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Kid's Camp 2015: July 27-31

posted May 13, 2015, 12:46 PM by PA German Heritage Center

Join us for Kid’s Camp 2015 - July 27-31!

Students will learn how to make wool wallets, Sgraffito tiles, wheat weavings, redware pottery and much more! Students will also learn the art of hearth cooking, scherrenschnitte, and the rare craft of star embroidery.

The last day of Camp is the Family Day Cookout. The PGCHC will host, and invite the family of the camp students. There will be demonstrations and live animals!

Registration is $90 per student ($80 for children/grandchildren of current PGCHC members if registered by that member). This fee includes the cost of all materials used in camp, snacks and water provided during lunch, and all food at the Family Day Cookout.

Please bring a packed lunch, we will supply alternating vegetable or fruit trays with bottled water during the lunch break.

We will accept 30 students ages 6-14. 6 year-olds must have completed 1st grade (or equivalent) in order to register for Camp. A minimum $25 deposit is required to register a student for camp. Payment arrangements are available. For guardians registering multiple children, each subsequent student registered by the same parent or guardian, will receive a $5 discount.

Call 610-683-1589 or email for more information. You may also find up-to-date information by liking our page on Facebook.

Classes are subject to change.

To register for Camp, please download the brochure below!

2015 PA Chapter Palatines to America Spring Conference

posted Feb 5, 2015, 7:30 AM by PA German Heritage Center   [ updated Feb 5, 2015, 7:31 AM ]

PA Dutch Calendar Available

posted Dec 19, 2013, 11:59 AM by PA German Heritage Center   [ updated Dec 20, 2013, 6:56 AM by Amanda Lynn Richardson ]

2014 PA Dutch Calendar is now on sale for $12, plus $3 shipping/handling. 

To order, please download a copy of the order form by clicking on the Green Download Arrow below. 
It is important to use the green arrow, in order to save a copy on your computer - this file is able to be filled-in when opened with Adobe Acrobat. If you do not have the latest version of Acrobat, you may download it for free on the Adobe website at

You may also purchase the calendar by visiting our office at 22 Luckenbill Road, Kutztown PA 19530. Please call 610-683-1589 for availability. 

Volume II of the Annual Publication Series for 2013

posted May 16, 2013, 1:27 PM by PA German Heritage Center   [ updated Jul 9, 2013, 6:17 AM ]

The Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University is proud to present Volume II of the Annual Publication Series:

Myth and Meaning in Pennsylvania Dutch Barn Stars

Based upon five years of research and photographic documentation of Pennsylvania Dutch decorated barns, this ground-breaking work is an unparalleled presentation of the areas most publicly acclaimed regional folk art, known as Hex Signs or Barn Stars. With special emphasis on Berks and Lehigh Counties, the current, local landscape is depicted in over 200 color illustrations. Featuring a special foreword by Don Yoder, the most distinguished scholar of Pennsylvania’s folklife, this valuable collection offers the rare opportunity to examine in depth the history, mythology, and cultural significance of these captivating local icons.

Join us as we explore one of the most diverse and colorful expressions of regional culture - full-color and in-depth like never before!

Please click the green arrow below to download a copy of the order form. 

Annual Volume

posted Jun 1, 2012, 11:39 AM by Amanda Lynn Richardson   [ updated Dec 20, 2013, 1:13 PM by PA German Heritage Center ]

Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University is Proud to Introduce its First Annual Volume

 The Friend in Need: An Annotated Translation of an Early Pennsylvania Folk-Healing Manual by Patrick J. Donmoyer

Nearly 200 years ago, the legendary Berks County author Johann Georg Hohman published The Friend in Need in 1813, which is the precursor to America’s most popular work of powwow, folk healing, and magic, The Long Lost Friend, that was compiled in 1819. Because of controversy surrounding the powwow tradition, Hohman’s earlier works have not received serious scholarly consideration and have remained unknown until now. This obscure piece of Berks County history, The Friend in Need, is now available for the first time in the English language, allowing readers the opportunity to explore some of the rarest prayers, benedictions, and charms used in early America for healing and protection among the Pennsylvania Dutch.

The annotated Friend in Need offers a facing-page translation, with a facsimile of the original German text on the left, and the English translation on the right. On each page of the English translation, a column of annotations and sources appears next to the English text for ease of exploration. Additional material is featured as a series of appendices, including selections and images of original sources found in the collection of the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center, consisting of contemporaneous manuscript and printed folk-healing manuals (see above right), as well as facsimiles of related early 19th century protective broadsides such as the “Gypsy Fire-Charm” (see above left). With a comprehensive introduction explaining the history of The Friend in Need and the context of folk-healing, this ground-breaking work is a wealth of information concerning the origins and history of the folk tradition of powwowing in Pennsylvania, and it is available just in time for its bicentennial release at the Kutztown Folk Festival!

Please download and fill out the form below and enclose payment if you would like to order your copy of The Friend in Need: An Annotated Translation of an Early Pennsylvania Folk-Healing Manual. 

By clicking on the green downward-facing arrow, you can download and print the .doc file named "Book Order Form 2012.doc." 

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