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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 Heritage 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 heritage@kutztown.edu for availability. Make sure to look for us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! We look forward to your visit.

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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: heritage@kutztown.edu

Upcoming Events

December 2, 2017
Christmas on the Farm (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Dare to visit the Belsnickel... Seasonal demonstrations, craftspeople and artisans, food, Christmas carols, and more at this free event!

March 10, 2017
PA German Zammelaaf - Lebanon High School (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Free Admission. PA German speakers, singers, food, traditional arts and crafts, and childrens activities.
The Pennsylvania German Zammelaaf (a word that means "gathering") was started on January 3, 2012. The mission of the Pennsylvania German Zammelaaf is to promote and preserve Pennsylvania German culture, language, and heritage.

March 24, 2018
Easter on the Farm (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Boasting children's crafts, hearth cooking, demonstrations, vendors, wagon rides, and free Easter Egg Hunts, Easter on the Farm is a time to celebrate PA Dutch Easter Traditions.
Egg Hunts are at 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. for children ages 6 months to 10 years.

COMING IN 2017!
Powwowing in Pennsylvania: Braucherei & the Ritual of Everyday Life
This lavishly illustrated work introduces Pennsylvania's tradition of ritual healing, known as powwow (or Braucherei in Pennsylvania Dutch), combining a diverse array of prayers, gestures, and the use of everyday objects, these rituals are used for healing the body, protection from physical and spiritual harm, and ensuring good outcomes in everyday affairs.

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