Piece a Quilt of Gortner



Western Maryland Regional Library asked Swan Meadow School to collect the oral histories of its Amish and Mennonite community. Over the next three years, our middle schoolers produced a book called Piece a Quilt of Gortner in three sections: Our History, ABCs of Gortner, and Speaking Pennsylvania Dutch.

    To connect students to the book, we created the Getting to Know Gortner Educators’ Packet, and then boxed up a classroom set of Piece a Quilt of Gortner with a packet for all Garrett County schools and regional colleges. The packet holds lesson plans and original children’s books, games, and a readers’ theatre play based on the diary of founder Peter Gortner.