Tractor Ride at Festival

The Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center is an open-air folklife museum and research center

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Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center

Welcome to the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.

The Heritage Center is an open-air folklife museum and research center dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Pennsylvania German folk culture. Located on the historic Sharadin Farmstead on the Kutztown University Campus, the Heritage Center offers access for both the public and KU students to historic buildings and exhibits, a world-class research library collection, as well as seasonal events, conferences, lectures and activities.

The Heritage Center offers tours of the historic site by appointment to individuals, organizations and schools. Please visit the Heritage Center, become a member, and help support the preservation of Pennsylvania German culture.

We hope that you find our site informative, and we would enjoy hearing your feedback. On this site you will find our operating hours, event listings and a brief history about the center. We are also a great organization for school/home school field trips and family outings.

Teachers and Parents: please browse around our Resource Center for lesson plan ideas. If you would like to schedule a tour, please email us at for availability. Make sure to look for us on Facebook and Twitter. We look forward to your visit.

Click here to Sign-up for the Heritage Center's E-Newsletter

2017 Pennsylvania Dutch Calendars

The 2017 PGCHC PA Dutch Calendar is hot off the press, ready to be purchased for you, or as a stocking stuffer for those you love this Holiday season. This stunning display of various types of barns in the Lehigh and Berks County area shows a seldom seen view of atypical barns in the South Eastern Pennsylvania countryside. At only $12 each, these calendars can be shipped directly to your door for an additional $3 shipping and handling.

Feel free to send check or cash to our office on 22 Luckenbill Road.

Pick up your copy today - Before they disappear!

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday:
10 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 4pm

Tours By Appointment Only
Please call ahead to schedule your tour. 

If you would like to schedule a group tour, please email us at:

Upcoming Events

April 1-2, 2017
Spring Fine Arts & Crafts Festival
Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen Handcrafted traditional and contemporary crafts and fine arts artisans.
Held at KU's O'Pake Field House. Admission is $6. Visit

April 8, 2017
Easter on the Farm (10a.m-4p.m)
Celebrate the Easter traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch. Kids crafts, egg hunts, hearth cooking demonstrations, vendors, wagon rides and more!
This event is free.