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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

September 8-9, 2017
Heritage Center Genealogy Conference
Sacred Landscapes of Lancaster County: Bus tour of the regions decorated gravestones and an early meetinghouse. Second day conference, speakers on culture, genealogy, and history.

Reserve your seat today!

September 23, 2017
Heemet Fescht (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Celebrate the Harvest with vendors, craftsmen, artisans, folklife demonstrations, kids activities, hay rides, food, music and fun! This event is free.

September 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.

Preorder your copy to be one of the first to receive this publication!

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