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Elisabeth Marx Papers


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Creation: 05.04.2012
Language: English

Title: Elisabeth Marx Papers
Dates: 1920- 1995
Quantity: 9 boxes
Identification: PP MxE
Location: 156G+H
Language: GermanEnglish

This collection contains daily texts (employed as diaries) and diaries, multiple letters of correspondence including personal, church related, school related, and business related correspondence, school material relating primarily to the Colegio Morava, personal records including biographies of family members and Miss Thelma Good, honors received, certificates of achievement, and notes and souvenirs from travels and, finally, several folders regarding missionary work and other materials related to Nicaragua.

Lydia Elizabeth Marx (known as Elizabeth Marx; Elly to relatives and close friends) was born on November 4, 1908 in Poo, Bashar State, Northern India where her parents, Herman and Marquerite, were Moravian missionaries among the Tibetan people. Elizabeth's parents were granted a furlough in order for her father to return to Germany for medical training. The family planned on returning to their missionary services but as a result of World War I and because of her parents' duel citizenship of both Germany and Britain traveling became difficult. The family was able to return to Tibet for a short period but the Himalayas were damaging her father's health.

As a result the Marx family chose to move to the United States (Nazareth, Pa.) in 1919, finally arriving their on February 12, 1920. In February 1921 the family moved to Laketown, Minnesota where he has accepted a call to pastorage. Since the local school only continued thought the first year of high school Elizabeth was sent to Salem Academy in 1923 to finish her education. Even though she graduated from college in the depth of the Depression and positions were hard to find, Elizabeth received an offer to work at the Moravian Female Seminary in Bethlehem as a fifth grade teacher. Feeling ill-equipped to teach grade school, she accepted an offer to teach Latin at Nazereth High School in 1931 instead. She also began pursuing a Master's degree in Latin and French from Lehigh University. Elizabeth taught in Nazareth until 1939 when the Moravian Mission Board asked Elizabeth to move to Bluefields, Nicaragua, to handle the treasurer's work and take charge of the school. Elizabeth arrived in Bluefields on February 14, 1939. Elizabeth remained in Nicaragua teaching and running the Collegio Morava until 1960 when she spent two years in Honduras helping with the school in Brus Laguna after which she took a furlough and then returned to Bluefields. In total Elizabeth spent 35 years teaching and running the school in Nicaragua during which time the school grew in capacity and became a well-known institution recognized for its knowledge, values, and discipline. Elizabeth retired to Winston-Salem where she worked in mutiple capacities for the Home Moravian Church, including in the Provincial Archives in Salem where she translated German manuscripts.

Miss Marx received several honors in her life including an L.H.D. degree from Moravian College in 1963, an Honorary Gold Medal Award from the President of Nicaragua, and the Distinguished Alumna Award, the Kudos, from Lehigh University.

Elizabeth died on February 28, 1996 in Winston-Salem at the age of 87. She was survived by many relatives, inclusing 31 nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews as well as her sister Mrs. McMurray (Erika) Richey and two brothers, Dr. Werner Marx and Dr. Samuel Marx.

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