land and moved to New Harmony, Indiana. The Harmony Society exerted a major influence on the economy of western Pennsylvania and amassed a large sum of assets and land including over a half million dollars in gold stored in Rapp's house in Economy.
Relocated to New Harmony, Indiana, inthey returned insettling permanently in Economy, Pennsylvania, near Ambridge. Bythe Harmonists boasted a village of houses, 3, acres of farming, a thriving livestock herd, and many buildings for their industrial enterprises. Their economical gain was not intended for worldly display but rather to support their millennial preaching of the quickly approaching end of time.
The Correspondence series includes ed autograph letters to Messrs, Wilson and Shields, Washington, Pa, on August 4,referring to a financial transaction and an offer of sale of ewes and rams, and a letter by George Rapp to Mrs. Maria Wilson, Washington, on September 2, Other letters include a letter by Gertrude Rapp, George Rapp's granddaughter, describing the last illness and death of her grandfather, and the affairs of the Society since his death; and announcements of the death of founder George Rapp, the succession of Brother Jacob Henrici to his position, and the election of Brother Jonathan Lenz as a fellow Trustee.
The newspaper clippings date primarily fromand are organized in a scrapbook and as a collection of the Harmony Society newspaper, Bulletin Index. There, they established a second village and community on 25, acres along the Wabash River.
Black and White. Seeking greater spiritual and religious freedom, George Rapp and his son Johann led his followers to the United States in Bythe Rapps purchased acres in Butler, Pennsylvania, and began to develop it for the Harmony Society. Harmony Society negatives, UndatedPhotographic. Copyright,where it persists, is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
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Harmony Society collection, Return to Top. Series 1: Correspondence. Their monetary and economical gains did not overcome their religious beliefs about the separation between worldly and spiritual goods.
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The collection includes letters, photographs, and newspaper the society's Bulletin Index and magazine clippings, mainly about this utopian society after its move to Economy, Pennsylvania. Special Collections Library. Notwithstanding their success, the Harmonists eventually moved again inand settled in Economy, Beaver County, Pennsylvania.
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library catalog. The clippings provide contemporary s of the death of their leader and patriarch, Father Jacob Henrici, the bitter lawsuits over the affairs of the Society under his successor, John Duss, and the dissension that marked the final days of the Harmony Society at Economy over the disposition of the property.
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Correspondence, Scrapbook, The Bulletin Index, Harmony Society photographs, UndatedPhotographic. The Harmony Society soon founded the town of Harmony, Pennsylvania. The society dissolved itself in after membership declined.
While practicing a life of spiritual and worldly separation, the Harmony Society proved to be very successful economically. When you have finished, click the Submit Request button. The second Harmony Society village became more successful in their business and economical pursuits in the Midwest than in Pennsylvania.
Originally called Harmonie Society, members from Germany arrived in Pennsylvania in the s.
The collection is arranged into three series: Correspondence, Newspaper clippings, and Photographs. Member's property was held in common.