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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 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.

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Summer 2017

Registration is now open for the Heritage Center's Children's Cultural Camp, held July 24th - 28th. Children age 6-14 are welcome to join us for a week of crafts, demonstrations, and history. $90 for non-members, $80 for members. Teacher's assistants needed! Download the registration form today. Feel free to stop by the office or mail with payment. We hope to see you there!

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

July 24-28, 2017
Children's Cultural Camp (9:50a.m-1:30p.m)
Join us for a week of crafts, demonstrations, and activities, based on the lives of the Pennsylvania Germans. This year's theme is "Why is History Important to Me?".
Registration is now open: $90 per student ($80 for those registered by PGCHC members). Discounts available for multiple child families.

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.