Lehigh University’s Mountaintop Initiative (summer 2015) funded a ten-week long, student-led research project. Five students transcribed, translated, and analyzed original documents housed at the Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, PA, and they worked with Lehigh's Library and Technology Services, especially Scott Rutzmoser, to devise this website to disseminate their findings. Professor Scott Paul Gordon of the Department of English supervised the research team and he has continued to expand the resources available on this site and supervise additional work by Lehigh students on it.
Stefan Harrigan. Hailing from Pennsylvania's neighbor, the Buckeye State, Stefan began learning German while growing up in Austria as a member of the Vienna Boys' Choir. At age 16 he moved to New Mexico to attend the Armand Hammer United World College, a two-year residential international school devoted to engaging students in intercultural exchange and understanding. Stefan spent the 2014-15 academic year at Lehigh and was part of the Mountaintop group that created this site in summer 2015. He left Lehigh to attend Leiden University College in The Hague, The Netherlands, where he studied to attain his BSc in Governance, Economics, and Development.
Ian Spolarich. Ian was born in Park Ridge, Illinois, in 1996. He lived in Schaumburg, Illinois, until his family moved to the small town of Williams Bay, Wisconsin, in 1999. In high school, Ian learned German through classes and a bilingual family friend. He enrolled at Lehigh University in 2014 and was part of the Mountaintop group that created this site in summer 2015. Ian pursued a BA in architecture and a minor in real estate at Lehigh.
Collin Wolf. Collin was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1995. From a young age, he loved making things and eventually became fascinated by the buildings around him. He enrolled at Lehigh University in the fall of 2013, initially to study Civil Engineering. Quickly thereafter he switched to studying Architecture, and he graduated from this program in the spring of 2017. Collin modeled the 3D Christiansbrunn in fall 2016.
Juliana Young. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1995, Juliana moved to Phillipsburg, New Jersey, in 2001. Upon entering high school, Juliana became interested in German and she studied the language for the next four years. Juliana enrolled at Lehigh University in 2014 and was part of the Mountaintop group that created this site in summer 2015. Juliana pursued a BA in German and a BS in Molecular Biology. Her research interests included bacteriophages and the German refugee situation. Juliana also served as an EMT in both the Lehigh University and the Lopatcong Township EMS organizations.