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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

March 23rd, 2019
Hex Sign Folk Art Tour of Berks County (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

$50 per person (members); $65 per person (non-members).

Continental breakfast and box lunch included. The members' discount also applies to members of the Heritage Center. Participants who do not wish to begin the tour in Bryn Athyn may have lunch at the Heritage Center and board the bus at that time; the bus will return to the Heritage Center before departing for Bryn Athyn.Advance tickets go on sale beginning January 23. Register by calling 267.502.2990 or emailing info@glencairnmuseum.org.

Join us for an exploration of the barn star region of Northern Berks County, an area with the highest concentration of decorated barns in Pennsylvania. With a special emphasis on the hills and dales of Albany Township and the surrounding communities, participants will discover a wide variety of traditional barn stars (also known as hex signs), and explore the folklore of this diverse and colorful artistic tradition. The tour will be led by Patrick J. Donmoyer, guest curator of Glencairn's featured exhibition, Hex Signs: Sacred and Celestial Symbolism in Pennsylvania Dutch Barn Stars. The day will begin with a continental breakfast at Glencairn and an introduction to the exhibition. The bus will then take participants to the classic 19th-century farmstead on the grounds of the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University. (A box lunch will be provided at this site.) Finally, participants will board the bus again and tour the rural landscape of the region, featuring country churches, one-room school houses, and Pennsylvania Dutch farms punctuated with colorful folk art.

April 13th, 2019
Easter on the Farm (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Celebrate the Easter traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch. Kids crafts, egg hunts, hearth cooking demonstrations, vendors, barrel rides and more! This event is free.

April 27-28, 2019
Old Time Plow Boys Spring Plow Show
Tractor demonstrations, music, food, vendors. More info at www.oldtimeplowboys.com.

Now Available!

We have a few PA Dutch Calendars left for sale - Perfect as a small, meaningful gift year round!
Calendars are $12 each, and we can send a copy directly to you for an additional $3 shipping and handling.

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